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|Name||Lenovo IdeaPad S206|
|Processor||AMD Dual-Core C-60 (1.30GHz 2MB Cache)|
|Screen||11.6” glare-type display (16:9, resolution 1366×768)|
|RAM||2GB, up to 8GB tested, only 1 slot|
|HDD||320-500GB (5400 rpm)|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon HD 6290|
|Network||No wired LAN!
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Broadcom BCM4313
|Graphics Chip||Works||XF86-video-ati (open source). For better performance use proprietary drivers (fglrx)|
|Sound||Works||Internal Microphone works as well|
|Headphone Port||Works||Single combined 3.5mm audio jack for headphone+mic, both work, tested with iPhone Headset|
|Wireless||Works||Needs broadcom-wl driver (closed source)|
|Bluetooth||?||Recognizes devices but pairing failed, needs further investigation|
|USB||Works||USB 2.0 and 3.0 both work|
|Suspend/Resume||Works||both suspend/resume and hibernate/resume|
Need to install proprietary broadcom-wl WLAN driver to access the internet. Open-source driver doesn't work. if you have USB dongle to access the internet, in Ubuntu/Mint go to software sources–>additional drivers and activate proprietary broadcom drivers, or just type in terminal
sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source
in terminal, without internet access follow “STA - No internet access” on this site: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx
Performance is poor with open source drivers. Install proprietary ATI drivers in software sources–>additional drivers or in terminal:
sudo apt-get install fglrx fglrx-amdcccle
1 204-pin SO DIMM slot, tested with Transcend 8GB Module works fine (JM1600KSH-8G, 1600MHz, PC3-12800, CL11, DDR3-SO-DIMM), need to remove back cover and battery to access memory slot, regular phillips screws. for instructions, Service Manual can be downloaded under http://download.lenovo.com/consumer/mobiles_pub/ideapad_s200_s206_hmm_1st_edition_feb_2012_english.pdf
For better hibernate performance install uswsusp package:
sudo apt-get install uswsusp
Works o.k. with Linux Mint 14 64bit (strongly recommend XFCE i.s.o. cinnamon/mate, cinnamon is pretty slow on this device). However no plug&play, need to install WLAN and graphics drivers by hand. see instructions above