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    Re: Lenovo Ideapad Y500 LiveUSB Problem

    I'm having the same problem on my Y500. I'm going to try booting Ubuntu liveusb in text mode (nomodeset) and from there installing nvidia drivers and proceeding with installation. Do you think this would work? Has anybody tried that?

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    Re: Lenovo Ideapad Y500 LiveUSB Problem

    I had a similar problem booting from a LiveUSB and the USB losing power on my Sony Vaio. It ended up being a combination of things:

    1) The first USB drive I used seemed slow, and was prone to lose power on all USB ports. This same drive worked on other computers, I believe it was specific to UEFI not liking it.

    2) After switching to a different USB (Staples Relay), I found that one of the laptop's USB ports worked, and the other did not.

    So my suggestion would be try using a different brand of USB drive, and try different ports to see if you have better luck.

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    Re: Lenovo Ideapad Y500 LiveUSB Problem

    I found a way to boot ubuntu with graphics.

    1)in the BIOS at the boot section change UEFI to Legacy, and select the options that says to boot Legacy first.
    2) It will automatically boot from the pendrive (I've used unetbootin) and it will be OK with graphics and all.
    3) In this way you will have problems to boot into windows, simply turn on the computer while pressing F12 (it will make a lot of beeps but it's OK) and select windows. Or simply setup in the BIOS to boot UEFI first...

    BTW Fedora 16 boots in graphics mode, even though both ethernet and wireless card don't work!
    Last edited by gabriele.lanaro; December 22nd, 2012 at 06:37 AM.

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    Re: Lenovo Ideapad Y500 LiveUSB Problem

    The Atheros AR8161 needs the alx driver from compat-wireless. This post may help: http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...46&postcount=2

    In my Arch install I didn't have problems with the wireless connection so I didn't get the alx driver going for the ethernet card until later.

    Edit: glad to hear you found a way to get it booting up properly.
    Last edited by y400; December 22nd, 2012 at 06:42 AM.

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    Re: Lenovo Ideapad Y500 LiveUSB Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by y400 View Post
    The Atheros AR8161 needs the alx driver from compat-wireless. This post may help: http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...46&postcount=2

    In my Arch install I didn't have problems with the wireless connection so I didn't get the alx driver going for the ethernet card until later.

    Edit: glad to hear you found a way to get it booting up properly.
    Thank you for your explanation! Can you suggest me a good partition setup? I'm a bit worried about deleting/shrinking some important partition and mess up the windows 8 installation (I'm going to keep this for games). Do you think it's OK to shrink the windows 8 partition?

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    Re: Lenovo Ideapad Y500 LiveUSB Problem

    Use Windows to shrink the Windows partition and reboot a couple of times to let Windows run chkdsk and make whatever fixes it wants for its new size.

    Then backup efi & Windows partitions.

    Backup windows before install - post by Mark Phelps
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2040149
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1626990
    http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp
    Another suggestion by srs5694
    http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm

    Windows 8 UEFI repair USB must be FAT32
    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/For...-166dddf32205/

    The installer will use your existing efi partition and you do not need the bios_grub. With Windows 8 you just about have to have the shared NTFS data partition and set Windows 8 partition as read only in Ubuntu.

    For the Total space you want for Ubuntu:
    Ubuntu's standard install is just / (root) & swap, but it is better to add another partition for /home if allocating over 30GB.:
    If gpt(not MBR) partitioning include these two first - all partitions with gpt are primary
    250 MB efi FAT32 (for UEFI boot or future use for UEFI)
    1 MB bios_grub no format (for BIOS boot)
    Ubuntu partitions - smaller root only where hard drive space is limited.
    If total space less than about 30GB just use / not separate /home or standard install.
    1. 10-25 GB Mountpoint / primary or logical beginning ext4(or ext3)
    2. all but 2 GB Mountpoint /home logical beginning ext4(or ext3)
    3. 2 GB Mountpoint swap logical

    Depending on how much memory you have you may not absolutely need swap but having some is still recommended. I do not hibernate (boots fast enough for me) but if hibernating then you need swap equal to RAM in GiB not GB. And if dual booting with windows a shared NTFS partition is also recommended. But you usually cannot create that as part of the install, just leave some space. Or partition in advance (recommended).
    One advantage of partitioning in advance is that the installer will use the swap space to speed up the install. Thanks Herman for the tip.
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/DiskSpace
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to close thread when/if answered completely.







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    Re: Lenovo Ideapad Y500 LiveUSB Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by haspelbein View Post
    I am trying to use the Ubuntu 12.10 Secure Remix to install Ubuntu on a Lenovo Ideapad Y500. My goal was to install a dual boot option alongside Windows 8. This was my first attempt at installing Ubuntu in a UEFI configuration.

    After creating the bootable USB stick, I disabled the Secure Boot option in the BIOS.

    I was able to boot from the USB stick and got the GRUB menu. Both the installation and boot w/o installation options resulted in a blank screen.

    During the next boot attempt I used the "e" option to edit the kernel boot parameters.

    Removing "quiet splash" and adding "text" I hoped to see text command line interface. Instead it seemed that the text output was compressed in the top 1/6th of the screen, rendering it unreadable.

    Unfortunately, without a command line interface I don't have many options. Anybody had similar results on a Lenovo Ideapad Y500?
    I have been able to successfully dual boot with Ubuntu 12.1 and Win 8. I had the blank screen issue that you mentioned when trying to install/boot from a liveUSB but getting into the BIOS and modifying the bios to have "Legacy Support" instead of UEFI did the trick. With that change, I was able to gui install from the USB. However, GRUB was not loading the correct UEFI bootloader for win 8 but was able to boot ubuntu OK. Installing and running the boot-repair tool with the default settings resolved the issue.
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair

    Installing the nVidia drivers (which had dependencies on linux-generic..sigh) was the next step. I'm yet to be able to control backlight or use the webcam but hope to get there...

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    Re: Lenovo Ideapad Y500 LiveUSB Problem

    One important issue in 12.10 Xubuntu (also in 12.10 Ubuntu?): could not control brightness, probably another problem of the nouveau driver. I installed the nvidia driver and it gives me the nvidia-settings to control brightess.

    Y400, see below, is right. I assumed this was brightness control. I installed nvidiabl and now can control brightness with my Y500 Fn keys! See also:

    http://askubuntu.com/questions/15060...ing-in-precise
    Last edited by peterpm; December 31st, 2012 at 06:28 PM. Reason: Brightness now controlled by Fn keys

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    Re: Lenovo Ideapad Y500 LiveUSB Problem

    With my Y400 running Arch I'm using the nvidia driver and needed the nvidiabl driver to be able to change the brightness. With the module loaded, it adds an interface at /sys/class/backlight/nvidia_backlight where you should be able to change the brightness parameter. To get the fn keys to change the brightness, I'm using the acpi scripts from here with the sony events changed for this laptop.

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    Re: Lenovo Ideapad Y500 LiveUSB Problem

    Could you fill us in on how to capture those key events so that we can modify the script to run on our laptops? I'm trying to get the function keys working on a Y500.

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