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Samsung NP700Z5A

Introduction

This is a summary of the usability and functionality of running Linux on the NP700Z5A. I have run Ubuntu 12.10, Mint Linux 13, and OpenSuSE 12.2 with limited functionality issues, mainly surrounding keyboard function, processor throttling and video card selection.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Samsung NP700Z5A specifications page.

NameSamsung NP700Z5A
ProcessorIntel Core i5-2450M Processor, 2.45Ghz
Intel Core i7 Processor 2675QM, 2.2Ghz
Screen15.6“ 1600×900 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 1TB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsAMD Radeon HD 6750M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n
Intel 802.11a/b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorTested
ScreenTested
HDDTested
Optical DriveTested
Graphics ChipNot TestedWas only able to get the Radeon chip to work one time. Attempted at least 10 times
HDMI OutTested
SoundTested
Bulti-in MicrophoneTested
Headphone JackTested
Microphone JackNot Tested
EthernetTested
WirelessTested
BluetoothNot Tested
USBTested
Card ReaderTested
WebcamTested
Touch PadTested
Suspend/ResumeTestedOccasional Resume crash on Ubuntu 12.10

Notes

When installing the driver for the switchable graphics card, there were countless failures, as ATI doesn't continue to develop for linux. I have tried at least 10 times and when it fails, there is no bringing back the display driver. Even running restoration scripts fail.

Processor throttling is also an issue. If the vents are blocked, the laptop can overheat on low usage levels. There are scripts to correct these issues for Ubuntu.

Summary

The Samsung 7 works OK with linux. Not great.


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samsung_np700z5a.txt · Last modified: 2013/02/22 22:19 by 50.123.85.123
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