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Samsung Q1


This is a guide to running Linux with the Samsung Q1 laptop.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

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NameSamsung Q1
ProcessorIntel Celeron-M ULV 900MHz
Screen7“ WVGA
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 900
Network10/100 Ethernet, Atheros 5006EX 802.11bg Wireless, Bluetooth
Other2 x USB2.0, Tablet

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
SoundYesUse the snd-hda-intel module
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested

Tablet|Not Tested| |


You can use a USB Optical drive to install Linux on this laptop (as it does not come with one as standard).

Some recent Linux distributions not longer requires the following but most still do. As default the native screen resolution of this notebook is 800×480, however due to the way the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 functions this resolution would not be usable right away. To get it working you will need to install the 915resolution program and type in:
915resolution 3c 800 480
This will then allow you to use the native 800×480 resolution. However this setting will be forgotten after each boot so you will need a way to automatically run this command at every boot. Fortunately most Linux distributions come with the 915resolution program and include a simple way of achieving this. You can view our Configuring the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 & 950 guide for more information.

This wireless controller in this laptop does not have any native drivers for Linux so you will need to use the ndiswrapper module. For installation instructions, you can view our Configuring the ndiswrapper module guide. The windows driver to use with ndiswrapper can be found here.


While the tablet works fine under Linux, the software isn't really there to take maximum advantage of it. The need to use ndiswrapper is also a negative point for this laptop. It is recommended to use a Linux distribution with kernel version 2.6.17 or greater, such as Fedora Core 6 or Ubuntu 6.10.


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Lyskar Martinez, 2014/04/06 03:46

I had trouble rebuilding any linux with a nonPAE kernel, so I took a shortcut - I downloaded a torrent. I wanted to create a wireless bridge/repeater with my own specifications:

WAN –> Kalis(Host OS) –> Virtual Box —> PFSense 2.2 Beta Snapshot(Guest OS) –> WLAN-WIFI-Ethernet.

Management interface would be avail only by the Host OS. Then I would have NAT based Dual Wireless WAN(Wireless and WIFI) to Dual Wireless LAN and Ethernet LAN.
A Small 40 GB Web Cache, proxy based
I will have the VGA port to a larger monitor
I will have an intranet based web form on the Q1 CF card for complaints.

I'm hoping to learn to implement PFsense and the raw power of Kali on this little Samsung Q1.

My specs:
900Mhz Pentium M ULV – 2GB(Aparently MAXed out) SODIMM RAM – 60GB Hdd – 2GB CF card – Original RALink 802.11G card and 2G SIM card based service – 2 USB ports with 2.0 USB powered hub for 2 Wireless-N USB sticks, KeyB and Mouse 300GB Backup HDD in a usb 2.0 tin box.

Lyskar, 2014/04/05 20:34

Just verified that Kali-Linux and both Debian 6 & 7 need PAE, that the Pentium M Samsung Q1 doesnt have.

webnull, 2010/12/03 15:20

I installed Arch Linux on Samsung Q1 and it runs flawlessly.
But i have just one problem - i cant control screen brightness.

Maybe you have any solution for screen brightness?

All works out-of-the-box but keys.
I binded some keys:
U1 - run /usr/bin/gmrun
U2 - TAB
U4 - ESC
U3 - ALT+F4
Below ”←” (ENTER) there is one key i have RIGHT MOUSE BUTTON on it.
On left side i have ALT.

Volume keys also works, i binded it and made a script increasing/decreasing volume.

Kawa, 2011/10/05 15:07

I used Jolicloud on my Q1 and it works fine, everything works except the sound… any ideas on how to fix it?

bosko431, 2010/09/09 14:01

Help please!!! I try to use my Q1 with Ubuntu 10.4 Netbook remix, but I cannot get the sound working. My mic appears to be work, but no sound coming out….
Thanks for any help!!


chaitanya, 2010/02/08 19:12

i instaled ubuntu 8.04 and it installed fine….touchscreen works pretty good….ubuntu 9.10 wont work on q1

Wade, 2010/02/05 22:48

ubuntu netbook remix 9.10 karmic koala would not run or install on the Q1. I've had success with every other version of ubuntu. :<

Anonymous, 2008/06/06 22:52

by , Friday 06 June 2008 18:52:30
I installed Fedora 8 and it all installed great but the touch screen never worked no and the wifi didn't either. I never tried very hard to rectify these issue as I just went back to the default XP.

Maveloth, 2008/03/21 01:47

wubi_ubuntu 7.04 on Samsung Q1

I installed linux in this way but i can use only 640×480 resolution… i'm worikin on it.

on problem: when i shout down the backlight of the screen and the wifi led remain on???

Maveloth, 2008/07/05 00:19

now i'm using ubuntu 8.04 and with some fixes my Q1 work good , touhscreen included.

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