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Lenovo IdeaPad Z560


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Lenovo IdeaPad Z560. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 specifications page.

NameLenovo IdeaPad Z560
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i3-370M Processor ( 2.40GHz 1066MHz 3MB )
Intel® Core™ i5-460M Processor ( 2.53GHz 1066MHz 3MB )
Screen15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDup to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce 310M
Network10/100 Ethernet
Broadcom 4313 BGN Wireless
Intel Wireless Wi-Fi Link 1000

Linux Compatibility - Ubuntu workstation 10.10

HDDpartlyone key recovery partition is not working after installing linux
Optical DriveOK
GraphicsOK with properitary nVidia drivers
internal Soundmostlyexternal audio connection is not working out of the box
HD Audio DeviceOKin mixer app visible and selectable - not tested yet
Ethernetout of the box
Wirelessout of the box
Bluetoothout of the box
ModemNot Tested
Card Readerout of the box
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Soft Touch Keysbasiconly the mute key works out of the box


You can enter any specific notes with running Linux on the Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 here.


Nearly all devices are working out of the box after installing Ubuntu Workstation 10.10.
The modem and the ExpressCard slot coult not be tested because there were no POTS-Line nor a ExpressCard available.


Balagurunathan D, 2014/03/30 07:19

I Installed redhat enterprise linux v5. but not able to activate lan . any one help me …..

bhavik vaghela, 2011/10/31 11:12

hey i also have lenovo z560 laptop. i want to install fedora 15 desktop. does it support??
and where can i find drivers for that??

florist, 2011/10/31 12:20

Hello! Yes, all works perfectly. But you must install drivers by yourself, i.e. you can't use neither akmod nor kmod drivers from repository.

You can read about how to install drivers there

Karthik, 2011/09/08 05:21

What about Centos 5.6 support? Is it working?

klaus, 2011/02/23 22:19

:-) yes, it does !! thx!!

bananaoomarang, 2011/02/14 17:37

Can someone strait up conmfirm they have nVidia graphics WORKING on this laptop under Linux? The ideapad z360 page suggests not and from what I can see, it doesnt work there due to Optimus, but no problems here.

Jay Guerette, 2011/02/17 17:10

NVidia graphics works perfectly for this laptop under Linux.
- I'm using Fedora 14, your mileage may vary
- I installed the binary drivers direct from NVidia
- The installer now offers to blacklist nouveau… yay!
- I had to add vmalloc=256M to my kernel params

bananaoomarang, 2011/02/17 20:38

Thank you SOOOOOOOOO much, I've been looking EVRYWHERE for info on this, it's ounger sibling (the Z360) seems to not work under Linux and you must use the intel graphics due to optimus.

I would classify myself as a fairly advanced linux user so I don't care what I have to do to get it working, as long as it works. I use Arch Linux btw.

Once again, thanks a lot! I ordered one so it should arrive sometime in the next few weeks, I was really worried I would be stuck with intel graphics.

pekka, 2011/04/30 16:31

did the nvidia really turn out to be working on this?

florist, 2011/03/07 11:42

Jay Guerette whould you be so kind to tell in detail about how to stop nouveau.

Umamahesh Y V, 2011/02/04 02:11

I have a lenovo ideapad z560, I am running linux(ubuntu 9-10) using vmware.I am unable to detect my inbuilt webcam in the system.How do I solve this issue .

Absolutezero, 2010/10/19 14:45

I have a lenovo ideapad Z560. Everything works out of the box except the headphone and mic jacks. Power management is horrible. I've considered compiling a custom kernel to solve this issue.

Mandar Vaze, 2010/11/25 08:55

This fixed my problem :

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