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Lenovo Yoga 2 11 – english

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe original German post can be found here.

Lenovo Yoga 2 11

In response to the great demand, I actually decided to translate this little article.

The Lenovo Yoga 2 11, needs some tweaks to make it compleatly usable with Linux. As OS I’m running Ubuntu (Trusty), as Unity still remains the only full-touch-screen-supported User-Interface, that can be used for normal office work. Of course there are other great User-Interfaces for Linux, but mostly the developers aim for tablet support without mouse & keyboard.

According to the Hardwar Maintenance Manual there are different chips, hard-drives and other hardware build into the Yoga 2 11. For example there are 2 different Wlan/Bluetooth-cards build into different models. One made by Intel, one by Broadcom.

How to make the Laptop Yoga 2 11 usable with Ubuntu?

Wireless & Bluetooth

By default Ubuntu recognizes this Chip as “deaktivaded by hardware switch”. That’s why “ideapad_laptop” needs to be blacklisted. With

sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/ideapad_laptop.conf

you make the file /etc/modprobe.d/ideapad_laptop.conf. Insert the content:

blacklist ideapad_laptop

After a reboot Wifi and Bluetooth should work.


Sinces Ubuntu 14.04.1 this fix doesn’t seem to be necessary. For the sake of completeness I leave it here.


By default the brightness runs at full capacity, which can not be changed. This drains the battery an it lasts only 2 to 2.5 hours. To fix this make the file: /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-intel.conf with

sudo nano /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-intel.conf

Insert this content:

Section “Device”
Identifier “card0”
Driver “intel”
Option “Backlight” “intel_backlight”
BusID “PCI:0:2:0”


After a reboot all hotkeys work. Including F6 und F7, even if they have no default configuration, but you can set one .

ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad

Multitouch is not working? Probably you have a ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad.  See here. Sorry I can not provide further help, I got the other one.


First the dependencies:

sudo apt-get install python-appindicator notify-osd

All nessesary files can be downloaded here.


Unzip the Tarball to your home-directory and make the files executable :

tar xfvz Yoga-Modes.tar.gz

chmod +rwx .Yoga-Modes/ -R

the folder ~/.Yoga-Modes contains single files, which are executed by switching modes.

Explination with the example “Laptop”:

xrandr –output eDP1 –rotate normal  ##screen-rotation
xinput set-prop „Atmel Atmel maXTouch Digitizer“ „Evdev Axes Swap“ 0 ##swap touchscreen
xinput set-prop „Atmel Atmel maXTouch Digitizer“ ‚Evdev Axis Inversion‘ 0 0 ##rotate touchscreen
xinput set-prop „SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad“ „Device Enabled“ 1 ##turn on touchpad 
echo 2 > .toggle ## save mode for toggle script
notify-send -i ~/.Yoga-Modes/icons/Open.png „Laptop“ ## show notification
killall onboard ##kill onboard 


Add tis to StartUp-Applications:

/home/user/.Yoga-Modes/Indicator        ##user needs to be changed



I use xbacklight to controle the brightness on startup:

sudo apt-get install xbacklight

In Autostart:

xbacklight -set 20

Furthermore I use TLP to controle to remaining hardware in backbround.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install tlp tlp-rdw smartmontools ethtool

With this tweaks the battery hold for 3 lectures á 2 hours writing Latex and it still runs. So seven to eight hours office-work are realistic with activated wifi and deactivated Bluetooth. But still the biggest energy guzzler is the screen-brightness, so take off your sunglasses 😉

Improve Wifi-Signal


The Wifi-Connection is not the very best on Windows and on Linux. Extending the antenna does help. In the right circle there is the Wifi/Bluetooth-Chip. From there 2 cables (one black, one white) run around the batteryto the left circle. Soldering 3cm (about 1 inch) cable to each of the black and white cable improved the connection a lot for me.

Do not do this if you don’t know what you are doing. I do not guarantee for anything, if you follow this advice you do it on your own risk. And you deftly will void your warranty.


See here.

This laptop comes with different HDDs. Mine is the wd5000mpck. It got a proprietary plug called “SFF-8784 edge connector”, same with the wd5000m22k. I haven’t found any SSD with this plug yet. So make sure you get a model with the ST500LT032 HDD, so you have a normal SATA-connection.

If have further questions you can write me an e-mail or comment below.

3 Kommentare

  1. Helpful information. Lucky me I found your website by accident, and I’m surprised why
    this coincidence didn’t happened in advance! I bookmarked it.

  2. Marco

    Fantastic…fantastic! Perfect setup for the Yoga. Thank you 😀

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