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Lenovo IdeaPad Y730


This is a template for a future guide to running Linux with the Lenovo IdeaPad Y730 laptop. If you have the Lenovo IdeaPad Y730 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 Y730 specifications page.

NameLenovo IdeaPad Y730
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
Screen17“ WXGA+ Widescreen
Optical DriveDVD+-RW or Blu-ray
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650
NetworkEthernet, Intel 5100 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorks
SoundWorksSee notes below
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraWorksRequires kernel 2.6.28 or greater (Ubuntu 9.04, Fedora 11 are examples)


The following line needs to be added to your /etc/modprobe.conf (or your distributions equivalent) file:
options snd-hda-intel model=3stack-6ch


The Lenovo IdeaPad Y730 works just fine with an up to date Linux distribution when used with the small tweak above.


Houchy, 2017/09/03 17:58

Ubuntu 17.04
Everything works perfectly except that I get a black screen after suspend.

Processor Works
Screen Works
HDD Works
Optical Drive Works
Graphics Works
Sound Works
Ethernet Works
Wireless Works
Bluetooth Not Tested
56K Modem Not Tested
USB Works
Firewire Not Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Camera Works

erkinbaba, 2012/03/16 22:22

Kubuntu 11.10

Before install, make sure you have connection to the internet ( with wire!, just plug it before you switch-on your Y730 ). At the beginning, installation shows you if you're connected or not (below used disk space information, you can not miss that information ). If it shows “no connection” check your modem settings ( mac address filtering etc. that will block your y730 to access to modem ).

After your first login immediately perform steps at the first post written by “lucas”.

PS: Installing without internet connection and try to work around/fix things later wont work, trust me =)

lucas, 2012/01/28 12:49

Ubuntu 11.10 wireless issue

1) Open up terminal
2) type sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
3) Add the following line to the end of the document: blacklist acer_wmi
4) Press Ctrl+O, hit enter to save, then Ctrl+X to close
5) Make sure wifi switch is on and restart the computer

hope this helps,


Mathieu, 2010/07/08 12:25

Fedora 13

Everything works well (bluetooth is a breeze!), except sound. The suggested addition to the modprobe file (/etc/modprobe.d/dist.conf on Fedora 13) works with some issues. Headphone jack detect does not work. Nor does the output port to headphones. Using model=lenovo fixes this, but you lose Microphone 2 (the 1/8” jack). Surround works provided you have an output sources with as many channels (DVD for example). It also helps to edit /etc/pulse/daemon.conf and adding the lines:

default-sample-channels = 5
default-channel-map = front-left,front-right,rear-left,rear-right,lfe

make sure to remove the ; comment marker.

StealthJeff, 2009/05/25 16:42

With Ubuntu 9.04 and Fedora 11 beta:
Processor Yes
Screen Yes
Optical Drive Yes
Graphics Yes
Sound Yes ( add “options snd-hda-intel model=3stack-6ch” to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf )
Ethernet Yes
Wireless Yes
Bluetooth Not Tested
56K Modem Not Tested
Firewire Not Tested
ExpressCard Slot Not Tested ( Drivers will be soon )
Camera Yes
Lenovo GameZone Display/Pad No Driver

mathew, 2009/04/24 10:10

Processor Yes
Screen Yes
Optical Drive Yes
Graphics Yes ( with problems )
Sound Yes ( with problems )
Ethernet Not Tested
Wireless Yes
Bluetooth Not Tested
56K Modem Not Tested
Firewire Not Tested
ExpressCard Slot Not Tested ( Drivers will be soon )
Camera No

( Tested in ubuntu 8.10 )

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