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Samsung NC10-Ecko Plus


Samsung NC10 Ecko plus is NOT the Samsung NC10. This is about Product-Code NP-NC10-JP01DE using Debian squeeze (6.0) and LXDE as the desktop environment.
I started setting up Debian lenny, but found the driver for grafic-card not working, so I dist-upgraded to squeeze and almost everything was perfect. The installation might be different when you start the squeeze installer directly.

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NameSamsung NC10-Ecko Plus
ProcessorAtom N450
Screen10.1 inches 1.024 x 600 Pixel
Optical Drivenone
GraphicsIntel GMA 3150
Network10/100 Ethernet UTP, Bluetooth® 3.0 + HS, 802.11b/g/n, Wlan Broadcom BCM4313

Linux Compatibility

ScreenYesneeds xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.13.0 (squeeze)
Optical Drive--
GraphicsYesneeds xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.13.0 (squeeze)
WirelessYesneeds firmware-brcm80211 (non-free)
56K Modem--
Card ReaderYes-
ExpressCard Slot--


Some function keys need a bit adjustment, this is what I did:

Making sound keys work
In LXDE you just have to set the keybindungs. Add the following lines in your ~/.config/openbox/lxde-rc.xml in the keyboard section:

          <keybind key="XF86AudioLowerVolume">
            <action name="Execute">
              <command>amixer -c 0 -- set Master playback 2dB-</command>
          <keybind key="XF86AudioRaiseVolume">
            <action name="Execute">
              <command>amixer -c 0 -- set Master playback 2dB+</command>
          <keybind key="XF86AudioMute">
            <action name="Execute">
              <command>amixer -c 0 -- set Master playback toggle</command>

Making backlight keys work

This is bit more work. Unfortunatley xbacklight does not work, so you have to set the pci-parameters directly. Thanks to archlinux, there is a script to do so. Just put the following in your /usr/local/sbin:

# increase/decrease/set/get the backlight brightness (range 0-255)
# PCI device on which to operate
# Amount to raise/lower the backlight when called with "up" or "down"
# Minimum backlight value reachable via "down"
# Default backlight level when toggling on (HEX value!)
#get current brightness in hex and convert to decimal
var1=`setpci -s $DEVICE F4.B`
case "$1" in
               #calculate new brightness
               var2=`echo "ibase=10; obase=16; a=($var1d+$AMOUNT);if (a<255) print a else print 255" | bc`
               echo "$0: increasing brightness from $((0x$var1)) to $((0x$var2))"
               setpci -s $DEVICE F4.B=$var2
               #calculate new brightness
               var2=`echo "ibase=10; obase=16; a=($var1d-$AMOUNT);if (a>$MIN) print a else print $MIN" | bc`
               echo "$0: decreasing brightness from $((0x$var1)) to $((0x$var2))"
               setpci -s $DEVICE F4.B=$var2
               var2=`echo "ibase=10; obase=16; a=$2;if (a>$MIN) print a else print $MIN" | bc`
               echo "$0: setting brightness to $((0x$var2))"
               setpci -s $DEVICE F4.B=$var2
               echo "$0: current brightness is $var1d"
               if [ $var1d -eq 0 ] ; then
                       echo "toggling up"
                       setpci -s $DEVICE F4.B=$DEFAULT
                       echo "toggling down"
                       setpci -s $DEVICE F4.B=0
               echo "usage: $0 {up|down|set <val>|get|toggle}"
exit 0

The script should be

 -rwx------ 1 root   root

Then allow your user to execute is as root (as it uses setpci) by visudo and adding the line:

name_of_the_user  ALL=(root) NOPASSWD: /usr/local/sbin/backlight_samsung

(I called the script backlight_samsung)

And finally add the keybindungs. In LXDE it is by adding the following lines to your ~/.config/openbox/lxde-rc.xml (keyboard section):

          <keybind key="XF86MonBrightnessUp">
            <action name="Execute">
              <command>sudo /usr/local/sbin/backlight_samsung up</command>
          <keybind key="XF86MonBrightnessDown">
            <action name="Execute">
              <command>sudo /usr/local/sbin/backlight_samsung down</command>
          <keybind key="XF86Launch1">
            <action name="Execute">
              <command>sudo /usr/local/sbin/backlight_samsung toggle</command>

Switching Blutooth and WLAN

This is done by rfkill and to make it nicer I added osd_cat (from xosd-bin).
The process is the same as above, so I skip the details. Your need two more scripts:

blocked=`rfkill list wlan | grep "Soft blocked: yes"`

if [ -z "$blocked" ]; then
   rfkill block wlan
   echo 'WLAN off'  | osd_cat -p middle -A center -d 1 -f -misc-fixed-bold-r-normal--20-200-75-75-c-120-iso8859-1 -
   rfkill unblock wlan
   echo 'WLAN on'  | osd_cat -p middle -A center -d 1 -f -misc-fixed-bold-r-normal--20-200-75-75-c-120-iso8859-1 -

which I called wlan_toggle and put it in /usr/local/sbin.
The next is bluetooth_toggle (also in /usr/local/sbin):

blocked=`rfkill list bluetooth | grep "Soft blocked: yes"`

if [ -z "$blocked" ]; then
   rfkill block bluetooth
   echo 'Bluetooth off'  | osd_cat -p middle -A center -d 1 -f -misc-fixed-bold-r-normal--20-200-75-75-c-120-iso8859-1 -
   rfkill unblock bluetooth
   echo 'Bluetooth ein'  | osd_cat -p middle -A center -d 1 -f -misc-fixed-bold-r-normal--20-200-75-75-c-120-iso8859-1 -

Don't forget the sudo settings and then the last step is again the keybinding. For bluetooth I choosed Fn+F8, (don't what the key symbol really means). In LXDE it looks like:

          <keybind key="XF86Launch3">
            <action name="Execute">
              <command>sudo /usr/local/sbin/bluetooth_toggle</command>
          <keybind key="XF86WLAN">
            <action name="Execute">
              <command>sudo /usr/local/sbin/wlan_toggle</command>


Great netbook, it has all I need for a very reasonable price. The time of battery operation is amazing and it runs under Debian Linux.


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Thank you for this one!
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Thanks for these in depth instructions. I only have one problem and that is that I'm running Ubuntu. Are there instructions for where to save the file under a Ubuntu 11.04 system? Thank you very much in advance!

Coksnuss, 2011/03/02 16:57

Thank you :).. Finally brightness is working on my NC10 Plus

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