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Lenovo IdeaPad Z400


Carlos González


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 laptop. If you have the Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

I've installed Kubuntu 12.04.2 from USB. Keeping UEFI enabled but disabling Secure Boot, I did not have any problem during installation, see notes below. This is very good laptop to use with Linux, with excelent price/quality/perfomance ratio.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Lenovo IdeaPad Z400. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 specifications page.

NameLenovo IdeaPad Z400
Processor3rd generation Intel Core i5 3230M processor
Screen14“ 1366×768 Widescreen
RAM6GB DDR3 1600Mhz.
Up to 16GB
HDD1TB 5400rpm
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel HD4000
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M 2GB
Network10/100 Ethernet

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
Graphics ChipNot Tested
HDMI OutNot Tested
Bulti-in MicrophoneYes
Headphone/Microphone JackYes Combo jack
USBYes 2 USB 2.0.
1 USB 3.0
Card ReaderYes
Touch PadYes


Note that this laptop comes with UEFI and Secure Boot enable. In order to install linux you must disable Secure Boot, maintaining UEFI enabled. In order to access to bios and boot setup, press the 'Novo button' (next to DC jack) when the laptop is off.
The partition table is GPT so you will see a lot of primary partitions (windows, uefi boot, recovery, etc). From windows, you can resize the main partition to provide the necessary space to create extra partitions for linux.


The Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 works well Linux, there's no compatibility problems.


Valquiria, 2018/11/12 14:11

“ The Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 works well Linux, there's no compatibility problems. ”
That is not the truth. I had to change the hard disk and I decided to install the ubuntu on my lenovo z400, but the brigthness still not working, and I had try every method that I found on internet.

Miguel Lopes, 2018/08/25 16:46

Olá, seu sistema linux Kubuntu 12.04.2, continua funcionando em seu Ideapad Z400? Pergunto porque estou querendo migrar do win7 para Linux.

Mauricio, 2015/04/24 15:43

in debian jessie i found problems with the brightness, imposibble to change with normal and suggested methods. any help will be well received

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