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Issues with Linux on the samsung book pro 360

(Topic created on: 01-11-2021 08:53 AM)

The samsung book pro 360 really is a great laptop. Very slim and lightweight. I like it a lot.

First thing after booting into windows for the first time I tore it apart to insert a second 1TB pcie m2 drive. (Opening a brand new laptop always gets me excited.) After reassembly I installed arch linux and setup multi boot. 300% storage! Really glad they included a second working pcie m2 slot.

Issues with linux:

There are just a few. Unfortunately there are no drivers for the fingerprint reader. (Bus 003 Device 003: ID 1c7a:057e LighTuning Technology Inc. EgisTec EH57E)

As far as I know there are no drivers to configure the battery protection (It is possible from windows to limit the maximum charge). Fortunately the selected setting continues to work under linux it just can't be changed.
Unfortunately the keyboard backlight control also seems proprietary. (It may be possible to change it by sending some special keycodes but I have not yet delved into that.)

From what I could gather the keyboard backlight control and battery protection is controlled by a non public samsung uefi api. With the bricking issues of older samsung laptops I am not sure if I really want to experiment around by writing into the UEFIs memory. It would be really great to get documentation for that api or some basic drivers from samsung.

Bootloader issues:
As I often use it like a tablet I found it annoying that grub only works with keyboard input. I always had to awkwardly reach around and use the keyboard to select my os.
I searched for a way to fix my issue so I installed REFIND as it apparently has touch support. Sadly though the touch support didn't work. So I cloned its source code and added a bunch of log statements.

The UEFI provides 3 simple pointer devices and 3 absolute pointer devices.
All can be successfully initialized.
You can find the UEFI spec here: (
It's for version 2.6 and I think the laptop uses 2.7 but the differences shouldn't matter.
Relevant page: 544 - Absolute Pointer Protocol

I decided to investigate the absolute pointer devices further:
Device 0:
Can be reset successfully.
AbsoluteMaxX: 2064
AbsoluteMaxY: 1384
AbsoluteMaxZ: 0
Attributes: 2
Device 1:
Can be reset successfully.
AbsoluteMaxX: 3920
AbsoluteMaxY: 2240
AbsoluteMaxZ: 0
Attributes: 2
Device 2:
UEFI reset fails.
But this devices seems the most sane of the three.
AbsoluteMaxX: 1920
AbsoluteMaxY: 1064
AbsoluteMaxZ: 0
Attributes: 2
It's also the only device that clears the state structure when requesting the state from it.
Sadly it just zeros it out. It returns ERROR 6 might mean EFI_NOT_READY but I am not sure. In any case it should not return an error.

Actually retrieving the state fails on all three of these devices but the wait for input seems to work. So at least one of the devices properly registers the touches. How touching :D.

The UEFI also doesn't seem to work nicely with efibootmgr. New boot entries can be created but after a reboot the UEFI just removes them. Weird... Though here I might be to blame since I don't have much experience with efibootmgr.

I also found the UEFI options very limited.

I hope an uefi/bios update from samsung will rectify the absolute pointer protocol issues in the future. Till then I don't think I can do much. Also I would appreciate an acpi interface for the keyboard backlight or some documentation. Same for the battery protection and fingerprint reader documentation is all that's needed and I am sure the community would write the linux drivers.
It would only take very little effort to also support linux as most things work out of the box.


Linux issues on the samsung book pro 360:
- Keyboard backlight can not be controlled.
- There is no driver for the fingerprint sensor.
- Battery protection can't be configured.

Boot process issues:
- UEFI boot entries are finicky.
- The touchscreen doesn't work in the REFIND bootloader.
The Gyroscope for rotation is working fine.
The pen input with pressure and touchscreen are working perfectly.
It really is a shame that linux isn't fully supported because only very few things are missing for a supreme linux experience.
Edit 23.Jan.2022: Just updated my arch and autorotation is working out of the box with kde wayland. IIO sensor proxy may habe to be installed but I am not sure. I am also using iwd instead of wpa_supplicant. Works fine. If you are using bitlocker updating your uefi will fail. You will have to temporarily suspend bitlocker encryption with powershell.
End of edit.

My boot process looks like this:
Secure boot is enabled.
shim -> refind -> either arch or windows 10 pro
Windows 10 pro is configured to use bitlocker with pcr 0,2,4. It can't use pcr 7 because it won't allow MOK keys in the boot chain.
Arch is encrypted with luks2 and I enabled tpm2 with systemd-cryptenroll.
It is possible for both windows and linux to use the same tpm2 module without any issues.

I have installed Ubuntu and I have experienced the same issues that you have.

Hope Samung will release proper drivers, ....


Yeah, the fingerprint sensor not working is annoying. It's genuinely the reason I haven't recommended this laptop to a number of people.

First Poster

Did the S Pen have pen pressure/tilt etc right out of the box?  Or did you just mean that it worked the same as finger touch?  I'm wondering what kind of driver you would use for the S Pen in linux, or if there are ANY at all.


Pen works beautifully straight out of the box (on latest Manjaro at least). Can be observed in drawing software such as Xournal++, including pressure. I'm unsure about how to observe tilt. There are some miscellaneous events in the output of `evtest`, so that could be it.

First Poster

Hi there. I also bougth a samsung galaxy book pro 360 and have not been able to install linux with dual boot option. The distro I chose was Mint Cinamon flavour. Mi laptop wont even boot the distro from de usb properly. I managed the laptop to locate the distro so I found myself selecting linux mint over windows 11 at boot time but all it happens is that I can see the Mint logo loading and the the computer enter  in a non graphycal mode showing a bunch of errors that leads now where. I have no idea how to proceed .... Any help you could offer?


I don't use Mint unfortunately. I expect you'd probably get more help on a Linux Mint forum.


I think georgefst is right you should go to the linux mint forum. But I want to add that running linux on this laptop REQUIRES very new drivers and a very new kernel. Also the uefi is weird. If your installation media is older it might not have them. Also check if the install media actually works on a different machine.

Ps: I don't want to discourage you and I don't know your skill level but running linux on this laptop is not ideal for beginners. It's not officially supported. If you want to learn "linux" you should first run it on supported hardware. (Or use Wsl although its not the same) I think that linux is not acutally free (on unsupported platforms) because you pay with your time. Always keep that in mind.


That's a good point actually, and something that I take for granted running Manjaro. Which is not an ideal beginner distro (although to be honest, far from the worst).