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The Toughbook 52 (CF-52) runs with no issues on Linux. The noteboook was specifically tested on Ubuntu 8.10.
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For full specifications see the Panasonic Toughbook 52 specifications page.
|Name||Panasonic Toughbook 52|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo|
|Screen||15.4“ WUXGA Widescreen|
|RAM||1GB to 4GB|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD|
|Network||Ethernet, Intel 5100 802.11abgn, Bluetooth|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||Not Tested|
Successfully tested the toughbook 52 (cf-52) with Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex). A few configuration kinks are noted below. No special boot options were used.
Hibernation and Sleep also are successful.
The default resolution (1024×768) worked but changed the resolution settings to get a higher resolution (1280×800).
1. Goto System Menu→Preferences→Screen Resolution
2. Uncheck “Mirror Screens”
3. Select the Unknown (you may need to select drag to show both screens)
4. Turn “Off” the Resolution from the drop down list. (when you connect an external monitor, enable it again)
5. Select the Laptop screen and enable the max resolution.
To speed up the graphics edit the xorg.conf add have it use the intel driver:
1. sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
2. add Driver “intel”
Identifier “Configured Video Device”
glxgears shows fps over 1000 with this change. Keep in mind that processor stepping affects this number as well.
Sound worked but if you are not getting any double-check the hardware button, fn-F4.
Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex installed flawlessly on the laptop with no special settings required. Live CD also booted with no issues.