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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Convertible Touchscreen Ultrabook (Refurbished): Core i5 3317U, 1.70GHz, 4GB DDR3, 128GB SSD, 13.3" 1600x900 IPS LED, Intel HD 4000, 4-cell, Windows 8 EXPIRED

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Promoted 03-09-2013 by daisybeetle at 07:22 AM View Original Post
Lenovo Outlet has Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Convertible Touchscreen Ultrabook (Refurbished) for $749 - eCoupon code MADNESS = $636.65 with free shipping. Thanks lattiboy

  • Intel Core i5 3317U 1.70GHz ULV Processor
  • 4GB DDR3
  • 128GB SSD
  • 13.3" 1600x900 IPS Capacitive Multitouch LED Convertible Display
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • WiFi N
  • Bluetooth
  • 4-cell Battery
  • Windows 8
Review courtesy of Engadget

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Edited March 9, 2013 at 12:47 AM by lattiboy

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Check your battery wear by installing this BatteryBar free download [].
RAM and battery are both field-replaceable. Tech Manual []

You cannot purchase a SquareTrade warranty for this since it is a refurbished laptop.

Lenovo Partition Structure Hotfix [] <--- Combe C AND D Drives to get a 100GB C Drive

Trackpad Hacking Guide (PDF) []

Drivers page []

User Guide - English (PDF) []

StartIsBack Start Menu [] <--- Reactivates the HIDDEN Start Menu. BEST START MENU APP. It doesn't launch a separate process! NO SYSTEM BLOAT.

Classic Shell [] <--Open source Start Menu. SAFE, TRUSTWORTHY MENU APP. it doesn't have a backdoor.

Lenovo Companion Software
OneKey Theater:
Lenovo Transition:
Lenovo Energy Management:

Software that may not work on the Yoga (but is listed):
Smart Update U310:
Smart Update U510:

Please post any recommended non-OEM slip-in keyboard covers for this laptop below: (Thanks in advance)

Can someone also post the OEM one and their opinion please? Here it is on Lenovo's website []. Googling it shows mixed reviews. Thanks in advance. (I'm not sure which to get in regards to comment above). Thanks in advance as well!

Known Issues (and Fixes) - created by jnads
Touchpad not disabling when switching to tablet mode: Re-install the Synaptics driver from the Lenovo website. This is special functionality specifically for this laptop (the driver on the Lenovo site is CUSTOM) and Windows update tends to replace the driver (screwing everything up). I believe you only have to do this once, unless another driver comes out. Alternatively, follow the guide above to install the old driver with the new functionality.

Software keyboard appears, then disappears: Go into Metro and open the Lenovo Companion App. Click the Apps for Ideapad box. Re-install Lenovo Transition. When your device changes states, it will intelligently open the software keyboard as necessary.


Tabet Mode is slow:
-Lenovo under-clocks the processor to 800Mhz in Tablet Mode to keep the heat low. If you don't want this, do one of the following:
-Uninstall Intel Thermal Framework in Remove Programs. Removing this will prevent it from doing that. I haven't done this, so I don't know if it's recommended. I did do the following:
-Alternatively, Hold POWER Down for 10 seconds to COMPLETELY turn off the computer. Start it up and hit F2 to Enter BIOS, switch to 2nd page, disable DPTF, save and exit. I haven't done any benchmarking to verify this works. <--DOES NOT WORK.

C Drive isn't showing all my space:
Lenovo partitions the SSD funky. A 128GB SSD is technically 119GB Usable space. They save 19 GB for a re-install partition (so you can use Lenovo OneKey to wipe the laptop). D drive is a partition to make user-backups (Ghost Images), which is a giant waste.
-Run the partition app up top, which will combine C and D drives. You should get 100GB. I wouldn't re-format the entire drive, because there are still some apps bundled with the laptop that are not on the Lenovo site. There aren't any guides yet for completely reinstalling windows with this laptop.

Touchscreen not working after reboot
There's a fix for that (Touch Screen completely not working after reboot):

Touchscreen occasionally "misses" an input (i.e. you have to click twice)
Quote :
The problem here is either (1) the touch device powers down too quickly, (2) it doesn't power back up fast enough, or (3) a bit of both.

Here's the workaround I used (because this was driving me nuts):

- Open device manager
- Expand Human Interface Devices
At the bottom of the HID list are two devices labeled "USB Input Device" On my system, the one we're concerned with is the second one, so the last item in the list, but just to make sure it's the right one:

- Open the device properties
- Click the Details tab
- In the drop down menu, select Hardware Ids
The one we want will say USB\VID_04F3&PID_000A on the second line

- Move to the Power Management tab
- Uncheck "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power"

Please note I do not yet have numbers on the real impact to battery life this change will have.

That said, we're working to figure out the best way to address this, whether it's turning off power management on the device, or dramatically improving how quickly it's able to detect touch activity.
Fan is loud
There can be two issues:
1. Fan could be broken (bearing loud). This would be a grinding sound.
2. Fan could be rubbing on the metal housing inside the case (tick, tick, tick, tick sound.... somewhat common). You could RMA it, or open up the laptop and bend the housing to fix it yourself.
3. Fan spins up too loud too frequently.

Fan Fix for #3 ("fix" doesn't really work for most people, just slows the fan down. Still loud. Lenovo says they'll fix it in the next firmware update)

Windows 8 Install & Optimization Guide for SSDs [] - created by localdeals

Any known solution for a missing mouse cursor? You're driver was most likely updated by either MS in one of its updates, or you upgraded beyond the one offered by Lenovo. Check that your Synaptics version ends with *.3. First, uninstall, the driver from the Device Manager, then reboot. Then, install the Lenovo *.3 version. Also, make sure you had not pressed F6 by accident, as that disables your touchpad.


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This is back in stock at the outlet, but not accepting the coupon code for me. Anyone know a new one?
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There's a new bios out. Have anyone try it?
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There's a new bios out. Have anyone try it?
Some said they lost wifi and fan comes pretty loud.
I have done the update. While I don't have any issues with fan or IRST, I did notice that now I get one bar less on my wifi in exactly the same spot that used to get full signal.

By the way I finally managed to upgrade the SSD, copy partitions, resize them and fixed OKR as well, let me know if you guys are interested in a short how to.

By the way the IFFS mentioned in the change log is the "intel Fast Flash Standby" (aka IRST). Given I didn't have any issues with IRST (with the older BIOS you will need to uninstall the stock app because it didn't have a management interface, might be the reason behind this update) I don't see much value with this update.

Unfortunately there is no way to revert now, lenovo never published the stock BIOS, and the update app was in Chinese so even if it did have a backup option I wouldn't have known Smilie

Edit: BIOS was pulled off Lenovo's update page yesterday, and Lenovo failed to provide the earlier BIOS for people to fall back on to.

Edit 2: They fixed the Chinese only interface of the update application and pushed it again.
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anyone know how to turn off gestures on your mousepad or trackpad? Whatever you call it? Sometimes when you type on the windows deskoptop, i must be swiping something because then all of a sudden it takes me to the windows 8 tile screen which is super annoying!!!!
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anyone know how to turn off gestures on your mousepad or trackpad? Whatever you call it? Sometimes when you type on the windows deskoptop, i must be swiping something because then all of a sudden it takes me to the windows 8 tile screen which is super annoying!!!!
Did you install the trackpad hack as mentioned in this topic thread? The only time that happens on mine is when I click down with two fingers on the center of the trackpad.
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Did you install the trackpad hack as mentioned in this topic thread? The only time that happens on mine is when I click down with two fingers on the center of the trackpad.

omg yeah thats exactly what it is. I couldnt figure it out!!! hhahaha. I guess when im draggingLMAO one finger and pressing down on the other one, sometimes they are really close to each other. i wonder if its possible to just turn that feature off.
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I'm considering a Lenovo Yoga 13 i5. But I read everywhere about that fan noise which should be fixed with the BIOS update.

On the Lenovo Community, they say that it isn't solved for some Yoga 13 and that the fans keep running a max speed.

I'm wondering if it is related to i7 which may have a higher temperature and if any owner of i5 can tell if they still have the issue after the upgrade.

Also, for the Yoga i5, there seems to be a i5-3317u CPU and i5-3317u CPU. Can someone tell the difference besides of the frequency slightly higher for i5-3337u? Is it a model with SATA 3 MB as I read somewhere here?


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Got one in cart bu ti think im gonna release it. Dont really need this. Good luck folks
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