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Samsung R522


This is a compatiblity guide to running Linux with the Samsung R522 laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Samsung R522. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Samsung R522 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Samsung R522 specifications page.

NameSamsung R522
ProcessorIntel Core2 Duo Processor T6400: 2.0 GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB On-Die L2 Cache
Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor T4200: 2.0 GHz, 800MHz FSB, 1MB On-Die L2 Cache
Screen15.6“ WXGA (1366×768)
GraphicsIntel GMA X4500 HD
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD320GB to 500GB - 5400rpm
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
802.11 b/g

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorks
Card ReaderWorks
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested


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Alfonso, 2013/09/05 13:37

With burn i mean shot down.

ATI HD 4330 M video-card works worse than under Windows, that's clear.

pk, 2013/01/05 19:20

Well, I've tried a lot of distros and there seems to be some general issue with temperatures for R522 - Linux just burns this laptop (while Windows 7 works perfectly cool and without any issue). When Linux is running, the temperature rises gradually till automatic shutdown a dozen or so minutes later. Switching CPU to ondemand or powersave mode does not help. Also simple and lightweigt distros face the same problem here. Is the kernel a reason?

All hardware works perfectly fine, including wifi, webcam & sd card slot. There was some issues for a few specific distros, but in general, for most of them, no issues with hardware.

Nevertheless R522 should be consider as unusable in my opinion (due to cooling issue mentioned above).

Alfonso, 2013/09/05 13:35

I would not say it is unusable, since i use Ubuntu since 2 years on this laptop. It is true, that under heavy load it can burn (i mean, when i use KDEnlive for my 1080p video editing), but so did my laptop with Windows in Sommer while playing.
I think it would probably run much better without dual boot, but i can say, i am happy with my “dual-bootable” laptop Ubuntu 13.04 64 b / Windows 7 Home Premium 32b.

Sam, 2011/02/22 14:50

I'm running the 64 bit version of Ubuntu Ultimate Edition Here is what I've noticed so far:

Processor good
Screen good
HDD good
Optical Drive reading and burning are good
Graphics needed to download and activate proprietary drivers for the ATI video card. works good.
Sound good
Ethernet good
Wireless good
USB good
Card Reader good (assuming this is the SD card reader)
ExpressCard Slot Not Tested
Webcam have not got this to work yet.

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samsung_r522.txt · Last modified: 2011/03/10 01:56 by billg
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