#language en #pragma description How to install Debian/Linux on a Lenovo Essential G580

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DebianOn is an effort to document how to install, configure and use Debian on some specific hardware. Therefore potential buyers would know if that hardware is supported and owner would know how get the best out of that hardware.

The purpose is not to duplicate the Debian Official Documentation, but to document how to install Debian on some specific hardware.

Models covered
Lenovo Essential G580

Overall Status

Core Components

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Boot Standard Kernel:

{OK}

LAN network card:

{OK}

Detect CD/DVD:

{OK}

Detect hard drives:

{OK}

Extra Features

CPU Frequency Scaling

{OK}

Hibernation

{OK}

Sleep / Suspend

{OK}

Xorg

{OK}

- OpenGL (Intel)

{OK}

- OpenGL (nVidia)

{OK} {i}

- Resize-and-Rotate (randr)

{?}

Switch to External Screen (VGA)

{?}

Switch to External Screen (HDMI)

{?}

Mouse

- Built-in (Touchpad)

{OK} {i}

Wireless/Wifi

{OK}

Keyboard's Hotkeys

{OK}

Sound (Alsa)

{OK}

Built-in mic

{OK} {i}

Integrated Camera

{OK}

USB 3.0 ports

{OK}

Card Reader

{?}

Legend :
{OK} = OK ; {X} Unsupported(No Driver) ; /!\ = Error (Couldn't get it working); [?] Unknown, Not Test ; [-] Not-applicable
{i} = Configuration Required; X-( = Only works with a non-free driver and or firmware

Installation

I started with a Debian Wheezy amd64 DVD. Booting the installer and the installation works just fine in text but the graphical mode didn't work! I guess it was because my DVD was not clean! or maybe some nvidia optimus problem. This laptop support EUFI by default and I used debian guided install useing entire disk with separate /home partition. It separated hard drives to 4 partition. 510MB fat partition for EFI with boot flag, 10GB ext4 partition for root (/), 17.0 GB for swap and the rest for /home. but i changed the last three to be like this. 60GB for /, 17 for swap and the rest for /home.(I need a large / because I install lots of application in it). after installation it reboots to the grub just fine and boots the gnome-shell in normal way. It detects nearly all of your hardwares in wheezy including wireless card(amazing). All you have to do is install bumblebee or nvidia optimus support driver to be able to switch between intel and nvidia video cards.

Configuration

Audio

Alsa, works out of the box. but built-in microphone is not working. you should put the following line in /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf (needs sudo permission) and reboot to get it to work.

options snd-hda-intel model=auto

Display

The built-in Intel graphic card works out of the box. You can still disable Optimus in the BIOS. glxgears output for intel card:

300 frames in 5.0 seconds = 59.837 FPS

Hybrid graphics/Optimus

You can also use Optimus through the Bumblebee project.

Touchpad

Need to enable tap clicking in mouse setting in system setting. Multitouch as in two finger scrolling works out of the box.

Power Saving

...

System Summary

lspci

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor DRAM Controller (rev 09)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v2/3rd Gen Core processor PCI Express Root Port (rev 09)
00:01.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v2/3rd Gen Core processor PCI Express Root Port (rev 09)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller (rev 09)
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI Host Controller (rev 04)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev c4)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev c4)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation HM76 Express Chipset LPC Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series Chipset Family 6-port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 04)
01:00.0 3D controller: NVIDIA Corporation Device 1140 (rev a1)
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR8162 Fast Ethernet (rev 10)
04:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)

lsusb

lsusb -v | grep -E '\<(Bus|iProduct|bDeviceClass|bDeviceProtocol)' 2>/dev/null

Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         0 Full speed (or root) hub
  iProduct                2 EHCI Host Controller
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         0 Full speed (or root) hub
  iProduct                2 EHCI Host Controller
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Single TT
  iProduct                2 xHCI Host Controller
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         3 
  iProduct                2 xHCI Host Controller
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Single TT
  iProduct                0 
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         0 Full speed (or root) hub
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Single TT
  iProduct                0 
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         0 Full speed (or root) hub
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0bda:0129 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. 
  bDeviceClass          255 Vendor Specific Class
  bDeviceProtocol       255 Vendor Specific Protocol
  iProduct                2 USB2.0-CRW
      (Bus Powered)
  bDeviceClass            0 (Defined at Interface level)
  bDeviceProtocol         0 
  (Bus Powered)

Resources

Attachments

Some configuration files and sample outputs.

Credits


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