Ubuntu 11.10 + Lenovo Ideapad Z370

Two days ago I’ve updated Ubuntu to 11.10 and it worked well.

I started from scratch, so I won’t have to deal with “old” problems:

Here is my setup:

  • Plain vanilla Lenovo Z370
  • Harddrive was replaced by a 60 Gb Sata2 SSD
  • Ubuntu 11.10 (Desktop edition)
  • I installed the IdeaPad Driver Package (get it here) to get rid of a lot of the “Keycode 240”

On the pro side:

  • The sd-card reader works out of the f**king box!
  • The key manager works!
  • Fn + F1 = Suspend to ram!
  • Fn + F2 = Switch the Backlite off
  • Fn + F5 = Switch all wireless connections off
  • Fn + F8 = Activates Num “block”
  • Fn +F9-F12 = Media keys (Play, Stop, Next, Previous) tested in Banshee
  • Fn + Arrow left + Arrow right = Louder and quiter

On the down side:

  • Special keys 1-3 kill the deskop
  • Special keys 4-5 didn’t work
  • Frequently sended “keycode 240” interupts the standby
  • Fn functions:
  • Fn + Esc = Nothing happens (should disable the camera)
  • Fn + F4 = No function (should do …)
  • Fn + F6 = No function (should disable the touchpad)
  • Fn + Arrow Up, Arrow Down (is a little bit buggy) (Should adjust the intensity of the backlite)


  • HDMI connection with my 23″ Monitor
  • Fn + F3 = Switch between display modes (for beamer and external displays)


  • The new Ubuntu feels like it uses more energy (which I can’t prove right now)

3 thoughts on “Ubuntu 11.10 + Lenovo Ideapad Z370”

  1. Just found a fix for the volume button problems (special keys 1-3) this afternoon; they don’t generate keyrelease events.

    Add the following line to your /lib/udev/rules.d/95-keyboard-force-release.rules file:

    ENV{DMI_VENDOR}==”LENOVO”, ATTR{[dmi/id]product_name}==”IdeaPad Z370″, RUN+=”keyboard-force-release.sh $devpath common-volume-keys”

    The keys should work on restart.

    1. Hi phooky, I am really sorry to bother you with this question but I cant figure it out… I have windows 7 on the ideapad z370 and the onkey mute on/off button will go crazy every so often, switching itelf on and off repeatedly…. this is really quite frustrating.

      Ideally I would like to find a way to switch the 5 “onekey” buttons off altogether – do you know how to do this??

      Any help would be greatly appreciated,


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