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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 11


Yoga 2 brings affordable multimode computing into reach. The budget-friendly Yoga 2's 10-point multitouch display flips back 360 degrees to offer four different usage modes — Laptop, Tablet, Stand, and Tent. Life has many modes — so should your technology.


ProcessorIntel® Pentium® N3520 (2.40GHz 1333MHz 2MB)
Intel® Celeron® N2920 (2.00GHz 1066MHz 2MB)
Screen11.6“ (1366 x 768) HD IPS display with 10-point multitouch and 178o wide-viewing angle
GraphicsIntegrated Intel® HD graphics
NetworkWireless, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

(U)EFIYesWorking Out-of-the-Box, even secureboot - use little button next to the powerbutton to enter bootmenu
Touch-ScreenYesJust a little hint: Chromium 34 got a nice touchscreen-friendly UI
Graphics ChipYes
HDMI PortNot Tested
Bulti-in MicrophoneYes
Headphone JackYes
Microphone JackNot TestedThe Microphone and Audio Jack is a 3.5 mm headset socket (TRRS / 4-conductor)
WirelessYesneed to to blacklist ideapad_laptop
Card ReaderYes
HotkeysYesAll hotkeys are working, some have no function but you can map them to what ever you want. Espacially I mention here that Volume and Brightness (after a little fix) and the other relevant Hotkeys work out-of-the-box.
Touch PadYes


I'm running this Laptop with Ubuntu Trusty.
TLP pushes the battery life, by the default configuration.
You also should install xbacklight and put 'xbacklight -set 20' into the autostart - it pushes the batterylife up to 8 hours


Wireless & Bluetooth work after you blacklist ideapad_laptop:

sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/ideapad_laptop.conf
past this code:

blacklist ideapad_laptop

The brightness-hotkeys work after:

sudo nano /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-intel.conf
past this code:

Section “Device”
Identifier “card0”
Driver “intel”
Option “Backlight” “intel_backlight”
BusID “PCI:0:2:0”


To enable multitouch on touchpad:

Multitouch on touchpad doesn't work right out of the box. The steps to fix it are here:

To rotate the screen nicely:

I wrote a little script to toogle between the different modes. You can find it here.

This is my code that I'm using, you might want to edit it for other modes.
I included many relevant commands but made them a comment
I mapped it to the button “rotation-lock-key” on the right side. Play a little with this code to get the configuration that fits for you ;-)

Improve WLAN:

The WLAN reception is not as good as the reception of other Laptops - on Win8 and on Ubuntu, so it's a hardware issue.
Have a look at this Photo:

I know - quality sucks - but it's sufficient.
In the right circle you see the WALN card. There are 2 wires one black, one white. They end in the left circle.
Now grab some other wire from your local hardware store, a soldering iron and extend the wires some centimeters.

That did it for me :-)

Upgrade to SSD:

See here

This laptop comes with different HDDs. Mine is the wd5000mpck. It got a proprietary plug called “SFF-8784 edge connector”, same with the wd5000m22k. I haven't found any SSD with this plug yet. So make sure you get a model with the ST500LT032 HDD, so you have a normal SATA-connection.

Please excuse if my English is not the best, I'm German.
further information found on my blog, german and english


Mark Lloyd, 2015/01/21 23:43

I'm using the next version (Utopic) on that laptop (mine came with a 120GB SSD).

Installation went well and almost everything works. F2 during boot does enter setup program (often called BIOS but it shouldn't be). I did not need to disable 'secure boot'.

Some special keys don't seem to work: volume keys (F1-F3 and those on the side), F6 (touchpad?), F8 (what is this?), and the rotate button on the side.

How do you map keys?

Xuni, 2014/08/30 09:12

First: Thanks for completing my work.

About Bluetooth: Where is the Problem? Everything works fine on my laptop. I have a Bluetooth-Mouse and my cellphone connected and I use it regularly.

If you look into the Hardware Manual on Page 60: There are under point 8 two different WLAN/Bluetooth cards. This one is mine:

Do you have the same?

Xuni, 2014/08/30 09:20

I think mine is made by Broadcom so I got the first one “NON-INTEL”

Carson, 2014/07/10 19:24

Thanks for sharing your Ubuntu experience on Yoga 2. I was able to setup everything but Bluetooth using your suggestions. I can operate the bluetooth module but cannot find and pair with any device I currently have. Any comment on this would be greatly appreciated…P.S. –> Backlight settings doesn't work on Xubuntu.

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