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Samsung 900X4C

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Samsung 900X4C laptop. Samsung's 900X4C is a business laptop which incorporates excellent Linux compatibility.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Samsung 900X4C. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Samsung 900X4C page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Samsung 900X4C specifications page.

NameSamsung 900X4C
ProcessorIntel(R) Core(TM) i5-3317U CPU @ 1.70GHz
Screen15” Screen (1600×900)
RAM8GB
SDD128GB
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel Centrino Advanced 6235 802.11a/b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
SDDYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYes
BluetoothYes
USBYes
Card ReaderYes
WebcamYes

Notes

Changing keyboard backlit and use of backlit hotkeys requires samsung_laptop module. Load it with force=1.
The Synaptics Clickpad was not working very well, either no right-click or click+drag.
Using echo options psmouse proto=exps > /etc/modprobe.d/psmouse.modprobe you can make the right click work but then multitouch does not work anymore
Under load the laptop was randomly freezing (which it does not on Windows)

Summary

No issues were experienced when installing an up to date Linux distribution on the Samsung 900X4C. Linux installation was a breeze.

Author(s)

Jan-Michael Brummer


Discussion

jimmyrapper, 2014/04/03 12:57

No issues were experienced when installing an up to date Linux distribution on the Samsung 900X4C. Linux installation was a breeze. http://invingecancerul.org

edo, 2013/01/22 13:44

Hello everybody. I write from Italy and I have a problem.
This laptop (NP900X4C-A01IT) has a partition with ID=0x84. It is a partion for hibernation of windows 7/8 I think…

Windows 8 was already on the SSD with the folowing configuration:
a)one primary/boot/active partition of 200Mb
b)a second (prymary) SYSTEM partion of 200 Gb
c)a 0x84 partion of 8Gb ,primary too. (hibernate? OEM-service-volume? What does it mean?)
d)The RECOVERY PARTION of 30Gb (primary)

1) I deleted the d) partition
2) To the place of it I made an “extended” partition and -there - I installed Ubuntu 12.10 with 3 partitions (/ , /home , swap).
3) UEFI is not enabled in the BIOS.
4) normal partitioning..not GPT.

But it has problems regarding the boot .
At the boot, it asks wich O.S. I want , I press on “Ubuntu” , and - for half a second - It appears the “UBUNTU” text with the five points lighting….and after the screen black with the prompt blinking in the upper left corner.

Someone told me to delete the 0x84 partition and to add a /boot partition for Ubuntu with the “Boot-Repair” tool.
But I'd like to know what is that 0x84 partition. Is it for hibernate (..but I have my hiberfil.sys file in c:\….)? What is a OEM partition?

Can you help me please? Thanks

duncan, 2013/01/17 23:02

initially a bit of stop/start to get the usb to boot - then all good. Using Crunchbag 64 bit
Linux samlap 3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.35-2 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Duncan, 2013/01/17 23:03

right click is not working from the mouse pad….. 2 finger and right scroll OK….

Simone Romeo, 2012/12/27 19:45

Hi!

I have been trying to install Ubuntu 12.4 and 12.10, but they do not work. The issue is that I can't boot the computer form either an external USB CD or USB memory stick. I suppose the problems come because of the security boot, but as far as I understand I disabled the security boot in the Phoenix SecureCore Tiano Setup. Have you got suggestions of what may be wrong?

Thanks a lot,

michele, 2013/01/13 18:36

You might want to try to disable fastboot too, in the BIOS configuration. That should eneable USB Legacy, then you should be able to boot from usb pressing f9 at the right moment when you turn on the laptop. This worked for me

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