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Lenovo IdeaPad S12


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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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

ProcessorYesShows up as 2 CPUs due to HyperThreading.
WirelessYes see below
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested


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.


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


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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??

hag, 2010/11/17 22:33

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.

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