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This is a template for a future guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Portege M800-PPM81A laptop. Toshiba has released two different models of the Portege M800 which is basically completely different from one another. To avoid confusion, the model tested here is the newer PPM81A series. For the older PPM80A series see the Toshiba Portege M800 page. Please check which laptop model you have before updating this page.
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For full specifications see the Toshiba Portege M800-PPM81A specifications page.
|Name||Toshiba Portege M800-PPM81A|
|Processor||Intel® CoreTM2 Duo|
|Screen||13.3“ WXGA Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 4GB|
|HDD||160GB to 320GB|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD|
Intel 5100 802.11abgn
|Optical Drive||Works fine|
|Graphics||Works fine||Compiz not tested|
|Wireless||Works fine||Working with kernel 2.6.29 (iwlagn module needed) and firmware downloaded
(more here: http://wiki.debian.org/iwlagn)
|Bluetooth||Works fine||Works when using omnibook module with ectype=14
(help here: http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dgd53r6d_36hqmmh4hn)
|Modem||Not Tested yet|
|Firewire||Not Tested yet|
|Card Reader||Works partially||Tried only SD cards yet.
Standard ones seems to work, but my MicroSD with SD adapter does not.
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested yet|
|Fingerprint Reader||Not Tested yet|
ACPI keys works fine as well. My configuration has also HDMI and eSATA, but I haven't tested them yet.
Tested on Debian Lenny 5.0 with 2.6.29-2-686-bigmem kernel from backports
If you have 4GB RAM and want to be able to use all the capacity, use bigmem kernel (when using 32bit)
Some useful tips can be found here: http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dgd53r6d_36hqmmh4hn
(because in a technical way M800 is similar to U400)
Some configuration work is required to function with Linux properly, but with a little of Linux skills it can be done easily.
Maybe with more user-friendly distributions (like Ubuntu) will this Toshiba work even more out-of-the-box.