Ubuntu on Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro


Kubuntu on the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro

(I've based these steps on the excellent answer given by rubo77 above as well as a few other sources)

Turn off fast boot and disable secure boot

Turn off the computer and start using the Novo button (small round button next to the power button) Enter the BIOS configuration Configuration->Enable Intel Virtualization Security->disable Secure Boot. Boot->disable Lenovo Fast Boot.


Turn off the computer and turn in back on using the novo button. Select USB boot from the menu. In the grub menu from the USB stick press e to edit the 'Install Ubuntu Server..' entry. Add 'acpi_backlight=vendor' before 'quiet'

Note: I use the Ubuntu Server installation to get full support for disk encryption, I then install the kubuntu-desktop package as well as various programs I like to use, to bring it up to a normal desktop. These instructions should work just as well with the normal Kubuntu installer if you don't want disk...

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I am successfully running 13.10 using the acpi_backlight=vendor kernel option. I had to blacklist the ideapad_laptop for the wireless to work. The UEFI boot is also perfectly working for dual booting into Windows & Ubuntu.

However, there are several things which bother me a bit and I am not sure how to deal with them. Please let me know if you know any solutions to them:

1. The touchscreen's scrolling is not working. The touchscreen itself works and I can use multi input to move windows around with 3 fingers. However, when I try scrolling using either one or two fingers, it just selects stuff similar to mouse button press and drag.

2. I can't use the full resolution (3200x1900) in Ubuntu 13.10. I mean it does work, but it makes things soooo tiny it is impossible to use it. I've tried increasing the font sizes, which helped with readability a bit. However, in most applications menu items and text were overlapping and it doesn't look good. I've also tried...

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Installing Ubuntu on Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro

location: ubuntuforums.com - date: January 24, 2015
Hi All I'm wondering if it's possible to install Ubuntu on the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, please note this is the tablet not the laptop, here's the page on Lenovo's website for more info. Any help would be appreciated. Many thanks John

Ubuntu 14.04 wifi Realtek RTL8723BE disconnect issues,Lenovo Yoga 2 (non pro !!)

location: ubuntuforums.com - date: August 30, 2014
Hi all, I've been struggling with my wifi connection, as some knows, the lenovo Yoga 2 has some issues with the wireless (thx for the community for helping everyone with that btw) My issues are as follow: Before I couldn't connect properly to my wifi, even using the options "option rtl8723be fwlps=0 swlps=0" or just fwlps=0 in /etc/modprobe.d/rtl8723be.conf Even after a reboot, It would connect for a couple of seconds, then disconnect and never connect again sometimes even a reboot wouldn't fix...

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Before Buying Yoga 2 Pro:
If you have bought a Yoga 2 Pro, then skip this section and jump directly to the next section. This computer has the following problems, known widely among its users, yet not acknowledged or properly addressed by Lenovo.
1. Inaccurate Rendering of the Yellow Color. This is widely and notoriously known. Lenovo’s BIOS update until today (June 6, 2014) does not solve it. Lenovo regards it as solved and dismisses it, but many users do not agree at all.
2. Poor Micro HDMI Compatiblity. The Micro HDMI port, the only video export of the computer, is hidden too deep to make a stable contact with a standard Micro HDMI cable. Some DIY users have to manually file the bud of their Micro HDMI cable for 1mm~2mm to fit with this port. You may need to try a few cables to find a working one.
3. Unintended Mute Speaker Caused by Inconsistence Audio Jack Detection. Sometimes, the speaker mute because the computer falsely detects audio jack as plugged in,...

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I recently got the 10" version w/ 32 GiB flash and keyboard, which comes running MSWindows:


I'd like to erase MSWindows and run Ubuntu.

I plugged in a USB keyboard and pressing F2 early/fast enough after power-on takes me to "Novo Menu", listing

Normal startupBIOS setupBoot menuSystem recovery

The only thing listed under Boot is "Windows Boot Manager". (It's not really an "option" if there's no other choice!?)

The BIOS (apparently Insyde) has fewer options than anything I have seen before. I tried

USB Debug support off -> on
Seucre boot on -> off
Exit saving changes

No dice. I verified the settings had been saved. The only other options I see are change date/time, "BIOS back flash" on/off, and a couple of reset options.

In MSWindows under "Options > Update and Recovery > Recovery > Advanced Startup" one of the options is to boot from an alternate device. I tried that with...

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Update 2 – 2016-06-13 (see previous update below)

Some have pointed out that this post is well trafficked for installing Ubuntu 16.04 on the Yoga 900. I appreciate this and I hope that this information comes in handy. Please be aware that this post was created for my own reference as well as to help others who might stumble upon it. It’s here so that you can comment below and review the help provided by other generous commenters who are having similar issues. Perhaps they’ll have solved your problem.

I felt it necessary to update this because some people are bringing up new issues that weren’t around when I created this article. Apparently there is a new version of the Yoga 900 which uses an NVMe SSD which may not work well with 16.04.

From user D.S.:
The SSD-problem seems to affect only recent revisions of the device (Yoga 900 13ISK2, 13ISK Business Edition and 12ISK) where the SSD is connected through NVMe.

If you are a lucky owner of the first...

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Since this is a relatively new model I wanted to post my mint 17 installation results for anyone else that has this laptop and might need help.

I went into windows settings to restart into the UEFI, turned off secureboot, turned on legacy boot, made the legacy drives boot before EFI in the boot order menu. Restarted with the usb livecd. Installed with the erase whole drive and install option with encrypted home directory. Removed usb drive and rebooted. Took a few seconds longer than windows 8 did. Boots up fine, hidpi works properly now, my usb3 network adapter works out of box, touchpad works a bit better but still a little twitchy, volume, close window, keyboard backlight, refresh, and brightness buttons work, wifi does not. To enable wifi I used the commands that I saw on other sites.

You can make it persist with the following code:

Code: Select all

sudo su
echo '#added to enable WiFi on Yoga 2 Pro'>>/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
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I’ve been reading some other threads, especially about dual-boot installations on the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro running windows 8.1, but I didn’t seem to find quite the exact same issue. I’m admittedly a newcomer to this (my first time trying to install Ubuntu), so I’d appreciate any opportunity I can to learn more about this!

I set aside roughly 60GB for the partition and another 8 GB for the swap. I also installed grub on the /dev/sda2 partition, which is the ESP where Windows Boot Manager is also located.

I have specified that ubuntu/grub should boot first in the BIOS Boot Menu. Secure Boot and Lenovo Fast Boot are both disabled.

Everything is going fine so far. I can boot, and grub shows up, allowing me to select between Ubuntu and Windows Boot Manager. If I choose Ubuntu, I am able to get into Ubuntu, log in, etc., perfectly fine. The trouble starts when I choose to boot into Windows instead. Once I do that, and try to shutdown/restart and boot up Ubuntu, the...

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I've just installed Ubuntu GNOME 13.10 on a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro with only minor annoyances.

There's a lot of hoopla over on ask ubuntu about this model. Perhaps some of it refers to the initial revisions of the computer? I don't know. Mine was made on Jan 26, 2014 and what I can tell you is that it more or less works flawlessly.

Installation instructions to wipe Windows 8 and install Ubuntu (in my case, Ubuntu GNOME 13.10):

Turn the machine off.Insert Ubuntu USB boot memory stick.Start machine while holding Fn+F2. Enter BIOS and move the USB boot stick to #1 position. There's no need to do anything else.Exit & Save. Reboot.If your screen is black, press F12 to brighten it. DUH. (In general, if your screen is black when installing Ubuntu, try to increase the brightness using the keyboard before going off to try more elaborate fixes.)Select Install Ubuntu / Erase disk. Don't worry about being on the Internet. Just install it.Reboot.Once Ubuntu comes up, open a...
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