Ubuntu – Ubuntu on Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro


Is it possible to install Ubuntu on the new Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro? I have checked the Lenovo compatibility lists on the Ubuntu site, but no new entries have been created yet for this model (released mid-October).

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Just bought (last week) one (yoga 2 pro - i7 - 8 GB ram - 256 SSD) and have installed Ubuntu 13.10.

It comes with a small button on the side of the power button to enable the BIOS edit and boot sequence... When you press it, the computer powers up with the config menu. Then you have to edit the BIOS to unsecure UEFI mode. It was really easy.

To boot the Ubuntu you have to edit the grub's boot line before the quiet parameter, adding: acpi_backlight=vendor.

After installing Ubuntu, in the /etc/default/grub file, you have to add the same ACPI conf around the 11th line:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="acpi_backlight=vendor quiet splash"

Then execute the: sudo update-grub2 command.

And that's it...

At first, wireless was hard blocked and I tried out everything to enable it (rfkill unblock, kernel upgrade to 3.12, and nothing worked).

In order to use it without wireless, I bought the J5 USB 3.0 gigabit ethernet adapter... it works without any configuration.

I found some posts online saying that they have solved this by reinstalling Windows, unblocking the wireless card via software, and then going back to linux. I removed all partitions and I am not planning to reinstall windows.

The funny thing was that iwlist wlan0 scan worked... so that was very strange...

Today I installed wicd to replace the network manager and the wireless start working! the only thing that was needed was to copy the resolv.conf from the Ubuntu location to /etc (replacing the symbolic link)

cp /run/resolvconf/resolv.conf /etc/

Also the brightness function key is not doing nothing... but I don't care about that... :-)

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