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    Samsung Series 5 ULTRA NP530U3B

    hello everyone,

    i recently by this laptop one week ago.

    everything is working quite nice and smooth but i have 1 issue.

    when i close the lid the laptop is not suspending and yes the setting are correct in the power management menu

    acpi_listen was reporting no output on closing lid

    /proc/acpi/button/lid/LID0/state are always reporting that the lid was open.

    thanks for any hint

    so long

    EDIT: when i plug or unplug AC the status in the change panel takes a while 5min or so
    Last edited by stlehmann; February 14th, 2012 at 08:17 PM.

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    Re: Samsung Series 5 ULTRA NP530U3B

    got one too!

    Just istalled Lubuntu on the SSD, it runs so fast

    Ran a bit hot with the fan spinning a lot

    Battery draining in less than 4hrs consuming like 20W
    according to $ upower -i /org/freedesktop/UPower/devices/battery_BAT1

    Temperatures higher than 60C according to $ sensors

    Read a forum reporting a fix adding i915 boot parameters on other Samsung
    $ lsmod | grep i915 reports the module is present.
    In fact, applying that thing works:

    3.0.0-17-generic #30-Ubuntu x86_64
    $ sudo vi /etc/default/grub
    add
    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="pcie_aspm=force i915.i915_enable_rc6=1 i915.i915_enable_fbc=1 i915.lvds_downclock=1"
    $ sudo update-grub
    reboot

    After

    $ upower -i /org/freedesktop/UPower/devices/battery_BAT1
    8.4W

    $sensors
    48C

    more than 5hours battery
    Last edited by sacapeao; June 15th, 2012 at 10:37 PM.

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    Re: Samsung Series 5 ULTRA NP530U3B

    <Install Ubuntu on 500Gb HDD:>
    The normal procedure detects the win os with option to install
    alongside. It should be fine installing on the 500Gb disk with the grub on it.

    <Install Ubuntu on 16Gb SSD:>
    The SSD does not appear on the bios boot settings so the grub bootloader has to be installed on the 500Gb partition to boot the system from the 16Gb SSD, procedure:

    Boot Ubuntu installer on a usb stick with and
    choose "let me choose myself" to enter the partition screen.

    Then just remove all the partitons of both disks and create new ones like ext4.
    The main is the ssd disk: create a ext4 partition with mount point / and also a swap space one with more than total memory available (more than 4Gb)

    Choosed to install the grub boot loader on the ssd partion
    It didnt booted

    Boot again from the usb stick

    $ sudo -s
    # fdisk -l
    find the disk where installed Ubuntu (like /dev/sdb the other 500Gb should be /dev/sda)
    # mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt
    # mount --bind /proc /mnt/proc
    # mount --bind /sys /mnt/sys
    # mount --bind /dev/ /mnt/dev
    # chroot /mnt
    # grub-install /dev/sda
    # update-grub /dev/sda
    should give some errors cause not all the filesystem is binded
    Nevermind, reboot

    It should boot normally the Ubuntu os from the ssd
    then just $ sudo update-grub

    thats it
    Last edited by sacapeao; June 15th, 2012 at 10:42 PM.

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    Re: Samsung Series 5 ULTRA NP530U3B

    Could you please report the battery life with normal use (wifi: on, brightness 60-100%, browing, mail, some youtube etc.)?

    Thanks

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    Re: Samsung Series 5 ULTRA NP530U3B

    I'm thinking of getting this notebook, can you tell me if suspend on lid close works in 12.04 beta?
    I am also interested in battery life

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    Re: Samsung Series 5 ULTRA NP530U3B

    I would love to hear more about this laptop, in particular if trackpad and function keys work out of the box or they require some tweaking as for the samsung series 9 (see http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1737086). Any other issue? Thanks
    Last edited by aroque; April 19th, 2012 at 07:43 AM.

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    Re: Samsung Series 5 ULTRA NP530U3B

    Dear all:
    I bought the 14 inch one (I think code is NP530U4B), kernel 3.2.0-29, ubuntu 12.04, x64

    In general it works ok but I am very concerned with the battery issue.
    I have changed the kernel options according to the previous posts:

    Code:
    linux    /vmlinuz-3.2.0-29-generic root=UUID=1e849ec5-41a6-4d79-b100-fba9b45b6351 ro   pcie_aspm=force i915.i915_enable_rc6=1 i915.i915_en
    able_fbc=1 i915.lvds_downclock=1
    However, I have not noticed any improvement.
    Code:
    $ upower -i /org/freedesktop/UPower/devices/battery_BAT1  | grep rate
        energy-rate:         33.8106 W
    The computer is hot, the fan is very active.

    Other problems:

    • When I (dis)connect the power cord, there is no change in the battery icon. Now I am working with the battery but the icon is power, and when I click it says "35 min. to charge!".
    • I cannot change the bright of the screen. It is at the max. The fn-F2 show the icon but do not decrease. In Brightness settings I can move the slider but no effect.


    Thank you for any help! I am very worried with the battery life at current state.

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    Re: Samsung Series 5 ULTRA NP530U3B

    Hi there folks,

    I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (w/Gnome shell) on my brand new NP530U3B. Tried 12.10 (also UGR) first, but got a persistent kernel panic issue, so I downgraded it for a more stable release and have no major problems so far.

    In order to install Ubuntu, I had to upgrade BIOS version using the .exe file from samsung website, then disabled "Fastboot" on BIOS and changed the boot order sequence putting the USB Flash in first place on the list.

    Once installed, most things worked well out of the box, including the trackpad and most of the Fn keys, apart from Settings (Fn+F1), Fan (Fn+F11) and Wireless (Fn+F12). The last two were fixed by adding the "Linux on My Samsung" PPA, and then installing 'samsung-tools' and 'samsung-laptop' from there.

    The only issue I found and couldn't fix yet is the power status (charging/discharging) on the top panel, as previously reported by stlehmann.:

    Quote Originally Posted by stlehmann View Post
    EDIT: when i plug or unplug AC the status in the change panel takes a while 5min or so
    In my case, however, instead of taking ~5min, the battery status on the top panel doesn't change at all when I plug/unplug the AC, unless I reboot the device. Does anyone has a fix for this?

    Have researched a lot, but no luck so far

    [EDIT]: The Fn Lock key is also dead. Have found that on samsung-tools settings, it's possible to add key combos to enable/disable webcam and bluetooth as well, features which doesn't seems to have been intended for this specific device.
    Last edited by Angelo Maldito; October 23rd, 2012 at 03:12 PM. Reason: Info added

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    Re: Samsung Series 5 ULTRA NP530U3B

    Angelo Maldito, can you suspend the computer by closing the lid?

    I confirm the battery status problem, haven't found a solution yet.

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    Exclamation Re: Samsung Series 5 ULTRA NP530U3B

    Quote Originally Posted by miesogeno View Post
    Angelo Maldito, can you suspend the computer by closing the lid?

    I confirm the battery status problem, haven't found a solution yet.
    No, unfortunately not. I didn't realized before because I'm used to use the "suspend" button on gnome menu instead.

    So, I can confirm that there are at least two issues left without a fix yet.

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