Ubuntu 10.04 on the NC10

If you were looking for instructions on how to install Ubuntu on the Samsung NC10 netbook (or similar) you can go to my previous post, just put ‘NC10’ in the search box in the right sidebar.

Upgrading my netbook from 9.10 (karmic) to 10.04 ‘Lucid Linux’ was simple. and largely trouble free.

In my previous post I explained that after installation you need to add a new software source, otherwise known as a repository. This is a simple task and it will mean that the NC10 will apolitically install, and keep updated, the extras that it needs to work the blue function keys.

To upgrade the first thing to do is to do a normal software update by going into System > Administration and choosing ‘Update software’. When the update is complete you will see a box at the top of the update window telling you that an upgrade is available. Click on that and you are away. The whole process will take a few hours depending on you broadband speed so be prepared to be able to get on with something else when it works away.

If you upgraded like me you will see that the software source you had for you NC10 has now been disabled. This is because that old one will not work for ‘Lucid Linux’ the new Ubuntu. You will need to add ppa:voria/ppa to your Software Source list.

As I write this the ppa:voria/ppa has almost completed the fixes but not quite. My NC10 works well as it is though. I think it is only the back-light control and am waiting for now.

The quickest way to update to update your netbook is by doing a clean install of Linux. The process is quick compared to the sort of update I mention above. The reason the above update is so slow is that once the new software is downloaded it takes a long time to install due to the slowness of the netbook processor, one of the few times it is noticeable.

6 thoughts on “Ubuntu 10.04 on the NC10

  1. I just installed Ubuntu 10.04 on my NC10 yesterday with a PXE network boot server, and I’m also unable to use the brightness keys. Internet connection seems very slow too (at least with Wifi), although fully functional. I’ve tried several solutions found here and there but no luck with changing the brightness. Also waiting for a fix for that.

    Otherwise everything works fine, it was a fresh install. Kind of screwed the old Win XP though :S, not sure why because I left the partition it was installed on, deleted the rescue partition and what was seen as D: partition. Now I get an error with hal.dll if I try to run XP.

  2. What can I say? Don’t what you did re the XP. You could use the Samsung rescue disks and reinstall the XP then do the Ubuntu again – if you can be bothered that is, or you think you might need the XP. This time try leaving the rescue partition as the HDD is big enough for you not to miss the space.

    As for the brightness, I too am waiting for the fix. At the moment when I see the grub menu, and before boot-up, I hold down the ALT and press the up cursor key until brightness is maximum.

    I will be pleased when brightness controls are back to normal.

  3. The solution is in the Ubuntu Software Centre, under ‘Applications’. Just put Samsung in the search box and you will see ‘samsung-backlight driver’, click ‘install’.

    Interesting that Ubuntu have added quite a bit of support for the nc10 there.

    I am now back to normal. How nice!

  4. That back light fix is amazing, thank you so much. Iv been having low screen brightness for months if not years and this so much better.

  5. lal ram I am struggling to install ubuntu on my samsung nc10 with 2gb ram memory on said:

    Dear Mr.Graham I have read your comments, I love the NC10 its almost new, now window xp support has gone, I am struggling to install ubuntu, a step by step guide into installing would be appreciated, especially getting into bios using f2, and how to set it boot from usb memory stick. many thanks.

    • Hi Ram. All you have to do is hold down F2 while the machine is booting up and you will end up in the bios menus. Use the curser keys to choose the top menu that is “boot”. To go forward in the bios you click the return key after an action. To go back you use the “Esc” key which at the top left of your keyboard. In the boot menu you can choose which is the first thing to boot from.

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