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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
For full specifications see the Lenovo IdeaPad Z510 specifications page.
|Name||Lenovo IdeaPad Z510|
|Processor||Intel 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)
|Screen||15.6“ Full HD display (1920 x 1080)
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
Intel HD Graphics 4000
Intel Centrino Wireless N-2230
|Installation||Issues||See Notes for solution|
|Graphics Chip||Brightness Issues||See Notes for solution|
|Display Port||Not Tested|
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.
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:
to update GRUB's configuration file (you probably need to enter your password).
You can enter a summary of how well the Lenovo IdeaPad Z510 works with Linux here.