Tag Archive for 'laptop'

Samsung R480 laptop LCD brightness

Mendy got a Samsung R480 laptop but screen brightness did not work properly. Using KDE’s brightness slider caused the screen to flicker horribly and once you let go, it’s too dark. GNOME’s just doesn’t work at all.

After a suspend and resume with the Nouveau driver, the slider works properly, but only goes to half brightness at the maximum setting. It was possible to set the brightness manually via:
echo -n 60 > /proc/acpi/video/NVID/LCD/brightness

That was not suitable. So I switched to the NVIDIA driver, but the laptop brightness was immutable until I discovered a post with the solution. Simply adding the following to the Device section in /etc/X11/xorg.conf lets KDE control the brightness correctly, and perfectly. Great!
Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "RegistryDwords" "EnableBrightnessControl=1"
Option "UseEdidDpi" "false"
Option "DPI" "96 x 96"
EndSection

I also added the DPI option above to get 96×96 as some text was too large after switching to the NVIDIA driver. Fedora still suspends and resumes and everything is just perfect!

Bye Bye, SysReq

IBM/Lenovo laptops always seemed to have great Linux support. Shortly however, Lenovo products will ship without the SysReq key.

New Lenovo keyboard

Luckily, with Ext4 issues sorted out, there’s no need to use Magic Keys, right?

Laptop reliability

Thinking of buying a new laptop? Take a look at this report before you choose..

SquareTrade analyzed failure rates for over 30,000 new laptop computers covered by SquareTrade Laptop Warranty plans and found that one-third of all laptops will fail within 3 years. SquareTrade also found that netbooks are 20% more unreliable than other laptops, and that Asus and Toshiba are the most reliable laptop brands.