Lenovo S205 (Unofficial) Windows 8.1 Drivers (2014-12-31)

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I’ve created this post to provide you the latest Windows 8 Drivers. Since Lenovo doesn’t support Windows 8 on our device, these drivers are either taken directly from the vendors or from other Lenovo notebooks’ official support. The plan is to update this page regularly so it would function as an unofficial S205 – Windows 8 support page. I’m going to upload the drivers to Google Drive as well.

Big thx to Romagnolo1973 for his tips.

Audio

Device Download Size Version Released
AMD High Definition Audio Device See video See video See video See video
  • Source
  • Known issues

Energy Management 

It doesn’t work properly on Windows 8/8.1. Volume, brightness, enable/disable wifi and bluetooth works built-in so you shouldn’t install this.

Device Download Size Version Released
Lenovo Energy Management Download 45.3 MB 8.0.2.20 n/a
  • Source
    • Lenovo IdeaPad S205 Official Support (not available anymore)
  • Known issues
    •  OSD (on screen display notification for Fn key combinations) doesn’t work
    • Causes BSOD (?)

Card Reader

Device Download Size Version Released
Realtek RTS5139 USB 2.0 Card Reader (USB2.0-CRW) Download 11.6 MB 6.3.370.70 2014/12/31
  • Source
  • Known issues
    •  –

Touchpad

Device Download Size Version Released
Synaptics PS/2 Port TouchPad Download 118.1 MB zip 17.0.19 n/a

Networking: LAN (Ethernet)

Device Download Size Version Released
Realtek RTL8139/810x Fast Ethernet Adapter Download 5.7 MB 8.036.0826.2014 2014/11/28

Networking: Wireless LAN

Device Download Size Version Released
Ralink RT3090 802.11n 1T1R PCI-E Wireless Network Adapter Driver Download 21.9 MB 5.0.37.0 12/24/2013
  • Source
    • Ralink (MediaTek from January, 1st, 2013.)
  • Known issues

Bluetooth

Device Download Size Version Released
Broadcom BCM2070 Bluetooth 2.1+EDR USB Device Download 92.9 MB 12.0.0.4051 (12.0.0.4300) ?

Video

Device Download Size Version Released
AMD Mobility Radeon™ HD 6300 Series Graphics (HD 6310M / 6320M)

Download(x86)

Download(x64)

212MB / 288MB Omega (14.12) 12/9/2014
  • Source
    • AMD
    • Contains both video and audio drivers
  • Known issues

Lenovo – No Official Windows 8 Support for S205 :(

Not Supported

This post is dedicated to Microsoft’s latest operation system: Windows 8.

It looks like even though Lenovo released the Windows 8 drivers for our laptop, they did not function correctly and now they’ve removed them from the support page and on Lenovo’s Windows 8 Upgrade Capable Systems S205 is listed as Not Supported. 😦

UPDATE: I’ve created a post to provide you the Windows 8 Drivers (different sources). The plan is to update this page regularly so it would function as an unofficial S205 – Windows 8 Support Page. I’m going to upload the drivers to Google Drive as well. 🙂

Lenovo S205 Driver Repository (Google Drive)

I’ve created a public Google Drive folder for the Lenovo S205 Drivers. The main advantage is that now you will be able download all the drivers as a single .zip archive.  Also, the download speed should be better than the official Lenovo site’s.

I can’t garantee that I’ll update the drivers as soon as they are released (I don’t have enough time and bandwith) but I’d be glad to give edit rights to anyone willing to contribute to this project.

– The first drivers are still being uploaded. –

Poll – What OS do you use on your S205?

If you are using Windows 8, please share your experiences (there were problems with the new OS in the past, but the new drivers – including wifi – are already out).

Driver Update – Ralink RT3090 WiFi Driver v5.0.2.0 with Windows 8 (!) Support

The new Ralink WiFi Driver is now available. Download it directly from Ralink Support.
Follow this tutorial to install the drivers properly.

Read the full post »

Install Video Card Driver + Fix Ubuntu Boot Animation (Ubuntu)

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Installing the Video Card Driver

  • Launch System Settings and click on Additional Drivers (under Hardware group).
  • Select the ATI/AMD proprietary FGLRX graphics driver and click install.
  • After the installer finished, Reboot.

Fixing Ubuntu Boot Animation

  • Open a Terminal
  • Execute the following command:

    gksu gedit /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash

  • Paste this line into the file:

    FRAMEBUFFER=y

  • Save the file, and then run

    sudo update-initramfs -u -k all

  • Reboot and enjoy the boot animation.

Source: askubuntu

Tip – Enable Hibernation in Ubuntu 12.04

If you’ve installed your operation systems correctly, then both Windows and Ubuntu will support the stand-by and hibernation functions.

In the latest Ubuntu (12.04, Precise Pangolin) you have to enable hibernation manually.

  • To test whether hibernation is working, open a Terminal and run the following command:

    sudo pm-hibernate

  • If Ubuntu powered down and on restart resumed the previous state correctly, then hibernation works. When Ubuntu prepares hibernation it may display error massages (like bluetooth, rt2800pci – wifi) for a short time,  but it’s all good as long as it restarts properly.
  • Open a Terminal and execute the following command:

    sudo gedit /etc/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/com.ubuntu.enable-hibernate.pkla

  • Paste this text into the file:

    [Re-enable hibernate by default]
    Identity=unix-user:*
    Action=org.freedesktop.upower.hibernate
    ResultActive=yes

  • Save the file and close gedit.
  • After reboot, you’ll be able to use the hibernate option from the system menu.

Source: Ubuntu-Help

Temporary Fix – USB ports on the right side not working (Ubuntu)

This well-known problem is due to the built-in Realtek Card Reader’s Linux driver. This issue affects other laptops as well, and is currently (in Ubuntu 12.04) unsolved.

This temporary ‘fix’ will produce the the following result:

  • The card reader will be disabled by default
  • All the USB ports (left and right side) are going to work by default
  • You will be able to enable the card reader manually
  • If you enable the card reader after connecting your devices to the USB ports on the right side, you will be able to use both the card reader and your USB devices at the same time

Here are the steps:

  • Run Terminal and execute the following command:

    sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

  • Add the following line to the end of the file:

    blacklist rts5139

  • Save the file and close gedit.
  • After restart, your card reader will be disabled but all the USB ports are going to fuction properly.

Use this command to temporarly enable the card reader:

sudo modprobe rts5139

And this one to disable it:

sudo rmmod rts5139

To permanently re-enable the card reader, simply remove/comment out the blacklist rts5139 entry in blacklist.conf.
Source: Daniel Walton (launchpad)

Network File Sharing between Windows and Ubuntu

  1. Install Samba under Ubuntu.
    You can install it from Ubuntu Software Center.
  2. Run Samba and open Preferences > Server Setting. Enter your Windows workgroup. If you don’t know your workgroup, under Windows right click My Computer and choose Properties.
  3. (optional) Open Preferences > User Setting and click Add User to set up a new profile you can use to password-protect the shared folders.
  4. Click the green + icon to add a new share. Make sure that at least Visible is checked. You have to set the access type as well.
  5. You don’t even have to reboot. From now on, Network File Sharing should work nicely.

Install Ralink WiFi driver correctly under Windows 7 (+ fix any WiFi-related problem)

Attention: this tip is only for devices with a Ralink RT3090 WiFi adapter. If you are unsure whether you have a Ralink card,  you can check it via Lenovo’s Product Configuration. If it doesn’t show a ‘Cbt RT3090 MOW M PCIE NB HMC WLAN’ entry, then this tutorial is not for you. UPDATE: you can use this small piece of software (modified from Lenovo installer) instead 🙂

The obvious way of installing the WiFi driver would be getting it from the official Lenovo support, but since it isn’t available there (WTF Lenovo?), the only place you can download it from is the manufacturer’s support page. If the provided link wouldn’t work navigate to Ralinktech.com > Support > Windows and look for RT309x. The latest version is 3.2.12.0 (04/12/2012).

Make sure that you tick the ‘install driver only’ option when you run the setup file.

Go to Device Manager >Network adapters and double click Ralink RT3090 802.11n WiFi Adapter. Switch to the Advanced tab and select ‘Continuously Aware Mode (CAM)‘ as Power Save mode. Go to the Energy management tab and untick ‘Allow computer to turn off this device to save energy’.

Save the settings and restart your computer. These options will ensure the maximum performance and connectivity for your Ralink wireless card.

Sources: ValueTheory (Lenovo Community), Intel

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