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Samsung N150

Author(s)

Harry Metske (harry.metske@gmail.com)

Introduction

The Samsung N150 is a 10” netbook with an Atom N450 processor and 1 GB of memory. It features a built-in 3G modem for mobile broadband connectivity.

Specifications

NameSamsung N150
ProcessorIntel Atom N450 1.66 GHz
Screen10# 1024×600
RAM1 GB
HDD160 GB
Optical DriveNone
Graphics Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller
NetworkPCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller, Atheros Wireless Adapter b/g/n
3G Modem unidentified

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes-
ScreenYes-
HDDYes-
Optical DriveN/A-
GraphicsYes-
SoundYes-
EthernetYes-
WirelessYes-
Bluetooth Yes-
USBYes3 USB 2.0 ports
Card ReaderYes1 SD Card reader in the front
3G modem Yes works using cdc_acm driver
CameraYes-

Notes

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Summary

It comes pre-installed with Microsoft Windows 7, and it takes about 1,5 hour before you can use it (install and backup process).
After the installation I resized the Windows partition and booted Kubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) from USB and installed it.
The time it takes to boot Windows 7 including login is about 105 seconds, for Kubuntu it's about 25 seconds.

Everything works out of the box, wireless, screen resolution is good, sound works, mousepad works, webcam works, modem works after installing modemmanager.

The only thing is that not all FN-keys work. FN-F2 doesn't work, FN-brightness up and does do not work, all other keys work with the latest Kubuntu Maverick beta.

The netbook resumes very fast after suspend (about 1 second).
The netbook is also very quiet, you don't hear the fan blowing.

I can surely recommend this N150 as a Linux netbook.

Below you will find the output of “sudo lshw” which has all the hardware info:

bismarck
    description: Notebook
    product: N150/N210/N220
    vendor: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    version: Not Applicable
    serial: ZN6T93HZ200495
    width: 32 bits
    capabilities: smbios-2.5 dmi-2.5 smp-1.4 smp
    configuration: administrator_password=disabled boot=normal chassis=notebook cpus=1 frontpanel_password=unknown keyboard_password=unknown power-on_password=disabled uuid=6048582E-D21D-B211-8000-AA651316C192
  *-core
       description: Motherboard
       product: N150/N210/N220
       vendor: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
       physical id: 0
       version: Not Applicable
       serial: 123490EN400015
     *-firmware
          description: BIOS
          vendor: Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
          physical id: 0
          version: 06JI.M053.20100129.JIP (01/29/2010)
          size: 103KiB
          capacity: 1984KiB
          capabilities: isa pci pnp upgrade shadowing escd cdboot bootselect socketedrom edd int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer int10video usb smartbattery biosbootspecification
     *-cpu
          description: CPU
          product: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N450   @ 1.66GHz
          vendor: Intel Corp.
          physical id: 4
          bus info: cpu@0
          version: 6.12.10
          serial: 0001-06CA-0000-0000-0000-0000
          slot: CPU 1
          size: 1667MHz
          capacity: 3300MHz
          width: 64 bits
          capabilities: boot fpu fpu_exception wp vme de tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx x86-64 constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts aperfmperf pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm movbe lahf_lm pse cpufreq
          configuration: id=0
        *-cache:0
             description: L1 cache
             physical id: 5
             slot: L1 Cache
             size: 16KiB
             capacity: 16KiB
             capabilities: asynchronous internal write-back
        *-cache:1
             description: L2 cache
             physical id: 6
             slot: L2 Cache
             size: 512KiB
             capacity: 512KiB
             capabilities: burst internal write-back
        *-logicalcpu:0
             description: Logical CPU
             physical id: 0.1
             width: 64 bits
             capabilities: logical
        *-logicalcpu:1
             description: Logical CPU
             physical id: 0.2
             width: 64 bits
             capabilities: logical
     *-memory
          description: System Memory
          physical id: e
          slot: System board or motherboard
          size: 1GiB
        *-bank
             description: SODIMM DDR2 Synchronous 667 MHz (1.5 ns)
             product: 012345678901234567890123456789012345
             vendor: 48spaces
             physical id: 0
             serial: 01234567
             slot: J6G1
             size: 1GiB
             width: 64 bits
             clock: 667MHz (1.5ns)
     *-pci
          description: Host bridge
          product: N10 Family DMI Bridge
          vendor: Intel Corporation
          physical id: 100
          bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
          version: 00
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
          configuration: driver=agpgart-intel
          resources: irq:0
        *-display:0
             description: VGA compatible controller
             product: N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 2
             bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: msi pm bus_master cap_list rom
             configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
             resources: irq:30 memory:f0300000-f037ffff ioport:18d0(size=8) memory:d0000000-dfffffff(prefetchable) memory:f0000000-f00fffff
        *-display:1 UNCLAIMED
             description: Display controller
             product: N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 2.1
             bus info: pci@0000:00:02.1
             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
             configuration: latency=0
             resources: memory:f0380000-f03fffff
        *-multimedia
             description: Audio device
             product: N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition Audio Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1b
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1b.0
             version: 02
             width: 64 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=HDA Intel latency=0
             resources: irq:22 memory:f0400000-f0403fff
        *-pci:0
             description: PCI bridge
             product: N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 1
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1c
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.0
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pcieport
             resources: irq:24 ioport:3000(size=4096) memory:f0100000-f01fffff memory:40000000-401fffff(prefetchable)
           *-network
                description: Wireless interface
                product: AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)
                vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
                physical id: 0
                bus info: pci@0000:05:00.0
                logical name: wlan2
                version: 01
                serial: c4:17:fe:c6:20:ed
                width: 64 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
                configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath9k ip=10.0.0.166 latency=0 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bgn
                resources: irq:16 memory:f0100000-f010ffff
        *-pci:1
             description: PCI bridge
             product: N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 2
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1c.1
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.1
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pcieport
             resources: irq:25 ioport:4000(size=4096) memory:40200000-403fffff memory:40400000-405fffff(prefetchable)
        *-pci:2
             description: PCI bridge
             product: N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 3
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1c.2
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.2
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pcieport
             resources: irq:26 ioport:2000(size=4096) memory:f0200000-f02fffff memory:40600000-407fffff(prefetchable)
           *-network
                description: Ethernet interface
                product: 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller
                vendor: Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
                physical id: 0
                bus info: pci@0000:09:00.0
                logical name: eth2
                version: 00
                serial: 00:24:54:5e:84:a5
                capacity: 100MB/s
                width: 64 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
                configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=sky2 driverversion=1.25 firmware=N/A latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=twisted pair
                resources: irq:28 memory:f0200000-f0203fff ioport:2000(size=256)
        *-pci:3
             description: PCI bridge
             product: N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 4
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1c.3
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.3
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pcieport
             resources: irq:27 ioport:5000(size=4096) memory:40800000-409fffff memory:40a00000-40bfffff(prefetchable)
        *-usb:0
             description: USB Controller
             product: N10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #1
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1d
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.0
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: bus_master
             configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
             resources: irq:23 ioport:1820(size=32)
        *-usb:1
             description: USB Controller
             product: N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #2
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1d.1
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.1
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: bus_master
             configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
             resources: irq:19 ioport:1840(size=32)
        *-usb:2
             description: USB Controller
             product: N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #3
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1d.2
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.2
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: bus_master
             configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
             resources: irq:18 ioport:1860(size=32)
        *-usb:3
             description: USB Controller
             product: N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #4
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1d.3
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.3
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: bus_master
             configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
             resources: irq:16 ioport:1880(size=32)
        *-usb:4
             description: USB Controller
             product: N10/ICH 7 Family USB2 EHCI Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1d.7
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.7
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pm debug bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=0
             resources: irq:23 memory:f0604000-f06043ff
        *-pci:4
             description: PCI bridge
             product: 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1e
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1e.0
             version: e2
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci bus_master cap_list
        *-isa
             description: ISA bridge
             product: NM10 Family LPC Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1f
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.0
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: isa bus_master cap_list
             configuration: latency=0
        *-storage
             description: SATA controller
             product: N10/ICH7 Family SATA AHCI Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1f.2
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.2
             logical name: scsi0
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 66MHz
             capabilities: storage msi pm bus_master cap_list emulated
             configuration: driver=ahci latency=0
             resources: irq:29 ioport:18e8(size=8) ioport:18dc(size=4) ioport:18e0(size=8) ioport:18d8(size=4) ioport:18c0(size=16) memory:f0604400-f06047ff
           *-disk
                description: ATA Disk
                product: SAMSUNG HM160HI
                physical id: 0.0.0
                bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
                logical name: /dev/sda
                version: HH10
                serial: S1WWJ9AZ206564
                size: 149GiB (160GB)
                capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
                configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=153e1a63
              *-volume:0
                   description: Windows NTFS volume
                   physical id: 1
                   bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,1
                   logical name: /dev/sda1
                   version: 3.1
                   serial: d6143ef7-0c10-6f4a-8dce-a470f55a0ca3
                   size: 14GiB
                   capacity: 15GiB
                   capabilities: primary ntfs initialized
                   configuration: clustersize=4096 created=2009-12-23 01:03:52 filesystem=ntfs label=RECOVERY state=clean
              *-volume:1
                   description: Windows NTFS volume
                   physical id: 2
                   bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,2
                   logical name: /dev/sda2
                   version: 3.1
                   serial: 826b-9fdd
                   size: 98MiB
                   capacity: 100MiB
                   capabilities: primary bootable ntfs initialized
                   configuration: clustersize=4096 created=2009-12-23 01:03:56 filesystem=ntfs label=SYSTEM state=clean
              *-volume:2
                   description: Windows NTFS volume
                   physical id: 3
                   bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,3
                   logical name: /dev/sda3
                   version: 3.1
                   serial: 141ee816-dd24-e44e-8399-1e351760be93
                   size: 39GiB
                   capacity: 40GiB
                   capabilities: primary ntfs initialized
                   configuration: clustersize=4096 created=2009-12-23 01:03:57 filesystem=ntfs state=clean
              *-volume:3
                   description: EXT4 volume
                   vendor: Linux
                   physical id: 4
                   bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,4
                   logical name: /dev/sda4
                   logical name: /
                   version: 1.0
                   serial: 6359eb30-c614-4d5b-8e4e-fad55b90d080
                   size: 46GiB
                   capacity: 46GiB
                   capabilities: primary journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink recover extents ext4 ext2 initialized
                   configuration: created=2010-04-10 16:00:43 filesystem=ext4 lastmountpoint=/�S'B�K�� $��j��p�c��� �]�/�d�c���!��e��e��K�̞c���c��� modified=2010-04-10 16:11:44 mount.fstype=ext4 mount.options=rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,barrier=1,data=ordered mounted=2010-04-10 17:38:36 state=mounted
        *-serial UNCLAIMED
             description: SMBus
             product: N10/ICH 7 Family SMBus Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1f.3
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.3
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             configuration: latency=0
             resources: ioport:18a0(size=32)
  *-remoteaccess UNCLAIMED
       vendor: Intel
       physical id: 1
       capabilities: inbound

Source: How to enable mobile 3G modem connection on Samsung N150 KDE Linux


Discussion

shakeel shaikh, 2012/01/17 16:46

hi this is shakeel i brought samsun

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netbooks, 2011/09/28 18:28

It's undeniable the Next Big Thing is tablets. I love new tech and I kind of want an Android Honeycomb tab, but they are still waaaay over priced. I considered getting an iPad as Android tabs are still only just coming of age, but in the end I could not really justify double the cost of a netbook just for an alternate form factor and interface … in my head I weighed up the following benefits of a netbook
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Saptarshi , 2011/01/21 15:21

I have a Samsung N150 laptop, I run Fedora 14 in it… but the problem is that I cant find the Linux driver for the Laptop. Where can I find that…???

Tom Conneely, 2010/12/15 21:02

Just bought this netbook, not delivered yet but the arch wiki has information on enabling the Fn keys.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Samsung_N150

Aleksejs, 2010/12/09 20:03

Just bought it.
running Xubuntu 10.10 on it.
Everything is perfect.
All hardware works instantly.
Cold start with Xubuntu:
Memory - 13%-16%;
Processor - 11%;

Good battery very low noise level.
Warcraft TFT runs on OPEN GL mode
I recommend it.



btw with default win7 starter very low performance.

sk43999, 2010/11/25 21:13

I bought the Best Buy version of the N150 and installed Linux straight away (Win7 has never been booted). I'm old-fashioned and stayed with Ubuntu NBR 9.10 (Karmic).

1. As noted above, many Fn-keys don't work, but there are workarounds, so it's not a big deal. There is a “setpci” command sequence that can be used to adjust the brightness. Install “rfkill” to turn off wireless power. Otherwise, suspend, works. External VGA display works. Wireless works (Atheros AR9285). Sound controls work.

2. The Elantech touchpad drove me nuts - I hate touch-to-tap and multi-touch junk, and the Elantech was particularly ill-behaved. Touch it with 2 fingers and the cursor jumps immediately to one corner. Ended up hacking and recompiling the elantech.c driver to turn all that stuff. This link http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=9175201 gets you started; I hacked some more to make it ignore 2 or more finger touches.

3. I tried several things to get the internal microphone to work (install pavucontrol; play with configuration settings). Eventually it worked.

4. Excellent keyboard. Key action is stiff (which I like) and the keys are well-separated. Very quiet. Decent battery life (5-6 hours in real-life use). Mediocre front-mounted slider switch for power (not a deal-breaker).

If it weren't for the annoyances with touchpad, I would say that this is a great Linux netbook. It now works great for me; YMMV.

Robert Broen, 2010/08/26 07:27

Thank you for your review. I bought this netbook after reading your feedback. So far I have only run Ubuntu 10.4 from a USB stick, but everything seems to work, including wifi. Battery life of this netbook is pretty good.

Frederik, 2010/08/06 21:06

If core_id in /proc/cpuinfo is the same value, as is shown in the example above, than it's the same core, hence hyperthreading.

Obiektywny, 2010/07/31 16:14

Which pendrive do you use?
I will try Ubuntu 10.04 LTS netbook boot with CF card on USB 2.0 reader and same Samsung cannot start with that drive. Any special bios setup needed or maybe that flash drive is not compatibile?
Any help needed!

greatings

Levi, 2010/09/14 18:19

Sorry my english. I cant made my flash drive bootable in BIOS. Flash drive with Ubuntu netbook 10.04 is Adata 2gb. Can any how set BIOS settings? Thank you for ansver.

Harry Metske, 2010/09/15 16:24

Not sure what you mean, but if you press the Escape button a few times right after powering on the laptop, you can change your BIOS settings.
I just plugin a USB stick and power up and it boots from it.

olavsu1, 2010/06/30 23:50

The faxmodem is needed if you want get contact to companies such a google inc.

Harry Metske, 2010/04/22 11:02

The evidence is `cat /proc/cpuinfo` :

processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 28
model name : Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N450 @ 1.66GHz
stepping : 10
cpu MHz : 1000.000
cache size : 512 KB
physical id : 0
siblings : 2
core id : 0
cpu cores : 1
apicid : 0
initial apicid : 0
fdiv_bug : no
hlt_bug : no
f00f_bug : no
coma_bug : no
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 10
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts aperfmperf pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm movbe lahf_lm
bogomips : 3324.74
clflush size : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes : 32 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor : 1
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 28
model name : Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N450 @ 1.66GHz
stepping : 10
cpu MHz : 1000.000
cache size : 512 KB
physical id : 0
siblings : 2
core id : 0
cpu cores : 1
apicid : 1
initial apicid : 1
fdiv_bug : no
hlt_bug : no
f00f_bug : no
coma_bug : no
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 10
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts aperfmperf pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm movbe lahf_lm
bogomips : 3325.03
clflush size : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes : 32 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

anonymous, 2010/04/21 19:52

Wikipedia say that Intel Pineview D510 Atom CPU is dual-core and that the N450 is single core.

I've tried to run the latest daily build image (19Apr10) of Ubuntu (Lucid 64bit) which is already frozen and ready for release next week. The System Monitor CPU History chart shows two CPUs running on the Samsung N150!!!

Is this correct?

Harry Metske, 2010/04/22 11:03

/proc/cpuinfo reports 2 cpu's

regards,
Harry

drs, 2010/07/19 21:41

Hyper-Threading…

Harry Metske, 2010/08/01 09:58

So, is there a way to find out (running Linux) if we have 2 core's or if it's hyperthreading ?

regards,
Harry

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