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Lenovo IdeaPad Z575


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo IdeaPad Z575 laptop. If you have the Lenovo IdeaPad Z575 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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For full specifications see the Lenovo IdeaPad Z575 specifications page.

NameLenovo IdeaPad Z575
ProcessorAMD Accelerated Processor E2-3000M (dual-core, 1.80GHz, 1MB L2 cache),
AMD Accelerated Processor A4-3300M (dual-core, 1.90GHz, 2MB L2 cache),
AMD Accelerated Processor A6-3400M (quad-core, 1.40GHz, 4MB L2 cache)
Screen15.6“ 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 750GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsAMD Radeon HD 6380G Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 6480G Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 6520G Graphics
Network10/100 Ethernet
Broadcom or Atheros chip 11b/g/n wireless

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
Graphics ChipPartialDual graphics only partially supported, but does work
VGA OutYes
Bulti-in MicrophoneYes
Headphone JackYes
Microphone JackYes
ESATANot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
Touch PadYes
Suspend/ResumeIssuesCan be temperamental


Tested with Ubuntu 12.04, most features work out of the box. After the installation under root user install AMD proprietary driver and execute command

aticonfig --initial

You may run AMD Catalyst Control Center later on to finally adjust video settings.
Option to use low (integrated) graphics can leave the system unbootable. AMD graphics works well in default mode (discreet graphics), however, this does negatively affect the battery life.

Note on the previous: I was able to get the low-powered (integrated) graphics working, but only if I first (1) left Catalyst in its default full-power mode, and then (2) disabled the discrete graphics card in the BIOS. This was on Ubuntu 10.10 x64, I haven't gotten suspend working on 12.04 yet, so the graphics will be the next issue there.


Overall, pretty good experience with Ubuntu. Other distros such as CrunchBang have been more work, for example, wifi only worked after updating package over Ethernet and sound required PulseAudio (used in Ubuntu) to be installed for it to work.


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