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Lenovo 3000 C200


This is a guide to running Linux with the Lenovo 3000 C200 laptop.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

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NameLenovo 3000 C200
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T5500 1.6GHz or Celeron M 430 1.73GHz
Screen15“ XGA
RAM512MB or 1024MB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Network10/100 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless
Other4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
GraphicsUse the i810 module
SoundPartial (initial report) Working OK 200803
WirelessYesUse the ipw3945 module
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderYesOnly tested with SD card
PCMCIANot Tested


Currently the audio system in the C200 does not work properly under Linux. There is a bug report at This is a common problem with new notebooks which hopefully this will be fixed shortly by the ALSA team.


The main issue with the Lenovo 3000 C200 is the audio system not functioning correctly. Other than that there were no problems in getting this laptop working when used with an up to date Linux distribution.


Lenny, 2012/04/06 13:54

The ipw3945 module is installed in lib/firmware, but the wireless adapter is not working. Where can I find additional installation instructions for Ubuntu Linux?

akasico, 2009/06/30 18:58

He utilisado ubuntu en todas sus versiones (kubuntu, edubuntu, xubuntu), debian etch y lenny, puppy linux. elive y opensuse y responde muy esta maquina; reconoce con un poco esfuerzo todos los dispositivos hasta las tarjetas PCMCIA Kyocera KPC650 movistar. Buen soporte tecnico.

James Bennet, 2008/11/16 09:14


My c200 (Original Core (1) Duo model) overheats under ubuntu 8.10 . It seems linux doesnt control the fan speed properly. It runs at 55-65 + until it shuts down

Jan, 2009/05/26 17:14

I have the same notebook running Ubuntu 9.04. I also experience overheating issues. Were you able to solve it somehow? Any advice will be welcome.

Richard Holt, 2008/03/25 09:34

sidux runs great on C200

Installed sidux-2007-04.5, Christmas edition. Updated.
All running well. Sound works well.

Removed the 70 GB Vista partition, but kept the smaller recovery partition, just in case it needs service. Run WinXP in VirtualBox which is much faster, safer and easier to handle the viruses.

I increased memory to 1 Giga total. Responsiveness is
good, though I have no metric to show for it.

I don't use the modem but imagine it works OK when needed.
Nor have I tested the wireless functions for lack of a place to connect to.
Looking for an opportunity to try it out.

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