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notebook G50-45 80E30181US
model: G50-45 80E30181US(model id: 2196)
subtype (notebook, netbook, motherboard, tablet):
does it have a free boot firmware (BIOS,UEFI,...) ?
can free operating systems be installed?
does the device prevent installing wifi cards not-approved by the vendor?
yes (see the details inside the description entry)
year of commercialization:
compatibility with free software:
tested on:
Debian GNU/Linux 9 stretch
Debian GNU/Linux 10 buster
Parabola GNU/Linux
Trisquel 8.0 Flidas
tested with the following kernel libre:
video card model:
AMD A8-6410 APU with AMD Radeon R5 Graphics (works, but without 3D acceleration)
wifi model:
(it does not work)
webcam model:
(it works)

I tried multiple free distros, with mixed results.

Booted, could run GUI
  • Debian 9.9.0 (kernel 4.9.0-9-amd64)
  • Trisquel 8.0 (kernel 4.4.0-119-generic)
Booted, could not run GUI
  • Debian 10.6.0 (kernel 4.19.0-11-amd64)
Did not boot
  • Dragora 3.0-beta-1 (kernel 4.19.79-gnu)
  • Hyperbola Milky Way v0.3.1 (kernel 4.9.210-gnu-1-lts)
  • Parabola (kernels 5.1.6_gnu and 5.7.10)
  • PureOS 9.0 (kernel 4.19.0-9-amd)

Internal wifi card does not work with free software.

Based on this Lenovo forum thread, it seems the G50-45's BIOS prevents unapproved wifi cards.

Video Card and Display

(Tested on live Trisquel 8.0, kernel 4.4.0-119-generic)

$ glxinfo | grep rendering
direct rendering: Yes

glxgears runs at about 295 FPS, and htop shows all 4 CPU cores spiking up to ~80% when using glxgears.

HDMI and VGA outputs do not work. Display settings show Monitor: Unknown and cannot change resolution from 1366x768. Brightness cannot be reduced from 100%. As the screen is very bright, this may present a major usability issue to some users, and it drains the battery quickly.

GPU/display performance is poor. Video playback (in VLC) is buggy and lags sometimes. The image is low-quality as it has too much pixelation. SuperTuxKart at lowest rendering settings runs far too slowly to be playable.


Internal Bluetooth card does not work.

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