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|Name||Lenovo Ideapad Y500|
|Processor||Up to 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3630QM|
|Screen||15.6” 1366×768 Widescreen
15.6” 1920×1080 Widescreen
|RAM||Up to 16GB|
|HDD||Up to 1TB|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GT650M|
|Optical Drive||Works||May not be present in Ultrabay|
|Graphics Chip||Works||Complications with second Nvidia card in Ultrabay|
|VGA Out||Not Tested|
|Microphone Jack||Not Tested|
|Ethernet||Works||manual driver installation may be required on older distributions|
|Suspend/Resume||Works||activation might crash KDE (backup ~/.kde)|
Backlight may or may not work depending on distribuition/drivers. If it does not work, try the nvidiabl module.
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ubuntu-12.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso Note: A kubuntu live boot I tried didn't recognice screen resolution and wireless network.
to create a bootable USB device (other data on the stick stays intact, just put them into one folder)
In the BIOS:
(note lenovo ideapad y500 has a bios button on the side. very useful since F2 stopped working for me) shut off secure boot if not already off (my case) switch from EFI to legacy support but leave the "second boot??" on EFI activate USB boot
Windows puts restore information in the middle of the C: partition. These are in 'unmovable' files that get in the way when shrinking the partition. If you want a lot of space for linux, disable 'system protection' prior to shrinking the partition, in which case the system protection files are deleted (ignored?), and much more can be chopped off the end:
'Control panel' --> 'System' --> 'System protection'. Select 'Windows8_)S (C:)(System)' Hit 'Configure' button, and then 'Disable system protection'.
Shrink your big windows8 partition in win8.
win8: right click lower left corner -> choose "File System Manager" I did this: 880GB NTFS -> 664 NTFS & 216 FREE for linux
If you disabled system protection on C:, repeat steps above to turn on system protection for C: drive, now that it has been shrunken.
Reboot from USB and choose the install-ubuntu option.
(Install while network connection is present. Wlan works well right from the start.) For install method choose: "something different" to ensure the partitions are created the way you want them. Find the free space you created under windows8 and click on it. click the "add?" button and 1) create swap partition (type =swap) on the end! so that it can be more easily extended if needed. 130% ram size is recommended I had 8 GB but might upgrade to 16GB at some point. I choose 16GB swap (on HDD) since my SSD is exacty that size. 2) create root partition filling the rest of the space mountpoint \ type ext4-journaled As boot device choose the entire SSD device.
After successful install you might need
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair to get everything worlking properly. I was able to boot from ubuntu but not from Windows8 thus I was able to install bootrepair from within ubuntu.
After the first normal linux startup:
Firefox was crashing when dragged and then dropped an automatic nvidia driver installation solved the problem immediately.
Last you might want to install synaptic and kde (and your language pack)
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install synaptic sudo apt-get install kde-full
Lukas Süss (2013-03)