Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3

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Hardware PCI/USB ID Working?
Touchpad Yes
Keyboard Yes
GPU (Intel) 8086:9bc4 Yes
GPU (AMD) 1002:1636 Yes
GPU (NVIDIA) 10de:1f99 Yes
Webcam 5986:212b Yes
Bluetooth 8087:0029 Yes
Audio 1022:15e3 Yes
Wireless 168c:003e Yes
Ethernet 10ec:8168 Yes


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 F12.

GPU switching & External Monitors

Installing optimus-manager

On models with an AMD CPU, after installing Arch with the proprietary NVIDIA driver on Xorg (Wayland is not currently tested), any external monitors over HDMI will most likely not work out of the box. In fact, the NVIDIA dedicated GPU will most likely not work straight away. To fix this, install optimus-managerAUR.

After this, you can check your current GPU mode (integrated/nvidia/hybrid) with

# optimus-manager --status

To change your GPU mode temporarily, you can use

# optimus-manager --switch mode
Note: This will close all GUI applications.

Permanently setting the default GPU mode

To change it permanently you can set the Kernel parameter optimus-manager.startup=mode where mode is integrated, nvidia, hybrid (i.e. use both) or auto (i.e. use integrated when booting while on battery and NVIDIA when booting while on AC power). Note that hybrid mode results in significantly worse performance than nvidia mode and is thus not suitable for graphics-intensive applications such as games. It is however the least battery-intensive way of being able to use an external monitor via the HDMI port.

Power management

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Notes: This is shared across multiple models and should be put on the generic page instead of duplicated for every model. (Discuss in Talk:Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3)

Install acpi_call (or acpi_call-lts for LTS kernel, acpi_call-dkms for other kernels) and load the kernel module:

# modprobe acpi_call

System Performance Mode

There are 3 modes available: Intelligent Cooling, Extreme Performance and Battery Saving. To switch between them, press Fn+Q on the IdeaPad's internal keyboard.

To view the currently activated System Performance Mode in 15ARH05 or 15ACH6 and its family series:

# echo '\_SB.PCI0.LPC0.EC0.SPMO' > /proc/acpi/call 
# cat /proc/acpi/call; printf '\n'

In 15ARH7 and its family series:

# echo '\_SB.PCI0.LPC0.EC0.GZ44' > /proc/acpi/call 
# cat /proc/acpi/call; printf '\n'

As a result you get the value for the bit SPMO / GZ44 (either 0x0, 0x1 or 0x2). The value of the bit corresponds to the following System Performance Modes:

SPMO / GZ44 Mode
0x0 Intelligent Cooling
0x1 Extreme Performance
0x2 Battery Saving

Rapid Charge

Turn on Rapid Charge:

# echo '\_SB.PCI0.LPC0.EC0.VPC0.SBMC 0x07' > /proc/acpi/call

Turn off Rapid Charge:

# echo '\_SB.PCI0.LPC0.EC0.VPC0.SBMC 0x08' > /proc/acpi/call

Get the status of Rapid Charge:

# echo '\_SB.PCI0.LPC0.EC0.QCHO' > /proc/acpi/call
# cat /proc/acpi/call; printf '\n'

where 0x0 stands for off and 0x1 stands for on.

Battery Conservation

Similarly to the #Rapid Charge, make sure you have set up acpi_call.

Turn on:

# echo '\_SB.PCI0.LPC0.EC0.VPC0.SBMC 0x03' > /proc/acpi/call
Note: The Lenovo Vantage software for Windows will turn off Rapid Charge when turning on Battery Conservation Mode. This ACPI call will not do that! You should turn it off manually (see the section #Rapid Charge).

Turn off:

# echo '\_SB.PCI0.LPC0.EC0.VPC0.SBMC 0x05' > /proc/acpi/call

To verify your setting:

# echo '\_SB.PCI0.LPC0.EC0.BTSM' > /proc/acpi/call 
# cat /proc/acpi/call; printf '\n'

where 0x0 stands for off and 0x1 stands for on.

There is also an alternative way to control the Conservation Mode of the battery:

First make sure the ideapad_laptop kernel module is loaded with the lsmod command.

If it is, run the following command as root to enable Battery Conservation Mode:

# echo 1 > /sys/bus/platform/drivers/ideapad_acpi/VPC2004:00/conservation_mode

A 0 will in turn disable the feature.

Function keys

Key Marked? Effect
Fn+Esc Yes Toggle Fn lock
Fn+F1 Yes Mute audio
Fn+F2 Yes Volume down
Fn+F3 Yes Volume up
Fn+F4 Yes Mute microphone
Fn+F5 Yes Screen brightness down
Fn+F6 Yes Screen brightness up
Fn+F7 Yes Show screen projecting menu (same as Super+P)
Fn+F8 Yes Turn on airplane mode
Fn+F10 Yes Turn touchpad on/off
Fn+Space Yes Toggle keyboard backlight (off/low/bright)
Fn+Q No Switch between performance modes, see #System Performance Mode
Fn+Home Yes (Media) Play/Pause
Fn+End Yes (Media) Stop
Fn+PageUp Yes (Media) Previous
Fn+PageDown Yes (Media) Next

Advanced UEFI/BIOS

Warning: Modifying the advanced settings may harm your device. Proceed with caution.
Note: This was only tested in the 15ACH6 and 15ARH7 series laptops

To access the advanced UEFI/BIOS setup utility, do the following:

  1. Power off completely
  2. Press the power button
  3. Repeatedly press F2 to enter UEFI/BIOS
  4. Press the following key sequence 3 times, one key at a time:
    Fn, R, N
  5. Press F10 and Enter to save and exit
  6. Repeatedly press F2 to enter UEFI/BIOS, this should now have the advanced options visible

See also