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This is a guide to running Linux with the Samsung Series 9 NP900X4D laptop. Samsung's NP900X4D is a powerful ultrabook that works fairly well with Linux.
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For full specifications, see Samsung NP900X4D-A05US Specifications Page
|Name||Samsung Series 9 NP900X4D|
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i7-3317U Processor
1.7 GHz 3MB L3 Cache
|Screen||15.0“ LED HD+ 1600 x 900|
|RAM||4GB DDR3 1600Mhz, Up to 8GB Max|
|HDD||128GB SSD SATA3|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 4000|
|HDD||Yes||Follow appropriate ssd tuning guides|
|HDMI Port||Not Tested|
|Headphone Jack||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|Touch Pad||Yes||Make sure to use synaptics Xorg file instead of DE config tool; I had to comment out a lot of ClickPad specific entries (like right corner=right-click, and running syndaemon on startup to prevent accidental mouse movement when typing (the touchpad is huge).|
|Suspend/Resume||Yes/Partial||Suspend Works fine; however laptop does not automatically awake upon lid open. Power button works fine.|
Fn Lock keys
|Key||Does it work?||Comments|
|F1 - Samsung Easy Settings||Yes||out of box, see below|
|F2 - Brightness up||Yes|
|F3 - Brightness up||Yes|
|F4 - Switch screens||Not tested|
|F5 - Disable touchpad||Works|
|F6 - Mute||Works|
|F7 - Volume down||Works|
|F8 - Volume up||Works|
|F9 - Backlight Keyboard down||Works|
|F10 - Backlight Keyboard up||Works|
|F11 - Fan||Yes||out of box, see below|
|F12 - Wireless||Works||Does not work out-of-box, see below|
Remember to disable SecureBoot in the BIOS (F2) and to disable “Fast Boot” if you want to boot from USB/CD-ROM.
The only issues I had with this laptop were regarding getting the touchpad/clickpad how I wanted it to be (your mileage may vary) and the (still not working) automatically wake from suspend issue.