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Lenovo ideapad 302 installing Linux Mint 18.3 cinimon

Post by oldgaffer » Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:10 am

Hi all
I have loaded Linux mint onto two laptops and two desktop computers with no problems.(using youtube as a step by step guide), So when I got a new laptop I wanted Linux mint on it. I struggled to get it to load it just kept crashing but finally got it running. The computer now runs for a wee bit then freezes. Also the touch pad has never worked. I use a USB mouse.

The computer is a Lenovo ideapad 320 with an AMD A6 7th gen processor.
installing Linux Mint 18.2 cinnamon

Any advice please give in very simple terms and step by step, do not assume any knowledge on my side.
Thanks in advance for any assistance.
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Re: Lenovo ideapad 302 installing Linux Mint 18.3 cinimon

Post by prestonR » Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:49 pm

Like with any weird Lenovo issue first check their web support for a Bios update. Also, have you installed the recommended proprietary graphics driver via 'Driver Manager'?

To provide more info can you open a terminal, type:

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inxi -Fzx
and paste the output here, please.

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Re: Lenovo ideapad 302 installing Linux Mint 18.3 cinimon

Post by oldgaffer » Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:19 pm

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System:    Host: graham-Lenovo-ideapad-320-14AST Kernel: 4.10.0-42-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
           Desktop: Cinnamon 3.4.6 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3)
           Distro: Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya
Machine:   System: LENOVO (portable) product: 80XU v: Lenovo ideapad 320-14AST
           Mobo: LENOVO model: LNVNB161216 v: SDK0J40700WIN
           Bios: LENOVO v: 5PCN17WW date: 07/13/2017
CPU:       Dual core AMD A6-9220 RADEON R4 5 COMPUTE CORES 2C+3G (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm) bmips: 9981
           clock speeds: max: 2500 MHz 1: 2300 MHz 2: 1600 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Device 98e4 bus-ID: 00:01.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: ati,amdgpu (unloaded: fbdev,vesa,radeon)
           Resolution: 1366x768@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on AMD STONEY (DRM 3.9.0 / 4.10.0-42-generic, LLVM 4.0.0)
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.0.7 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card-1 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Device 157a
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:09.2
           Card-2 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Device 15b3
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:01.1
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.10.0-42-generic
Network:   Card-1: Qualcomm Atheros Device 0042
           driver: ath10k_pci bus-ID: 01:00.0
           IF: wlp1s0 state: up speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Realtek RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller
           driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: 1000 bus-ID: 02:00.0
           IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-3: Atheros usb-ID: 001-004
           IF: null-if-id state: N/A speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: N/A
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 1000.2GB (1.0% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST1000LM035 size: 1000.2GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 913G used: 5.5G (1%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 4.09GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda3
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: No active sensors found. Have you configured your sensors yet? mobo: N/A gpu: 0.0
Info:      Processes: 199 Uptime: 2 min Memory: 778.3/3822.0MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35 
graham@graham-Lenovo-ideapad-320-14AST ~ $ 
Driver manager
unknown
amd64-microcode
I updated this it is now version 2.20160316.1
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Re: Lenovo ideapad 302 installing Linux Mint 18.3 cinimon

Post by prestonR » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:25 am

Thanks. Check in Bios: 'secure boot'=disabled; 'raid'/'ahci' set to 'ahci'. If there's a uefi/legacy setting which way is it set? Did you check Lenovo support for an updated bios, those 'raid' settings seem to cause many people issues but Lenovo have reacted.

Try to upgrade to the latest kernel available, 4.13.0-19, I believe. This should fix the touch pad and might fix the freezes but most likely you'll need that bios update.

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Re: Lenovo ideapad 302 installing Linux Mint 18.3 cinimon

Post by oldgaffer » Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:11 am

Hi prestonR
I assume I need to update BIOS first, then kernel then the last two raid uefi?

updated BIOS
Current: 5pcnn17ww there is one 5RCN30WW on their site you down load as a .exe file.
Is it safe to run the exe file in wine?
If I mess up can I get the old version back?

What is the location of the kernel and how do I update it?

what are 'raid'/'ahci' were do I find them and how do I change them?
again
uefi/legacy what and how?

As I said in the start of the post assume no prior knowledge on my behalf.

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Re: Lenovo ideapad 302 installing Linux Mint 18.3 cinimon

Post by michael louwe » Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:55 am

@ oldgatter, .......
oldgatter wrote:...
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You have a very new laptop which is likely not yet supported by Linux = wait a few months for full support, eg the coming Linux kernel 4.15.

Try upgrading the Linux kernel from LM 18.3's kernel 4.10 to kernel 4.13 via Update Manager >View >Linux kernels.
... If kernel 4.13 gives more problems, boot back to kernel 4.10 via Grub's Advanced Options and then delete kernel 4.13.(for single-boot system, press & hold Shift key to display the Grub menu during startup, ie before the LM logo appears)

I think you can ignore the mention about AHCI/RAID setting for the internal hard-drive in BIOS setup. BIOS firmware update is likely not necessary for your very new computer.
... In early 2016, Lenovo began selling high-end Win 10 Ultrabooks that were locked to RAID disk mode(using the proprietary Intel RST driver) in BIOS setup with no option for AHCI mode, eg Lenovo Yoga 900-13ISK and Ideapad 720 = could not install Linux or Win 7. After much complaint, Lenovo restored the AHCI option through a BIOS firmware update in early 2017.
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Re: Lenovo ideapad 302 installing Linux Mint 18.3 cinimon

Post by thx-1138 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:00 am

oldgaffer, also check this video here that will give you an idea on how to get into this machine's BIOS.
Short to speak, you press F2 repeatedly after having pressed the power button...

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Re: Lenovo ideapad 302 installing Linux Mint 18.3 cinimon

Post by oldgaffer » Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:13 am

Secure boot [Disabled] in the BIOS
updated kernel to 4.13.0-19 touchpad now working


But computer Still freezes up after a few minutes.

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Re: Lenovo ideapad 302 installing Linux Mint 18.3 cinimon

Post by michael louwe » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:37 pm

@ oldgatter, .......
oldgaffer wrote:Secure boot [Disabled] in the BIOS
updated kernel to 4.13.0-19 touchpad now working


But computer Still freezes up after a few minutes.
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Try the fix for AMD graphics card at ... viewtopic.php?f=46&t=122257

Or try disabling Hyperthreading in BIOS setup.

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Re: Lenovo ideapad 302 installing Linux Mint 18.3 cinimon

Post by oldgaffer » Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:31 pm

michael louwe why do you think it is graphics card problem? My computer freezes on the start up page, when all I have done is move the curser around to see if it has frozen.

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Re: Lenovo ideapad 302 installing Linux Mint 18.3 cinimon

Post by michael louwe » Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:51 pm

oldgaffer wrote:michael louwe why do you think it is graphics card problem? My computer freezes on the start up page, when all I have done is move the curser around to see if it has frozen.
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A similar link at ... https://linuxmint.com/rel_sonya_cinnamon.php says that AMD and Nvidia graphics cards can cause the screen to freeze before or after the install of LM.

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Re: Lenovo ideapad 302 installing Linux Mint 18.3 cinimon

Post by oldgaffer » Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:59 am

Apologies the computer is a 320 not 302.
What I have done:
BIOS secure boot disabled

Kernal updated to latest 4.13.0.19 It then updated again in the updates.

I then typed in the command line this from a a used on the forum with the same problem different computer model:

GRUB_DEFAULT=0
GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=0
GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=true
GRUB_TIMEOUT=10
GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="amd_iommu=fullflush iommu=pt quiet splash"
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=""

sudo update-grub


My computer now runs but the touch pad does freeze after a random time. But will continue to run with a USB mouse. I plan on just waiting and hoping the updates will catch up with the touch pad problem in time.

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Re: Lenovo ideapad 302 installing Linux Mint 18.3 cinimon

Post by prestonR » Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:36 am

I plan on just waiting and hoping the updates will catch up with the touch pad problem
That makes sense but maybe you don't have to. According to this bug tracker: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+sour ... ug/1708852 the fix should have reached Mint kernels and your touchpad should work on the following kernels:

- the 4.4 kernel series with 4.4.0-97.120 and above
- the 4.10 kernel series with 4.10.0-37 and above

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