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    Exclamation Samsung series 9

    From what I can gather I will be putting together a list of issues or problems with using Ubuntu on the new Samsung Series 9.

    Installation
    *From what I have read, due to the Sandy Bridge processor, it is highly recommended you use Natty Narwhal (11.04)

    *Due to lack of Optical Drive, it is wise to use only the right USB port for bootable USB sticks, Ubuntu provides very thorough tutorial on steps to create it. From enough Googling, I found that Asus users have the same issues, it turns out there is only one USB port available to use for bootable media.

    NOTE: MUST READ
    Install Maverick Meerkat (10.10) first, since USB install on the current builds are borked (Grub will not install correctly). So far after running
    Code:
    sudo update-manager -d
    Everything is superb and have not had any problems at all. This is amazing.

    Display
    *I have not heard anything about problems with the display at this time.


    Hibernate and Suspend
    Everything works fine except one thing, when it resumes from suspend, the brightness is set low, just use the Fn key to toggle it back, it should automatically re adjust back to where it was.

    Trackpad
    *If you have a problem you can use the following method to enable right clicking:
    Code:
    sudo su
    echo options psmouse proto=exps > /etc/modprobe.d/psmouse.modprobe
    reboot
    -OR-

    Go to System>Preferences>Mouse and select "TouchPad" Tab and select 2 finger scrolling and 2 finger right click.

    Keyboard and Backlight
    Backlit KB is permanent, no adjustment either. Volume and brightness hotkeys work fine.

    Bluetooth
    I checked it, works fine, sent photos to my HTC Thunderbolt problem-free.

    Wireless
    Works out of the box. (See Below)

    Make sure to use the Proprietary drivers for the Broadcom chipset.
    System>Administration>Additional Drivers

    Graphics
    Intel HD Graphics 3000
    *Not sure or aware of any problems. So far so good, using Ubuntu Classic Desktop.

    HDMI
    Works flawlessly, I have heard of some issues with multiple monitors.

    I will update this when people let me know what they are having problems with at this time.

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    Last edited by b16a2smith; April 27th, 2011 at 08:34 PM.
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    Re: Samsung series 9

    Hi!
    Great to hear that somebody has started this thread, I'm getting mine on the 8th of may, so I'll report any problems (and successes, of course) at around that time!

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    Re: Samsung series 9

    The laptop is very nice with Ubuntu 10.10. As the above post says, you have to install via the right USB 2.0 port, not the left USB 3.0 port. The installer shrunk the Windows 7 partition, and almost everything works except for suspend. You have to install the proprietary Broadcom STA wireless driver.

    Wireless, video, sound, battery gauge, touchpad, micro-HDMI output are ok. Screen-brightness keys act weird, but xbacklight works. When I try to suspend, it immediately wakes up again.

    $dmesg
    [ 278.075277] PM: Entering mem sleep
    [ 278.075336] Suspending console(s) (use no_console_suspend to debug)
    [ 278.075655] pm_op(): usb_dev_suspend+0x0/0x20 returns -2
    [ 278.075660] PM: Device usb3 failed to suspend async: error -2
    [ 278.117245] PM: Some devices failed to suspend
    [ 278.179938] PM: resume of devices complete after 62.801 msecs

    $lsusb
    Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0a5c:219a Broadcom Corp.
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 2232:1009
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    I haven't figured out yet how to adjust the keyboard backlight.

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    Re: Samsung series 9

    I cant get the grub to stick.
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    Re: Samsung series 9

    Problem solved, check OP. Enjoy =)
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    Re: Samsung series 9

    I had a problem with the wifi with Natty.

    On the liveUSB, everything worked fine, even without installing the additional driver. However, once installed, it didn't work. I tried to remove the package bcmwl-kernel-source, but the removal failed (I don't remember the error message, but it wasn't instructive).

    Following the instructions of http://www.broadcom.com/docs/linux_sta/README.txt (read the end), I did:
    sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get --reinstall install bcmwl-kernel-source

    And after that the wifi works. Hope it helps someone.

    By the way, maybe it works for other laptops too, my lspci was:
    Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43225 802.11b/g/n (rev 01)

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    Re: Samsung series 9

    Quote Originally Posted by b16a2smith View Post
    HDMI
    Works flawlessly, I have heard of some issues with multiple monitors.
    I had issue with pink colors - fixed by changing the Color Settings to RGB on the monitor.

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    Re: Samsung series 9

    Hi

    I just bought a samsung serie 9 laptop and installed 11.04 on it.

    Nearly everything works out of the box. Just a few differences with what i've seen in the forum:

    - Wireless is now intel and not bradcom. The iwlagn intel driver works but I had netwok quality problems. After a lot of googling I found a post and the problem seems to come from the wifi n.

    in order to make it work properly edit

    Code:
    sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/iwlagn.conf

    and add the line:

    Code:
    options iwlagn 11n_disable=1 11n_disable50=1
    - Webcam do not adjust automatically the brightness but this can be enabled by installing guvcview.

    Apart from those minor problems the laptop is very quick and the battery lasts forever.
    Last edited by rflamary; July 15th, 2011 at 01:31 PM.

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    Re: Samsung series 9

    anyone else experiencing the touchpad failing to work? I don't think it's a software issue as it will not start working again without a hard power cycle. Not even rebooting helps.

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    Re: Samsung series 9

    Hey guys!

    Just bought my selft the 13" and this thread was great, to se other people trying before newbie-linux-me is heading out into deep water.

    Have not tried yet to jump to Ubuntu but i noticed there is a new BIOS version out that may could help..on what exactly I don't know but hope this helps you all with your trouble.

    Windows 7 Jul 27, 2011 Update Software (Firmware) (ver.1.0.0.2) 2.11
    unfortunately it is for W7 only so let's hope it could worke in wine or that you all still have a dualboot.

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