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Samsung NP355V4C

Introduction

This is laptop with 14“ screen and AMD A10 Trinity chip. The one of main features of this laptop is two graphics cards: AMD Radeon HD 7660G (integrated) and AMD Radeon HD 7670M (discrete).

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Samsung NP355V4C specifications page.

NameSamsung NP355V4C
ProcessorAMD Quad-Core A10-4600M Accelerated Processor
Screen14” 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB (i am not shure about this)
HDDUp to 1TB (the same)
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsAMD Radeon Dual Graphics ( 7660G and 7670M)
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Atheros 802.11 bg/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorFully compatible
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
Graphics ChipWorksFull support with switch ability
VGA OutWorks
HDMI OutNot Tested
SoundWorks
Bulti-in MicrophoneWorks
Headphone JackWorks
Microphone JackNot Tested
EthernetWorksNeed proprietary firmware
WirelessWorks
BluetoothWorks
USBWorks
Card ReaderWorks
WebcamWorks
Touch PadWorks
Suspend/ResumeWorks

Notes

There is some difficulties with GNU/Linux installation at some distributions. I tested this notebook with Debian GNU/Linux Sid. The official images dont provide installer with proprietary firmwares for network devices so ethernet will not work without non-free repository. Other distributions probably has no this trouble. But installation problems of Debian GNU/Linux may be solved by using unofficial netinstaller with firmwares: http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/unofficial/non-free/cd-including-firmware/

The other trouble with installation is a pre-installed Windows 7 with Samsung utilites. In order to get a rid from this troubles need to turn off every boot accelerators (both in UEFI system setup and in samsung Easy tools at Windows 7). Only after these actions this notebook able to boot from USB drive.

Today only fglrx (AMD Catalyst) driver works perfect. In case of Debian GNU/Linux this driver can be installed from non-free repository.

Probably this notebook has IOMMU support. This means second graphics card can be used inside vitrual machine like XEN and KVM in guest OS with direct access. But this feature should be checked - its just my thought.

Summary

Great notebook for low price with good compatibility with GNU/Linux.
Thanks to AMD we've got good graphic drivers with basic support of hybrid graphics and FOSS-drivers should come soon. At the same time nvidia users eats the cactuses named “nvidia optimus” without drivers. So dont buy from nvidia - enemy of your freedom ^_^

Also this is a good machine for GNU/Linux gaming. AMD A10 CPU should be good for Dwarf Fortrees. ;)


Discussion

Denys, 2014/01/08 19:23

Not able to install Ubuntu 12.04 at all. Seems to be an issue with GRUB not installing. Samsung “help” is useless.

Peter, 2013/11/17 15:29

Installed Ubuntu 12.04.
16GB RAM works fine.
SATA3 SSD shows only SATA2 speed.
Radeon driver works more or less OK with some issues.

Gainey, 2013/11/09 15:35

Installed Lubuntu 13.04 to see if Linux works on UEFI. Everything works. Battery run out fast with open-source driver(radeon), i installed fglrx and its better. HDMI output also works. No problem until now.

Yuriy, 2012/12/12 07:10

Installed arch. Fglrx is not work, but vesa is enough to display X.
Before, used Mint 13. All works fine (include bluetooth, card reader, suspend, hdmi), but with floating issues (suspend troubles, microphone does not work well). In order to be more costumazible and to get more control of the system, intall arch. Does not works much out the box. But, by the linux way have to tune one myself.

But one thing. Once upon a time 4 GB disappeared. Only one bank of memory are initialized. Syslinux see bank0 with 4 GB, but did not initialize one.

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