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Old 19th April 2014, 07:08 PM
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Post Ultrabook Samsung ATIV Book 5 NP530U4E-K01HS and Fedora 20 x86_64

I got new Samsung ATIV Book 5 (NP530U4E) ultrabook and reinstalled Windows 8.1 with Fedora 20. There was few issues with the installation, so I wanted to share my experience wth others.


Model: ATIV Book 5 NP530U4E-K01HS
CPU: Intel Core i5-3337U 1.8GHz (2 cores w 2 threads per core and turbo boost up to 2.7GHz, 3MB L3 cache)
RAM: 4GB (1x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz
HDD: 4GB (1x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz
SSD: 24GB ExpressCache
Display: 14'' LED backlight HD 1366x768 (Anti-Reflective)
LAN: 10/100/1000 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
Ports: 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, HDMI, mini VGA, RJ-45
Webcam: 1Mpix HD, w michrophone
Graphics: Intel HM76
Optical Drive: None

Before install
Enter the BIOS (hit F2 on boot) and disable: Fast BIOS Mode, Secure Boot and switch OS Mode Selection to the CSM boot method.

Make bootable USB installation of Fedora and boot it from non-UEFI mode. Hit F10 on boot-time and choose your USB drive. I've read that you can add "nomodset" to UEFI boot variant, but that did not worked for me.

I have deleted all partitions (Windows, Samsung backup and ExpressCache from SSD) and installed Fedora on clean disks. I got 4GB on SSD for SWAP and the rest for the / as ext4 filesystem, and 500mb for /root and the rest of the HDD for /home partition on regular hard drive.

After install
If you have read that booting Linux via UEFI can 'brick' some Samsung laptops, don't worry, everything I've tried (for now) works otb just fine.

I will update this post with details as I explore the rest of the hardware...

Last edited by brankko; 22nd April 2014 at 09:10 AM. Reason: details updated
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