Finally, installed Fedora 18 64 bit on the Lenovo Ideapad Z580 laptop and it works almost perfect. Basically, Fedora 18 support UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface). I tried Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS as suggested on several blog posts first. Did a successful installation, but there were random, unpredictable hangs when booting. All of them listed USB CRW … whatever, as the point where the boot process stopped.
Unfortunately, that was no good for me, to have a stable, reliable Linux installation on the Lenovo Ideapad Z580 laptop. So, downloaded Fedora 18, and installed it. Fedora 18 too experienced some hangs when booting, but those have not re-surfaced since past 3-4 days. That has given me confidence that it is better to stick to Fedora 18 for the time-being till Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. At least by then the kernel they have will have overcome these issues with UEFI.
Am back with Fedora after using Ubuntu on an older laptop for almost 12 months. However, here is a summary of the steps with links to relevant content to help you install Fedora on the Lenovo Ideapad Z580 laptop. Before doing these steps, make sure you take a backup of your system. Although, the steps are explained below, you follow them at your own risk.
- Take a system recovery backup of the Windows 8 recovery partitions of the Lenovo Ideapad Z580 laptop partitions.
- Download CloneZilla from the CloneZilla web site. Make sure you choose the one latest stable ISO file. That version worked well on the Lenovo Ideapad Z580 that comes with UEFI.
- Take a CloneZilla backup of your new Lenovo Ideapad Z580 laptop hard disk. This should backup the entire hard drive image including all partitions. The model I have came with Windows 8.
- There are several partitions that came on the Lenovo Ideapad Z580, including the recovery partition. Do not delete any of them.
- Just resize the Windows 8 partition using Disk Management in Windows 8. I kept only 100 GB of a 1 TB hard disk for Windows 8. The other space was reclaimed from Windows 8 for Linux. By default Windows 8 stated about 420 GB only free, but that is not correct. There are some steps that need to be undertaken to reduce that space to about 100 GB.
- Get Fedora 18 x86_64 (64 bit) ISO from the Fedora web site.
- Press the Novo button, enter Setup and disable Secure Boot. Since Fedora 18 works with UEFI, you can leave that setting as is. The Novo button is a smaller button next to the power button on the Lenovo Ideapad Z580 laptop.
- Update the distribution. Before that, I deselected and removed the sendmail and rhythmbox* packages as I do not use them.
- As the Lenovo Ideapad Z580 uses the Nvidia Optimus technology, you will experience overheating and less batter backup time. To improve that, install the bumblebee and proprietary Nvidia drivers. After doing this step, the laptop stopped hanging randomly when booting.