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|Name||Lenovo IdeaPad Y570|
|Processor||Intel 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)
|Screen||15.6“ 1366×768 Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 8GB|
|HDD||Up to 750GB|
|SSD||Up to 64GB (as cache for HDD, but can be also used as single storage device)|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 3000
NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000 or Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter
|Optical Drive||works||Blu-ray not tested|
|Graphics Chip||works||Intel HD3000 works out of the box, Nvidia Optiumus requires a little hack (s. below)|
|Bluetooth||works||Must not be swiched off at boot time|
|ESATA||works||Combined connection with an USB port|
For Nvidia-Optimus see: https://github.com/Bumblebee-Project/bbswitch/blob/hack-lenovo/README.md
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.