Galago Pro/Sager NP3130/Clevo N130BU Information

Model Numbers

System76 sells the Galago Pro. Clevo manufactures this laptop as the Clevo N130BU. Sager sells the same ultrabook as the Sager NP3130.

How to Enter BIOS and Select Boot Device

The F2 key selects BIOS and the F7 key enters the boot device menu.

User and Service Manuals

Sager has a copy of the user manual on their website. I have a local copy linked here. I forget where I found this Clevo service manual.

I also have a copy of the Clevo N141WU service manual.

Sim Card Slot and 3G/LTE

The Galago Pro has a SIM card slot. Clevo describes 3G/LTE as a "factory installed option". This image (click on it for full size) shows the bottom of the Galago Pro with the case removed. On the right edge of the ultrabook you can see a silver metalic connector - that is the SIM card slot. The SIM card is on a small daughterboard. A white cable connects the daughterboard to the mainboard. On the mainboard there appears to be an unpopuplated pad near where the white cable connects. The letters "3G LTE" appear next to the unpopulated pad.

System76 Ubuntu Packages

AFAICT system76 adds one PPA to the sources list. Here is the PPA definition:

bash# cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/system76-dev-ubuntu-stable-zesty.list
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/system76-dev/stable/ubuntu zesty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/system76-dev/stable/ubuntu zesty main

The PPA contains three packages:

  1. system76-driver. this package sets microphone gain and hipdi scaling factor.
  2. system76-driver-nvidia. not installed on galago pro
  3. system76-wallpapers. self explanatory. can safely be removed.

Experiences with Different Distros

Ubuntu 17.10

Works ok. Using 17.10 as my main desktop now. I used some of the hidpi adjustments listed below. I did not install the system76 PPA. Has a problem with single keys sometimes running on. Occasionally freezes up and needs to reboot (maybe once per week). Suspend/resume works fine.

Ubuntu 17.04

System76 preloaded my Galago Pro with Ubuntu 17.04 (with the System76 PPA and packages) and so far that has been the most stable configuration. All other distros have had problems with suspend/resume. (edit - not anymore, 17.10 works) I don't know why this is true.

Debian 9

Debian 9 installs cleanly and works ok with the high dpi adjustments described on this page. However I experienced a serious problem resuming from suspend. Sometimes resume would work but often I had a black screen and had to reboot.

High DPI Adjustments

I use gnome with the wayland compositor (as installed by debian 9). I set the dpi in gnome/wayland by adding this line to my ~/.Xresources file and rebooting:

Xft.dpi: 150

Many common apps have a magnification setting that applies to its windows. For instance in Google Chrome the default zoom can be configured in the settings window and VirtualBox allows a default magnification in each virtual machine settings.

When I originally started Debian the grub menu was tiny. I fixed this by setting the GRUB screen resolution in /etc/default/grub. Add or uncomment the following line. Note that this applies only to the startup GRUB menu, it does not set the screen resolution for the linux kernel or X.

GRUB_GFXMODE=800x600

Then in debian/ubuntu use the update-grub command or in rhel/fedora/centos use

grub-mkconfig -o "$(readlink /etc/grub2.conf)"

Battery Life

The Galago Pro has a 2.5 inch SATA drive bay. Which is great for expandability but it takes up a lot of space inside the laptop. That's why ultrabooks which don't have SATA drive bays (just about EVERY other ultrabook) has way better battery life. If the designers remove that SATA bay and use the space for battery then they could probably double the battery life. That being said, my experience of "real world" battery life is about 3.5 hours. Hopefully the next version will remove the SATA bay and have a bigger battery.

Fan Control

The fan can be turned on and off by pressing the Fn key and the 1 key at the same time.

Keyboard Repeat

From time to time the keyboard will repeat a single character. It seems to happen when I type quickly. Will post more when I have time to investigate

On Board Video & Linux Support

The Galago Pro has Intel HD Graphics 620 on board:

root@GalagoPro:/home/andrew# lshw -c video
  *-display                 
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: HD Graphics 620
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 2
       bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
       version: 02
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pciexpress msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
       resources: irq:128 memory:db000000-dbffffff memory:90000000-9fffffff ioport:f000(size=64) memory:c0000-dffff

There's a good article on phoronix regarding the performance of this chipset on linux. Summary: not good for games machine. Fine for business/productivity. My Debian 9 install defaulted to the i915 driver.

Notebook Review Column

There's a thread on Notebook Review regarding this model laptop.