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Lenovo Ideapad Y400


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For full specifications see the Lenovo Ideapad Y400 specifications page.

NameLenovo Ideapad Y400
ProcessorUp to 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3630QM
Screen14“ 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 1TB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GT650M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11 bg/bgn

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorNot Tested
ScreenNot Tested
HDDNot Tested
Optical DriveNot Tested
Graphics ChipNot Tested
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI OutNot Tested
SoundNot Tested
Bulti-in MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone JackNot Tested
Microphone JackNot Tested
EthernetNot Tested
WirelessNot Tested
BluetoothNot Tested
USBNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested
Touch PadNot Tested
Suspend/ResumeNot Tested


Due to a sub-prime uefi support on the motherboard and a lack of nvidia optimus on the computer, installing linux (tried with arch and ubuntu) is not straight forward to say the least. If I ever manage to install linux on this I will update with a link to a detailed guide to how I did it, but I would never recommend the y400 to anyone for any reason. At least the speakers are nice.



Taylan Branco Meurer, 2014/07/26 05:54

I'm brazilian. My english is terrible, sorry. I use Bodhi x64 (Ubuntu 12.04).

No problem during installation (Legacy Support on and UEFI off).
Kernel 3.8.0-19 generic

Webcam → YES
eth0 YES
Wireless YES

Brightness → NO
Nvdia GT-650 → YES
Processor → YES
Screen - YES
Microphone - YES
Touch PAd YES
USB2 and 3 → YES
Tecla Windows → NO
The other → YES

arjun sharma, 2013/11/09 19:38

Installed Arch Linux. Everything works except brightness(this did not work in any distros Ubuntu, Fedora, Suse, Sabayon etc) and suspend/resume. Nvidia works great too.

ifoolb, 2014/09/21 12:32

Now brightness control works in Gnome Shell 3.12 and 3.14. Suspend/resume needs nvidia driver installed. I'm on Fedora.

ryu, 2013/04/25 23:55

webcam issues are fixed in Ubuntu 13.04

ryu, 2013/04/13 03:33

Hi, i have a Y400 and running Ubuntu 12.10 on a 256gb ssd. Everything is perfect except webcam. It does not work.
To install Linux, you must change some boot options in the bios (Win8 uses “UEFI”, change it to “Legacy Support”)
So here's mine with some upgrades.

Name Lenovo Ideapad Y400
Processor Intel® Core™ i7-3630QM CPU @ 2.40GHz × 8
Screen 14” 1366×768 Widescreen
RAM 15,6 Gio
HDD 256GB Crucial m4 2.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s (SATA III)
Optical Drive DVD+-RW
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT650M
Network 10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11 bg/bgn

Linux Compatibility
Version 12.10 (quantal) 64 bits
Noyau Linux 3.5.0-27-generic
GNOME 3.6.0

Device Compatibility Comments
Processor Yes
Screen Yes
Optical Drive Yes
Graphics Chip Yes Tested with Amnesia
VGA Out Not Tested
HDMI Out Yes
Sound Yes
Built-in Microphone Not Tested
Headphone Jack Yes
Microphone Jack Yes
Ethernet Yes Must install driver manually for every kernel version
Wireless Yes
Bluetooth Not Tested
USB2 Yes
USB3 Yes
Card Reader Yes
Webcam Not Working Can't find any driver yet
Touch Pad Yes
Suspend/Resume Yes Within 4 seconds

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