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Toshiba Portege R200


This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Portege R200 laptop, model PPR20A-02Q003. You will need a recent Linux distribution to get this laptop working well.

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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NameToshiba Portege R200
ProcessorIntel Pentium-M 1.2Ghz
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel Extreme Graphics
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet + Atheros 802.11g Wireless + Bluetooth
OtherFingerprint Reader + 2 x USB2.0

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorYesUse speedstep-centrino module
GraphicsYesUse i810 module
SoundYesUse Alsa snd_intel8x0 modules
EthernetYesUse sk98lin or sky2 module
WirelessYesUse ath_pci module, from Madwifi module
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested but should work
Card ReaderYes
PCMCIANot Tested but should work


Since there is no optical drive included with the R200, you will need either a usb optical drive or to do a network boot install.

I didn't get a chance to test the modem in the R200, but from experience it should work with either the smartlink module or the Linuxant module.

The network card wont have modules for the majority of Linux distributions available at the moment (as of May 9th 2006). You will need to compile and install the latest sk98lin module. This shouldn't be necessary for distributions running the 2.6.16 or greater kernel.



Mikrobi, 2015/06/08 15:53

Hey.Installed Slacko_puppy linux 5.7.0 on R100, so it schouldn`t be a problem on R200.
Also Puppy Precise 5.7.1 works, but it`s old now.Puppy tahr 6.0.2 loads up but no screen ofter “xorg loading”.All loaded from (256Compact Flash in pcmcia reader)+ usb pendrive.
All best

rafael, 2013/10/14 16:34

Ubuntu 12.04 installed and working fine, except the touchpad so I need a mouse which luckily works. Any one can help ?

david, 2009/08/29 02:42

keyboard not working fully

can anyon enyone please tell me what driver or settings to change to get the function keys working accross the top of the keyboard

ripping my hair out

Anonymous, 2007/10/09 12:03


I forgot to add that the Speed Stepping works in Ubuntu with out any problems.

Anonymous, 2007/10/09 12:02


In ubuntu the SD card reader works with out any problems. The only thing you need to fiddle around with to get working is the Bluetooth, but there's a nice tutorial on how to get it working here:

Either than that, everything works.

fbred, 2006/08/30 08:21

cpu speedstepping

I recently bought a Portege r200, but speedstepping doesn't work. I tried the speedstep-centrino module as instructed, but I only get one available frequency in /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_available_frequencies.

I'm running debian unstable and linux Additional information is posted at

Any help is appreciated. Thanks :-)

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