Lenovo XiaoXin 15are 2020

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Hardware PCI/USB ID Working?
Touchpad 04f3:3140 Yes
Keyboard 0001:0001 Yes
Video 1002:1636 Yes
Webcam 13d3:56ff Yes
Bluetooth 0bda:c123 Yes
Wireless 10ec:c822 Partial
Audio 1002:1637 Yes
Fingerprint reader 27c6:55a2 No

The XiaoXin-15ARE 2020 is primarily sold in China, the most similar internationally sold model is the IdeaPad 5 15ARE.

Firmware setup

You can access the BIOS by pressing F2 at the Splash screen. The boot menu can also be accessed by pressing F12.

F2 and F12 keys do not work

The Windows 20H2 installer (consumer edition, updated Feb 2021) is tested to delete these keys' functionality to reach BIOS settings and Boot menu. It is unclear whether Microsoft intentionally did this or is yet another bug in Windows. You can try return your laptop Lenovo to repair mainboard BIOS information.

It is recommended to update to BIOS version E7CN42WW, as in #BIOS update, which fixes this issue.

Noto Button

You can also use the "Noto Boot Menu" which displays more options like BIOS Setup and Boot Menu. On power on, press the power button while holding Fn to access it. Note that this is also affected by #F2 and F12 keys do not work, so if the F2 and F12 keys do not work, "Noto Boot Menu" cannot either.

Enter Firmware Setup Utility without F2 and F12 keys

See Unified Extensible Firmware Interface#Enter firmware setup without function keys.


No Fwupd support is present on this device.

BIOS update

BIOS updates can be found here: 小新-15 2020(AMD平台:ARE版) 驱动列表 under the BIOS section. Only a Windows installer is provided. Extracting with innoextract (version 1.8 tested) can unpack the downloaded BIOS-E7CN39WW.exe to E7CN39WW.exe, which is the Phoneix's BIOS installer. But this installer cannot be further extracted with innoextract.

It is recommended to update to BIOS version E7CN42WW, which will fix F2 and F12 keys problem. It also adjusts thermal control so that the fans are more quiet and more efficient. The update will reset UEFI boot order to only contain Windows boot manager; return to Arch Linux after BIOS update by following the steps in Unified Extensible Firmware Interface#Boot back to Arch Linux when stuck with Windows

Power management

This laptop has 3 modes of system performance mode available: Intelligent Cooling, Extreme Performance and Battery Saving. To toggle it, you need to call some ACPI methods, which require an out-of-tree kernel module. See Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15are05#Power management


Wi-Fi Direct (aka Wi-Fi P2P) support is only present on Windows: in Windows cmd, see netsh wlan show drivers.

$ iw phy
Wiphy phy0
	Supported interface modes:
		 * IBSS
		 * managed
		 * AP
		 * AP/VLAN
		 * monitor
		 * mesh point

Function Keys

Key Visible?1 Marked?2 Effect
Fn+Esc No Yes Enables Fn lock
Fn+F1 Yes Yes XF86AudioMute
Fn+F2 Yes Yes XF86AudioLowerVolume
Fn+F3 Yes Yes XF86AudioRaiseVolume
Fn+F4 Yes Yes XF86MicMute
Fn+F5 Yes Yes XF86MonBrightnessDown
Fn+F6 Yes Yes XF86MonBrightnessUp
Fn+F7 Yes Yes Not an XF86 Key: Switch Monitor
Fn+F8 Yes Yes XF86RFKill
Fn+F9 Yes Yes Not an XF86 Key: System Settings
Fn+F10 Yes Yes Not an XF86 Key: Lock Screen
Fn+F11 Yes Yes For MS-Windows: Switch window
Fn+F12 Yes Yes XF86Calculator
Fn+Ins No Yes For MS-Windows: Lenovo Energy Star
Fn+PrintScreen No Yes For MS-Windows: ScreenShot
Play/Pause Yes Yes XF86AudioPlay
Stop Yes Yes XF86AudioStop
Prev Yes Yes XF86AudioPrev
Next Yes Yes XF86AudioNext
  1. The key is visible to xev and similar tools. Desktop environments and even some window managers may come with a default configuration which swallows all the function keys, since it is handling them by itself. This visiblility column is tested on a minimal window manager Openbox with xev.
  2. The physical key has a symbol on it, which describes its function.

Toggle Fn lock in UEFI/BIOS Setup Utility

Besides Fn+Esc, you can also change Fn lock in UEFI/BIOS Setup Utility. In UEFI/BIOS Setup Utility, Configuration > HotKey Mode, change to Disabled to use Fx for direct Fx key, Fn+Fx for function key (HotKey), change to Enabled to use Fx for function key (HotKey), Fn+Fx for direct Fx key.

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