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)
  • WiFi: Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6230, 2 x 2 802.11abg/n
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 3.0

Installation

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 don't 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 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.

Network

Wireless

The wireless chip works out of the box. However, if you put the networkmanager deamon before gdm, it can sometimes cut out.

Bluetooth

Add bluetooth to the DEAMONS list in /etc/rc.conf. If you are using gnome, I found it works best if placed after gdm.

Graphics

The xf86-video-intel driver works well with no xorg.conf. After installing xorg,

pacman -S xf86-video-intel

TouchScreen

The touch screen works out of the box (all-be-it only single touch) with x86-input-evdev and the pen works almost perfectly with x86-input-wacom.

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


Multitouch

So far I have not been able to get Multitouch working, however, I feel I am getting close. After installing utouchAUR from the AUR, I was able to get the computer to recognise multiple touches when I ran as root

# utouch-frame-test-mtdev /dev/input/event8

If your device is not /dev/input/event8, then you can find out the location, buy running

# xinput
# xinput list-props 13

Replace 13 with the ID of hte Atmel maXTouch Digitizer. The Device Node should give you the path to the device.

Sound

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

Webcam

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

Accessories

Dock

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

Keyboard

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.

Stylus

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

I use xournal 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.