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.
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. 😦
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.
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:
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:
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 themanufacturer’s support page. If the provided link wouldn’t work navigate to Ralinktech.com > Support > Windows and look for RT309x. The latest version is 18.104.22.168 (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.