Lenovo Y500

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Lenovo Y500 is very good laptop for installing gentoo:

  • It has powerful CPU for fast compilations
  • SSD to make all portage operations very quick. (Could be upgraded with larger size models)
  • All hardware I used in it is supported very well.
  • CDROM could be easily replaced with extra SDD/HDD/VideoCard if needed

Here is a guide how to make gentoo up and running on it Also I think most of staff here applies for Lenovo Y510 as well.

Hardware

Hardware Manufacturer Model Specification
Processor Intel i7-3630QM CPU 2.40GHz
Mainboard Chipset Intel U3E1 Chipset
RAM Elpida 8GB
Graphics Card GeForce GT GK107M (650M series)
Harddisk1 SanDisk SSD U100 16GB
Harddisk2 Seagate ST1000LM024 momentus spinpoint 1TB
Display LG 15.6" WLED Glossy 16:9 1080p (1920x1080)
Sound Card Intel 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller
Network (LAN) Atheros AR8161 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 10)
Network (Wireless) Intel Wireless-N 2230 2.4GHz, 802.11a/b/g/n
USB 3.0 Host Controller
FireWire 1394 N/A N/A
Jmicron Card Reader N/A N/A SD/MMC/xD/MemoryStick(MS)/MS Duo/MS-HG
root #lspci -nn
00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor DRAM Controller [8086:0154] (rev 09)
00:01.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v2/3rd Gen Core processor PCI Express Root Port [8086:0151] (rev 09)
00:14.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI Host Controller [8086:1e31] (rev 04)
00:16.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 [8086:1e3a] (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 [8086:1e2d] (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller [8086:1e20] (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 [8086:1e10] (rev c4)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 [8086:1e12] (rev c4)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 4 [8086:1e16] (rev c4)
00:1d.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 [8086:1e26] (rev 04)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation HM76 Express Chipset LPC Controller [8086:1e59] (rev 04)
00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation 7 Series Chipset Family 6-port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] [8086:1e03] (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller [8086:1e22] (rev 04)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: NVIDIA Corporation GK107M [GeForce GT 650M / GTX 660M LE] [10de:0fd1] (rev a1)
01:00.1 Audio device [0403]: NVIDIA Corporation GK107 HDMI Audio Controller [10de:0e1b] (rev a1)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Qualcomm Atheros AR8161 Gigabit Ethernet [1969:1091] (rev 10)
03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 [8086:4238] (rev 3e)
04:00.0 System peripheral [0880]: JMicron Technology Corp. SD/MMC Host Controller [197b:2392] (rev 30)
04:00.2 SD Host controller [0805]: JMicron Technology Corp. Standard SD Host Controller [197b:2391] (rev 30)
04:00.3 System peripheral [0880]: JMicron Technology Corp. MS Host Controller [197b:2393] (rev 30)
04:00.4 System peripheral [0880]: JMicron Technology Corp. xD Host Controller [197b:2394] (rev 30)
root #lsusb
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 004 Device 002: ID 5986:0525 Acer, Inc 
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 046d:c044 Logitech, Inc. LX3 Optical Mouse

make.conf

FILE /etc/portage/make.conf
CFLAGS="-O2 -pipe -march=native -msse4"
CXXFLAGS="${CFLAGS}"

MAKEOPTS="-j5"
VIDEO_CARDS="nvidia"
INPUT_DEVICES="synaptics evdev"


Some Y500 specific workarounds

These are workarounds to setup hardware which does not work well out of the box

Ethernet

KERNEL Ethernet driver support
--- Ethernet driver support                                              
       [*]   Atheros devices                                                    
       < >     Atheros L2 Fast Ethernet support                                 
       < >     Atheros/Attansic L1 Gigabit Ethernet support                     
       < >     Atheros L1E Gigabit Ethernet support                             
       < >     Atheros L1C Gigabit Ethernet support                             
       <M>     Qualcomm Atheros AR816x/AR817x support                           
       [ ]   Broadcom devices

Web Camera

KERNEL
-> Device Drivers                                                  
         -> Multimedia support                               
           -> Media USB Adapters
      *** Webcam devices ***                                           
<M>   USB Video Class (UVC)                                            
[*]     UVC input events device support


Touchpad

FILE /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-touchpad.conf
Section "InputClass"
        Identifier "touchpad"
        MatchProduct "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad"
        Driver "synaptics"
        # tweak the X-server pointer acceleration
        Option "AccelerationProfile" "2"
        Option "AdaptiveDeceleration" "16"
        Option "ConstantDeceleration" "16"
        Option "VelocityScale" "32"
EndSection

If the touchpad is too slow/fast, change the speed parameters.