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Lenovo ideapad 330 (15ARR) ubuntu issues and there solutions

Lenovo ideapad 330 (15ARR) ubuntu issues and their solutions

Issue-1: None of the ubuntu distros are getting installed

Solution: Ubuntu distros lower than 18.10 will not work in this laptop, as minimum kernal version required is 4.18.

So install ubuntu 18.10 / xubuntu 18.10 / lubuntu 18.10 / kubuntu 18.10 in UEFI mode

Issue-2: Wifi is not working

Solution: Install drivers seperatly. In most of the cases the wifi network card manufacturer is Elan tech for this model.

So just run the following commands to download and install

git clone https://github.com/tomaspinho/rtl8821ce.git
cd rtl8821ce/
sudo make all
sudo make install
sudo modprobe -a 8821ce

Check your wifi networks!

Issue-3: Touchpad is not working at all

Solution: You need to upgrade kernel to minimum 4.19.15-041915-generic . From this kernal version, the touchpad drivers are present in the kernal.

So just download the kernal files and upgrade. Visit https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/ to choose a kernal version

If you want to download 4.19.15, try the steps

First download the files

wget https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.19.15/linux-headers-4.19.15-041915_4.19.15-041915.201901130432_all.deb
wget https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.19.15/linux-headers-4.19.15-041915-generic_4.19.15-041915.201901130432_amd64.deb
wget https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.19.15/linux-modules-4.19.15-041915-generic_4.19.15-041915.201901130432_amd64.deb
wget https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.19.15/linux-image-unsigned-4.19.15-041915-generic_4.19.15-041915.201901130432_amd64.deb

Install

dpkg -i linux-headers-4.19.15-041915_4.19.15-041915.201901130432_all.deb
dpkg -i linux-headers-4.19.15-041915-generic_4.19.15-041915.201901130432_amd64.deb
dpkg -i linux-modules-4.19.15-041915-generic_4.19.15-041915.201901130432_amd64.deb
dpkg -i linux-image-unsigned-4.19.15-041915-generic_4.19.15-041915.201901130432_amd64.deb

Reboot

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tmmass commented Jan 19, 2019

Works great... Thank you...! (Lenovo Y730)

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shaan2028 commented Jan 23, 2019

thank you very much!!!
now, touchpad and wifi is working perfectly

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anijjohn3 commented Jan 26, 2019

Thanks mate! the touchpad is now working great, but right click is not working.Could you please help me with this?

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debojyoti commented Jan 26, 2019

Thanks mate! the touchpad is now working great, but right click is not working.Could you please help me with this?

@anijjohn3 I guess you have to enable it from settings of your distro. Which distro are you using?

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CentralForce commented Jan 27, 2019

Thank you for the nice guide!
I still can't realy boot into the kubuntu 18.10 installer.
I have the amd ryzen ideapad 330s version.

I can bootup the installer when i follow the solution of this post:
https://askubuntu.com/questions/1075796/trying-to-install-ubuntu-18-04-on-lenovo-330s-ryzen-5-2500u

After installing the os i have to set the noapic parameter again to be able to boot the os.
After updating the kernel I still have to set the noapic parameter to boot the os.
Touchpad is still not working after the update.
There are more things like: I have to restart the laptop to "wake" it up from standby etc.

Did anybody encouter the same problems??

(sorry for my bad english)

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debojyoti commented Jan 28, 2019

Thank you for the nice guide!
I still can't realy boot into the kubuntu 18.10 installer.
I have the amd ryzen ideapad 330s version.

I can bootup the installer when i follow the solution of this post:
https://askubuntu.com/questions/1075796/trying-to-install-ubuntu-18-04-on-lenovo-330s-ryzen-5-2500u

After installing the os i have to set the noapic parameter again to be able to boot the os.
After updating the kernel I still have to set the noapic parameter to boot the os.
Touchpad is still not working after the update.
There are more things like: I have to restart the laptop to "wake" it up from standby etc.

Did anybody encouter the same problems??

(sorry for my bad english)

Are you installing it UEFI mode? What software are you using to create the live boot disk?

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denali commented Jan 30, 2019

Thanks for the guide,
But cannot download and install the wifi driver b/c without wifi I cannot get online.
Is there a way to download the driver on another machine and then install it from a USB drive?

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debojyoti commented Jan 30, 2019

Thanks for the guide,
But cannot download and install the wifi driver b/c without wifi I cannot get online.
Is there a way to download the driver on another machine and then install it from a USB drive?

Yes, you can download it on another machine, just execute git clone https://github.com/tomaspinho/rtl8821ce.git on that machine and copy the folder rtl8821ec to the target machine.
Then open terminal inside that folder and run

sudo make all
sudo make install
sudo modprobe -a 8821ce
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SepiOz commented Jan 30, 2019

Hi, I have try to install 18.10 with this and the installation work perfecly but when its finish, reboot, and nothing its stopped on a purple screen.. can you help me ? I don't know what to do :/

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debojyoti commented Feb 5, 2019

@SepiOz Are you installing it in UEFI mode?
Also at which point are you removing the installation disk?

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atm-florian commented Feb 8, 2019

I've just install with UEFI mode as explain on the first post with just downlaod ubuntu 18.10 iso, install aside pre-installed windows, everything works well without any tweaks.

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boukeas commented Mar 1, 2019

Hi there. I have the AMD Ryzen version of Ideapad 330s (15ARR) but I have encountered problems. Here's what i've done:

  • Disabled Secure Boot
  • Downloaded the standard ubuntu 18.10 desktop version
  • Used Etcher (on another Ubuntu machine) to make a bootable USB drive
  • Booted the Ideapad from the USB drive in UEFI mode. At this stage I was unable to successfully boot from the live USB drive unless I added both noapic and nomodeset.
  • Having booted the live CD, the touchpad would not work, but I completed the installation using the arrow keys.
  • Restarting, I am only able to boot the fresh installation using noapic and nomodeset, and again I only have use of the keyboard, not the touchpad.
  • I downloaded the four .deb files for the 4.19 kernel (on another Ubuntu machine), copied them into the Ideapad and installed them. Unfortunately, again, I am only able to boot the fresh installation using noapic and nomodeset, and again I only have use of the keyboard, not the touchpad.

Any suggestions?

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anuengineer commented Mar 7, 2019

I have Manjaro working on this Laptop after a week of fiddling around with settings. If you are ok with Arch/ Manjaro I can share my config. One of the issues is getting the wifi working, and you can just follow instructions in the doc. Please let me know if you would like to see how to make Arch Linux work on this laptop. I too have an AMD Ryzen 330s.

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Alfcph commented Mar 31, 2019

I have a Lenovo Ideapad 330 and I have no wifi. Tried 7 distros!
The only one that can see my wifi adapter is Manjaro, but Can't find any driver.
The wifi adapter i from Realtek.

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yeold commented Apr 11, 2019

I use an Ideapad 330s-15AR (Ryzen 3)
Wifi works out of the box but I can't get the touchpad to work.
Kernel updates doesn't make it for me, I even tried the latest which currently is 5.0.7
Any suggestions?
Running Ubuntu 18.04 lts

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czaad commented Apr 13, 2019

Hi. I have the Lenovo 330 17ch 81bl. Ubuntu 19.04. 5.0.0-8-generic kernel that solved my problem with wi-fi. The touchpad Elan ELAN061F is still dead. I`m complete noob. What to do with it? Thanks

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