Ubuntu 13.10 ?

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Ubuntu 13.10 ?

Postby MoonKid » 18/10/2013, 10:24

Has someone experience running (K)Ubuntu 13.10 with the samsung-tools?

On my Samsung N220 it doesn't work.

The network-manager is not started. And I got sometimes(!) none-saying error-messages about easy-slow-down-manager.

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Re: Ubuntu 13.10 ?

Postby xa.fr » 18/10/2013, 14:13

I would also like to know if there will be a release of samsung-tools for 13.10.
Will there be samsung-backlight in 13.10? There was none in 13.04 so is an old version running in 13.10?
At least i cannot find it in the PPA yet.

Thanks for the great work to fix samsung products!

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Re: Ubuntu 13.10 ?

Postby unattached » 18/10/2013, 21:41

Hello, I am interested in this topic too!

I got a new ATIV Book 9 900X3F-GO1 and installed Ubuntu Gnome 13.10 64bit in UEFI mode.

The fan is constantly running and the fnkeys are not working.

So I wanted to ask if there's a difference between installing in UEFI or BIOS mode and between Ubuntu Gnome and the standard Ubuntu Edition, especially when it comes to hardware support.

Will samsung-tools run on this system?

Thanks

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Re: Ubuntu 13.10 ?

Postby mattB » 19/10/2013, 17:18

Do not install Ubuntu 13.10 on the 900X3F as you won't be able to fix the FN keys.

Install Ubuntu 13.04 instead!

You MUST install in BIOS mode if you want the keyboard backlight!
However, you probably can't boot from the USB stick in BIOS mode, so install in UEFI first and the convert your installation to BIOS.

Also, install the Linux 3.10 kernel: It will give you two hours more battery life! ;)

I have compiled a list of links with everything you need:
- fn keys: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1225 (replace 900x3e with 900x3f)
- fix touchpad: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php? ... st12692065
- multitouch: http://elscreemo.blogspot.de/2013/05/re ... re-in.html
- converting to BIOS: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFI
- installing kernel 3.10: http://howtoubuntu.org/how-to-install-l ... mKwJN8hFk9

Samsung-Tools work in Ubuntu 13.04. If you want Gnome, you can install it too, or you get the Ubuntu Gnome edition.

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Re: Ubuntu 13.10 ?

Postby voRia » 20/10/2013, 0:48

I have yet to install the new Ubuntu on my working machine, I'll do it in the next few days as soon as I return home, and I will update the PPA. In the meanwhile, you can try to use the packages for Ubuntu 13.04, they may already work.
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Re: Ubuntu 13.10 ?

Postby unattached » 22/10/2013, 10:02

thank you both!

matt, that sounds promising, thanks for all the information! I'll stay on 13.10 for the moment though, if it's just for keyboard light, I can live without it..

voRia, looking forward to the updated ppa!

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Re: Ubuntu 13.10 ?

Postby mattB » 22/10/2013, 14:20

Should be just the keyboard backlight, but I had a few other issues with 13.10, so I went back to 13.04.

On a different note, my WiFi is always disconnected when I resume the laptop from sleep. Can anyone confirm this?
It's pretty annoying.

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Re: Ubuntu 13.10 ?

Postby mattB » 23/10/2013, 10:45

mattB wrote:On a different note, my WiFi is always disconnected when I resume the laptop from sleep. Can anyone confirm this?
It's pretty annoying.

I found the problem: It was caused by the TLP service.
I recommend not to install TLP, as it causes a few problems. Now I uninstalled TLP and instead added this script to /etc/pm/power.d:
(also, I had to reinstall pm-utils, as it had been broken by TLP)

Code: Select all

#!/bin/sh

case $1 in
  true)
 
    # Running on battery
    printf "enable battery mode"
    # Disable the NMI watchdog
    echo 0 > /proc/sys/kernel/watchdog
 
    # Reduce power for SATA link power management
    for i in 0 1 2 3 4 5 ; do
        echo min_power>/sys/class/scsi_host/host${i}/link_power_management_policy
    done
 
    # Runtime power-management for PCI devices
    for i in /sys/bus/pci/devices/*/power/control ; do
        echo auto > ${i}
    done
 
    # Runtime power-management for USB devices
    for i in /sys/bus/usb/devices/*/power/control ; do
        echo auto > ${i}
    done
 
    # Disable Wake-on-LAN and ethernet port
    ethtool -s eth0 wol d
    ifconfig eth0 down
 
    # Reduce the VM write-back timeout
    sleep 1000 && echo 1500 > /proc/sys/vm/dirty_writeback_centisecs
 
  ;;
  false)
 
    # Running on charger
    printf "enable ac mode"
    # Enable the NMI watchdog
    echo 1 > /proc/sys/kernel/watchdog
 
    # Increase the VM write-back timeout
    echo 60000 > /proc/sys/vm/dirty_writeback_centisecs
 
    # Change power-saving for SATA devices
    for i in 0 1 2 3 4 5 ; do
        echo min_power>/sys/class/scsi_host/host${i}/link_power_management_policy
    done
 
    # Enable full power for PCI devices
    for i in /sys/bus/pci/devices/*/power/control ; do
        echo on > ${i}
    done
 
    # Enable Wake-on-LAN and ethernet port
    ethtool -s eth0 wol g
    ifconfig eth0 up
  ;;
esac
exit 0

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Re: Ubuntu 13.10 ?

Postby unattached » 26/10/2013, 12:31

I have TLP installed on my 900X3F, running Ubuntu Gnome 3.10 and it's working fine after resuming from suspend - so shouldn't be a problem with TLP

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Re: Ubuntu 13.10 ?

Postby mattB » 29/10/2013, 12:44

You're right, it happened again without TLP. I uninstalled Samsung-Tools, reinstalled pm-utils and now it works.

Now I don't have Samsung-Tools and TLP installed. Only thing that doesn't work now is the FN-F12 wireless button and FN-F11, but I don't need those.
At least WiFi reconnects after sleep now.

As for TLP, I think it is pretty much useless on newer kernels. It does nothing besides the things in the custom script above.

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Re: Ubuntu 13.10 ?

Postby mattB » 30/10/2013, 19:32

So I wanted to further investigate the issue and installed samsung-tools again.
Immediately my WiFi stopped reconnecting at resume.
Loos like samsung-tools is the problem :-|

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Re: Ubuntu 13.10 ?

Postby xa.fr » 03/11/2013, 17:46

So will there be a samsung-tools version without Wifi problems? I really need samsung-backlight for 13.10. Without it my samsung laptop is useless with ubuntu -.-

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Re: Ubuntu 13.10 ?

Postby xa.fr » 04/11/2013, 22:39

Ok, my Wlan broke today and i had not installed TLP or samsung-tools!
Seems like a suspend-bug in ubuntu 13.10.

Because of this Bug and various other serious bugs i decided to go back to 13.04.
But i have tried old versions of samsung-tools(from 13.04) and samsung-backlight(from 12.10) on my running ubuntu 13.10. No problem installing it, FN keys are working now and i can change backlight.

Hopefully ubuntu 14.04 will have less serious bugs and hopefully the ppa will be updated fully for 14.04...

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Re: Ubuntu 13.10 ?

Postby San » 09/11/2013, 2:07

Same here.

I installed samsung-tools on my Series 5 laptop and was able to use FAN and WLAN keyboard shortcuts. After removal i was not able to change it's status.

So it is still needed on 13.10.
Any chance to update PPA?

After suspend i am unable to change wifi, fan, lcd backlight status at all.

Best regards!

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Re: Ubuntu 13.10 ?

Postby voRia » 14/11/2013, 17:53

Sorry for the delay, I've just released Samsung Tools 2.3 and uploaded it on the repository for Ubuntu 13.10, it should be available in the next few hours. The instructions to use the repository are the same as usual (link), please test and let me know if any problem. ;)
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