Samsung Series 7 Slate XE700T1A

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System Specification

  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i5 Processor 2467M (1.6GHz, 3MB L3 Cache)
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3 System Memory at 1333MHz
  • Hard-Drive: 64GB Solid-state Drive (128GB is also available)
  • Screen: 11.6" LCD (1366x768)
  • Integrated Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 3000
  • Touchscreen: Atmel maXTouch Digitizer (10 points)
  • Accelerometer: STMicroelectronics 6-Axis Accelerometer/Magnetometer (LSM303DLH)
  • WiFi: Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6230, 2 x 2 802.11abg/n
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 3.0


Getting into and navigating the BIOS is a challenge in itself.

  • Turn the Tablet on and then press the home button a few times.
  • A menu will come, up but only briefly, you must press one of the volume rocker buttons before it disappears. Pressing the home button at this point will close this dialogue so do not keep pressing the home button for too long.
  • Select the setup option with the volume rockers and then press the screen lock button to select it. The BIOS will now load.

To get directly into the BIOS menu, and to skip the above menu, it is generally much easier to simply hold the home button after pressing the power button until the menu pops up.

To Navigate the BIOS, the home, button is escape, the lock button is enter, the volume rocker buttons are up and down and the volume rocker buttons and the lock button pressed simultaneously are left and right.

Use this to enable Legacy USB. This allowed me to use a USB keyboard, and gave me the option to boot from USB. From here it's your classic Arch install. (Installation guide)



The wireless chip works out of the box, both with network and network-manager. However, if you put the networkmanager daemon before the display manager, if you have one, it wireless can sometimes cut out.


Simply install bluez, and whatever front-end (or lack thereof) you like. Enable on startup with systemd by running

Enable bluetooth.service.


The volume rocker buttons and power button seem to be recognised by default. How the rotation lock and home buttons do not.

Press the lock button and the home button, then run

$ dmesg | tail

You should get an output like this

[11888.422895] atkbd serio0: Use 'setkeycodes e027 <keycode>' to make it known.
[11888.664814] atkbd serio0: Unknown key released (translated set 2, code 0xa7 on isa0060/serio0).
[11888.664820] atkbd serio0: Use 'setkeycodes e027 <keycode>' to make it known.
[11890.058469] atkbd serio0: Unknown key pressed (translated set 2, code 0xad on isa0060/serio0).
[11890.058476] atkbd serio0: Use 'setkeycodes e02d <keycode>' to make it known.
[11890.058941] atkbd serio0: Unknown key released (translated set 2, code 0xad on isa0060/serio0).
[11890.058947] atkbd serio0: Use 'setkeycodes e02d <keycode>' to make it known.

See the following article, Setkeycodes, on how to set up these 2 keys.

In addition to that article, before run setkeycodes, you can easily check whether the key you are about to set it to is already set by running

# getkeycodes | grep ###

where ### is your desired keycode.

It is also worth noting, that if you want to use it for a shortcut in Gnome, then you have to try a few different keys, as it's easy to choose a value which Gnome won't allow as it may be a letter in a foreign alphabet or similar. Gnome also won't seem to let you use a value which is not set to anything, so you basically need to find some really obscure keys to use.

In the end I went for 167 (Audio Record) and 171 (Tools)


The xf86-video-intel driver works well with no need for an configuration.

The brightness is most easily changed using the ACPI method detailed on the Backlight#ACPI page.


The touch screen works out of the box with xf86-input-evdev and the pen works almost perfectly with xf86-input-wacom.

In order to get the pen button to emulate a right click, go into the Wacom settings in System Preferences.

The touch screen will be recognized as a finger input by many applications, such as Gnome Files or chromium by default and will result in dragging causing the page to scroll, rather than selecting text or objects.

Screen Rotation

If you like to use the tablet in portrait mode, or some other orientation than, normal. Simply setting the screen rotation isn't enough since the touchscreen and wacom inputs will still be calibrated to the standard landscape mode.

The touchscreen is calibrated via axis inversion and axes swap. Swapping the axes basically means that the x axis becomes the y and vice verse. Inverting the axis swaps up and down or left and right.

The wacom tablet however, simply uses a number, 0, 1, 2 or 3, however, these don't correspond to the XRandR numbers.

Orientation XRandR Evdev Axis Inversion Evdev Axis Swap Wacom Rotation
0 0 0 0 0
90° 1 1 0 1 2
180° 2 1 1 0 3
270° 3 0 1 1 1


mtdev is a dependancy of xf86-input-evdev.

Out of the box with Gnome 3.14, some apps, such as Eye of Gnome (Gnome Image Viewer) supported multitouch actions such as pinch-to-zoom.

I also installed ginnAUR and all Ubuntu's uTouch (dependencies of ginn). The default setup gave me 2 finger scrolling in all the apps I tested.

You can test multitouch by running mtview-gitAUR:

# mtview /dev/input/event##

I recommend using the pen to make the window full screen.

It worth noting that in theory there should be 10 finger multi-touch, however, since you can barely fit 10 fingers on the screen this isn't really an issue.


The Series 7 Slate, as far as I can tell uses a STMicroelectronics LSM303DLH Accelerometer/Magenetometer. I am currently trying to get that up and running. Once I do, I'll post instructions on the LSM303DLH page.


After installing GNOME, the sound works without any extras. The rocker buttons on the side also work without any problems.


The to get the webcam to work, gstreamer0.10-bad-pluginsAUR or similar is required.



I have had no issues with the dock. It seems to be working as expected.


There are instructions on how to set up a Bluetooth keyboard, however, if you have Gnome installed, run System Settings > Bluetooth. Make sure bluetooth is on. Now press and hold the power button on the keyboard until the LED starts to blink.

Back in the Bluetooth window on the tablet, press the + button below the list of devices. This will take you through a wizard which will pair the keyboard for you. When it gives a code, simply type it in on the keyboard and press enter.

If you make a mistake, the backspace key works as expected.


If you have installed the wacom driver, the stylus works fine.

I use xournalAUR for writing notes, and found enabling, "Use XInput", "Eraser Tip" and "Pressure sensitivity", as well as setting "Button 3 Mapping" to "Eraser" gave the best, and expected results.

The only issue I had was that I like to rest my hand while writing, which of course meant it was registering on the touch screen. Since the touch screen and stylus are independent, you can disable the touch screen with the command

$ xinput set-prop 13 "Device Enabled" 0

and then re-enable it again with

$ xinput set-prop 13 "Device Enabled" 1

While the touch screen is disabled, the pen still works as expected, meaning that you can write your notes, whilst resting you hand on the tablet.