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This is a guide to running Linux with the Lenovo IdeaPad Y510 laptop.
This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.
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|Name||Lenovo IdeaPad Y510|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 2.5Ghz|
|Screen||15.4“ WXGA Widescreen|
|Graphics||NVIDIA Geforce 8600M GS|
|Network||Ethernet, 802.11abg, Bluetooth|
|Wireless||Yes||Use the iwl3945 driver|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
Most Linux distributions do not yet properly support the NVIDIA Geforce 8600M GS found in the IdeaPad Y510. In this case you will need to install the proprietary NVIDIA drivers. Have a look in our guides section for detailed installation instructions on a number of distributions.
Sound works best when you are using ALSA version 1.0.16 or greater. At this time no Linux distribution includes this so you will need to install these yourself. Again, our guides section has details on how to do this.
Even with the latest ALSA modules the sub-woofer does not function. There is no known fix for this yet.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y510 isn't the easiest install possible mainly because of the need to install the ALSA modules. Also the sub-woofer doesn't work at the moment.