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I tested this Notebook with Ubuntu 11.04 x86_84 Edition.
You must plug an Ethernet Cable during Installation, or Unity will not work.
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For full specifications see the Lenovo Ideapad U550 specifications page.
|Name||Lenovo Ideapad U550|
|Processor||Intel Core2 Duo Processor SU7300 : 1.3GHz, 800MHz FSB, 3MB On-Die L2 Cache
Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor SU4100 : Dualcore 1.3 GHz or 1,4 Ghz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB On-Die L2 Cache
|Screen||Monitor Size and resolutions
15.6“ WXGA (1366×768)
|Graphics||ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330
Intel GMA X4500
|RAM||Up to 4GB|
|HDD||250GB to 320GB - 5400rpm|
|Optical Drive||DVD Super Multi|
Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5100
|Graphics||Works||Need Internet Connection for driver|
|Wireless||Works||Need Wired Internet Connection for driver and see below|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||Don't work||Maybe a Workaround?|
|Webcam||Works||Out of the box with Cheese|
If wireless is locked, you must type in a terminal:
echo 'options acer_wmi wireless=1' | sudo tee /etc/modprobe.d/acer-wmi.conf
After that you must reboot.
To start clearly, you must plug an Ethernet Cable to get Updates during the Installation, or Unity wont work.
The Fingerprint Sensor dont work aes2501 or bioapi driver.
Ubuntu 11.04 runs very fast on this Notebook. Only the suspend mode has a long load time. Battery time is with wireless 4:30 hours and without 5:30 up to 6:00 hours.