Lenovo Legion Slim 7i Gen 8

Hi All

I am planning to purchase new Lenovo Legion Slim 7i Gen 8 laptop and install EOS on it. This is after a few months of happily using EOS on my very old 2011 Mac.

I really like this laptop. However I seem to be seeing multiple threads around sound issues on Legion machines. Like this one - although on Ubuntu.

Can anybody clarify if getting sound to work is a huge challenge that requires kernel patching still as of May 2023 ? And, in fact, if anybody is aware of other major challenges please let me know !

Here are the laptop specs:

Legion Slim 7i 16

Processor: 13th Generation Intel® Core™ i9-13900H Processor (E-cores up to 4.10 GHz P-cores up to 5.40 GHz)
Graphic Card: NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 4070 8GB GDDR6
Memory: 32 GB DDR5-5200MHz - (16 GB Soldered + 16 GB SODIMM)
Storage: 1 TB SSD M.2 2280 PCIe Gen4 TLC
Display: 16" 3.2K (3200 x 2000), IPS, Anti-Glare, Non-Touch, 100%DCI-P3, 430 nits, 165Hz, Narrow Bezel, Low Blue Light
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Re:Ubuntu and legion pro 7 16IRX8H - audio issues

I bought myself a new laptop,

Hoping from distros I would hop.

And here I am without sound,

Browsing forums to remain sound.

Lenovo team please fix the BIOS,

Heroes you’ll be for all of us.


My understanding is it has the Nahimic® Audio by SteelSeries 7.1 audio but not 100% on this? You will probably have issues since it doesn’t have support in linux … only Windows. You may be able to get some audio working but i suspect it will be problematic.

Edit: Not sure what the actual audio chip will be on it?

@ricklinux thank you very much - it does seem to have the one according to the Specification


Stereo speakers (super linear speaker), 2W x2, audio by **HARMAN, optimized with Nahimic Audio**, Smart Amplifier (AMP)

Ah so sad, I need to make another choice it seems! Or just buy Thinkpad X1 as this one does seem to be certified for Linux and I mainly use it for coding…

Regrading Chip - it is this one:

Audio Chip

High Definition (HD) Audio, Realtek ALC3306 codec

It may be a realtek chipset as the nahimic audio is just software?

Edit: As posted above

Realtek ALC3306 codec

Edit: I can’t say for sure the audio will work or not but, it seems a lot of these gaming laptops have this chip and nahimic audio. Even MSI has has some laptops with it.

It seems some have got this chip working. :man_shrugging:

Seems like a bit of work though.

Oh that’s a super useful link ! A lot of work , but if I am not mistaken the conclusion in that thread is that it is no longer an issue for the chip ?

…5.19.2 and 6.0.x kernels have the patch, including a YOGA9-quirk. …

I don’t really know if it’s still an issue?

I also found this which is a different model but has the ALC3306 chip


If you’re looking at legions, I would strongly recommend the all amd versions.

My Ryzen 7/Radeon 6600xtb legion works fantastic, no issues, and a very basic install. Save yourself all the headaches and avoid Nvidia.


What audio chip is on yours? Is it the realtek also? ALC287 or ALC3306? Does it have the 7.1 audio?

Bleh, I’m having a hell of a time finding the exact spec sheet online. I’m on vacation so she’s collecting dust back home. I’ve only got my Thinkpad otherwise I’d post the inxi for you. I’ll look through the share desktop thread. . .

Don’t worry your on vacation so just enjoy. I was just curious and I agree with you on buying a Legion without Nvidia.

I’m watching the newest one, it’s dropped almost to where I’m willingto buy it, and then mine will be for sale. But the new legion 7 gen 7 all amd is also all aluminum and I’ve got to hold a couple of them, and they feel macbook quality. Not that mine isn’t nice, it’s just not all aluminum quality. . . So. I’ll be upgrading soon and subsequently, the old one will need to go.

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nahimic is just software, yes. Hardware is still realtek. Nahimic is a terrible software for Equalizing purposes. It literally kills performance and does little to nothing because it is buggy.

Run a linux distro with the latest kernel off a usb drive. If the sound works well, then you can install it.

Agreed. Too bad some full amd laptops are overpriced, even more than nvidia ones.

I have been running Linux on my Legion for a couple of years now without any significant issues. Though I have an older 2020 Legion 5i (15IMH05H).

The value of things are what people are willing to pay for them. If nvidia is cheap, I’d have to agree.

Many thanks to all who replied here, particularly to @ricklinux ! Thank you so much, I have finally decided to just buy a normal desktop…