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Lenovo IdeaPad S10e

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo IdeaPad S10e laptop.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

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Specifications

NameLenovo IdeaPad S10e
ProcessorIntel Atom 1.6Ghz
Screen10.1” WSVGA Widescreen (1024×576)
RAM1 GB (Windowsversion), 1.5 GB Linux Version
HDD160GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
NetworkEthernet, 802.11bg, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes Shows up as 2 CPUs due to HyperThreading.
ScreenYes
HDDYes
GraphicsYesWorks better with desktop effects turned on
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYes Ubuntu updater offers “restricted drivers” for the Broadcomm chipset. I'm not sure what the difference is between those and the standard drivers.
BluetoothYesFound and connected to a Nokia N95 and used it as modem.
USBYes
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraYes
Webcam Yes (Must be used with V4L2 enabled programs such as “cheese”)
Microphone No Does not appear to work with 8.10 out of the box. Does work now with kernel 2.6.31 (9.10) onwards

Notes

Summary

The Lenovo IdeaPad S10e works well with Ubuntu 8.10 and should work fine with other modern distributions as well.


Discussion

jimmyrapper, 2014/04/21 09:15

When activating CPU frequency monitor in panel it only shows 1.3GHz at max (100%) although processor is rightly identified as N280@1.66GHz in system monitor and dmesg http://www.mechanicslienlaw.net

jimmyrapper, 2014/04/08 05:31

Ubuntu 9.04 worked right out of the box. I'm now using Ubuntu 9.10 and it's a delight to use. http://www.heuback.com/?attachment_id=4

jimmyrapper, 2014/04/03 12:42

When activating CPU frequency monitor in panel it only shows 1.3GHz at max (100%) although processor is rightly identified as N280@1.66GHz in system monitor and dmesg. http://ediccollege.org

Abdeljelil Ben Hamadou, 2013/05/26 14:56

Dear Ladies and gentelman,
I hope to find the necessary support from your side as specialized developper.
I am an owner of a Lenovo Ideapad S10e laptop, I am installing Linux Suse 12.3, it works, I am able to connect the laptop to the internet using the LAN, by trying the WLAN, I am not able to locate the wlan connexion, it is not visible!

I wa looking for the driver in LENOVO, and some where else, successless.

I hope you will gve me the support needed and the right information regarding that matter.
For your support and understanding thanks a lot.

My best regard.

dan, 2010/03/24 20:30

I would love to know who offers up a linux based site, and yet doesn't know what 'restricted' drivers might be…… for those not in the know, it means they are not open source, ie proprietary and therefore not fitting with the ethos of GNU/linux. You'll have to wrestle with your conscience about whether or not to use them…:-)

Tomás Rosales, 2009/12/31 01:04

Ubuntu 9.04 worked right out of the box. I'm now using Ubuntu 9.10 and it's a delight to use.

Everything works!!!

marco n, 2009/10/26 22:32

Works very well with Easy Peasy 1.5. I had some problem with wireless connection. I had to download and compile hybrid-portsrc-x86_32-v5 package containing (broadcom-)wl module. This driver does not work without having modprobed first lib80211_crypt_tkip (former ieee80211_crypt_tkip) module.

marco n, 2009/10/26 22:31

Works very well with Easy Peasy 1.5. I had some problem with wireless connection. I had to download and compile hybrid-portsrc-x86_32-v5 package containing (broadcom-)wl module. This driver does not work without having modprobed first lib80211_crypt_tkip (former ieee80211_crypt_tkip) module.

fasjklf;adjsk, 2009/02/04 16:23

Works fine with opensuse 11.1, except the microphone, as above. openSuSE does not recognise the wireless out of the box, but native drivers are available with the broadcom-wl package from the opensuse repos. Also tried ndiswrapper which is extremely flaky. Unusual screen resolution (1024×576) meant no bootsplash out of the box; setting vga=0×311 in /boot/grub/menu.lst and fiddling around eventually delivered results, however.

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