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    Lenovo Ideapad Y510 is Go (Continued / NEW)

    This is a Thread to continue the "Lenovo Ideapad Y510 is GO by wyth" do to the fact that the thread is now "Read Only"

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=687663


    I am happy to see that both Google and Ubuntuforums are showing this thread is search results. The fact that wyth's thread was so good was a major reson I got this laptop. I didn't want to see the tread die. I hope this tread takes over were wyth's thead ended. Whith all the GUN community spirit & development. Keeping all the fixes & info related to the Lenovo Ideapad in one place.

    Keep up the good work everyone

    bwsmith7 Found a fix for the Webcam Upside down problem !!!
    check below for the fix.
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    Re: Lenovo Ideapad Y510 is Go (Continued / NEW)

    How To get the Webcam To work "right side up"

    (This is only a problem with some laptops. try it first. If the image is upside down. then do this.)

    bwsmith7 Found a fix for this YA!


    Well Just follow this link and do what it says to do.
    On page 55 of this tread bwsmith7 said this worked for him.

    http://radu.cotescu.com/2009/11/05/f...ubuntu-webcam/






    How to get the sound working

    Copy of wyth's post on Page 15 of this thread


    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=870681&page=15

    Okay, I'm just basically reposting what is already on this Ubuntu help page and on the previous Lenovo Ideapad Y510 is GO page, but with some new tweaks. This guide is using the 1.0.18rc3 ALSA drivers, but this will/should work for other drivers.

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

    Code:

    Code:
      sudo aptitude install build-essential libncurses-dev gettext linux-headers-`uname -r`
    Next get the latest ALSA drivers; they'll be downloaded to wherever your default downloads go, but you're going to move them to a new directory. For this case, I'll use the Desktop.


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

    From here...
    http://www.alsa-project.org/main/index.php/Main_Page

    Next step is to create a /usr/src/alsa directory for the files and copy the tar.bz2 files to that directory; you may have this directory of you've rolled your own drivers in the past:

    Code:

    Code:
    sudo mkdir -p /usr/src/alsa
    cd /usr/src/alsa
    sudo cp ~/Desktop/alsa* .
    sudo tar xjf alsa-driver*.bz2
    sudo tar xjf alsa-lib*.tar.bz2
    sudo tar xjf alsa-utils*.tar.bz2
    * Compile and install alsa-driver

    Code:

    Code:
    cd alsa-driver* 
    sudo ./configure --with-card-options=hda-codec-realtek,hda-codec-analog,hda-codec-sigmatel,hda-codec-via,hda-codec-atihdmi,hda-codec-conexant,hda-codec-cmedia,hda-codec-si3054,hda-generic
    sudo make
    sudo make install
    * Compile and install alsa-lib

    Code:

    Code:
    cd ../alsa-lib* 
    sudo ./configure 
    sudo make 
    sudo make install
    * Compile and install alsa-utils

    Code:

    Code:
    cd ../alsa-utils* 
    sudo ./configure 
    sudo make 
    sudo make install
    Next find out what sound card you're using:

    Code:

    Code:
    cat /proc/asound/card0/codec#* | grep Codec
    The Y510 uses RealTek ALC888, so look for that. (This may be different if you have a newer version of the Y510 with some different hardware.)

    Next you can check the ALSA-Configuration for specifics on the sound card. I found it at
    Code:

    Code:
    /usr/src/alsa/alsa-driver*/alsa-kernel/Documentation/ALSA-Configuration.txt
    Look for the section titled ALC883/888. There are many possible options, and some work better than others.

    ‣ 3stack-6ch
    ‣ 3stack-6ch-intel
    ‣ lenovo-101e (Lenovo 101E)
    ‣ lenovo-nb0763 ( Lenovo NB0763)
    ‣ lenovo-ms7195-dig (Lenovo MS7195)
    ‣ lenovo-sky (Lenovo Sky)
    ‣ auto (Gets the information from BIOS)

    Next to tell alsa-base what to do:
    Code:

    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base
    at the end of that file, add:
    Code:

    Code:
      options snd-hda-intel model=MODEL
    For model=MODEL, use one of the options from above, such as:

    ‣ options snd-hda-intel model=lenovo-sky

    I found model=lenovo-sky worked beautifully and then you will have no problem with the speakers muteing with you plug in headphones.

    You will want to reboot now...

    Code:
    sudo reboot
    Then you will want to set up the default sound settings by doing this...

    Open a shell and swich to the root user:

    Code:
    sudo su
    Then set the sound up to the way you would like it at startup:
    (Hint, make sure headphone is NOT muted, Frount to 100%, Surround 100%, Center 100%, LFE 100%, Side 100%, and I like to have Master set to 50% at startup.)

    (Hint, use the arow keys and the "Esc" key to exit)

    Code:
    alsamixer
    After exiting the Alsamixer, run this command to save your sound settings:

    Code:
    alsactl store
    Then reboot:

    Code:
    reboot
    Reboot and see if it's working. In the past, kernel updates did not break this. The surround sound features are present, the system sounds work, and the headphones automatically mute all speakers when plugged in.

    __________________________________________________ ___________________________________



    How to get the sound working in Arch Linux

    In the shell:

    pacman -S alsa-oss alsa-utils alsa-lib

    Then add this line to the end of /etc/modprobe.conf

    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/modprobe.conf
    Code:
    options snd-hda-intel model=lenovo-sky
    reboot or restart the alsa daemon

    Code:
    sudo reboot
    Then you will want to set up the default sound settings by doing this...

    Open a shell and swich to the root user:

    Code:
    sudo su
    Then set the sound up to the way you would like it at startup:
    (Hint, make sure headphone is NOT muted, Frount to 100%, Surround 100%, Center 100%, LFE 100%, Side 100%, and I like to have Master set to 50% at startup.)

    (Hint, use the arow keys and the "Esc" key to exit)

    Code:
    alsamixer
    After exiting the Alsamixer, run this command to save your sound settings:

    Code:
    alsactl store
    Reboot and all well be working
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    Re: Lenovo Ideapad Y510 is Go (Continued / NEW)

    Lenovo Ideapad Y510 is Go Summary, Linux Compatibility List

    I will update this and add new sections as needed. All Page #'s are in reference to wyth's thread found here;

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=687663

    Web cam= mite be upside down.... bwsmith7 fond a FIX ! check it out on this web site.
    http://radu.cotescu.com/2009/11/05/f...ubuntu-webcam/


    Backlight= Fixed in 2.6.28 Kernel
    Backlight= YA, Big Thanks to chrismulderza . He fixed the backlight by fixing errors in the DSDT (( a file which is part of the BIOS and tells the ACPI module in the Kernel what kind of hardware the computer is made out of and how to use it i.e. backlight and what is up/down and max bright and all that stuff))
    You can find his fix on page 21 of this thread.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=870681&page=21


    HDD Load_Cycal_Count= Page 16-17...Install Laptop-mode-tools and set the powersaveing setting to 254 on AC and Bat... Read up on Laptop-mode-tools there are a lot of options.

    Sound= All better now Big Thanks to Wyth. For Pwning up this problem form the git go. He has now come up with some new driver compolation flags to build the alsa driver better. He also spent the time to go though the new ALSA relece to find a new Module for our laptop "lenovo-sky" head phones mute now and sound is better.

    Hibernation= Works again now in Ubuntu 8.10

    Suspend to ram= Works again now in Ubuntu 8.10

    BIOS Update
    New BIOS out 06CN33WW.ROM so this is out of date untill we get more feed back

    The newest BIOS vertion that works well is ***31.ROM

    . Page=3-4 Of "This Thread". There is a "CRITICAL BIOS UPDATE" for all the Ideapad laptops. Lenovo only lets you download a .exe for Vi$ta. You mite want to do that before you install Linux. However you can update the BIOS in Linux look at P20 for the links and stuff. I Flashed my BIOS from my 1GB USB dirve. You can see my HOW TO below. I have also writen a description of what the BIOS is on page=3 Of "This" thread.

    To make things really EZ, I have writen a script to make a USB Thumb Dirve that you can use to flash your BIOS. It works vary well. It takes all the guess work and effort out of flashing your BIOS. You can find it on page=4 of this thread
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...37#post5552537

    CD/DVD Just Works... No problems at all. THE Y710 with the BlueRay drive dosn't work right now. But I have hope we will fix it at some point.

    Multi Card Reader Well the SD cards work I have not tried MMC or MS.....

    VGA Port Just Works... No problems at all.

    S-Video Port I don't konw.... PM me if you know.

    RJ-45 Ethernet Port Just Works...No problems at all.

    FireWire Just Works... No problems at all.

    Bluetooth Just Works... May need to use something other then NetworkManager.

    WiFi Just Works... No problems at all. Got to love intel's OpenSource commitment.

    Media Buttons Just Works in Ubuntu. Or in archlinux I justed maped them in VLC an my Mediaplayer.

    Fn Keys Just Works...
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    Re: Lenovo Ideapad Y510 is Go (Continued / NEW)


    MY info quite probably could be out of date. I don't own this laptop anymore and My post were talking about the First model of this laptop. As you can see in the pic's in the first post. The NEW Y510 you probably have doesn't look like this. However, the hardware is probably close to the same. Heck probably all Lenovo hardware is close to the same.
    ================================================== ==
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++
    ================================================== ==



    Lenovo Ideapad Y510 Flash BIOS "HOW TO"

    New BIOS 06CN33WW.ROM

    NOTE: If this all looks vary confusing and/or you don't want to wast 30-40min's doing all of this then just run the script I wrote on page=4 of this thread

    Bash Script >>>>>>>>>>>>>
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=870681&page=4


    This is what I did. I take no resposability if your compuer turns into a coster. If your BIOS gets messed up or if ANYTHING goses wrong with the BIOS Flashing your computer with not even start, it will be worthless!!!!! You should read more about it if this is new to you.

    You can also check out this link for more info and options

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=694513

    Downloaded the .ROM file posted by me

    http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.p...2&d=1231117384

    Save it to your home folder and unpack it with this comand

    Code:
    cd ~
    tar xvf 06CN31WW.bios.update.tar.gz
    Then put a USB thumb dirve in your box and used gparted to format it to FAT32

    Then install "mbr"

    in Ubuntu=
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install mbr
    In Archlinux= You have to get it from Aur. I just edited the PKGBUILD file to read ARCH='x86_64' insted of ARCH='i686'.

    To write boot sector on the thumb drive I issued the following command.. Make sure to change the /dev/sdX as needed

    Code:
    sudo install-mbr --enable A1 --partition 1  --force --timeout 0  /dev/sdX
    ((
    Replace the "sdx" in /dev with the corect device. On my box it was "/dev/sdb1". You can find out what it is by mounting the the USB thumb drive and using the df comand. Look for the drive that has the same size as the thumb drive or look for the new one. d

    df output with thumb drive mounted

    ilesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
    /dev/sda3 20807216 3951644 15806932 20% /
    none 1025920 0 1025920 0% /dev/shm
    /dev/sda1 132221 16147 109247 13% /boot
    /dev/sda4 220285256 68871332 140312208 33% /home
    /dev/sdb1 1002056 198852 803204 20% /media/disk
    ))

    You will need image of a bootable Floppy...(I don't think you really need to do this step because you are not booting into the USB drive... But it is your BIOS so don't mess around)

    The file here http://www.fdos.org/bootdisks/autogen/FDOEM.144.gz contains bootable image of a basic (OEM) Freedos floppy disk, this version does not contain himem.sys so it is suitable for flashing bios. I have extracted it into home directory using Ark but you can use anything you like
    Or just type in command

    Code:
    cd ~
    gunzip FDOEM.144.gz
    (I have put "cd ~" to make sure that your terminal is located in the user's home folder, I also assume that you have saved the file in the home folder).

    Create new folder in your home folder, either from GUI or by issuing the following command

    Code:
    cd ~
    mkdir fdoem144
    Then mount the image FDOEM.144 into the folder you have created above by issuing following commands

    Code:
    cd ~
    modprobe loop
    sudo mount -o loop FDOEM.144 fdoem144
    Now you can just use dolphin/GNOME Konqueror/KDE. Open a few windows for /fdoem144, the usb sick (just click on the desktop icon), and the BIOS .ROM file. Drag and drop all the files from ~/fdoem144 and the .ROM file to the USB thumb drive.

    Or you can just run these 2 comands in the shell (( LOOK, These commands copy the files to the "Mount Point" where the thumb drive is mounted you can find the corect mount point with the df command))

    Code:
    cp ~/fdoem144/* /media/disk
    cp ~/06CN29WW.ROM /media/disk
    Now clean up the junk

    Code:
    sudo sync
    sudo unmount ~/fdoem144
    rmdir ~/fdoem144
    rm ~/06CN31WW.ROM
    rm ~/06CN31WW.bios.update.tar.gz
    Then reboot with the USB thumb drive in and hit F2 when the "Lenovo Logo" BIOS POST screen appears to enter the CMOS. Go over to BOOT tab and go down to HardDrive (Not Boot Order) then select the USB Thumb Drive as the 1st hard drve. Then F10 and yes to save changes. Then when the Lenovo BIOS POST Screen appers on reboot hit F4 to enter the BIOS FLASHING program. The USB Thumb Drive will be seen as the C: drive. Select the .ROM file in the list on the Right of the screen and start the BIOS FLASH. (NOTE: Your hart may stop beating... This is normal) Pray to any God you know of and your computer should restart just like normal. Hit F2 and the BIOS will now stay it is 06CN29WW. You will need to set the boot order to the way you like it and other things if you need to because they have been changed to the default.

    Thanks To wyth For the .ROM file. That takes a big pain in the *** step out of it

    Well, for some reson I am haveing problems compressing the new .ROM fiel. but you can just use wine to extract it.in the meen time
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    Re: Lenovo Ideapad Y510 is Go (Continued / NEW)

    I have a script that installs ALSA 1.0.17 http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=820959

    If you folks find a certain model= keyword works better than others, let me know so I can add it to the list (in the thread linked above).
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    Re: Lenovo Ideapad Y510 is Go (Continued / NEW)

    did the bios update improve performance or fix any problems? i don't really want to mess with my bios unless it's gonna solve something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brandn View Post
    did the bios update improve performance or fix any problems? i don't really want to mess with my bios unless it's gonna solve something.
    I didn't see anything change other then the BIOS #. However, the update fixes a problem with the way the BIOS handels your RAM. "I" don't think it dose anything other then that. That is a "critical" update. If your BIOS is making mistakes with RAM then that would be a hard problem to trubleshoot. You don't want BIOS to be making any mistakes with RAM that is a critical part of you computer and could cause problems with almost any part of operation. I was not haveing any problems before but I thought it was a good idea to do the BIOS Flash. The choice is up to you.
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    Back Light FIX for the Lenovo Ideapad Y510

    This is all a quote form "chrismulderza" on page 21 of this thread.


    Thanks too

    Good News Everyone!

    I have a correctly working backlight on my Ideapad Y510! ...

    This has been achieved by using a custom DSDT, and nothing else, no fiddling with ACPI or HAL or anything like that.

    After days of trawling and scrolling through the original DSDT I finally figured out that the Lenovo emedded controller seems to be expecting some specific input values, and that there seemed to be a slight mistake in the "Package" of values returned by the _BCL AML method. Additionally ACPI as bundled with Ubuntu and the Kernel at the moment, expects the values to be in the correct order, i.e. <value when on AC>, <value when on Battery>, val0, val1, val2 ...etc the most important thing to note is that ACPI at the moment does not appear to sort the values, and assumes that they are from lowest to highest. In the case of the Ideapad they seem to have been reversed.

    I have attached the DSDT.dsl in BZIP2 format to this post for those who want to give this a go.

    You will obviously need the Intel ASL compiler:

    Code:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install iasl
    To compile the DSDT just run:

    Code:

    Code:
    iasl DSDT.dsl
    Once it's compiled put it into the initramfs-tools directory under /etc:

    Code:

    Code:
    sudo cp DSDT.aml /etc/initramfs-tools/
    You might need to install the initramfs-tools package

    Code:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install initramfs-tools
    and then finally regenerate the initrd image

    Code:

    Code:
    sudo mkinitramfs -o /boot/initrd.img-`uname -r`
    reboot the machine and then give it a go...

    Please test this and let me know if anyone is experiencing any other difficulties...

    Cheers all!
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    Re: Lenovo Ideapad Y510 is Go (Continued / NEW)

    Just a quick thanks to HunterThomson for keeping this thread going, and for the fantastic BIOS update instructions. I wish I had those instructions months ago when I flashed my BIOS -- I felt like I was cliff-diving at the time, and couldn't see the bottom.
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    Re: Lenovo Ideapad Y510 is Go (Continued / NEW)

    Hello guys,

    First, I want to thank wyth and HunterThomson, and everyone who posted on wyth's thread. I bought my Y510 on february and I run Ubuntu on it since then, and thanks to you, it rocks!

    Here are the issues I noticed, and perhaps sometimes some pieces of solution...

    Suspend/Hibernate :
    In the beginning, I couldn't hibernate at all, every time I tried to wake it up, Ubuntu was just booting normally, as if it has just been powered off.
    Suspend to ram was doing well 9 times on 10, and when it was buggy, it woke up with a full black screen, and I was unable to recover the system even with Ctrl+Alt+F2 : nothing happened.
    I found this way to solve the hibernate problem :
    first of all, the size of the swap must be two times greater than size of the ram (or at least one and a half, but two is secure)
    after that, the command "s2disk" from uswsusp package worked fine for me to hibernate ( I use it twice a day since 2 weeks without one reboot).

    I didn't find a solution to make suspend to ram more stable on my laptop, but the bug seems to be related to the nvidia graphics card. There are some things I had no time to try on this web page :
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Nv...yDriverSuspend

    Sound card :
    The sound works fine for me, with the HowTo given on wyth's thread. I just had to compile alsa drivers one time, and had no problem with kernel updates at all (unless gnome sound control is no longer linked to alsa mixer). I can report that model=lenovo-ms7195-dig and model=3stack-6ch-dig work both fine.
    I have the same problem as everyone for the sound not muting on every channel when plugging headphones, but it seems that it can be solved with a script with model=lenovo-ms7195-dig. There's also something I didn't try for this on post #97 of wyth's thread.
    An other thing I saw is that the channels are not correctly mapped on the speakers, as I can hear when I run
    Code:
    $ speaker-test -Dplug:surround51 -c6 -twav
    wyth : in the post #198 of your thread, you were asking for a way to restart alsa, and this way seems to work, hope it can help :
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/alsa-utils restart
     * Shutting down ALSA...     [ OK ] 
     * Setting up ALSA...        [ OK ]
    Webcam :
    Worked out of the box, no upside-down problem. I just tried it with cheese, I was unable to make it work with aMSN and I didn't try with Skype.

    Network :
    Everything fine. Wired, Wireless and Bluetooth worked out of the box. Some people reported problems with NetworkManager and suggested to use an other soft, but no compatibility problems.

    Screen problems :
    Seems this is the big deal. Same problems as yours. An interesting fact is that I had quite the same problems under Win****XP (eg reverted keys and dimness problems) and the BIOS update solved it for this OS, but not for Ubuntu. Anyway, I just had an eye on the problem of the screen not being as bright as it can, and here is what i found :
    the file that directly controls screen brightness is /proc/acpi/video/VGA/LCDD/brightness, and you can change the value in it whenever you want, with this command :
    Code:
    sudo echo x > /proc/acpi/video/VGA/LCDD/brightness
    where x is the value you want. AFAIK, our screen supports x between 0 and 10, after some experiments.
    The problem is that the value in this file never get higher than 8, because the file /sys/devices/virtual/backlight/acpi_video0/max_brightness contains "8". AFAIK, this value is read from the hardware while booting, and for some reason, the system can't read the right value ( 10 ) and uses the default value ( 8 ) instead.
    So I put this command in my /etc/rc.local :
    Code:
    sudo echo 10 > /proc/acpi/video/VGA/LCDD/brightness
    and made it executable, and now I have a brighter screen at startup. But when I try to change brightness with the Fn keys, the brightness file comes back to its original config (eg max=8 ). I think it happens because the system checks each time the value in /sys/devices/virtual/backlight/acpi_video0/max_brightness. I tried to modify this value but I was not able to do it.

    Miscellaneous :
    All the Fn keys seem to work, but the "sensitive" keys don't. It may be a hardware problem because it was malfunctioning under Win***.
    SD card reader works perfectly.
    FireWire works also perfectly (at least for external HDD).
    VGA output works great on LCD and projector, some issues on CRT (couldn't set resolution over 800x600). I didn't try S-video output.

    Other Stuff :
    I'm interested in my laptop's power consumption, because if I can reduce it, I will increase its battery-life, make it more cool, and pollute less, so everyone wins . So I tried many things with the help of lesswatts.org, powertop, cpufreq, and some threads about undervolting. My Y510 is now consuming around 22W instead of 35W before, and my CPU is around 53°C instead of 65°C, without any performance loss. So if anyone is interested, just ask and I'll tell you what I did.
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