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Lenovo IdeaPad U330


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo IdeaPad U330 laptop.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Lenovo IdeaPad U330. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Lenovo IdeaPad U330 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Lenovo IdeaPad U330 specifications page.

NameLenovo IdeaPad U330
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
Screen13.3“ WXGA Widescreen
HDD250GB to 320GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450
NetworkEthernet, Intel 5100 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorNot Tested
Optical DriveNot Tested
GraphicsWorks** in the BIOS had to use Discrete Graphics only
SoundWOTB - but still need to check if configured correctly
EthernetWorks out of the box (WOTB)
WirelessWOTB(tested g)
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderWOTB (SD Flash Cards)
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraNeeds a patch (and video still upside down)
Face Micro Works for Ubuntu 9.04


Update everything you can from lenovo website. In particular the BIOS before you start installing linux.
My first boot from the Ubuntu810 liveCD did NOT recognize the graphic card. I went back to the bios and enabled discrete graphics only. In the live session (cAT5 internet worked fine as well as sound - I did not test wireless and other features)

If you want to use the Intel integrated graphics over the ATI dedicated, you can install Ubuntu with the “Alternate CD”. That gives you a text based install. After that, you need to manually edit your xorg.conf file to specify the bus ID for the Intel graphics…

To find the bus ID…
sudo lspci

You're looking for “xx:xx.x VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation…”
Mine showed up as 00:02.0

To add the bus to Xorg config…
sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Find the “Device” section and add a line with the bus ID like this…
BusID “PCI:00:02:0”

Save and reboot and you should be good to go!


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Mojo, 2009/11/12 16:34

OK I got it
Works Out of The Box :D

Mojo, 2009/11/12 16:32

It may sounds dumb, but what's the meaning of WOTB?
I'm french and can't find it.
Thanks :)

Karl, 2016/01/19 11:35

Mojo: Works out of the box.

Also seen: the abbreviations WOOB and OOB

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