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For full specifications see the Lenovo IdeaPad S206 specifications page.
|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) EU-channels 13-14 dont work|
|Bluetooth||?||Recognizes devices but pairing failed, needs further investigation|
|USB||Works||USB 2.0 and 3.0 both work|
|Keyboard||Works||Volume, Brightness, WLAN hotkeys work out of the box (Mint 15)|
|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
If you do not have Internet connection (because the S206 has no Ethernet port and you do not have USB network adapter) in Ubuntu 13.04/Mint 15 download http://packages.ubuntu.com/de/raring/amd64/bcmwl-kernel-source/download (64bit) from another PC, put on USB stick and double click it on S206, it will install the WLAN driver
Performance is poor with open source drivers Default driver in Ubuntu 13.04/Mint 15 works. If you like, 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 fine with Linux Mint 15 64bit Cinnamon (Ubuntu 13.04 should be fine as well) - however WLAN drivers need to be installed by hand. see instructions above