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Guilherme “nirev” (guilherme the_symbol_AT nirev _one_tiny_dot org)
Lenovo Y450 is a good laptop for everyday usage and I have installed Ubuntu 9.10 and Arch Linux on it.
I have not tested the firewire connection, but pretty much everything else works, except for screen brightness control (for which there's a fix if you have the intel graphics card one) and the two dolby buttons (the first two next to on the top right speaker).
This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Lenovo Ideapad Y450. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Lenovo Ideapad Y450 page on LapWik.
For full specifications see the Lenovo Ideapad Y450 specifications page.
|Name||Lenovo Ideapad Y450|
|Processor||Intel Core2 Duo Processor P8700/T6600/T4300 : 2.1GHz - 2.53GHz, 1066/800MHz FSB, 3/2/1MB On-Die L2 Cache|
|Screen||Monitor Size and resolutions
14“ WXGA (1366×768)
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce G110M
NVIDIA GeForce G110P
Intel GMA 4500MHD
|RAM||Up to 8GB|
|HDD||250GB to 320GB - 5400rpm|
|Optical Drive||DVD Super Multi|
Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5100
|Processor||Works||Is capable of reducing the clock speed with cpufreq|
|Screen||Half||Screen is good, but the brightness control needs a workaround|
|HDD||Works||Arch's install didn't like the “Lenovo Recovey” partition, so I erased the whole drive|
|Graphics||Works||720p movies play OK on TV via HDMI with the Intel card|
|eSata||Works||Tested with an external drive with two partitions, nfts and ext3.|
The brightness of can be adjusted on Y450s with Intel cards issuing the command:
setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=“20”
Where the argument, 20 in the example, is in the range 01-FF, with FF being 100% brightness.
Branimir Vasilić has made a script for Ubuntu that manages to change the brightness using the
special keys for it on the keyboard, it is available at his website.
Finally, there is a topic on lenovo's forums about Y450 on linux.
You can enter a summary of how well the Lenovo Ideapad Y450 works with Linux here.