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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.
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For full specifications see the Lenovo IdeaPad U330 specifications page.
|Name||Lenovo IdeaPad U330|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo|
|Screen||13.3” WXGA Widescreen|
|RAM||2GB to 4GB|
|HDD||250GB to 320GB|
|Graphics||ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450|
|Network||Ethernet, Intel 5100 802.11abgn, Bluetooth|
|Optical Drive||Not Tested|
|Graphics||Works*||* in the BIOS had to use Discrete Graphics only|
|Sound||WOTB - but still need to check if configured correctly|
|Ethernet||Works out of the box (WOTB)|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||WOTB (SD Flash Cards)|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Camera||Needs 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…
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…
Save and reboot and you should be good to go!
You can enter a summary of how well the Lenovo IdeaPad U330 works with Linux here.