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Lenovo IdeaPad Y570

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Introduction

This page contains a summary how this laptop works with Linux.
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Specifications

For full specifications see the Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 specifications page.

NameLenovo IdeaPad Y570
ProcessorIntel Core i3-2310M processor (dual-core, 2.10 GHz, 3MB cache),
Intel Core i3-2330M processor (dual-core, 2.20 GHz, 3MB cache),
Intel Core i5-2410M processor (dual-core, 2.30 GHz, 3MB cache),
Intel Core i5-2430M processor (dual-core, 2.40 GHz, 3MB cache),
Intel Core i5-2450M processor (dual-core, 2.50 GHz, 3MB cache),
Intel Core i7-2630QM processor (quad-core, 2.00 GHz, 6MB cache),
Intel Core i7-2670QM processor (quad-core, 2.20 GHz, 6MB cache)
Screen15.6“ 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 750GB
SSDUp to 64GB (as cache for HDD, but can be also used as single storage device)
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
Blu-ray
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 3000
NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000 or Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
Processorworks
Screenworks
HDDworks
Optical DriveworksBlu-ray not tested
Graphics ChipworksIntel HD3000 works out of the box, Nvidia Optiumus requires a little hack (s. below)
VGA Outworks
HDMI Outworks
Soundworks
Bulti-in Microphoneworks
Headphone Jackworks
Microphone Jackworks
Ethernetworks
Wirelessworks
BluetoothworksMust not be swiched off at boot time
USBworks
ESATAworksCombined connection with an USB port
Card Readerworks
Webcamworks
Touch Padworks
Suspend/Resumeworks

Notes

Summary

All in all this notebook works very well with Linux.
One little problem was the noise of the fans. It was not really disturbing but there is actually no way to control the fans under Linux. One workaround is to set the fan-speed-profile under Windows: This profile will be used under Linux as well.

The distribution that I used for testing, was Archlinux.


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stampeder, 2014/12/03 10:06

Running Mageia 4 on Lenovo Y570 and it works perfectly. Kernel is 3.14 and desktop is KDE4. Bumblebee/optirun works very well for the Nvidia Optimus graphics. This is an excellent Linux laptop.

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CrabMan, 2013/10/17 01:55

I have this laptop and I am currently using Debian Jessie with Linux 3.10. Battery life on GNU Linux is very bad. Also there is a serious bug in bumblebee that prevents nvidia videocard from working in this laptop. There is an opensource driver for wifi module (Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller (rev 01)) but it is very bad and unstable. Also there is wl non-free driver from broadcom which is better not good too. Also my laptop sometimes has problems like freezing during hibernating and sometimes just turns off when I plug off power cord. I do not recommen anybody to buy this laptop for using with GNU Linux.

Ryan Carver, 2013/06/14 00:51

As of Kernel 3.9.X, the switchable graphics problem is fixed. My Y570 is running Manjaro linux foawlessly. After the graphics drivers got sorted out it is performing quite nice with optimus. Fans are a little noisy but not too bad.

User, 2012/10/09 03:35

I have this laptop, specifically the model with Intel Core i7-2670QM 2.20 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD and dual graphics (Intel HD 3000 & NVidia Geforce GT555M) and under GNU/Linux works well, but not excellent because Optimus technology currently doesn't work good. The other weak point is the battery time of 3 hours, which in windows is around 4 hours of autonomy.
The model I use doesn't require to turn on bluetooth at boot time, but I can turn on or off bluetooth at any time!

Despite the two characteristics fail, is a good notebook to use Linux.

Note: I Use Linux 3.5 with KDE 4.8

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