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Lenovo IdeaPad S12

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo IdeaPad S12 laptop

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Lenovo IdeaPad S12. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Lenovo IdeaPad S12 page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Lenovo IdeaPad S12 specifications page.

NameLenovo IdeaPad S12
ProcessorIntel® AtomTM Processor N270 1.6Ghz
Screen12.1“ WXGA Widescreen
RAMUp to 2GB
HDD160GB, 320GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Network10/100 Ethernet
Broadcom® BCM4312 802.11b/g

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYesShows up as 2 CPUs due to HyperThreading.
ScreenYes
HDDYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYes see below
USBYes
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
WebcamYes

Notes

For Debian Squeeze / Wheezy (and maybe some others):
1) Requires installation of Broadcom kernel module to enable wireless.
2) In BIOS, set “SATA controller working mode” to “compatibility” for improved HDD performance.
3) Add the boot parameter “noapic” (no quotes) to grub if the system randomly pauses (or appears to hang) when there hasn't been any mouse or keyboard activity for a while, for example, when watching a movie or running a screensaver.

Summary

You can enter a summary of how well the Lenovo IdeaPad S12 works with Linux here.


Discussion

Leonardo Cardoso, 2011/01/12 01:03

Hi Hag
You wrote:
“the HD ability needs some tweaking to work correctly”
pls pls could you do a more detail explanation about this??
regards
Lorue

hag, 2010/11/17 22:33

Hi.
I have been using the s12 (ion version) with ubuntu for about 8 months now.
went through the 9.10, 10.4, and now 10.10 distros. it works like magic! gave me the ability to take this poor CPU laptop and use it a do all computer. i do much programming, and this little thing, when linux is used, enables me to keep on working from home, road and so on.
I also use it as a portable HTPC. the HD ability needs some tweaking to work correctly, but over all it does the job, without any mods.
i highly recommend this combination for anyone looking for a very portable, fully capable, low budget laptop.
hag

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