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Lenovo IdeaPad Y480


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 laptop. If you have the Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

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For full specifications see the Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 specifications page.

NameLenovo IdeaPad Y480
ProcessorIntel Core i3-2370M processor (2 cores / 4 threads, 2.40GHz, 3MB cache),
Intel Core i7-3610QM processor (4 cores / 8 threads, 2.30GHz, 6MB cache)

Screen14“ 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 1TB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 3000 or 4000
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE Graphics
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2200, 2×2

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorks
Graphics ChipNot Tested
VGA OutWorks
HDMI OutNot Tested
Bulti-in MicrophoneWorks
Headphone JackWorks
Microphone JackWorks
Card ReaderNot Tested
Touch PadWorks


KDE works great. Tried it out Mint 13 KDE x64 and Kubuntu 12.04 x64. Ubuntu wouldn't detect the touchpad and Fedora simply doesn't boot up. So as long as you stick with KDE, its all good.

The ivy bridge graphics works quite smoothly, haven't tried installing NVidia drivers yet.


Very good compatibility.


Juan José., 2013/10/20 19:35

Linux Fedora 19 Schrödinguer's Cat works perfectly on this computer (Lenovo Y480 Idea Pad). I've recently installed and it recognizes all drivers automatically. On the other hand, previous to insalling this Linux Distro (And others too, I've tried Ubuntu 13.10 before), is necessary to change in the boot options Secure Boot and UEFI. The OEM put this as a “lock” to avoid installing other OS, but it is not a big deal.

Is worth to mention that before installing Linux, I also measured the temperature of the mass airflow out of the fan and I notice that in windows is around 35 ºC, in contrast in LiveCD linux is around 43ºC (LIVE CD!!!), when you install the operative sistem this problem is solved.

¡Enjoy your preferred Linux!
Juan José.
Engineer, Sciencist.
Yucatán, México.

Xavi, 2013/06/09 00:37

Had trouble with the webcam and bluetooth radio not functioning, but after upgrading to Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon, both work perfectly. The webcam and bluetooth don't work in the MATE edition. They do work in Ubuntu 13.04 with Unity.

Everything else worked fine in previous versions (i.e. mint 13/14 mate/cinnamon & ubuntu 12.04/12.10). I had no problems whatsoever with either the touchpad or the nvidia drivers (both worked out of the box for me).

The only touchpad related issue that I had was that I was not able to disable it in Mint 13/Ubuntu 12.04, but otherwise it was fine. I use a wireless mouse, so I prefer the touchpad disabled – if that isn't an issue for you, it should be no problem. I have been able to disable the touchpad in the settings GUI with mint 15/ubuntu 13.04 very easily.

Ove, 2013/01/17 01:18

Problem with wlan drivers in Ubuntu, BT 5rc3 (not posible to use original live cds)

stiffyboy, 2012/11/18 01:05

I bought a lenovo y480. Today is 17-nov-12 is better the compatibility or I have to use the win-bugs? thks

Eby John, 2012/09/09 20:04

Linux mint works fine. The touchpad and the graphics drivers are the biggest problems. Right click does not work out of the box and installing the nvidia drivers is a nightmare. I haven't been able to do it till now.

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