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Lenovo IdeaPad S206


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For full specifications see the Lenovo IdeaPad S206 specifications page.

NameLenovo IdeaPad S206
ProcessorAMD Dual-Core C-60 (1.30GHz 2MB Cache)
Screen11.6“ glare-type display (16:9, resolution 1366×768)
RAM2GB, up to 8GB tested, only 1 slot
HDD320-500GB (5400 rpm)
Optical DriveNo
GraphicsAMD Radeon HD 6290
NetworkNo wired LAN!
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Broadcom BCM4313

Linux Compatibility

Graphics ChipWorksXF86-video-ati (open source). For better performance use proprietary drivers (fglrx)
HDMI OutWorks
SoundWorksInternal Microphone works as well
Headphone PortWorksSingle combined 3.5mm audio jack for headphone+mic, both work, tested with iPhone Headset
WirelessWorksNeeds broadcom-wl driver (closed source) EU-channels 13-14 dont work
Bluetooth?Recognizes devices but pairing failed, needs further investigation
USBWorksUSB 2.0 and 3.0 both work
Card ReaderWorks SD-Card
KeyboardWorksVolume, Brightness, WLAN hotkeys work out of the box (Mint 15)
Suspend/ResumeWorks both suspend/resume and hibernate/resume


Need to install proprietary broadcom-wl WLAN driver to access the internet. Open-source driver doesn't work. if you have USB dongle to access the internet, in Ubuntu/Mint go to software sources–>additional drivers and activate proprietary broadcom drivers, or just type in terminal
sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source
in terminal, without internet access follow “STA - No internet access” on this site:
If you do not have Internet connection (because the S206 has no Ethernet port ;-) and you do not have USB network adapter) in Ubuntu 13.04/Mint 15 download (64bit) from another PC, put on USB stick and double click it on S206, it will install the WLAN driver
Graphic card
Performance is poor with open source drivers Default driver in Ubuntu 13.04/Mint 15 works. If you like, install proprietary ATI drivers in software sources–>additional drivers or in terminal:
sudo apt-get install fglrx fglrx-amdcccle
1 204-pin SO DIMM slot, tested with Transcend 8GB Module works fine (JM1600KSH-8G, 1600MHz, PC3-12800, CL11, DDR3-SO-DIMM), need to remove back cover and battery to access memory slot, regular phillips screws. for instructions, Service Manual can be downloaded under
For better hibernate performance install uswsusp package:
sudo apt-get install uswsusp


Works fine with Linux Mint 15 64bit Cinnamon (Ubuntu 13.04 should be fine as well) - however WLAN drivers need to be installed by hand. see instructions above


Misel, 2014/04/14 22:18

The wifi also works with the kernel driver called “brcmsmac”. My Linux Mint 15 already came with the required firmware files. But they're also available separately in the linux kernel source (as documented here:

All I needed was to do a `sudo modprobe brcmsmac` and the device was detected. I wonder why this isn't on by default. It helped me because the guide above appears to work only for the kernels specifically created for this version of mint. It broke when I upgraded the kernels to 3.13 and later 3.14.

I *strongly* recommend to switch to 3.14 with this notebook as it runs considerably cooler now that the radeon power saving features are implemented and activated by default.

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