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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Portege R700-R705 laptop and is also valid for the Toshiba Satellite R630 (sold in Europe).
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For full specifications see the Toshiba Portege R700-R705 specifications page.
|Name||Toshiba Portege R700-R705|
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i3-350M Processor
Intel® Core™ i5-460M processor
Intel® Core™ i5-520M processor
Intel® Core™ i7-620M processor
|Screen||13.3” WXGA Widescreen matte (R705 also in gloss)|
|RAM||Up to 8GB|
|HDD||up to 500GB|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics|
Intel Centrino 802.11a/b/g/n or Broadcom BCM4313 (from lspci)
Ericson UMTS/3G Modem (only R700)
|Screen||mostly||Brightness locks after suspend to RAM (fixable with “toshset -bl on”). the same happens with a attached external display.|
|HDD||mostly||accelerometer is not supported|
|Graphics||Works||Needs a recent version of Xorg, as found in Ubuntu 10.04 for example|
|Sound||Works||Headphone socket doesn't work in Ubuntu 10.04, Microphone socket not tested; both work in 10.10|
|Wireless||Works||for the wireless on/off softswitch to work with the Broadcom BCM4313 you have to download the newest driver and compile the module yourself … all other things work out of the box|
|3G/UMTS-Modem||Not Tested||only R700|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested||only R700|
|Fingerprint Reader||Not Tested||only R700|
|Keyboard||mostly||many Fn-Keys or special do not work eg. “disable touchpad”|
|Touchpad||mostly||multitouch doesn't work out of the box|
|Docking port||not tested||only R700|
Tested with Ubuntu 10.10.
Ubuntu 10.10 (kernel 2.6.35) freezes while running on battery for bios versions below 1.8. This doesn't happen in Ubuntu 10.04 (kernel 2.6.32). If your BIOS is below version 1.8 and you don't want to perform an update, you have to stick with the 2.6.32 kernel (can be installed in Ubuntu 10.10 out of the Lucid repositorys).
For the 2.6.35 kernel the module toshiba_acpi has to be patched manually for the program toshset to work.
The energy prediction for the battery is very poor. On low energy, the predicted time can be off by 30min to one hour.