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This is a guide to running Linux with the Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 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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For full specifications see the Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 specifications page.
|Name||Lenovo IdeaPad Y530|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo|
|Screen||15.4” WXGA Widescreen|
|RAM||2GB to 4GB|
|HDD||250GB to 320GB|
|Optical Drive||DVD+-RW or Blu-ray|
|Graphics||NVIDIA Geforce 9300M or NVIDIA Geforce 9500M or NVIDIA Geforce 9600GS|
|Network||Ethernet, Intel 5100 802.11abgn or Broadcom 4312 802.11b/g, Bluetooth|
|Processor||works||freq steps 2,0 GHz, 1,6GHz, 800MHz|
|Sound||works||hda intel module|
|Wireless||works in newer kernels (tested 2.6.27-rc6)||module iwlwifi 5000 agn + firmware from intellinuxwireless.org or module broadcom-wl if the wireless is Broadcom 4312|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||works, (tested with a SD card only)|
|Face Recognition||it's only a windows program, NOT a hardware feature|
|TV Tuner||No||No drivers yet, being added to V4L shortly|
You will need to use kernel version 2.6.27 (or newer) to get the wireless working. Major Linux distributions released after October 2008 support wireless out of the box.
On some models there is a wireless controller by Broadcom installed. To check enter command 'lspci' and look for 'Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g'. If it is the case it might be required to install broadcom-wl module.
Some keys are bad mapped to make it proper add following to your /etc/X11/Xmodmap:
keycode 174 = XF86Stop
keycode 233 = XF86MonBrightnessUp
keycode 232 = XF86MonBrightnessDown
Most distibutions control brightness in reverse - increasing causes in fact decrease, it's need modifications in DSDT, brightness can be controlled by changing this:
Note: brightness was an issue on older versions of kernel. After updating Fedora 10 to kernel 18.104.22.168-170.2.56.fc10 the problem with inverted brightness dissappeared.
Suspend to ram isn't working.
There should be no major issues when using a recent Linux distribution on the Lenovo IdeaPad Y530.