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Lenovo IdeaPad Y560

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 laptop.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 specifications page.

NameLenovo IdeaPad Y560
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 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
Blu-ray
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel Wireless Wi-Fi Link 1000
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorksBoth radeon open-source and fglrx drivers work correctly under Ubuntu 10.10
SoundWorks w/ issuesWorks, but experience issues with clipping/stuttering. Modifications to pulseaudio config are necessary - appears to be a bug with the ALSA driver
EthernetWorksA bug, assumed to be in the kernel, loads the tg3 module before the broadcom module. To fix, either create a startup script that unloads tg3/modprobe's broadcom/modprobe's tg3 in that order. See below.
WirelessWorks
BluetoothWorks
ModemNot Tested
USBWorks
Card ReaderWorks
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
WebcamWorks
TV tunerDoes not workThe ATI/Yuan Yuan T507 mini PCI-e DVB-T tuner/capture card (1002:ac12, subsystem 12ab:0003) sold with this laptop in the M29BAGE fitting is not supported on Linux 2.6.37 and earlier.

Notes

You can enter any specific notes with running Linux on the Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 here.
If your ethernet port does not function on boot, it can be related to a bug found in the order the modules are loaded in the kernel. For a quick-fix script:

Tools & Workarounds

It is suggested to have a kernel >=2.6.34

Ethernet

modprobe -r tg3
modprobe broadcom
modprobe tg3

place that in /etc/rc.local and save. Notice that newer kernels do not have this problem (2.6.34<)

Wireless

Pre 9.10 (9.04 and below) Ubuntu distributions have too old of wifi microcode to operate the radio correctly.
You'd get something similar to this from dmesg:

[ 692.155992] iwlagn 0000:03:00.0: iwlwifi-1000-3.ucode firmware file req failed: -2
[ 692.155996] iwlagn 0000:03:00.0: firmware: requesting iwlwifi-1000-2.ucode
[ 692.162868] iwlagn 0000:03:00.0: iwlwifi-1000-2.ucode firmware file req failed: -2
[ 692.162873] iwlagn 0000:03:00.0: firmware: requesting iwlwifi-1000-1.ucode

All generic Intel microcode can be located here (As I only had experience with the Wi-Fi Link 1000 chip):
http://www.intellinuxwireless.org/?n=downloads

Intel Wireless Wi-Fi Link 1000:
http://www.intellinuxwireless.org/iwlwifi/downloads/iwlwifi-1000-ucode-128.50.3.1.tgz

cd /tmp
wget http://www.intellinuxwireless.org/iwlwifi/downloads/iwlwifi-1000-ucode-128.50.3.1.tgz
tar zxvf iwlwifi-1000-ucode-128.50.3.1.tgz
sudo cp iwlwifi-1000-ucode-128.50.3.1/iwlwifi-1000-3.ucode /lib/firmware/iwlwifi-1000-3.ucode

However, if the 128.50.3.1 microcode doesn't work, try
http://www.intellinuxwireless.org/iwlwifi/downloads/iwlwifi-1000-ucode-39.31.5.1.tgz

Graphics

Any linux kernel >=2.6.33 with modern ATI graphics drivers (catalyst 10.8 and newer) should be able to function correctly.

Overclocking

Sadly, this ATI chip (Redwood series) is not overclockable, (Without flashing the graphics BIOS). I strictly DO NOT advise you to flash the graphics BIOS, unless you are completely sure you know what you're doing. You'll end up with a server-for-a-laptop, if you mess up.

However, you can adjust the clockings within the allowed ranges With the ATI Overclocking utility.

Intel i-series CPU hyperthreading

The new feature (And one of the cool ones) is that you can turn on and off threads and cores of the CPU whilst booted.
i7z is an advanced CPU monitor, measuring CPU usage, percentage of the chip actually being used, turboboosted clockings, etc. Download and compile i7z ( Homepage: https://code.google.com/p/i7z/ ), and install it if you want ( sudo make install ).

You notice a two files: put_cores_offline.sh and put_cores_online.sh
If you ever played with stuff in /sys/ before, most likely, you know which is what goes where.
The similarity between them is echo # > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu#/online
The first four cpus (0 - 3) are the actual cores, or the first thread of the core, the last 4 (4 - 7) are the hyper threads.

(Make sure you're root)

echo 0 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu7/online

This turns off hyperthreading for the fourth core, making you have 7 threads on.

echo 1 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu7/online

Turns it back on

Again cpus, 0 - 3 are the cores/first threads, 4 - 7 are the hyper threads.
*note turning off 7 of the 8 threads makes your lappy a single core. Possibly a huge power saver if you force the CPU clock to not go into turboboost (Make the cpu clock anything at the adjustable range).
For that install cpufreq-applet ( sudo apt-get install cpufreq-applet ).

Summary

You can enter a summary of how well the Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 works with Linux here.


Discussion

Ach, 2012/08/22 14:03

The only things that don't work on my Y560 are some of the function keys (touchpad toggle on fn+f6 and monitor switch on fn+f3) and the extra buttons for camera and battery and that slidy thingy above the keyboard, which is to be expected since it's vendor specific hardware that no one's going to bother writing a module for.

I don't have switchable graphics (those are a pain on Linux I'm told).

Battery life is slightly worse than in Windows.

Currently running Arch Linux (3.5.2 kernel) with KDE 4.9 and proprietary ATI Catalyst driver.

aeqel, 2012/01/14 14:07

I found quite poor battery and ATi graphics performance in Fedora 15.
The graphics was quite glitchy and battery life reduced by upto 100% - Lenovo's windows power application is quite powerful and appears to have control over the battery at a hardware level.

While it is still useable, the performance benefits outweigh the benefits of Linux on my laptop.

pietro, 2011/03/25 17:09

i have lenovo Y560 with i3 procesor and switchable graphics…but when i install ATI drivers from amd.com so after restar “black screen” :(
after aticonfig –initial -f
xorg.conf
Section “ServerLayout”

 Identifier     "aticonfig Layout"
 Screen      0  "aticonfig-Screen[0]-0" 0 0

EndSection

Section “Module”
EndSection

Section “Monitor”

 Identifier   "aticonfig-Monitor[0]-0"
 Option       "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver"
 Option       "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor"
 Option       "DPMS" "true"

EndSection

Section “Device”

 Identifier  "aticonfig-Device[0]-0"
 Driver      "fglrx"
 BusID       "PCI:1:0:0"

EndSection

Section “Screen”

 Identifier "aticonfig-Screen[0]-0"
 Device     "aticonfig-Device[0]-0"
 Monitor    "aticonfig-Monitor[0]-0"
 DefaultDepth     24
 SubSection "Display"
    Viewport   0 0
    Depth     24
 EndSubSection

EndSection

command@A02-0924:~$ lspci | grep VGA
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 12)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Madison [Mobility Radeon HD 5000 Series]

what i must do ? :(

Emilio, 2011/07/25 01:28

After installing the ATI Catalyst drivers, you should configure both graphics cards in your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file. Then you will be able to switch between cards through the
Catalyst control center.

For example, my configuration is the following:

Section “ServerLayout”

Identifier     "aticonfig Layout"
Screen      0  "aticonfig-Screen[0]-0" 0 0

EndSection

Section “ServerLayout”

Identifier "Intel integrated"
Screen     0   "intelconfig-Screen[0]-0" 0 0

EndSection

Section “Module”
EndSection

Section “Monitor”

Identifier   "aticonfig-Monitor[0]-0"
Option	    "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver"
Option	    "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor"
Option	    "DPMS" "true"

EndSection

Section “Monitor”

Identifier "intelconfig-Monitor[0]-0"

EndSection

Section “Device”

Identifier  "aticonfig-Device[0]-0"
Driver      "fglrx"
BusID       "PCI:1:0:0"

EndSection

Section “Device”

Identifier "intelconfig-Device[0]-0"
Driver "intel"
BusID  "PCI:0:2:0"

EndSection

Section “Screen”

Identifier "aticonfig-Screen[0]-0"
Device     "aticonfig-Device[0]-0"
Monitor    "aticonfig-Monitor[0]-0"
DefaultDepth     24
SubSection "Display"
	Viewport   0 0
	Depth     24
EndSubSection

EndSection

Section “Screen”

Identifier "intelconfig-Screen[0]-0"
Device "intelconfig-Device[0]-0"
Monitor "intelconfig-Monitor[0]-0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
	Viewport 0 0
	Depth 24
EndSubSection

EndSection

Parkaboy, 2011/03/02 22:23

@diesseits
did you installed the ati propietary driver provided by ubuntu or did you downloaded it fron amd/ati website?. I have tried to install it following different guides/how to's but none have worked for me.

I also have a problem with the cooling fan, it is at max speed ALL the time and the laptop gets very hot nevertheless.
(sorry for my bad english)

jason, 2011/02/02 17:59

Two problems I've noticed:
1. Does not properly detect my hdmi monitor resolution when I plug it in. I have to plug the monitor in, then log out of gnome, then log back in for it to recognize the best resolution.

2. This laptop does not suspend reliably. It probably freezes 3 out of 4 times I close the lid or initiate suspend from the gnome panel even under the latest kernel.


jason@octo:~$ uname -a
Linux octo 2.6.36.3-candela #1 SMP Wed Feb 2 10:55:22 CST 2011 x86_64 GNU/Linux


Other than that I really like it :)

Admiralspark, 2010/12/08 04:13

sreejit, you need to do a CD check. It's very possible that your cd is corrupt, not the install.

casper911ca, 2010/11/30 07:14

I successfully installed Ubuntu 10.04 (which I promptly upgraded to 10.10 using the command ”update-manager -d”)on the Lenovo Y560 740QM cpu. BUT, there was a bit of finagling I had to do. I discovered that if I installed directly, without “try ubuntu” first, it would not recognize the keyboard, and even then it sometimes does not register.

I booted Ubuntu 10.04 [64 bit] off the disk with “try ubuntu.” Once booted into the desktop off the disk, I opened up gedit or another program to test if it registers the keyboard. After verifying that the keyboard is recognized, I went ahead in clicked the “Install Ubuntu” icon and everything ran smoothly - ubuntu was installed in about 20 minutes or so. If it did not recognize the keyboard I restarted the computer and tried again, it worked on the second try for me. I manually partitioned my disk, 8gb swap (double ram) and a 230 GB root partition, leaving ~200G for Windows.

diesseits, 2010/11/23 05:04

sreejit,

Could you give more information about a) where the Ubuntu 10.10 install fails and b) what type of corruption happened to the windows partition (i.e., what happens when you try to boot windows?)

I bought the same laptop and have had an easy time getting Ubuntu 10.10 up and running; so far everything seems to work including the ATI drivers. Perhaps you came a cropper during disk partitioning?

-d

sreejit, 2010/11/21 05:32

hi all
i have lenovo y560 with the i7 processor ,4GB ram , 1Gb ATI graphics , with preinstalled window 7 , so far all my attempts to install debian lenny and ubuntu 10.10 have gone dud , the debian 64 dvd refuses to boot , and ubuntu just does not get installed completly, although i managed to install ubuntu from within windows , the end result , windows partition also get corrupted , kindly help
sreejit

CliffordS, 2014/01/24 22:31

You must first change a setting in BIOS Startup to make the Optical drice (DVD) start first. You will then be able to start up from the DVD.

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