Install Fedora 18 on Lenovo Ideapad Z580 laptop

Finally, installed Fedora 18 64 bit on the Lenovo Ideapad Z580 laptop and it works almost perfect. Basically, Fedora 18 support UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface). I tried Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS as suggested on several blog posts first. Did a successful installation, but there were random, unpredictable hangs when booting. All of them listed USB . . . → Read More: Install Fedora 18 on Lenovo Ideapad Z580 laptop

Reduce overheating and improve battery backup time on Fedora 18 on Lenovo Ideapad Z580

Install Bumblebee with Nvidia driver on Fedora 18. This gives a few benefits, where you reduce overheating and get improved battery backup time. You also get to use the Nvidia Optimus graphics driver with optirun. Do the following steps:

# ln -s /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf /usr/lib/modprobe.d/ <enter> # echo “blacklist nouveau” >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf <enter> # dracut /boot/initramfs-$(uname . . . → Read More: Reduce overheating and improve battery backup time on Fedora 18 on Lenovo Ideapad Z580

Disable SecureBoot in BIOS of the Lenovo Ideapad Z580 laptop

Get into the BIOS by pressing the Novo button on the laptop, just near the power button. You can use the Novo button only after you shutdown the laptop.

Once in, you will get a menu with the devices available for booting. Clicking on anyone of them will not start the image / Live CD . . . → Read More: Disable SecureBoot in BIOS of the Lenovo Ideapad Z580 laptop

How to improve Lenovo Ideapad Z580 battery backup time and reduce heat in Ubuntu Linux

The Lenovo Ideapad Z580 comes with the Intel HD 4000 on board graphics and a Nvidia GT630M 1 GB DDR3 graphics card. The technology behind it is called Optimus, where in Windows, the computer can manage the switch between the graphics cards (on board or otherwise) when graphics power is needed.

As the Nvidia graphics . . . → Read More: How to improve Lenovo Ideapad Z580 battery backup time and reduce heat in Ubuntu Linux

Reduce overheating on the Lenovo Z580 Ideapad laptop in Ubuntu Linux

The Lenovo Z580 Ideapad laptop gets heated to about 63 to 70 degrees celsius in Ubuntu Linux. To reduce this heat, the CPU Frequency needs to be better controlled. To do that, type the following commands in a terminal window on your Ubuntu Linux laptop: $ sudo apt-get install cpufrequtils cpufreqd <enter> $ sudo apt-get . . . → Read More: Reduce overheating on the Lenovo Z580 Ideapad laptop in Ubuntu Linux

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS freeze when booting with newer kernels on Lenovo Ideapad Z580

This is due to an issue in the BIOS where booting gets stuck due to ACPI and battery support. Refer this link https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1093217/comments/63.

Now start up a terminal window and type the following commands: $ sudo apt-get install iasl <enter> $ sudo cp /sys/firmware/acpi/tables/DSDT /home/user/DSDT.bac $ sudo chown user.group DSDT.bac <enter> $ cp DSDT.bac DSDT . . . → Read More: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS freeze when booting with newer kernels on Lenovo Ideapad Z580

Use Clonezilla to clone a Windows 8 system

Disable SecureBoot in the UEFI Firmware (BIOS) in Lenovo Ideapad Z580 to boot with CloneZilla to save an image of the hard disk. Remember, only Secure Boot should be disabled in the BIOS. You need not change the boot from UEFI to Legacy. When you enter the BIOS, you will find that the option to . . . → Read More: Use Clonezilla to clone a Windows 8 system

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