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Samsung NC20

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NC20-User (uno42@gmx.net)

Introduction

The Samsung NC20 works with Linux with quirks.

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Specifications

NameSamsung NC20
ProcessorVIA Nano processor U2250@1300+MHz
Screen12'' 1280×800
RAM1 GB
HDD160 GB
Optical Drivenone
GraphicsVIA Technologies, Inc. VX800/VX820 Chrome 9 HC3 Integrated Graphics
NetworkYour network connections (Ethernet:Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8040, Wireless:Atheros Communications Inc. AR5001, Bluetooth)

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes./.
Optical Drive./.none
GraphicsPartialsee Notes/X11
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYes
BluetoothNot Tested
56K Modem./.none
USBYes
Firewire./.none
Card ReaderNo/Not Testedno success for me so far
ExpressCard Slot./.none
CameraYesonly short test, seemed to work

Notes

X11

X11 starts out of the box (Debian testing 200908-31), but

  • resolution is wrong → extend xorg.conf with line: virtual 1280 800 [see man xorg.conf]
  • vesa-driver is used → extend xorg.conf with line: Driver openchrome – openchrome-driver must be at least version 0.2.903
  • glidepad works
  • problem with dpms-auto-off (my workaround: disabled dpms)
  • observed problems with standby-mode

Summary

Success: my daily work with the laptop is ok, some quirks remain (mainly suspend).


Discussion

ionligue, 2014/12/16 01:53

I wish to show thanks to you just for bailing me out of this particular trouble.As a result of checking through the the net and meeting techniques that were not productive, I was thinking my life was done.

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neoselen, 2014/04/07 18:59

sd card reader works fine with debian wheezy.

tommis, 2009/12/22 05:04

@rootatlocalhost

Hey have had a look at your step by step installing fedora, pretty keen to give it a try as my xp is in korean and ubuntu doesn't work out of the box. Your instructions seem pretty good, just worried about blue screens!…if I run as a liveCD and don't encounter any problems, then I shouldn't have any problems with the install?

Alfredo Huerta, 2009/12/13 01:41

Everything works out of the box with mandriva 2010 one

rootatlocalhost administrator, 2009/08/27 23:05

I tried installing various distros with this laptop. Some of them failed, due to not recognizing the screen resolution (1280×800). These were Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

I've heard that Mandriva installs very nicely. I managed to install Fedora Core 11 without any problems. Everything works out of the box, except for the laptop function keys (controlling screen brightness, etc).

If you want to control brightness, you should install Gnome's brightness applet.

I've written an article explaining how to dual-boot the Samsung NC20 with XP and Fedora Core 11. You can find it here:

http://tinyurl.com/m4p82m

If tinyurl.com doesn't work, the domain is: http://rootatlocalhost.bouldernet.org

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