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This is a guide to running Linux with the Lenovo IdeaPad U110 laptop. If you have the Lenovo IdeaPad U110 and are running Linux on it please consider adding to this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.
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For full specifications see the Lenovo IdeaPad U110 specifications page.
|Name||Lenovo IdeaPad U110|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo|
|Screen||11.1“ WXGA Widescreen|
|RAM||2GB or 3GB|
|HDD||120GB or 160GB 1.8” PATA|
|Optical Drive||External DVD+-RW|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100|
|Network||Ethernet, Intel 4965AGN 802.11abgn, Bluetooth|
|Optical Drive||works||bootable F12 for menu|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
Tested with Kubuntu 8.10.2 Intrepid 64bit
Note 1: You must edit xorg.conf to get native 1366×768 resolution. Use safe graphics mode for install.
# xorg.conf.failsafe (X.Org X Window System server configuration file) # # This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using # values from the debconf database. # # Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page. # (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.) # # This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only* # if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg # package. # # If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated # again, run the following command: # sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg Section "Device" Identifier "X3100" Boardname "Intel X3100" Busid "PCI:0:2:0" Driver "intel" EndSection Section "Monitor" Identifier "Configured Monitor" # This line tells randr to add this mode, you can comment it out after randr adds the mode modeline “1366×768” 84.50 1360 1392 1712 1744 768 783 791 807 -hsync -vsync EndSection Section "Screen" Identifier "Default Screen" Monitor "Configured Monitor" Device "X3100" Defaultdepth 24 Subsection "Display" # This line is added manually to create a virtual display for xrandr # add the width or height of the external display to the 1366x768 of the U110 display # Keep the number as low as possible for best performance # the number below allows me to use a 1920x1200 external monitor beside the U110 Virtual 3286 1200 Depth 24 # comment out the next line after randr recognizes the correct resolution for your U110 screen Modes “1366×768” EndSubSection EndSection
Use xrandr or krandr to add external monitors. (This worked much better for me than the old method of setting it up in xorg.conf)
Note 2: Make sure the small switch on the left side near the front is forward.
Note 3: Camera reported as a Syntek UVC 1.00 device (174f:8a3f) works using the mod listed below:
create file /etc/modprobe.d/uvcvideo.conf containing: options uvcvideo quirks=16 reboot or rmmod uvcvideo then modprobe uvcvideo
Note 4: Built in microphone does not work, possibly part of camera does not appear to be enabled with uvcvideo fixabove.
1.) Appears to be an issue with the X3100 graphics card.
2.) Screen brightness works but not quite as expected, levels go up and down when increasing or decreasing.
The Lenovo IdeaPad U110 works pretty well with Linux. Less than an hour from unboxing to KDE 4.0 desktop. Wireless worked on first try, sound worked on first try, even video worked but at 800×600. This was one of the easiest installs I have done. Will add more information as I tweek and play.