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Toshiba Qosmio G50

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Qosmio G50 laptop. The G50 is a very large and powerful notebook with a good high resolution screen.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

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Specifications

NameToshiba Qosmio G50
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo processor T5800 2GHz
Screen18.4” HD+ TFT - 1680x945x16.7 million colours
RAM4GB 800MHz
HDDFUJITSU MHZ2320B - 320GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT, 512MB
Network10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet, Intel 802.11 agn Wireless, Bluetooth V2.1+EDR
OtherPorts: 5-in-1 Bridge Media Adaptor (SD card, SDHC card, xD picture card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Multimedia card), 4 USB 2.0 w/ Sleep and Charge capability, eSATA, RJ45, IEEE 1394, external microphone port, headphone port, S/P DIF, RGB, FM-Tuner, HDMI-CEC, 1.3 Megapixel Web Camera

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesUse updated driver NVIDIA-Linux-x86-180.29
SoundYes
CameraYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYes
BluetoothYes
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested
FM Radio TunerNot Tested

Notes

Tested with Mandriva 2009.1.
Required update to the proprietary nVidea driver in order to display video properly. Update of the video driver disabled touchpad scrolling in the xorg.conf configuration file, but was easily restored by copying back the appropriate Synaptics touchpad lines from the xorg.conf.backup created.

Summary

Linux on the Toshiba Qosmio G50 is well supported, and once the video driver was updated, runs perfectly. No other issues were encountered with the installation of Linux on the G50.


Discussion

visitor, 2010/01/01 02:14

does HDMI-CEC work under linux?

NdK, 2009/07/08 10:47

On mine, bluetooth works only after a reboot from Windows.
Using Mandriva Cooker (will be 2009.10).

visitor, 2010/01/01 02:14

does HDMI-CEC work under linux?

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