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Kubuntu Jaunty on Samsung NC10

Kubuntu Jaunty on Samsung NC10

A while ago I posted about how one can install Kubuntu on a netbook without cd-rom device. Although there were some issues on the NC10 still it worked pretty neat. Two days ago Kubuntu Jaunty (9.10) was released. I updated my NC10 with this version and this is what I discovered:

  • Video artifacts in KDE login screen disappeared
  • Speakers are muted when plugging in earphones
  • Getting Wifi to work is a lot harder than the old Kubuntu version (especially 802.1x). I have to use knetworkmanager to make it work (sometimes it does not work at all).
  • The screen brightness can be set with the slider of the energy widget.
The new Kubuntu
The new Kubuntu
Samsung’s NC310 netbook

Samsung’s NC310 netbook

Today akihabaranews.com posted information about the Samsung NC10 successor: The Samsung NC310. The website claims the NC310 can work 11 hours with an enhanced battery. I am very curious if this battery lifetime can be achieved in real-life.

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photo (c) akihabaranews.com
Samsung NC10 hardcase

Samsung NC10 hardcase

Last week I received my new Samsung NC10 hardcase. The softcase that came with the laptop did not seem to be that solid as expected which made me order another one. The Dutch website koopje.nl had a nice offer. For only 11,75 EUR they provided a nice looking case with foam which adopts the shape of the netbook.

Brand: Elecom
Type: 8.9″ Zeroshock III Notebook inner bag

Outside
Outside
Inside
Inside
Samsung NC10’s Kubuntu finally mutes speakers when using headphone

Samsung NC10’s Kubuntu finally mutes speakers when using headphone

When I bought my Samsung NC10, I noticed some weird behaviour of the sound card; when I plugged in my headphone the speakers still played sound as well. This morning I updated my Kubuntu running Samsung NC10 with a new kernel: 2.6.27-11-generic. After a reboot  I noticed I finally had a headphone slider in KMixer.

kmixer
KMixer

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Samsung NC10’s webcam works on Kubuntu!

Samsung NC10’s webcam works on Kubuntu!

Lately I was wondering if my Samsung NC10’s webcam worked under Kubuntu 8.10. I found this website which shows a tool called luvcview in order to show your webcam video. In order to install luvcview execute the following command:

# apt-get install luvcview

When the installation is done simply execute:

$ luvcview

Smile! 🙂

Webcam works!
Webcam works!
Samsung NC10 RAM memory upgrade

Samsung NC10 RAM memory upgrade

Today I bought a new 2GB memory module (Kingston M25664G60, 2GB, SDIO) for my Samsung NC10. I thought it was a good idea to upgrade from 1GB to 2GB. replacing the memory was a piece-of-cake I thought.

When I unscrewed the memory screw on the cap which covers the memory did not came off. I did not want to break it so I was very gentle with the force I used to bend it. I decided to search the web for information about the amount of force the memory cap could handle. I found a tutorial (with video) showing how to replace the memory. It turned out that you really need to put some force on the cap, and finally I managed to replace the memory 🙂

If you are running Linux and you are wondering about the amount of  RAM in your system has, just execute:

$ free -mt
2GB memory instead of 1GB
2GB memory instead of 1GB
Install Kubuntu 8.10 on a Samsung NC10 (and other cd-rom less devices)

Install Kubuntu 8.10 on a Samsung NC10 (and other cd-rom less devices)

As posted here I recently bought a Samsung NC10. It comes with Windows XP preinstalled, but I liked to have Kubuntu 8.10 installed as well. The Samsung NC10 is equipped with a 160GB harddisk so there is plenty of space (at least for me). So I started to figure out how I could install Kubuntu 8.10 on a netbook with no cd- nor dvd-drive. In this post I describe how I managed to solve these problems.

Samsung NC10 running Kubuntu
My Samsung NC10 running Kubuntu

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I want a netbook…but which?

I want a netbook…but which?

Yesterday I decided I wanted to have a netbook. Since I do a lot of router configurations for my customers it would be nice to have very compact computer which does not have the weight of my MacBook Pro. The most common option for me was the Asus EEE pc, but recommended by a friend I explored other options. These other options turned out to be the MSI Wind, Samsung NC10 and the HP Mini 1000.

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