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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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|Name||Toshiba Portege R200|
|Processor||Intel Pentium-M 1.2Ghz|
|Graphics||Intel Extreme Graphics|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet + Atheros 802.11g Wireless + Bluetooth|
|Other||Fingerprint Reader + 2 x USB2.0|
|Processor||Yes||Use speedstep-centrino module|
|Graphics||Yes||Use i810 module|
|Sound||Yes||Use Alsa snd_intel8x0 modules|
|Ethernet||Yes||Use sk98lin or sky2 module|
|Wireless||Yes||Use ath_pci module, from Madwifi module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Firewire||Not Tested but should work|
|PCMCIA||Not 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.
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.
There is a little messing about to get the Toshiba Portege R200 working for some Linux distributions, but if your using Fedora Core 5 or something else with a 2.6.16 or greater kernel you should be fine.