Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Ultrabook (13,3", Intel Core i5, 1,7GHz, 4GB, 500GB, 32GB SSD)

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Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Ultrabook (13,3", Intel Core i5, 1,7GHz, 4GB, 500GB, 32GB SSD)
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Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Ultrabook 
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Minimum: $ 524.19 
Maximum: $ 649.99  
Updated: 11/06/2016 18:46

Review of Linux Compatibility

The Lenovo IdeaPad U310 is a Ultrabook and exists in several versions (Intel Core i5 3317U, i7 3517U and i3 2367M).

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS can be used on an Lenovo IdeaPad U310. But before installing the system the option “Intel Rapid Start” has to be deactivated in the Bios. Otherwise one has the risk to overwrite the OEM partition and loose the option to get back into the Bios.

Furthermore, the Fake-Raid needs to be deactivated in the Bios settings, because it is unsupported by several Linux distributions during the installation phase.

Anyway, it is generally recommended to deactivate Fake-Raid under Linux and instead use the software raid, which is part of the Linux Kernel.

The U310 has a 500GB hard disk and a 32GB SSD:

ata2.00: ATA-8: ST500LT012-9WS142, 0001LVM1, max UDMA/133
ata2.00: 976773168 sectors, multi 16: LBA48 NCQ (depth 31/32)
ata1.00: ATA-8: SAMSUNG MZMPA024HMCD-000L1, AXM22L1Q, max UDMA/133
ata1.00: 46905264 sectors, multi 16: LBA48 NCQ (depth 31/32), AA
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] 46905264 512-byte logical blocks: (24.0 GB/22.3 GiB)
sd 1:0:0:0: [sdb] 976773168 512-byte logical blocks: (500 GB/465 GiB)

In case of a single-boot system where only Linux is installed on the Ultrabook the Raid metadata from both partitions can be removed (before the partitioning by using the Linux installer) :

dmraid -r -E /dev/sda
dmraid -r -E /dev/sdb

Afterwards, it is recommended to place (boot, /boot/efi, / and swap on the SSD, while /home should be on the standard hard disk.

Webcam

The integrated webcam has the USB ID 5986:0295 and provides the following information by lsusb:

Bus 003 Device 003: ID 5986:0295 Acer, Inc

The camera initializes automatically while system boot and uses the uvcvideo kernel module

Linux video capture interface: v2.00
uvcvideo: Found UVC 1.00 device Lenovo EasyCamera (5986:0295)
input: Lenovo EasyCamera as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:14.0/usb3/3-3/3-3:1.0/input/input6
usbcore: registered new interface driver uvcvideo

Sound

The internal sound card is fully supported by the snd_hda_intel kernel module:

snd_hda_intel 0000:00:1b.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 22 (level, low) -> IRQ 22
snd_hda_intel 0000:00:1b.0: irq 46 for MSI/MSI-X
snd_hda_intel 0000:00:1b.0: setting latency timer to 64
EXT4-fs (sda2): re-mounted. Opts: discard,errors=remount-r
HDMI status: Codec=3 Pin=5 Presence_Detect=0 ELD_Valid=0
input: HDA Intel PCH HDMI/DP,pcm=3 as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input7

Gigabit Ethernet

The integrated Gigabit network bases on the RTL8105e chipset and is supported by the r8169 kernel module:

r8169 Gigabit Ethernet driver 2.3LK-NAPI loaded
r8169 0000:02:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17
r8169 0000:02:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
r8169 0000:02:00.0: irq 42 for MSI/MSI-X
r8169 0000:02:00.0: eth0: RTL8105e at 0xffffc9000063e000, 01:23:34:45:56:67, XID 00c00000 IRQ 42
i915 0000:00:02.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16
i915 0000:00:02.0: setting latency timer to 64

WiFi

The WiFi chipset bases on the Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2200 and is fully supported by the iwlwifi kernel module:

Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link AGN driver for Linux, in-tree:
 Copyright(c) 2003-2011 Intel Corporation
 iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 18 (level, low) -> IRQ 18
 iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
 iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: pci_resource_len = 0x00002000
 iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: pci_resource_base = ffffc900050bc000
 iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: HW Revision ID = 0xC4
 iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: irq 45 for MSI/MSI-X
 iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: Detected 2000 Series 2x2 BGN, REV=0x104
 iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: L1 Enabled; Disabling L0S
 iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: device EEPROM VER=0x81c, CALIB=0x6
 iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: Device SKU: 0X150
 iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: Valid Tx ant: 0X3, Valid Rx ant: 0X3
 iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: Tunable channels: 13 802.11bg, 0 802.11a channels
 iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: loaded firmware version 18.168.6.1

Bluetooth

The embedded Bluetooth is automatically recognizes and supported by the kernel:

 Bluetooth: Core ver 2.16
 NET: Registered protocol family 31
 Bluetooth: HCI device and connection manager initialized
 Bluetooth: HCI socket layer initialized
 Bluetooth: L2CAP socket layer initialized
 Bluetooth: SCO socket layer initialized
 Bluetooth: RFCOMM TTY layer initialized
 Bluetooth: RFCOMM socket layer initialized
 Bluetooth: RFCOMM ver 1.11
 Bluetooth: BNEP (Ethernet Emulation) ver 1.3
 Bluetooth: BNEP filters: protocol multicast

Processor

The Ultrabook is available with the prozessors Intel Core i5 3317U, i7 3517U and i3 2367M. The version with 3517U has three cores with 4789 bogomips each:

endor_id	: GenuineIntel
cpu family	: 6
model		: 58
model name	: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3517U CPU @ 1.90GHz
stepping	: 9
microcode	: 0x12
cpu MHz		: 768.000
cache size	: 4096 KB
flags		: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic
sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr
sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc
arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good nopl xtopology nonstop_tsc
aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2
ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt
tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm ida
arat epb xsaveopt pln pts dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi
flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase smep erms
bogomips	: 4788.86

The following hardware components are recognized by the Linux kernel:

00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Ivy Bridge DRAM Controller [8086:0154] (rev 09)
	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3977]
	Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Ivy Bridge Graphics Controller [8086:0166] (rev 09) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3977]
	Kernel driver in use: i915

00:14.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation Panther Point USB xHCI Host Controller [8086:1e31] (rev 04) (prog-if 30 [XHCI])
	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3977]
		Kernel driver in use: xhci_hcd

00:16.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation Panther Point MEI Controller #1 [8086:1e3a] (rev 04)
	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3977]
	Kernel driver in use: mei

00:1a.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation Panther Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 [8086:1e2d] (rev 04) (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3977]
	Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd

00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation Panther Point High Definition Audio Controller [8086:1e20] (rev 04)
	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3977]
	Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel

00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 1 [8086:1e10] (rev c4) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
	Kernel modules: shpchp

00:1c.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 2 [8086:1e12] (rev c4) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
	Kernel modules: shpchp

00:1c.2 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 3 [8086:1e14] (rev c4) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
	Kernel modules: shpchp

00:1d.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation Panther Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 [8086:1e26] (rev 04) (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3977]
	Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd

00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation Panther Point LPC Controller [8086:1e57] (rev 04)
	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3977]
	Kernel modules: iTCO_wdt

00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation Panther Point 6 port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] [8086:1e03] (rev 04) (prog-if 01 [AHCI 1.0])
	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3977]
	Kernel driver in use: ahci

00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation Panther Point SMBus Controller [8086:1e22] (rev 04)
	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3977]
	Kernel modules: i2c-i801

02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller [10ec:8136] (rev 05)
	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3975]
	Kernel driver in use: r8169

03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Centrino Wireless-N 2200 [8086:0891] (rev c4)
	Subsystem: Intel Corporation Centrino Wireless-N 2200 BGN [8086:4222]
	Kernel driver in use: iwlwifi
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 3538:0902 Power Quotient International Co., Ltd
Bus 003 Device 003: ID 5986:0295 Acer, Inc

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