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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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commented Jan 19, 2019

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

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commented Jan 23, 2019

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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commented Apr 22, 2019

For Installing Wifi - If you get any error so just execute this line before beginning the installation

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic build-essential git

Thanks for this great article

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commented Apr 27, 2019

Those who are having problems with the touchpad, please try ubuntu version >= 18.10 & kernal version 4.19.15-041915-generic

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commented Apr 27, 2019

@anuengineer I'd appreciate it a lot if you'd share that information on how to get Arch/Manjaro running on the 330s-15ARR

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commented May 3, 2019

lenovo IdeaPad 330 15 arr
during install (without touchpad) how to change the size allocated for Ubuntu. it asks me to drag to my requirement, but no mouse!

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commented May 4, 2019

Anyone using the Ideapad 330 with Ubuntu 19.04 and noticing any problems?

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commented May 16, 2019

Awesomeness! Wifi working now after weeks of trying everything. Perfection! I was about to send my laptop back

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commented May 17, 2019

I have a few issues with Lenovo Ideapad 330-15ICH in Ubuntu:

Lap freez every time i click on restart and shutdown abd the only way to close is to hold the power butten for 5 sec .
There's no battery indicator and management. No way to see battery charge, and no powersave measures.
Brightness hotkeys don't work.
Doesn't hibernate when closing the laptop.
Wi-fi card not detected by default.
1TB HDD not mounted by default
NVidia card not configured by default.
Can't modify monitor settings

.I don't have a solution for the other issues.

Is there any one have model 15 ich and tried this solution and succed
Do you have any other outstanding issues? Did you find the same as me?

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commented May 18, 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.

Hi. I have a Manjaro install but no touchpad (elan469D). How you solved it?

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commented May 20, 2019

Anyone using the Ideapad 330 with Ubuntu 19.04 and noticing any problems?

Everything was working properly, until the latest kernel update somehow broke fan control. Now fans are not working.

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commented May 21, 2019

@anuengineer I'd appreciate it a lot if you'd share that information on how to get Arch/Manjaro running on the 330s-15ARR

To boot the live media you have to edit the grub commandline. Add 'noapic' after the 'quiet', so it looks like "GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT= quiet noapic"
After install you have to keep this parameter by editing /etc/default/grub with a text editor and running 'sudo update-grub'.

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commented May 21, 2019

For anyone interested in installing 19.04 on it: I bought the Lenovo Ideapad 330 yesterday and installed Ubuntu 19.04 (wiped the preinstalled W10, encrypted Ubuntu partition, with secure boot enabled). It seems that everything works out of the box. No Problems with WiFi or the touchpad so far.

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commented May 22, 2019

Have you got a fix for brightness control ? f11 and f12 ?
And in Grub the argument: noapic is require for start.
And the microphone connect in the jack socket don't work.

(Lenovo 330S-15ARR Modèle de type de machine: 81FB007FFR)

Have you got any suggestions?

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commented May 25, 2019

I'm on Ubuntu 18.04.2. I have installed the kernel 5.1.0-050100-generic and now almost everything works fine. The touchpad works well (before it stopped working when it came back to suspend), wifi works and also the microphone connect in the jack socket. The battery is recognized and works well (the fast charging I do not know if it is possible). I have the Nvidia card turned off in the bios. I have tried and it works but the problems continue when trying to restart the laptop.

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commented May 25, 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.

Can you share this doc, please? I have lost my mind, trying to make this working.

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commented Jun 1, 2019

I'm on Ubuntu 18.04 and my wi-fi adapter isn't working. I get the following error when i try to tun the command 'Make" on the terminal.
/bin/sh: 1: cc: not found
(standard_in) 1: syntax error
make ARCH=x86_64 CROSS_COMPILE= -C /lib/modules/5.0.0-050000-generic/build M=/home/sudhish/rtl8821ce modules
make[1]: *** /lib/modules/5.0.0-050000-generic/build: No such file or directory. Stop.
Makefile:1902: recipe for target 'modules' failed
make: *** [modules] Error 2

Please help

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commented Jun 18, 2019

Thank you for this. I was having touchpad issues on my Lenovo IdeaPad 330-14IGM (Intel Celeron N4000 CPU), with elementary OS 5.0 Juno. You suggestion to update the kernel resolved my issue. However I used Ukuu instead of the terminal.

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commented Jun 22, 2019

I'm on Ubuntu 18.04 and my wi-fi adapter isn't working. I get the following error when i try to tun the command 'Make" on the terminal.
/bin/sh: 1: cc: not found
(standard_in) 1: syntax error
make ARCH=x86_64 CROSS_COMPILE= -C /lib/modules/5.0.0-050000-generic/build M=/home/sudhish/rtl8821ce modules
make[1]: *** /lib/modules/5.0.0-050000-generic/build: No such file or directory. Stop.
Makefile:1902: recipe for target 'modules' failed
make: *** [modules] Error 2

Please help

@Sudhish8103, I guess build-essential is not installed in your machine,
try sudo apt-get install build-essential first and then run make

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commented Jun 22, 2019

I'm on Ubuntu 18.04.2. I have installed the kernel 5.1.0-050100-generic and now almost everything works fine. The touchpad works well (before it stopped working when it came back to suspend), wifi works and also the microphone connect in the jack socket. The battery is recognized and works well (the fast charging I do not know if it is possible). I have the Nvidia card turned off in the bios. I have tried and it works but the problems continue when trying to restart the laptop.

Backup your data and try 18.10

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commented Jun 24, 2019

I am on 18.04.2 LTS, and have had no issues. This guide also helps: https://www.reddit.com/r/kernel/comments/a82g14/lenovo_330s_amd_ryzen_5_lts_ubuntu_1804/ (Note: Use "ivrs_ioapic[32]=00:14.0" instead of "noapic" to use the trackpad.)

After the most recent update, I also had to add "nomodeset" kernel parameter to grub, otherwise it freezes at the splash screen. (Side Note: I would also recommend saving your drivers from this tutorial in case you need to reinstall them after an update.)

The little Vega 8 GPU is even able to play some Steam games, see my report on protondb: https://www.protondb.com/app/460920. However, it does start to throttle after a short while, lol.

The only issue, which has to do with Ryzen, is rarely it freezes, seemingly when RAM is fully used up. If anybody knows what I'm talking about and any solutions, that would be great! Otherwise, it reboots really fast and it's not even worth complaining about.

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commented Jun 24, 2019

For me, the touchpad was inconsistent once it worked, but after reboot stopped working. To work every time I have to use the parameter: acpi_osi='Windows 2018' along with ivrs_ioapic[32]=00:14.0 (Fedora 30 64x kernel 5.1.11)

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