Samsung Series 9 NP900X4D




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

NameSamsung Series 9 NP900X4D
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7-3317U Processor
1.7 GHz 3MB L3 Cache
Screen15.0“ LED HD+ 1600 x 900
RAM4GB DDR3 1600Mhz, Up to 8GB Max
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000
NetworkRJ45 Dongle
802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0

Linux Compatibility

HDDYesFollow appropriate ssd tuning guides
Graphics ChipYes
HDMI PortNot Tested
Bulti-in MicrophoneYes
Headphone JackNot Tested
Microphone JackYes
Card ReaderNot Tested
Touch PadYesMake 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/ResumeYes/PartialSuspend Works fine; however laptop does not automatically awake upon lid open. Power button works fine.

Fn Lock keys

KeyDoes it work?Comments
F1 - Samsung Easy SettingsYesout of box, see below
F2 - Brightness upYes
F3 - Brightness upYes
F4 - Switch screensNot tested
F5 - Disable touchpadWorks
F6 - MuteWorks
F7 - Volume downWorks
F8 - Volume upWorks
F9 - Backlight Keyboard downWorks
F10 - Backlight Keyboard upWorks
F11 - FanYesout of box, see below
F12 - WirelessWorksDoes not work out-of-box, see below
Print ScreenWorks

This guide ROCKS and should help with FN keys!


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.


Yochai Gal, 2013/06/19 13:59

To make the touchpad more user-friendly (e.g. like a Chromebook/Macbook):

First, (if necessary) disable gnome's touchpad tool:

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.mouse active false

Than, Xorg will take over (usually /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf

To disable the touchpad while typing, add this to your startup scripts:

syndaemon -i 0.5 -k -d

Finally, comment out The ClickPad right-corner reference in 50-synaptics.conf.

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samsung_np900x4d.txt · Last modified: 2013/06/20 22:06 by yochaigal
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