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Lenovo IdeaPad Z570

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 laptop. If you have the Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 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.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 specifications page.

NameLenovo IdeaPad Z570
ProcessorIntel Celeron B800 processor (dual-core, 1.50GHz, 2MB cache),
Intel Core i5-2450M processor (dual-core, 2.50GHz, 3MB cache),
Intel Core i7-2670QM processor (quad-core, 2.20GHz, 6MB cache)
Screen15.6“ 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 1TB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 3000,
NVIDIA GT540M
Network10/100 Ethernet
Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000, 1×2 11b/g/n wireless

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks I use cpufreq-utils and keep my processor running at 1GHz mostly
ScreenWorks I belive the kernel from 3.6 version has some better support for Fn keys control
HDDWorks
Optical DriveNot Tested
Graphics ChipSelecting only UMDA in bios does the trick and OS runs without problems,
on the other hand installing Bumblebee does the Optimus trick, but the temps seems to be quite higher keeping nVidia enabled
Ubuntu 12.10 (3.6.6)
VGA OutWorks with 2 monitors setup for me Ubuntu 12.10 (3.6.6)
HDMI OutNot Tested
SoundWorksHere on VLC I noticed some noise on playing movies, had to select ALSA system in VLC settings
Bulti-in MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone JackWorks
Microphone JackWorks
EthernetWorks out of the box Ubuntu 12.10 (3.6.6)
WirelessOut of the box even the manual switch Ubuntu 12.10 (3.6.6)
BluetoothNot Tested
USBWorks out of the box Ubuntu 12.10 (3.6.6)
ESATANot Tested
Card ReaderOut of the box Ubuntu 12.10 (3.6.6)
WebcamWorksTested with Cheese, bit laggy but okay.
Noticed problem in skype when on web call the image gets cropped after a while.
Touch PadOut of the box Ubuntu 12.10 (3.6.6)
Suspend/ResumeNot Tested

Notes

I don't like the temperatures and that the fan is running quite noisy and the area from where the air flows at the keyboard gets a bit hotter.


Discussion

mbouksim, 2013/03/31 22:21

Hi Lupajz

i jut want to ask you how you did to use the Dust Cleaning and Efficient Thermal Dissipation Mode on linux with Z570

thanks in advance

Lupajz, 2013/04/01 06:58

Hello there, atm I haven't been on Linux for some time as I had to use windows but as I remember :
Commands into terminal goes like :
sudo su
cd /sys/devices/platform/ideapad/
and here you just echo selected number into fan_mode file as
there are four available modes:
+ * 0 → Super Silent Mode
+ * 1 → Standard Mode
+ * 2 → Dust Cleaning
+ * 4 → Efficient Thermal Dissipation Mode
so just echo 0 > fan_mode

but your kernel has to be 3.6+ :)

Lupajz, 2012/12/23 20:40

After 6 hours of some basic work :) :

acpitz-virtual-0
Adapter: Virtual device
temp1: +56.0°C (crit = +98.0°C)
temp2: +44.0°C (crit = +126.0°C)

coretemp-isa-0000
Adapter: ISA adapter
Physical id 0: +56.0°C (high = +86.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 0: +56.0°C (high = +86.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 1: +50.0°C (high = +86.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)

Also I noticed I tried Silent Fan mode doesn't seems to work as much as on Windows :) other modes, like Dust Cleaning and Efficient Thermal Dissipation Mode seem to work pretty nice :) I am pretty satisfied with this almost one year old machine :)

Don, 2012/12/02 15:30

Hi

I have this laptop aswell. When I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on it, there were some abnormal temperature problems. My only fix after messing around was to turn of the graphics card in the bios. I now have over 3 hours of battery life, and my temperatures are as follows:

Adapter: Virtual device
temp1: +49.0°C (crit = +98.0°C)
temp2: +40.0°C (crit = +126.0°C)

coretemp-isa-0000
Adapter: ISA adapter
Physical id 0: +49.0°C (high = +86.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 0: +49.0°C (high = +86.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 1: +45.0°C (high = +86.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)

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