The Lenovo IdeaPad 720s (AMD) is a laptop computer with a 13.3" screen, AMD Ryzen™ processor, webcam, microphone, audio in/out, 80211ac wireless card with Bluetooth 4.1, 1 USB 3.0 Type-C (DP & Power Delivery), 1 x USB 3.0 Type-C (DP), 2 USB3 ports, and a fingerprint reader.
CPU/APU-wise, Linux support for the 720s is in decent shape since kernel ~4.15 (CPU and GPU temperatures per); the more recent the better. Its rtl8821ce WLAN and Bluetooth chip has no mainlined driver (as of 4.17), but AUR comes to rescue here.
Before installing, disable Secure Boot in the BIOS. You can access the BIOS by pressing
F2 at the Splash screen. The boot menu can also be accessed by pressing
X works natively with a currentand .
If you are having video issues with only the AMDGPUinstalled, also install the AMD PRO package AUR. See
TheAUR wireless driver is required in order for WiFi and Bluetooth to work.
Sometimes upon reboot, rfkill may block wireless communications. To unblock, run :
rfkill unblock all.
Active bluetooth may lock up the PC on lid close/suspend, then
rfkill block bluetooth.
No dedicated keys. The
Fn functions on the
F12 keys are correctly recognized by X11 and work out of the box (Touchpad on/off etc.). The default state can be inverted in the BIOS menu.
ttys get filled with massive amounts of ACPI complaints, and are unusable as such. Mitigate by passing the
pci=noaer kernel commandline option.
CPU soft lockup
The mwait cpu instruction can cause a CPU soft lockup.
To fix the issue, add
idle=nomwait to kernel parameters.