Lenovo Y580

By Cris, March 26, 2017
Last updated: January 23, 2018
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Lenovo Y580 Windows 10 Update with Driver Guide

The Lenovo Y580 Laptop was released in 2012 and shipped with an OEM version Windows 7 Home Premium. When Microsoft started rolling out Windows 10, it offered a free upgrade to their latest O/S.

Unfortunately, the Y580 (and many other) laptops featured many small conveniences like OneKey Recovery, mute, movie mode and special function buttons which do not work well with the Windows 10 Upgrade, if at all.

Here are the original 2012 specifications for the Y580:

Description IdeaPad Y580 Upgrade Support
CPU 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3630QM (2.40GHz 6MB Cache) (45W TDP) Support up to Intel® Core™ i7-3940XM Extreme Edition (3.0GHz-3.9GHz ) 55W TDP – Confirmed

(Will reach ~3.5-4 hours with battery saver on (CPU throttle and lower screen brightness) for office tasks.)

Operating System Windows 7 x64/ Windows 8 x64 – Home Premium  Latest Win 10 variant
Memory 8GB (DDR3) 16GB (DDR3) supported – confirmed
Graphics NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX660M 2GB with DirectX® 11
Dimensions 385mm x 255mm x 35.7 mm (15.2″ x 10.0″ x 1.4″)
Camera 1.0MP HD webcam
Display
  • 15.6″ LED backlit HD display (1366×768)
  • 15.6″ LED backlit FHD display (1920×1080)
Upgrade to FHD possible from OEM HD display – confirmed

Caveat: Backlight control reduced to 2 settings: 100% and ~20%. Requires new LCD connector cable (eBay) and new FHD panel (Online Retailer – Search for “Lenovo Y580” + model “2099” or “20132”)

Weight 2.8 kgs (6.15 lb)
I/O Ports
  • 3 x USB 3.0 ports
  • 1 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 6-in-1 card reader (SD, SD-Pro, MMD, MS, MS-Pro, XD)
  • Headphone jack
  • Mic jack
  • S/PDIF
  • 1 x VGA port
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • 2 x mini PCle (1 free)
  • Gigabit RJ-45
Storage
  • HDD: 500GB, 750GB, 1TB (5,400 rpm)
  • HDD: 500GB (7,200rpm)
  • SSD: 32GB
Network/ Connectivity
  • Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2200BGN
  • Qualcomm Atheros AR8161 PCIe 10/100/1000M Ethernet LAN
  • Broadcom or Atheros Bluetooth® 4.0
 Fn + F5 Radio switch interface not supported. Follow workaround below. All included hardware is fully supported and functional.
Keyboard Backlit AccuType keyboard  OS independent
Battery Life Up to 5 hours (6-cell battery)  Lenovo power management no longer supported – only caveat: cannot switch between fully-charged battery mode and battery protection (60% charge) modes.
Durability Features Real metal shell
Security Features
  • OneKey Rescue System
  • VeriFace face-recognition software
 OneKey Rescue System will no longer work/install. It can be restored successfully using previously burnt complete Recovery DVDs (will restore all OEM partitions, Win 7 and Lenovo software)

Updating your Lenovo Y580 to Windows 10 is a slightly frustrating process which WILL leave you without a few important features (notably WiFi). Here is how to anticipate and update to a functional state.

 

Feature Windows 10 Upgrade Status Fix and/or Workaround
 Intel(R) 7 Series/C216 Chipset
  • Generic Win 10 driver can be replaced with the Lenovo-provided Win 7 x64 Intel AHCI driver
  •  Download and install Lenovo Win 7 x64 AHCI driver
Intel(R) 7 Series/C216 Chipset USB 3.0 support
  • Native Win 10 Microsoft driver works as-is but requires appropriate BIOS settings to enable 3.0 speeds using native Win 10 driver.
  • 3.0 speed requires the following settings in BIOS -> Peripherals -> USB Configuration
  • XHCI Pre-Boot Drivers = Enabled
  • HXCI Mode = Enabled
NVidia GeForce GTX 660M
  • Default NVidia GeForce drivers work as expected – download fron NVidia
Qualcomm Atheros AR8161 PCIe Gigabit LAN 
  •  Windows 10 provides appropriate driver
WiFi Adaptor 
  • Drivers install out-of-box but digital hardware switch gets reset to OFF position
  • This cannot be reset in Windows
  • Use any live Linux distro on USB/CD to boot, toggle WiFi On/Off
  • Leave toggle ON and confirm connectivity to WiFi network
  • Reboot into Windows – you will now be able to toggle it ON/OFF using the native Win 10 notification area
  • Note that the Fn + F5 Lenovo Power Management toggle no longer works
Bluetooth Adaptor 
  •  Does not install out-of-box
  • Download and install the Lenovo Win 8.1 x64 Broadcom/Atheros Bluetooth driver.
  • Note that the Fn + F5 Lenovo Power Management toggle no longer works
Keyboard
  • Backlight – works with Fn key as expected
  • Fn Keys – all work with the exception of the wireless devices one
  • OneKey Recovery
  • Volume Mute – Works with dedicated mute key
  • Cinema Mode – Cinema mode software no longer supported
Lenovo Power Management
  •  No update available to support Win 10
  • No support for entering battery saver program (60% max charge)
  •  No workaround – use windows’ built-in power management.
  • Only 100% battery charge level is supported

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