Settings/Easy Settings - what you need to know

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  1. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    It might also be worth trying whether good old Easy Display Manager will get the Fn keys working. The core component of Easy Display Manager is dmhkcore.cys. Check whether this has been installed by Settings.

    John
     
  2. Dannemand

    Dannemand Decidedly Moderate Super Moderator

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    I just noticed that SW Update has a new Settings version 2.5.0.13 available under model NP940X3K-K02US. That's the first time I've seen a 2.5.x version of settings. I have not tested it yet. While it most likely is backwards compatible with older models, it (probably) lacks support for Battery Life Extender (BLE) and ExpressCache (EC) -- as has been the case with all Settings versions 2.1.x and newer. BLE and EC still work, but cannot be toggled in Settings. Like all Settings versions, this is for Win8.x, NOT Win7.

    For Win7, the latest Easy Settings version I have seen is 2.0.0.89, available in SW Update under Win7 drivers for model NP930X5J-S02US. Again, that is for Win7, NOT Win8.x.

    BUT incidentally, that same Easy Settings version 2.0.0.89 also contains a matching Settings version 2.0.0.89 inside a Win8 folder. And this version DOES retain full support for Battery Life Extender and ExpressCache. Settings versions 2.0.x were not originally compatible with Win8.1, but Microsoft fixed that in later updates. That makes this one preferable for those (like myself) running Win8.x on older models with BLE and/or EC. Again, it can be found in SW Update under Win7 drivers for model NP930X5J-S02US.

    When updating or re-installing Settings or Easy Settings, I prefer to uninstall the previous version first and rebooting. After installing the new version, it is not uncommon to have to reboot TWICE for everything to take effect.

    Also, after updating or re-installing Settings, always make sure to redo any power settings and Adaptive Brightness tweaks. In particular will the Wireless Adapter Settings be reset to Max Power Saving (on Battery) which can cause disconnects and weak WiFi performance on some WiFi adapters. I set this one to Low Power Saving (or even Max Performance) as described in the WiFi Remedies thread. With some Settings versions, Max Processor State will be reset to 50% (on Battery). And Adaptive Brightness will be re-enabled, preventing manual brightness adjustment and/or reducing the maximum brightness; disable it as described in the posts here and here. These tweaks must be done both in normal mode and Silent Mode, since Windows stores them independently for the Samsung Optimized and Power Saver profiles. These are classic gotchas, which is why I feel compelled to repeat them.
     
  3. Dannemand

    Dannemand Decidedly Moderate Super Moderator

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    After downloading it over a month ago, I finally got around to install and test Settings version 2.0.0.89. I didn't notice anything different from my previously installed version 2.0.0.74 -- but at least I can confirm that it works as expected on my older Series 7 with Battery Life Extender (BLE) and ExpressCache (EC).

    This is the latest version for Win8.x that still supports BLE and EC. It can be found as a Win8 folder inside the Easy Settings version 2.0.0.89 package, available in SW Update under Win7 drivers for model NP930X5J-S02US. Of course that it also the latest Easy Settings version for Win7.

    The latest version of Settings WITHOUT support for BLE and EC remains version 2.5.0.13, available under the new model NP940X3K-K02US.

    As always, I recommend uninstalling the existing [Easy] Settings (and reboot) before installing the new one. Also, make sure to reboot AFTER installing the latest. Note that TWO reboots are sometimes needed for everything to take effect.

    Finally, as mentioned in my post just above, note that any power and display settings tweaks must be re-done after re-installing [Easy] Settings, AND be done with Silent Mode OFF as well as ON (ON meaning Auto or Low) as it is applied to two different power plans.
     
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    The_Dullest_Tool Newbie

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    I have been going through the easy settings nightmare for awhile now and I wanted to share my problem and my solution especially since this appears to be new information.

    PROBLEMS:
    I run UEFI Windows 7 on a Series 7 Chronos, NP700Z7C-S01UB. Fn keys and backlight used to work just fine until I got a BSOD. After running some diagnosis and restarting the computer, the keyboard backlight no longer functioned. Easy Settings no longer had the backlight option to adjust. In addition, samoyedagent.exe gives an error that states it can only be run on Samsung Products. samoyedagent.exe is Samsung's Easy Support Center (SESC).

    It turns out that both SESC and MANY of the easy setting features will only function properly if SECURE BOOT enabled in the BIOS. Keep in mind UEFI Windows 7 can boot and operate with no problems if secure boot is disabled. I didn't even notice that it was changed.

    DIAGNOSE:
    *If you do not know whether you have a UEFI or CSM Windows 7, then start here. If you KNOW you have UEFI or know how to check then this is unnecessary and you should skip straight to FIX.
    1) Open Easy Settings and check for backlight option under general, if there than this probably won't work for you.
    2) Close Easy Settings.
    4) Run Samsung's Easy Support Center if installed then go to 8. If not installed go to 5
    5) Install Samsung's Easy Support Center (SESC), can be obtained through SW Update.
    6) Restart Computer
    7) SESC should run automatically upon restart, if not then start manually
    8) If no backlight option and SESC gives Samsung Hardware error (samoyedagent.exe can it can only be run on Samsung Products), then SECURE BOOT may be the problem.

    FIX:
    1) Shutdown computer
    2) HOLD F2 and press the power button to access the BIOS.
    3) Find secure boot options
    4) If Secure boot is disabled, enable it. Then Save and Exit.
    5) Let Windows start and Easy Settings hook into computer (takes awhile)
    6) Open Easy Settings and check for backlight settings under the general
    7) If no backlight, reboot an additional time and check again.
    8) If still no backlight option, you may not have UEFI Windows 7 or you have a different problem.
     
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  5. Dannemand

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    Hi The_Dullest_Tool, welcome to NBR. And thank you sharing that information.

    For others who read this, we generally don't recommend running Win7 in UEFI mode on Samsung laptops because of the compatibility issues that have been reported. Samsung themselves never delivered Win7 models in UEFI mode (not even the new 2014 and 2015 Win7 models), and we suspect that Easy Settings wasn't designed for nor tested with UEFI installations.

    For those who downgrade a Win8.x model (which are ALL delivered in UEFI mode) to Win7, we generally recommend switching to CSM mode, even though it requires converting the disk to MBR (and thus wiping it). The steps for that are described in our Win7 install guide (post #40 in that thread).

    Now, that doesn't mean that knowledgeable and technically savvy users such as yourself cannot make Win7 work with UEFI -- after all Win7 itself DOES support it (though not SecureBoot as you mention). It's just that Samsung's Win7 software doesn't seem 100% UEFI compatible.

    Thanks again for sharing your findings :)
     
  6. schmendrik

    schmendrik Notebook Consultant

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    since i found out, that i also have a big latency spike every 30 sec regarding easy settings for win7 on my 900x5l
    (this was the case for every 1.x and 2.x version i tried), this still works:
    important thing is, that the dmhkcore.exe is not available anymore in the 2.x versions.
    you have to get an 1.x via swupdate from an older model (im using 1.1.1.2).
    there is nothing really important in easy settings despite the "battery life extender" besides the FN keys,
    so if someone would have a tip how to enable this outside of the installation, that would be perfect.
     
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