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Lenovo IdeaPad U330

Introduction

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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Specifications

For full specifications see the Lenovo IdeaPad U330 specifications page.

NameLenovo IdeaPad U330
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
Screen13.3“ WXGA Widescreen
RAM2GB to 4GB
HDD250GB to 320GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450
NetworkEthernet, Intel 5100 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorNot Tested
ScreenWOTB
HDDWOTB
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)
BluetoothWOTB
56K ModemNot Tested
USB WOTB
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

Notes

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!

Summary

You can enter a summary of how well the Lenovo IdeaPad U330 works with Linux here.


Discussion

Mojo, 2009/11/12 16:34

OK I got it
Works Out of The Box :D
Sorry

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 :)

LoLL, 2009/11/04 13:22

To disable ATI board in Swichable configuration, install and build lenovo_acpi module from Sylvain Joyeux. Also i made a dkms rpm package.

This module disables ATI board and permits to gain more time far away AC power. I switch from 23w to 13w !

sdasdf, 2011/03/03 13:49

if you use the vga switcheroo it will again come down to 10w

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