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Lenovo IdeaPad V560

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo V560 laptop. If you have the Lenovo V560 laptop 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

NameLenovo IdeaPad V560
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i3-370M Processor ( 2.40GHz 1066MHz 3MB )
Intel® Core™ i5-460M Processor ( 2.53GHz 1066MHz 3MB )
Intel® Core™ i7-720QM Processor ( 1.60GHz 1333MHz 6MB )
Intel® Core™ i7-740QM Processor ( 1.73GHz 1333MHz 6MB )
Screen15.6” 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 1TB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
Blu-ray
GraphicsNVIDIA Optimus with GeForce 410M
Network10/100 Ethernet
802.11bg/bgn
WiFi
Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DrivePartialBlu-ray version not tested
Graphics ChipYesNvidia Optimus - see below
VGA OutYes
HDMI PortNot Tested
DisplayPortYes
SoundYes
Built-in MicrophoneYes
Headphone JackYes
Microphone JackYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYesneeds Broadcom kernel module
BluetoothNot Tested
USBYes
ESATANot Tested
Card ReaderYes
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
WebcamYesHD webcam works great in Skype
Touch PadYes
Fingerprint ReaderNo
Hot KeysYes
Suspend/ResumeYes

Notes

For Debian Wheezy (and maybe other distros):

Requires installation of Broadcom STA kernel module to enable wireless.

Optimus-equipped systems default to the Intel integrated video on a fresh installation. Bumblebee packages must be installed to enable the Nvidia graphics. Works flawlessly, but the system fan immediately switches to full speed when the Nvidia chip is turned on. Be prepared for noisy gaming!

Better hot-key control of screen brightness may be accomplished on some DEs by adding “acpi_backlight=vendor” (no quotes) to grub boot parameters.

Debian Squeeze kernel 2.6.32.5 (and maybe some later ones) require installation of an Alsa kernel patch to fix problems with no microphone operation and low speaker audio.

Summary

Overall this is a speedy laptop for Linux. Expect an average battery life of at least 4 hours with PM enabled.


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lenovo_ideapad_v560.txt · Last modified: 2014/01/22 02:25 by 213.154.220.58
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