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Lenovo G780


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For full specifications see the Lenovo G780 specifications page.

NameLenovo G780
Processor3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3210M (2.50GHz, 3MB Cache)
3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3612QM (2.10GHz, 6MB Cache)
Screen17.3“ HD 16:9 widescreen 1600×900
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 1TB (5,400 rpm)
Optical DriveDVD reader/writer
Blu-Ray Disc drive
GraphicsIntel HD graphics 4000 (integrated)
NetworkEthernet NIC: 10/100M Atheros
802.11n Wi-Fi Broadcom

Linux Compatibility

Graphics ChipYes 3.2/3.4 kernel has trouble with HD4000
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI OutYesTested with several different monitors of differring resolutions. No issues at all.
Optical DriveYes
SoundYesSpeakers are quiet; headphones provide sufficient volume
Headphone PortYes
Microphone-In PortYes
EthernetYesmay require 3rd-party driver
WirelessYesmay require 3rd-party driver
BluetoothNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
Fingerprint ReaderN/A


On Debian Wheezy/Sid, Jan 2013: alx driver for the Atheros ethernet is currently not available in repositories…assuming that will soon be changed. The Broadcom wireless firmware suggested during the system install did not work…replaced with the “non-free” STA driver after system install.

The 3.2 kernel in current Debian (Wheezy) will likely result in random system freezes with HD4000 (might be ok with nvidia).

Microphone worked with Alsa after adding “options snd_hda_intel model=auto” to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf


You can enter a summary of how well the Lenovo G780 works with Linux here.


jimmyrapper, 2014/04/08 05:28

Having problems with total system lockup at random times, apparently unrelated to hardware failure. I suspect it is a driver issue that will eventually be sorted. Most of the time, system performance is very good

Dillon, 2014/01/20 13:07

Elementary OS has everything working out of the box, had to delete the GPT partition table with Gparted and use MBR as I wanted to dual boot with Win7. So far grub has been acting up and not wanting to work during the dual boot attempt.

Al, 2014/03/13 01:27

Dillon, I installed Elementary OS on October 13, 2013 and had NO drivers for my Wireless LAN or my Ethernet LAN. Of course without a way to access the internet I was not able to search for the drivers using eOS. I just downloaded a new copy of eOS on March 6, 2014 and hope they have drivers now for the Lenovo G780 with the Atheros AR8162 fast Ethernet and the Broadcom BCM4313 802.11 b/g LP-PHY Wireless drivers. I will wait a while for a reply from you to see if your G780 Ds using the same Ethernet and Wireless that mine is. I checked with Lenovo driver Downloads and they have used several different companies for their Wireless and Ethernet.
Thanks, Al

John, 2014/01/14 08:56

Well! UEFI only recognizes DVDs with signed Software. I disabled “secure boot” in BIOS still DVDs like Ubuntu 12.04 won't be recognized. Lucky me Ubuntu 12.10 does have a valid signature so it can be installed.

Kuks, 2014/01/10 00:09

Installed Linux Mint 16 (KDE), but neither wired or wireless worked. A USB WiFi stick worked, but there are no easily (none at all by me) found solutions to fix the problem. Also, brightness is set to 0 when it boots (you have to adjust it with the keyboard).

Landon R. Brainard, 2013/11/09 12:33

I installed Fedora 19 with little problem. That being said, it's got an Optimus Nvidia card which makes it a tad bit challenging to get it working on Linux of any sort. There is something called Bumblebee, though, which is a 3rd-party software of sorts that provides Optimus functionality.

K man, 2013/10/02 17:19

Bought this computer (with i3 and 6GB) in july. Installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS without problems. Everything worked after install as bluetooth, wifi, touchpad etc.

Phil H, 2013/08/27 16:22

I have no problems running this laptop on Ubuntu 12.04.

Other distros including Fedora 16-18, Ubuntu 13 all fail.

Mars Bonfire, 2013/08/12 03:47

Lenovo is useless. Have tried over 30 Linux distros and still cannot find one that has all four of the following drivers: 1. Ethernet, Wireless, Graphics or Printer! All the most up-to-date distros are missing 1 or more of them! Don't waste your time on Lenovo and get an ASUS ROG or Toshiba Satellite as both work. I went with ASUS.
As to Windows 8 you can disarm all the booby traps in Lenovo's Windows 8-centric BIOS and still will never get W8 to work at the same time as Linux. May Microsoft burn in hell…

steffenw, 2013/07/21 12:01

Xubuntu works fine on my G780, except for the Bluetooth-adapter (can't get that to work).
After installing laptop-mode-tools and bumblebee (with the proprietary nvidia-driver) the battery last around 5 hours under 'normal' circumstances (not playing 3D-Games).

Paul, 2013/07/03 07:01

I tried Mageia 3 live DVD after having set the boot to legacy with the DVD as first boot device. It first appears you end up with a black screen, but if you get a flashlight you can see it asking some preliminary questions about timezones and such. When you go through those and have the main desktop displayed you can go into system settings>brightness&lock and turn the brightness up to where you can see things. Fn-up arrow did not work to adjust intensity. I am continuing to check Mageia.

cd, 2013/06/23 21:31

update 23 jun

UEFI install without any problems.After install black screen, backlight does not worked, wel adjustable with Fn+ arrow keys.
Adding acpi_osi=Linux acpi_backlight=vendor solved the problem. Everything is working, rocks stable system, not a single crash last 36 hours, great performance

cd, 2013/06/20 12:27

20. Juni 2013

Suse 12.3 both netwerk cards working out te box. Sysem unusable random freeze every 5-10 min. Only hard reset helps

von, 2013/04/20 04:39

secure boot is off. Attempts to boot from Oracle Linux 6.4 disc simply make the screen blink. I swapped out the 1TB OEM drive with a 500GB SSD and installed CentOS 6.0.
Installing Centos 6.0 has been irritating. No network drivers.

First install seemed to work except for network drivers. Neither RJ45 nor wireless. second install rebooted to license/NTP/kdump screens, then hung on rebbot. Forced reboot came up to grub shell. dmraid issues flashing across screen at some point. Fixed grub, but re-installed cause everything unstable.

Things came up on third install but no network yet. May try RHEL 6.3 disk next week. Home internet is Verizon 3G so I download DVD ISOs at work.

mik, 2013/02/28 18:58

Random system freezes on this machine (and presumably other recent laptops) has apparently been traced to the Linux kernel and associated video driver for HD 4000 currently available in many distros. There is a growing consensus that the 3.2 and 3.4 kernels are having trouble with Ivy Bridge graphics, and upgrading to a 2.6 kernel seems to fix the problem. In Debian-based (and maybe some other) distros, the smxi script available at provides a relatively simple way to install a working Liquorix kernel if you, like me, are uncomfortable building the kernel yourself. Alternatively, you may consider installing a distro that has the 2.6 kernel compiled with it. I like this laptop much, much better now.

mik, 2013/03/01 05:48

Where it says “2.6 kernel” should say “3.6 kernel”

J..., 2013/02/12 03:27

Through much testing found the following linux distros that work for me
(out of the box with out fooling with drivers)

I am able to get a good looking screen and a wireless network connection

1-Macpup 529 (puppy linux based with, E-17 Enlightenment windowing system)

2-Manjaro, Arch based distro for begineers to linux latest release .0.8.3

bill, 2013/01/30 00:59

i am having so many problems its not even funny…trying 1 distro after another to get this to work properly…please help….i had linux mint debian working but the random system freezes was too much to handle

feneks, 2013/01/29 15:34

Secure Boot Warning!

Having big troubles installing dual boot Win8 and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS because of “secure boot”. UEFI only recognizes DVDs with signed Software. I disabled “secure boot” in BIOS still DVDs like Ubuntu 12.04 won't be recognized. Lucky me Ubuntu 12.10 does have a valid signature so it can be installed.

I do hate Microsoft!

mik, 2013/01/15 02:43

As of January 2013, this laptop is mostly working out-of-the-box with Debian Wheezy and Sid. The Atheros ethernet and Broadcom wireless both required 3rd-party drivers, and installing via netinstall is difficult, if not impossible at this time.

Having problems with total system lockup at random times, apparently unrelated to hardware failure. I suspect it is a driver issue that will eventually be sorted. Most of the time, system performance is very good.

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