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Lenovo G580 and wifi

Postby vinoman on Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:55 pm

I'm thinking of buying a Lenovo laptop G580. does it have issues with wifi?

Are there other recommendations for an inexpensive laptop to run Mint 14 on?

Thanks.
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Re: Lenovo G580 and wifi

Postby wayne128 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:34 am

friend has it, asked my help to repair , OS cannot boot.

have a quick check using a few Linux USB sticks..

wireless : broadcom 4313..
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Re: Lenovo G580 and wifi

Postby vinoman on Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:55 am

I bought it yesterday and ran the live DVD Mint 14 and it found my wifi connection and I was able to log in the use wifi via the live DVD. Does that mean that once installed I should still see the wifi connections?

Also: here's a video showing how to dual boot with Win 8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_Yd2jK-7Jg
My concern is will Win 8 respond to setting bios to Legacy boot? Seems like it worked for him.

I also have the link to the Broadcom drivers: http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php
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Re: Lenovo G580 and wifi

Postby tsdadam on Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:24 am

Vinoman, I have the same laptop and same set-up.

I can confirm that the wifi works fine once installed (although you may have to change drivers depending on how they perform for you, I'm using the Broadcom 'wl' ones).

The install is a bit more involved than just creating a partition and installing. In fact I wrote up exactly how I did it here > viewtopic.php?f=42&t=121912

I installed rEFInd to have a prettier front-end than grub, but it'll work as it is.

p.s. How do you find the touchpad in windows 8? I hate the way it works, way too sensitive and twitchy, random clicks you didn't makes etc.
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Re: Lenovo G580 and wifi

Postby vinoman on Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:56 pm

I haven't had trouble with the touch pad. No more than any other laptop. If you type a lot, turn off the pad so your thumbs don't get in the way.

Did you watch the video? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_Yd2jK-7Jg
Don't think that will work? Your instructions are very extensive.


I may just install MInt 14 on the whole hdd, if it doesn't work.
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Re: Lenovo G580 and wifi

Postby vinoman on Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:38 pm

I decided to delete Win 8 and install Mint 14 on my new Lenovo G580. The wifi was picked up in the live session and during the install and after the reboot the wifi connection stayed on. It runs great. No problems at all and didn't have to install any other drivers. So far so good.
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