Toshiba Portégé R30


This is a compatibility guide to running GNU/Linux with the Toshiba Portégé R30 laptop.
If you have the Toshiba Portégé R30 please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

GNU/Linux Compatibility

MODEL: Toshiba Portégé R30-A-13ESpecifications: Intel i7-4600M, 8GB RAM DDR3L, 500GB HDD, Intel HD Integrated Graphics 4600
DISTRIBUTION TESTED: UBUNTU 13.10 - kernel 3.11.0-18-generic (x86_64)
ScreenYes* brightness adjustment not working out of the box, solution: edit /etc/default/grub file as root:
sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

and change




then update grub:

sudo update-grub

NOTE: this is a bug present in some versions of Ubuntu, affecting various laptops brands

Graphics ChipYeswith Intel Graphics for Linux (
Optical DriveYes
SD Card ReaderYes
Ethernet (RJ-45) LANYes
BluetoothNot Tested
Bult-in MicrophoneYes
Headphone/Microphone JackYes
VGA OutYes
HDMI OutPartialimage only, not the sound
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
Smart Card ReaderNot Tested
Docking StationNot Tested
Touch PadYesbut the system does not fully recognizes it, so it can not use any dynamic or multitouch action (for example, edge scrolling or two-finger scrolling)
Pointing StickYes
KeyboardYesbut some FN keys do not work (for example, touchpad switch on/off - maybe related to the problem described before on Touch Pad), but most of FN keys do work: brightness; sound switch on/off; volume; wireless switch; monitor switch; lock screen; suspend to disk; suspend to RAM; numpad; numpad lock; and numpad arrows lock.
Suspend/ResumeYes* brightness locks after resuming from suspend, so to change brightness after this, run
echo 300 | sudo tee /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness

, changing 300 to the value you want (higher the value, higher the brightness). NOTE: this is a bug present in some versions of Ubuntu, affecting various laptops brands


Generally I am very happy with this laptop, it's very light and fast. The only things that is annoying me is the problem discribed on the touchpad and the problem discribed on the suspend/resume, and besides that, it gets hot when gaming. I did not use yet the laptop enough to have an opinion about the battery performance.


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toshiba_portege_r30.txt · Last modified: 2014/03/20 20:14 by
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