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IdeaPad Y510 and Ubuntu Gutsy 7.10

Today I received the IdeaPad Y510.
After booting into Vista for the first time in this machine I proceeded to prepare the machine for Ubuntu to be installed as a Dual Boot operating system.

Here is what to do:

Boot into Windows Vista and go to Disk Management. (Right-Click on Computer > Manage > Disk Management)

If your IdeaPad is setup like mine the partitioning will be setup like so:

1. 30 GB Partition (where Vista runs from)
2. 190 GB Partition (this is an NTFS data partition)
3. 15 GB Partition (this is the recovery partition)

So what you want to do now is “Shrink” the 30GB partition to about 25GB (which is about as much as it allows you to shrink it). This will create a small partition that is labeled as “Unallocated”.
Then “Remove” the 190GB partition and “Delete” the resulting “Free Space”.
This will create a single large partition labeled as “Unallocated”.

Your work in Vista is done and you can Shut Down and boot up with the Ubuntu CD inserted.

From there you can complete setup easily by choosing the partitioning option of “Guided – Use largest continuous free space” or manually partitioning your ext3 and swap partitions.

From there on out its smooth sailing … as far as the installation goes.

First thing you may notice is that the Subwoofer is not working. Also the Compiz effects will not start.
For the Subwoofer there is a solution, but I am afraid that the problem with Compiz will not be repaired until October 2008 due to the type of graphics card that Intel recently released.
The Webcam also is a pretty new type of cam, and as such will not be working just yet.

The Subwoofer can be made to work by doing the following:

First, you need to make sure you have the right stuff installed

sudo aptitude install build-essential libncurses-dev gettext linux-headers-`uname -r`

Next get the latest ALSA drivers, and stow them away in some directory.

* alsa-driver
* alsa-lib
* alsa-utils

Next step is to create a directory for the files and copy the tar.bz2 files to that directory:

sudo mkdir -p /usr/src/alsa
cd /usr/src/alsa
sudo cp ~/* .
sudo tar xjf alsa-driver*.bz2
sudo tar xjf alsa-lib*.tar.bz2
sudo tar xjf alsa-utils*.tar.bz2

Next, compile and install:

– Compile and install alsa-driver

cd alsa-driver*
sudo ./configure –with-cards=hda-intel
sudo make
sudo make install

– Compile and install alsa-lib

cd ../alsa-lib*
sudo ./configure
sudo make
sudo make install

– Compile and install alsa-utils

cd ../alsa-utils*
sudo ./configure
sudo make
sudo make install

Next to tell alsa-base what to do:

sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base

at the end of that file, add:

options snd-hda-intel model=lenovo-ms7195-dig

Reboot and see if it’s working.

If it is not, do the following:

sudo su
cd /lib/modules/2.6.22-14-generic/ubuntu/media/snd-hda-intel/
mv snd-hda-intel.ko snd-hda-intel.ko.bak
ln -s /lib/modules/2.6.22-14-generic/kernel/sound/pci/hda/snd-hda-intel.ko /lib/modules/2.6.22-14-generic/ubuntu/media/snd-hda-intel/snd-hda-intel.ko
cd /usr/src/alsa/alsa-driver-1.0.16rc2/modules
cp * /lib/modules/2.6.22-14-generic/kernel/sound/
depmod -a

Reboot and it should be working.

Good Luck!

The all-new IdeaPad…

Recently I was informed about a laptop I had previously not heard of. Lenovo has had its own line of Lenovo products and then more recently the world-renown Thinkpad which was pioneered and developed by IBM for many years.

The Thinkpad is clearly one of the best quality, business laptop’s in the industry, and the Lenovo products are well… not at all the Thinkpad quality. So Lenovo needed to create an in-between unit, something fit for the home and hobbyist, but one which also was very good quality.

So out came the IdeaPad.
The IdeaPad has some amazingly innovative features in it, some of which come as a first in the realm of notebook computing. Apart from the amazing features there is also the price, which is incredibly low for the specs you get.
Here is what the IdeaPad Y510 comes with and the price:

Processor* (speed, L2 cache, FSB)
Intel® Core™2 Duo T5550 (1.6 GHz, 2 MB, 667 MHz)
Operating system
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium 32
15.4″ widescreen WXGA VibrantView (1280 x 800)
Video graphics
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 (up to 256 MB)
Hard drive*
Up to 250GB 5400rpm Serial ATA
2GB PC2-5300/667 MHz (can support up to 4 GB)
Optical drive
Dual Layer CD/DVD Recordable
1.3 megapixel integrated camera
4 speakers, 1 sub-woofer Dolby® Home Theater™
Integrated communications*
Modem, 10/100 Ethernet, Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG or 4965AGN
6.4 lb. including battery (2.90 kg)
14.3″ x 10.2″ x 1.1″-1.4″ (362mm x260mm x 29.2 -36.2mm)
1 year system /1 year battery
Battery Life (6-cell Li-Ion battery)
Approx. 4 hours

I got one on Ebay Brand New in Sealed Box for: $700 (USD)

As you may have seen this laptop comes with a built-in webcam which couples as a VeriFace apparatus as well, meaning that you can login with the webcam scanning your face.
This IdeaPad also comes with a genuine 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound System built in, with a total of 4 speakers (2 front and 2 back) and 1 subwoofer which is positioned underneath the laptop. WOW! Those who already bought the machine have been in awe at the quality of sound.

The IdeaPad also has a screen which reaches to the end of the lid, meaning there is no surrounding bezel as it the case with most any other laptop. The LCD is covered with a protective film of sorts.

All who have bought the IdeaPad have marveled at the quality and strength of the unit, saying that it was very tight and that they felt no flexing or bending of the composite material which makes up the outer shell.

Once I receive mine I will attempt to install Ubuntu Gutsy onto it and will keep you all informed about how that goes. From what I have read everything but the webcam works pretty much out of the box, and the webcam is on the virge of being sorted out.
So time will tell….
But all in all the IdeaPad sounds very rich in features and quality … and at the same time very well priced!