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14% (5)
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Lenovo IdeaPad Z510

Introduction

Lenovo IdeaPad Z510 runs Linux on it very well and really very good high performance laptop which is ideal for developers as well as games.You can run linux on it but need to change some settings.READ BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS

Specifications

For full specifications see the Lenovo IdeaPad Z510 specifications page.

NameLenovo IdeaPad Z510
ProcessorIntel Celeron 2950M (2.0 GHz 400 MHz 2MB)
Intel Celeron 2950M (2.0GHz 1600MHz 2MB)
4th Generation Intel Core i5-4200M (3.10 GHz 400 MHz 3 MB)
4th Generation Intel Core i7-4700MQ (2.40GHz 1600MHz 6MB)
Screen15.6“ Full HD display (1920 x 1080)
15.6” HD display (1366 x 768)
16:9 widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 1TB HDD 5400 RPM
Optical DriveDVD reader/writer (dual layer)
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4600
Intel HD Graphics 4000
NetworkUnknown
Intel Centrino Wireless N-2230

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
InstallationIssuesSee Notes for solution
ProcessorWorking
ScreenWorking
HDDWorking
Graphics ChipBrightness IssuesSee Notes for solution
VGA OutWorking
HDMI OutWorking
Display PortNot Tested
Optical DriveWorking
SoundWorking
MicrophoneWorking
Headphone PortWorking
Microphone-In PortWorking
EthernetWorking
WirelessWorking
BluetoothWorking
USBWorking
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderWorking
WebcamWorking
KeyboardWorking
TouchPadWorking
Suspend/ResumeWorking

Notes

For Installing Linux on this Lenovo Z510, you need to configure live usb before installing ::
If you are installing Opensuse 13.1 then you don't have to configure anything and you can continue with the installation.
If you are installing Ubuntu 13 or 14 or anyother linux(I have not personally tested all of them :P) then you have to configure kernel parameters otherwise it would just go black screen before installation
How to enable kernel options on the livecd (before install) ::
If you boot ubuntu from a livecd (or USB stick), right after the bios splash screen you will get a purple screen with a keyboard logo at the bottom:

Press any key at that moment to access a menu. Select your language with the arrow keys, press enter and you will see this menu:

If you press the F6 key, a menu at the bottom will open allowing you to set kernel options with the space bar or enter key.Select the option nomodeset here and you can close the menu with escape key and resume booting by selecting the option “try ubuntu without installing” (please note that session does allow you to install ubuntu once you found the kernel options cured your problem).
If you need to add kernel options not provided by the F6 menu, you can just type them in at the end of the boot options line.
After installation you again need to nomodeset to boot to your installation if you got black screen and this time follow below guide and replace acpi_osi=!Windows with nomodeset in below “Steps to temporarily add a boot parameter to a kernel::“ guide

To solve Brightness Issue you Need to install Intel Graphic driver for linux :: https://01.org/linuxgraphics/downloads
and then add the kernel boot parameters acpi_osi=!Windows

Steps to temporarily add a boot parameter to a kernel::
1.Start your system and wait for the GRUB menu to show (if you don't see a GRUB menu, press and hold the left Shift key right after starting the system).
2.Now highlight the kernel(like Ubuntu or anyother distribution) you want to use, and press the e key. You should be able to see and edit the commands associated with the highlighted kernel.
3.Go down to the line starting with linux and add your parameter acpi_osi!=Windows to its end.
4.Now press Ctrl + x to boot.

For
1.Run terminal after booting Ubuntu :
2.gksudo gedit /etc/default/grub
and enter your password.
3.Find the line starting with GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT and append acpi_osi!=Windows to its end. For example:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=“quiet splash acpi_osi!=Windows”
4.Save the file and close the editor.
5.Finally, start a terminal and run:
sudo update-grub
to update GRUB's configuration file (you probably need to enter your password).

Summary

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Discussion

Christopher David, 2014/08/03 09:19

Debian 8 (jessie) Xfce on z510 with Alpha Installer from CD and by ethernet

Installation Issues See Notes for solution
Processor Working
Screen Working
HDD Working
Graphics Chip Working (HD4600), Nvidia GT 740M not Tested
VGA Out Working
HDMI Out Not Tested
Display Port Not Tested
Optical Drive Working
Sound Working (after “apt-get install pulseaudio”)
Microphone Not Tested
Headphone Port Not Tested
Microphone-In Port Not Tested
Ethernet Working
Wireless MASSIVE PROBLEMS (Boradcom 14e4:4365 see below)
Bluetooth Not Tested
USB Working (also USB3)
Firewire Not Tested
Card Reader Not Tested
Webcam Not Tested
Keyboard Working
TouchPad Working (incorrect driver detected, multitouch not working with default installation)
Suspend/Resume Working with kernel 3.14 (kernel 3.13 had problems with shutdown), kernel 3.14 installed by “apt-get update” and “apt-get dist-upgrade”

Hotkeys Working (only not working: volume up/down)
Boottime 16s

Solution for WLAN Broadcom 14e4:4365

1) Check if WLAN chip is Broadcom [14e4:4365] with
“lspci -nn”

2) Check activity of WLAN chip by
“rfkill list”

3) Download precompiled driver from broadcom:
http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php

4) Download kernel sources
“apt-get build-dep”
“apt-get linux-sources”
“tar xzf <path>/hybrid-….tar.gz”
“make”
→ then it works! :-)

dilnix, 2014/05/29 15:22

I have version with i3 2.4 GHz & HD display.
Installed Fedora 20 KDE.
All working fine. But I don't understand how to use NVIDIA card instead of integrated Intel HD Graphics - installing xorg-x11-drv-nvidia kills Xserver after reboot.
And some problem with ALPS touchpad. System recognized it am PS/2 mouse. So it works only for move (one touch), left click (also by tap) & right click. No any scrolling (nor by borders, nor by 2 fingers). There is some project in web, that is trying to port ALPS driver as dynamic kernel module. But I can't complete build it - there is error like “build failed for my kernel”.
If anybody knows how to make it (ALPS) working full in Fedora KDE Linux - contact with me by email “dilnix” at gmail.

Ashish Bansal, 2014/05/21 18:11

Name Lenovo IdeaPad Z510
Processor 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4700MQ (2.40GHz 1600MHz 6MB)
Screen 15.6” HD display (1366 x 768)
RAM Up to 8GB
HDD Up to 1TB HDD 5400 RPM
Optical Drive DVD reader/writer (dual layer)
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4600
Network
Intel Centrino Wireless N-2230
Linux Compatibility Yes with NOMODESET in kernel parameters

Device Compatibility Comments
Processor Working
Screen Working
HDD Working
Graphics Chip Brightness Issues:Needs to install Intel Graphic driver for linux :: https://01.org/linuxgraphics/downloads
VGA Out Not Tested
HDMI Out Not Tested
Display Port Not Tested
Optical Drive Working
Sound Working
Microphone Working
Headphone Port Working
Microphone-In Port Working
Ethernet Working
Wireless Working
Bluetooth Working
USB Working
Firewire Not Tested
Card Reader Working
Webcam Working
Keyboard Working
TouchPad Working
Suspend/Resume Not Tested

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