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Lenovo Ideapad U450P

Introduction

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Lenovo Ideapad U450P specifications page.

NameLenovo Ideapad U450P
ProcessorIntel Core2 Duo Processor SU7300 : 1.3GHz, 800MHz FSB, 3MB On-Die L2 Cache
Intel Core2 Solo Processor SU3500 : 1.4GHz, 800MHz FSB, 3MB On-Die L2 Cache
Intel Pentium Processor SU2700 : 1.3GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB On-Die L2 Cache
ScreenMonitor Size and resolutions
14” WXGA (1366×768)
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330
Intel GMA X4500
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD250GB to 320GB - 5400rpm
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
Network10/100/1000
Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5100
802.11 b/g

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYesSU7300 - both cores visible (Kubuntu 9.10)
ScreenYes1366×768
HDDYesAHCI
Optical DriveYesAHCI
GraphicsYesGM45
SoundYesHDA Intel
EthernetYesRTL8111/8168B - GigE
WirelessYesIntel 5100 A/G/N
BluetoothYesBluetooth is on and finds other devices (Ubuntu 10.04)
USBYesPlugged in a usb flash drive
Card ReaderYesTested with Sony Memory Stick
WebcamYesTested with cheese. Good low light performance.

Notes

Summary

Loaded Kubuntu 9.10 over the network, everything pretty much worked out of the box. Upgraded KDE to 4.4 release. CPU frequency clocks CPUs down to 800MHz when on battery. Volume buttons, bios keys (backlight control) all seem to work without any modification. Overall very pleased with out of box experience using kubuntu 9.10.


Discussion

mike, 2011/06/01 13:55

I am now having problems with the latest ubuntu. On ubuntu 11.04 X doesn't work unless you boot and old kernel, and wifi doesn't work. This is from an upgrade, an installation might be different.

I then tried to install ubuntu 10.10 over it, as wifi worked before on 10.10. However, when installing new, the wifi doesn't work out of the box for 10.10, even though it worked for me when I upgraded to 10.10 from 10.04.

I would now recommend installing 10.04 LTS, upgrading to 10.10, and forgetting about 11.04. This should work perfectly.

Kenneth, 2011/01/04 23:29

I'm having Webcam problems using 10.10 - ultimate edition linux
initially the camera worked on a fresh install of 10.04 of the ultimate edition linux…
as i did updates sometime last summer the camera stopped working after an update and has not worked since.

i never did get the camera to work on the 9.10 http://artistx.org

so i'm trying to get my camera working on ubuntu or debian
please help if you can.

mike, 2010/09/26 10:38

Works fine for me on Ubuntu 10.04 with no issues whatsoever. I haven't managed to test the battery yet, so that might still be a problem, but overall I'm very impressed.

CVH, 2010/08/07 14:06

Can agree with the aforementioned. Installed 10.04 from CD. Everything basically works out of the box. No major problems with drivers etc. However, hotkeys and shortcuts for turning things off and on (wireless, bluetooth,ext vga etc) or switchings things off (lcd/external) doesn't seem too work.

Also resumining from disk lets the display freeze totally, so standby is not really usable

Steax, 2010/04/24 10:15

hi, i just bought the U450p and instaled ubuntu 9.10 (keramic) on it. All is working exept the w-lan. I googeld but was not abel to find a solution so far. I hope you coud help me.

thx

Johnny J., 2010/04/03 19:18

I just ordered a U450p, the top of the line model, the 33892GU.

Specs:
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo SU7300 Processor (1.30GHz)
4GB DDR3
320GB Hard Drive (5400rpm)
ATI Mobile Radeon HD4200 512MB

What is the boot time like for yours?

Bogdan, 2010/08/07 12:02

On Ubuntu 10.04 most things work pretty much out of the box. Had a few issues with enabling the proprietary drivers from ATI and also Bluetooth had some enabling issues, but it might be something to do with the fact that I upgraded from Ubuntu 9.10. Currently I have everything working perfectly.
u450p is a great laptop - I'm very happy with it. The only downside I know of at the moment is the fact that the Ubuntu is more harsh on the battery than Windows 7 is.

Bogdan, 2011/01/03 15:06

On Ubuntu 10.10 things work much better. I have even fewer problems. Battery life is probably even better than Windows 7, but I think there is a slight problem with suspend (s2ram) if you use the proprietary Ati drivers, resume from suspend is sometimes very slow.

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