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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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|Name||Toshiba Portege M200|
|Processor||Intel Pentium-M 1.4GHz|
|RAM||512MB, PC2700, max 2G|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200|
|Network||10/100 Ethernet, Intel 2100 802.11b Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||2 x USB2.0, Tablet|
|Sound||Yes||Use the snd-intel8x0 module|
|Wireless||Yes||Use the ipw2100 module|
|Bluetooth||Not Tested||only present on later models|
|56K Modem||Not Tested||intel 8x0m|
|USB||Yes||may not boot off USB drive, depending on drive|
|Firewire||Not Tested||not present|
|Card Reader||No||last determined as of kernel 2.6.27|
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
Apart from needing to find some way of actually installing Linux on this laptop, the Toshiba Portege M200 works very well under Linux.