I bought a Lenovo z585. After setting up Windows 7 on it, I removed the drive and installed the drive from my defunct laptop.
It absolutely refuses to boot any distribution of linux (including fedora16/17). With a DVD or memory stick, it shows the graphical grub menu, but after selection it diddles forever with a underline cursor blinking in the upper left corner of the screen.
Disabling or enabling efi boot enable in the bios has no effect.
I suspect that the "secure boot" is the culprit, but I don't know for sure until I reach Lenovo Tech Support.