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Lenovo G585


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo G585 laptop. If you have the Lenovo G585 and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

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For full specifications see the Lenovo G585 specifications page.

NameLenovo G585
ProcessorAMD Brazos 2.0 Dual-core, 18w and 9w:
Screen15.6 HD screen (1366×768), 16:9 widescreen
RAMUp to 16GB
HDDUp to 1TB
750GB(5400rpm), 1TB (5400rpm)]
Optical DriveIntegrated DVD reader/writer or Blue-ray Disc drive
GraphicsUp to integrated AMD Radeon HD 7370
NetworkEthernet NIC: 10/100M
802.11n Wi-Fi

Linux Compatibility

Graphics ChipWorksInstall the AMD proprietary drivers for best results.
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI OutNot Tested
Optical DriveWorks
Headphone PortNot Tested
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
WirelessWorks depending on hardwareSome models of the G585 comes with an Atheros controller which doesn't appear to work with Linux
BluetoothNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested



If you can avoid the Atheros wireless controller then the Lenovo G585 works well with Linux.


Abraham, 2018/11/04 04:39

Installed Linux Mint 19 Tara, x86_64 Xfce edition successfully. - 11.01.2018

1) unable to install ATI Proprietary linux drivers

AMD Catalyst(TM) Proprietary Driver Installer/Packager

error: Detected X Server version 'XServer 1.19.6_64a' is not supported. Supported versions are X.Org 6.9 or later, up to XServer 1.10 (default:v2:x86_64:lib:XServer 1.19.6_64a:none:4.15.0-38-generic:)
Installation will not proceed.

Hardware Info:

Vendor: "AuthenticAMD"
Model: 20.2.0 "AMD E-300 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics"
Clock: 1166 MHz
BogoMips: 2595.43
Cache: 512 kb
Units/Processor: 2
Model: "ATI Wrestler [Radeon HD 6310]"
Model: "Realtek RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller"
Model: "Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)"
Model: "LG Display LCD Monitor"
Model: "Chicony Electronics Lenovo EasyCamera"
- works with webcam package: cheese 
Model: "Realtek RTS5129 Card Reader Controller"
Model: "ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad"
tomy , 2013/03/13 14:07

I installed mint 14 cinnamon. Everything worked fine, except from the wlan card. It's not recognized at all, its the Atheros AR9485WB-EG. Its a known issue with this wifi card on linux.

the gardener, 2013/02/25 19:04

opensuse 12.2 works, but it was way more work than I had expected froma Lenovo
laptop. Alas, trouble-free seems only to hold for their thinkpad series …

Problem 1:
We wanted to keep the pre-installed windows 7 around, but opensuse couldn't shrink
windows C:
perform the actions described in the first answer of
then press the Windows + R keys and type diskmgmt.msc
then shrink c: to the desired size.

Problem 2:
Opensuse still claims it can't coexist with W 7, problem is the bootmanager grub2
that can't handle EFI
Solution: disable EFI in BIOS ….. wired if you think about it

Problem 3:
opensuse still wants to delete Windows as it uses up all 4 primary partitions
(for boot, C:, D:, and system recovery)
Solution: first create W7 recovery DVDs (after installing all updates) then
move the driver-directory to c: (just in case).
As booting W 7 still worked for me → delete d: partition
(and create extended partition during opensuse install)

then followed a rather normal Opensuse 12.2. install.

Last problem: X-server works only in the fallback mode (chose during boot):
Solution: install proprietary AMD drivers as described in
(I used the 1-click install 64 bits)

Post installation problem:
our daughter enjoys her new laptop by listening to Rihanna on youtube.
Solution: none known ;-)

the gardener

Ruben, 2013/02/09 12:15

Lubuntu 12.10 from the live CD (amd64), everything works. Wifi, graphics, etc.

Now installing on disk, and will see.

dutta, 2013/01/10 07:32

Lenovo Laptop : G585GRBCTXC602G………..
Report :
–RHEL 5 not supported - Graphics problem . The Linux get installed in text mode by default.
–Fedora 14 supported only. There is no Linux driver available.
–No driver available for Windows 2008 Server.

Recommendation :
Lenovo company should build the Linux driver instead of Machine diagnostic software.

Pavel, 2012/12/11 12:24

I tried to install Fedora 17 on this laptop from the live CD (x86_64) and it fails to start the Graphic installer (probably problems with the graphic card drivers). To install it I had to use the text installer (provided on the full Fedora 17 DVD) but this is not a solution for beginners (requires for example partitioning the HD with gdisk and other command line operations).

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