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Toshiba Portege R600


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Portege R600 laptop.

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.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Toshiba Portege R600. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Toshiba Portege R600 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Toshiba Portege R600 specifications page.

NameToshiba Portege R600
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo SU9400 1.4GHz
Screen12.1“ WXGA Widescreen
HDD160GB, 200GB or 128GB SSD
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
NetworkEthernet, 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

ScreenYesauto detected out-of-the-box
Optical DriveYes
EthernetNot Tested
BluetoothNo didn't detect out ot fhe box
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot tested
CameraNot Tested


As with the Toshiba R500, recent Linux distros will install fine on the R600. I tested using Ubuntu and Kubuntu 8.10 and only the bluetooth and fingerprint reader didn't work with a standard install.


You can enter a summary of how well the Toshiba Portege R600 works with Linux here.


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Nick Goldman, 2010/05/13 15:30

I have an R600-12Z running Windows 7.

I would like to make it dual boot with a linux distribution.

I have a little experience of linux/unix but don't need anything sophisticated that might only work in certain distributions. Most important to me is that the Windows operation is totally unaffected, as that is crucial for me.

If anyone can give advice on something that will work really well with my Windows, I would be very grateful.

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Peter, 2010/05/13 16:47

I'm dual booting Windows XP and Ubuntu 10.04, never had any problems. I don't know if 7 will behave the same as XP but it seems highly likely – as always you should take a backup. If you're not an expert then Ubuntu is the best OS for you anyway, in my opinion.

Nick Goldman, 2010/05/13 16:55

Thanks for that. And, just to check before I get into anything I can't cope with, the Ubuntu installation will 'see' Windows 7 and sort out the dual-boot thing?

Also, I saw a comment somewhere describing an installation of Ubuntu 9.something followed by upgrade to 9.something_bigger followed by upgrade to 10.04. Is there any advantage to this, or can I just as well (and more simply) go straight for 10.04?


David Gerard, 2010/05/13 18:37

I've done it both ways - 9.10 to 10.04 and a fresh 10.04 install

The reason I had to do this was that the R600 is horribly lacking in robustness - my workplace made it the standard laptop, and has had a 25% failure rate! They made it as light as possible, but went too far. Oh well …

Peter, 2010/05/13 19:38

You should go straight for 10.04. Upgrading is always a problem, especially if you've got nonstandard packages installed.

The dual booting will be sorted out IF you pick the right option. But sometimes people miss the option. So please be sure to take a backup

Stephen, 2010/02/26 00:29

I am using Toshiba Portege R600, everything works except the camera and Fingerprint reader, I am using Ubuntu 9.10, someone please help

David Gerard, 2010/01/30 18:23

I use an R600 (R600-12Z, part number PPR61E-02S00CEN) with Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit. Everything I've tested seems to work out the box. Ethernet, Bluetooth and Camera all work. (The camera is *terrible*, but it does function in Cheese.) I haven't tried the fingerprint reader or the ExpressCard slot.

The wifi is oddly unreliable - every now and then it forgets the WEP key, which then has to be re-entered. Or it'll just stop working and won't work again until a reboot.

Monty, 2009/09/30 07:12

As and OEM reseller we're also having problems installing an aftermarket (kingston) ssd into these laptops. Has anybody been able to find a list of compatible SSD drives?

Peter, 2009/09/30 21:53

Would be very helpful to see such a list!

My humble contribution so far: OCZ Core series V2 (60 GB) does NOT work. Tried for days, if not weeks. My guess is that only Toshiba SSDs will work.

Aaron, 2009/04/22 07:46


Could you please share me how to configure the SSD instead of HDD? I have upgraded it to SSD, but it cannot boot from that. And return to HDD, then it works fine!

What happening?

Peter, 2009/04/22 12:42

I have exactly the problem you describe. I made a topic about it on the support forum of Toshiba, and on the SSD's manefacturer's website, but no working solution has been posted.

Please let me know if you can find a solution, you'd really make my day!

Rob, 2009/04/07 13:50

The fan and the spinning classical HDD disk both make noise, the fan the loudest but I found it can be regulated somewhat via the BIOS. The SSD should be a quieter choice indeed.

I spent yesterday writing up much of my experience in installing Ubuntu on the R600, see Google <rob rutten> ⇒ Recipes for Ubuntu. So much for anonymity!

Albert, 2009/04/01 08:58

Are the R500 and R600 mostly similar at hardware level? I am thinking of creating a Launchpad Linux group for them, and I was wondering if it's worth creating a common toshiba-r500-r600 group…

Rob, 2009/03/31 10:57

Yes, under Ubuntu 8.10 the SD card reader works too.
I needed toshset to get a signal to an external monitor/projector.
Haven' tried the screen option yet.
Big disappointment: hissing noise from an always-on fan. Otherwise
a good machine but the noise is too bad.

Paul, 2009/04/01 23:22

Rob, is the noise from the fan or from the hard-disk drive?

I'm thinking of getting the SSD model, but if it's fan noise, then it might drive me mad.

Peter, 2009/04/01 23:24

Both make noise, but the fan noise can be eliminated fairly easily by using windows XP. Then you can configure your temperature settings properly so that the fan can stay off 90% of the time. So SSD + cool config = silent laptop.

Ariel, 2009/04/23 15:54

Peter, I am about to buy the R600 (rev102) and my only concern is the fan noise (I have an R200 and the fan is really noisy). Could you tell me how you configured your temperature settings to have the fan of most of the time?
With that problem solved I really believe the R600 is the perfect laptop.
Thanks for your help.

Peter, 2009/04/24 09:30

In XP you have a much better power control program, where you can adjust fan settings and processor speed. In room temperature (approx 20-22 degrees, where I live) just setting fan to minimum worked for silence when idle (as it auto-downclocks itself when idle). I have not tested if this works in warmer environments as well, but I guess it should not matter too much if it's just a few degrees. Also, you may apply external cooling methods to make the fan unneeded at all. :)

Peter, 2008/12/24 23:10

“only the bluetooth and fingerprint reader didn't work with a standard install”, so that means the SD card does work? And don't you need toshset for the transflective screen anymore?

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