Samsung Ativ Book 9 NP900X3G-K02

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Introduction

A very lightweight (1.13kg) “classic” notebook with non-glare, non-touch Full-HD display.

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Specifications

NameSamsung Ativ Book 9 (NP900X3G-K02)
ProcessorIntel Core i5-4200U (Haswell, 1.6-2.6 GHz)
Screen13.3“ non-glare FHD (1920×1080), 300nit
RAM8GB (2x4GB non-extensible)
HDD128GB mSATA SSD
Optical Drivenone
GraphicsIntel HD 4400 (IGP)
NetworkIntel Wireless-AC 7260, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet with enclosed adapter

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Graphics ChipYes
VGA OutYesneeds expensive extra adapter
HDMI PortYes
Bulti-in MicrophoneYesneeds workaround see below
Combined Headphone/Microphone JackYes
EthernetNot Tested
WirelessYes
BluetoothYes
USBYes
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamYes
Touch PadYesworks fine including multitouch
Suspend/ResumeYes
Hibernate/ResumeYes

Notes

-Tested with Ubuntu 14.04 trusty tahr amd64, May 2013-
Useful keys during boot process: F2-BIOS, F4-Samsung Recovery, F10-UEFI Boot Menu

Dualboot Windows 8.1 / Ubuntu 14.04

To install Ubuntu 14.04 alongside Win 8.1, following procedure required as installer does not recognize Windows partition:
1.) In Windows 8.1, disable fastboot
2.) In Windows 8.1, use Samsung Updater to check for BIOS updates
3.) Create bootable Win8.1/Samsung recovery USB stick (min. 16 GB) from within windows.
4.) In BIOS, turn fastboot OFF, leave Secure Boot ON
5.) in Ubuntu installer select “Something else” - otherwise it will not recognize existing Win8.1 installation
6.) Shrink the Windows partition (its the largest one)
7.) (optional) delete the last two OEM-recovery partitions (13GB and 1GB) to free up space. Win8.1 will still work and for recovery you have the USB stick from step 3.
8.) create ext4 partition in freed space (mountpoint / )
9.) installer should detect windows efi boot partition and uses it, no action required

Wipe Windows and use Linux only

If you wipe all partitions, the Samsung UEFI BIOS might not properly detect the EFI boot partition created by Ubuntu 14.04 installer. For now the easiest solution is:
1.) Always create Win8.1 Recovery USB Stick from within Windows (Samsung recovery app) first. Stick must be min.16GB.
2.) From within Windows 8.1, check for BIOS updates first. not possible from within linux.
3.) Go to BIOS, boot, select Secure Boot OFF, OS mode selection “CSM OS
4.) boot from Ubuntu USB stick and install, select “use entire hard disk”

If you run into boot problem (“All boot options are tried”) go to step 3 again and completely reinstall, it is necessary that “CSM OS” is selected before booting the ubuntu installer.

Workaround for internal microphone

The internal workaround does not work out of the box (as of May 2014)
See bug https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/alsa-driver/+bug/1316518
To get it working until fix is released:
1.) install pavucontrol (in terminal enter: sudo apt install pavucontrol)
2.) in pavucontrol (PulseAudio volume controller) go to internal microphone
3.) set left channel to around 15% (-42dB) and right channel to mute

Summary

An awesome piece of hardware. Poor EFI implementation of Samsung (and no support) can make trouble. Noise-cancelling internal microphone not yet fully supported by Linux.


Discussion

franky, 2014/09/20 18:22

What about battery duration?

thx

MAURIZIO, 2014/08/14 14:28

Ethernet, VGA, and Card Reader works in Ubuntu Gnome 14.04

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