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Lenovo IdeaPad V470

Introduction

This is a template for a future compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo IdeaPad V470 laptop. If you have the Lenovo IdeaPad V470 and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Lenovo IdeaPad V470 specifications page.

NameLenovo IdeaPad V470
ProcessorIntel Core i3-2310M processor (dual-core, 2.10GHz, 3MB cache),
Intel Core i3-2330M processor (dual-core, 2.20GHz, 3MB cache),
Intel Core i5-2430M processor (dual-core, 2.40GHz, 3MB cache),
Intel Core i7-2630QM processor (quad-core, 2.00 GHz, 6MB cache),
Intel Core i7-2670QM processor (quad-core, 2.20 GHz, 6MB cache)
Screen14” 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 750GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 3000
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000, 1×2 11b/g/n wireless

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorNot Tested
ScreenNot Tested
HDDNot Tested
Optical DriveNot Tested
Graphics ChipNot Tested
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI OutNot Tested
SoundNot Tested
Bulti-in MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone JackNot Tested
Microphone JackNot Tested
EthernetNot Tested
WirelessNot Tested
BluetoothNot Tested
USBNot Tested
ESATANot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested
Touch PadNot Tested
Suspend/ResumeNot Tested

Notes

I have a new V470 bought directly from Lenovo in early September, 2011. This system is an excellent 64 bit Windows 7 laptop but appears to be 100% incompatible with OpenSuse. Version 12.1 installs but will not boot and 11.x versions will not even install. Running OpenSuse in VM works fine on this box, but do not buy it if you want to run OpenSuse natively. There seem to be issues with the GPT style Toshiba HD coupled with the proprietary Phoenix BIOS. I learned the hard way and had to buy the Windows restore disks, don't you make the same mistake. OpenSuse destroys your disks and Lenovo has to save you.

Richard Thornton

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Discussion

jimmyrapper, 2014/04/03 12:30

I have a new V470 bought directly from Lenovo in early September, 2011. This system is an excellent 64 bit Windows 7 laptop but appears to be 100% incompatible with OpenSuse. Version 12.1 installs but will not boot and 11.x versions will not even install. Running OpenSuse in VM works fine on this box, but do not buy it if you want to run OpenSuse natively. There seem to be issues with the GPT style Toshiba HD coupled with the proprietary Phoenix BIOS. I learned the hard way and had to buy the Windows restore disks, don't you make the same mistake. OpenSuse destroys your disks and Lenovo has to save you.

lamer, 2014/03/02 00:49

There's a problem with booting any linux system on this laptop. I can't tell the reason behind the boot problem, but here's a quick workaround.
1. Boot with liveUSB (not livecd!)
2. Use GParted to create MBR disk - you will never boot with GPT by an unknown reason. This is actually the first root of boot problem with this laptop.
3. Create a small (i used 100 M) separate EFI partition and mark it as boot.
4. Create other partitions.
5. Quit GParted and start your installer.
6. Configure usage of partitions. I checked with Linux Mint and Ubuntu, other installers may have different steps i don't know.
7. Do not reboot after installer finished. Mount the EFI partition and rename your kernel file to be /EFI/BOOT/BOOTx64.EFI instead of whatever paths and files installer have created. This is the second root (and last) of the problem - shitty proprietary UEFI BIOS allows you to have only one OS on the machine and do not allow you to turn UEFI boot off.
8. Remove installation USB and reboot the machine. If you did everything correct it should boot now.
9. Enjoy your NVIDIA OPTIMUS support hell now.

As a conclusion I strongly disadvice you to buy this laptop if you want to use it with linux and / or dual boot. You need to be experienced user to make it works and there's nothing special in the box what worth the efforts. This was one big waste of time.

ibrahim, 2012/03/10 17:16

i have install opensuse 11.04 in lenovo v470 and have problem with drivers for it

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