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Toshiba Portege M200

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Portege M200 laptop. The M200 is a small form laptop but still includes a nice set of internal components.

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 Portege M200
ProcessorIntel Pentium-M 1.4GHz
Screen12.1“ SXGA+
RAM512MB, PC2700, max 2G
HDD60GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200
Network10/100 Ethernet, Intel 2100 802.11b Wireless, Bluetooth
Other2 x USB2.0, Tablet

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYesUse the snd-intel8x0 module
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse the ipw2100 module
BluetoothNot Tested only present on later models
56K ModemNot Tested intel 8x0m
USBYes may not boot off USB drive, depending on drive
FirewireNot Tested not present
Card Reader No last determined as of kernel 2.6.27
PCMCIANot Tested
TabletYesWacom
TouchpadYesALPS GlidePoint

Notes

The Portege M200 does not include an optical drive so you will need an different installation method. An external USB optical device may work (Toshiba's BIOS is quirky as to what USB drives it sees on boot) and a network installation should work as well. BIOS is configurable to boot PXE pretty trivially (just change boot order via toggling through until net is before disk)

For the GeForce FX Go5200 used in the M200 you may use either the open source 'nv' module or NVIDIA's proprietary 'nvidia' module. Our Configuring a nVidia graphics chip guide provides installation details.

PROTIP: if you have the BIOS determine the hardware configuration, the sound and AGP (possibly others, untested further) flake out. use “let OS determine” setting

Summary

Apart from needing to find some way of actually installing Linux on this laptop, the Toshiba Portege M200 works very well under Linux.


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Greg Swallow, 2011/01/08 01:58

Ok, got a new 160gb drive in the Portege M200. Tried to install OSX86 dualboot with XP. Just could not find a compatible OSX86. Oh well, did install openSuse 11.3. WooHoo! Even pops up an on screen keyboard at the login screen. I do have a couple of questions:

1) Anyone got instructions to get the Wacom tablet technology for the screen working write? eInk and all?

2) Oops, left my wireless switch off during install. Install did not see WiFi NIC and Bluetooth. I went into Yast to edit Network Devices and says default setup is using “Network Manager.” Ok, so need to use NM, but can't find it. Figure WiFi and BT probably in same place?

Would appreciate any info y'all can dig up.

TY

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Greg Swallow, 2010/11/22 20:38

Trying to get this done a different way. Externals drives I have can also be attached via USB. Boot from openSuse 11.3 x86 install DVD and can see all drive. Including internal; mounted as …/windows/c. Install finds the external drives and preps install on sdb. Partition setup looks good. Grub is going to MBR on sda. Am getting an error (Failure occurred during following action Creating volume /dev/sdb2 System error code was: -1007 Continue despite the error? Continue/Abort.” Error on same drive as before when hooked up 1394/Firewire. Any one have any ideas? Figure I will go to a multi-partitioned internal later. Have the externals and wanted to get the install working for openSuse and OS X86 first. And, by budget doesn't yet permit the purchase of a 120-250gb 2.5in HDD.

Greg Swallow, 2010/11/20 06:24

Ok, trying to install openSuse 11.3 on an external 40Gb 1394/FireWire drive. Installed a Maxtor FireWire PCMCIA card. BIOS allows for selection to be Card > HDD so should boot. Unfortunately install, from openSuse 11.3 Live CD, is getting errors when it tries to lay down the partitions. Any one have any ideas how this might be done?

Mike Mount, 2009/11/06 19:44

Xubuntu 9.10 works good. Few issues when setting up. Have a 250gb hard drive and if I let the installer automatically partition, pc will not boot. Don't know if this is an issue with Xubuntu, seems to me I had this problem before. Work around is to create a 100MB partition and mount /boot on it. No SD card, but not a big deal. The most frustrating problem I had was wireless. Worked out of box in 9.04, but had problems setting up in 9.10. May have been a network-manager problem. Installed WICD from install disk and has been working great since. All in all, I really like 9.10, boots fast, no lag at all, and so far seems pretty stable.

Tony Hoover, 2009/11/05 20:50

After screwing around for days trying to install, I finally yanked the hard drive and using an adapter, installed it in my desktop. I then installed Ubuntu on the hard drive, then re-installed the hard drive back in the tablet.

A couple months later, I bought a 64G SSD and repeated the procedure.

Indelible Bonobo, 2009/06/03 18:51

I'm using Opera on Linux on M200 to write this. Ubuntu 9 works perfectly and even the Wacom tablet has been properly recognized (could not get it to work in 8 or 7)!

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