A friend of mine asked me to help him set up linux on his newly purchased Lenovo laptop (doesn’t have an OS preinstalled). Few observations:

Ubuntu Intrepid failed to install on this laptop (messed up X resolution when it goes to the ubiquity setup screen).
Fedora 10 does install successfully.

There are two hardware gotchas that do not work after install, namely, the touchpad and the wireless. The laptop’s webcam gets detected and runs out of the box.

For the touchpad problem, disabling then enabling the touchpad by pressing the Fn+F8 key combination on the login screen twice does the trick.

As the wifi card of this laptop uses the Broadcom chipset, we have to install the Broadcom driver from the non-free repository of the rpmfusion website:

su -c ‘rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm’

and then running

su –
yum update
yum install broadcom-wl

and then rebooting the laptop will enable the user to use his wifi with no problems at all.

One thought on “Lenovo 3000 G430 and Fedora 10”
  1. Just connect to internet using wired connection. Than install the hardware driver using System—->Administration —–> Hardware Drivers.

    Than take a reboot and you will get the wifi is working in ubuntu.

    For pointing Device just press the Fn key and F8 and than just again press Fn+F8 to reenable it u will find the pointing device working

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