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Does connecting external display to Samsung Series 7 Chronos laptop via HDMI port work on Ubuntu?

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I don't see why it wouldn't, but you can always try with an Ubuntu Live CD. –  slhck Jan 3 '12 at 12:47
    
I'm looking for new laptop & eg Dell XPS 15z has problems with HDMI. I'd like some Samsung owner to confirm my question before I'll buy the laptop. –  adrian Jan 3 '12 at 13:09
    
I'm not sure about HDMI support on this particular laptop, but in general, HDMI is one of the better-standardized protocols, and I have yet to see any problems under various (recent) Linuxen. –  Piskvor Jan 3 '12 at 13:09
    
Well did you actually try doing it? –  Simon Sheehan Jan 3 '12 at 14:01
    
No, as I said earlier, I don't own this Samsung laptop - I intend to buy it. That's why I'm looking for someone who actually owns it to answer my question. –  adrian Jan 3 '12 at 14:35
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Answering my own question, I've got the info from a guy who owns this laptop:

As long as you do not boot up with the HDMI connected it works. Boot up, log in then connect HDMI and everything works. I've been using it for a while.

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All Samsung Series 7 notebooks use an ATI Radeon HD 6xxx series GPU. The drivers for these are supported on Linux, and you should have no issues with running a second monitor from it. The cards are also supported by the open source xserver-xorg-video-ati

Some of these are Hybrid graphics, so you can switch between the integrated and dedicated. Intel graphics should provide no issues.

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I've read that people actually disable ATI card & use integrated Intel, due to some problems with the drivers... –  adrian Jan 3 '12 at 16:46
    
@adrian It has hybrid graphics, you can swap in between them. You should have no problem using the intel drivers either –  Simon Sheehan Jan 3 '12 at 16:53
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