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Toshiba Qosmio F50-F55

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Qosmio F50-F55 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.

Author(s)

Sami Racho

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Specifications

NameToshiba Qosmio F50-F55
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
Screen15.4“ WXGA+ Widescreen
RAM2GB to 4GB
HDD320GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce 9700M GTS
NetworkEthernet, Atheros 802.11bgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesWill need the proprietary NVIDIA driver
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYesNeeds kernel 2.6.27
BluetoothYes
USBYes
FirewireYes
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
CameraYes
Remote controllerYes With lirc from CVS
TV TunerYesNeeds kernel 2.6.30

Notes

For full support from this laptop you will need to use a distribution which uses kernel version 2.6.27 or higher.

Graphics

You need to install the proprietary NVIDIA package to get full support from the NVIDIA Geforce 9700M GTS.

Summary

As long as you are using an up to date Linux distribution (such as Fedora 10 or Ubuntu 8.10) and install the NVIDIA drivers, you shouldn't have too many issues with running Linux on the Toshiba Qosmio F50-F55.

Bluetooth

(Solution for debian distros, it will run with minor changes on others)

1. On F50 Bluetooth is disable by default

2. Add the repositories (http://packages.kirya.net/) on sources.list:

gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://packages.kirya.net/debian/ sid main contrib non-free
deb-src http://packages.kirya.net/debian/ sid main contrib non-free
gpg --keyserver wwwkeys.eu.pgp.net --recv-keys E435C74B
gpg --export -a E435C74B | apt-key add -
sudo aptitude update

For other distros you have to download omnibook from sourceforge and compile it.

3. Install omnibook-source:

sudo aptitude install omnibook-source build-essential module-assistant gcc-3.4 linux-headers-generic

4. Use module assistant to install it ( you must repeat this step every time you update your kernel)

sudo m-a a-i omnibook-source

5. Add the module to /etc/modules:

gksu gedit /etc/modules
omnibook

6. We make the setup for the module:

gksu gedit /etc/modprobe.d/omnibook.conf
options omnibook ectype=14 userset=0 lcd=0 display=0 blank=0 battery=0 ac=0 bluetooth=1

7. Restart (if not we can load the module manually):

sudo modprobe omnibook ectype=14

It's done

8. To be able to receive files by bluetooth (Ubuntu 9.10)

sudo apt-get install gnome-user-share

In gnome
System>Preferences>Sharing files preferences>Receive bluetooth files to downloads folder

9. Script to start/stop Bluetooth

Open an editor and copy the script

gedit bluetooth.sh
#!/bin/bash

#Mensajes de texto
MESSAGE_1="ERROR: Tiene que ejecutar este script como administrador."
MESSAGE_2="Ejemplo: sudo ./bluetooth.sh"
MESSAGE_3="ERROR:Compruebe que el módulo Omnnibook está instalado correctamente"
MESSAGE_4="Bluetooth activado correctamente"
MESSAGE_5="Bluetooth desactivado correctamente"

#Configuración de la ventana emergente
WIN_TIMEOUT="2"
SHOW_WIN="1"

ROOT_UID="0"
#Comprobar si el usuario es root
if [ "$UID" -ne "$ROOT_UID" ] ; then
	echo $MESSAGE_1
	echo $MESSAGE_2
	if [ "$SHOW_WIN" -eq 1 ] ; then zenity --timeout=$WIN_TIMEOUT --warning --text==$MESSAGE_1 ; fi
	exit 1
fi

#si el módulo omnibook está desactivado, lo activamos y viceversa
if [ $(lsmod |grep -c "omnibook") -eq 0 ] ; then	
	modprobe omnibook ectype=14	
	if [ $(lsmod |grep -c "omnibook") -eq 0 ] ; then
		echo $MESSAGE_3
		if [ "$SHOW_WIN" -eq 1 ] ; then zenity --timeout=$WIN_TIMEOUT --warning --text="$MESSAGE_3" ; fi
		exit 1
	else
		echo $MESSAGE_4
		if [ "$SHOW_WIN" -eq 1 ] ; then zenity --timeout=$WIN_TIMEOUT --info --text="$MESSAGE_4" ; fi
		exit 0
	fi
else
	rmmod omnibook
	echo $MESSAGE_5
	if [ "$SHOW_WIN" -eq 1 ] ; then zenity --timeout=$WIN_TIMEOUT --info --text="$MESSAGE_5" ; fi
	exit 0
fi

After we give execution permissions to the script

chmod 775 bluetooth.sh

Remote Controller

(On Debian based distros. For others see point 7)

1. Install required packages
sudo apt-get install lirc lirc-modules-source

2. Edit the lirc setup files

sudo gedit /etc/lirc/hardware.conf

It must look like this

# /etc/lirc/hardware.conf
#
#Chosen Remote Control
REMOTE="ENE KB3926 B/C/D (ENE0100) CIR port"
REMOTE_MODULES="lirc_dev lirc_ene0100"
REMOTE_DRIVER="default"
REMOTE_DEVICE="/dev/lirc"
REMOTE_SOCKET="/var/run/lirc/lircd"
REMOTE_LIRCD_CONF="/etc/lirc/lircd.conf"
REMOTE_LIRCD_ARGS="--permission=666"

#Chosen IR Transmitter
TRANSMITTER="None"
TRANSMITTER_MODULES=""
TRANSMITTER_DRIVER=""
TRANSMITTER_DEVICE=""
TRANSMITTER_SOCKET=""
TRANSMITTER_LIRCD_CONF=""
TRANSMITTER_LIRCD_ARGS=""

#Enable lircd
START_LIRCD=true

#Don't start lircmd even if there seems to be a good config file
START_LIRCMD="false"

#Try to load appropriate kernel modules
LOAD_MODULES="true"

# Default configuration files for your hardware if any
LIRCMD_CONF=""

#Forcing noninteractive reconfiguration
#If lirc is to be reconfigured by an external application
#that doesn't have a debconf frontend available, the noninteractive
#frontend can be invoked and set to parse REMOTE and TRANSMITTER
#It will then populate all other variables without any user input
#If you would like to configure lirc via standard methods, be sure
#to leave this set to "false"
FORCE_NONINTERACTIVE_RECONFIGURATION="false"

Now the remote controller (in my f50 laptop it's a Toshiba Model G83008A110

sudo gedit /etc/lirc/lircd.conf

Paste the following

# Please make this file available to others
# by sending it to <lirc@bartelmus.de>
#
# this config file was automatically generated
# using lirc-0.8.7-CVS(default) on Sat Apr  3 11:49:40 2010
#
# contributed by Sami Racho
#
# brand: Toshiba
# model no. of remote control:  G83C0008A110 
# devices being controlled by this remote: Thosiba Qosmio F50-10Q (ene0200 ir receiver)
#

begin remote

  name        Toshiba_G83C0008A110
  bits                 16
  flags  RC6|CONST_LENGTH
  eps                  30
  aeps                100

  header       2667   889
  one           444   444
  zero          444   444
  pre_data_bits        21
  pre_data        0x37FF0
  gap              105000
  toggle_bit           22
  rc6_mask    0x100000000


      begin codes

	Blue	      0x00007ba1
	Yellow	      0x00007ba2
	Green	      0x00007ba3
	Red	      0x00007ba4
	Teletext      0x00007ba5

        RecTV         0x00007bb7
        Guide         0x00007bd9
        LiveTV        0x00007bda
        DVD           0x00007bdb
#NoGap
        Back          0x00007bdc
        OK            0x00007bdd
        Right         0x00007bde
        Left          0x00007bdf
        Down          0x00007be0
        Up            0x00007be1
#NoGap
        Star          0x00007be2
        Hash          0x00007be3
#NoGap
        Replay        0x00007be4
        Skip          0x00007be5
        Stop          0x00007be6
        Pause         0x00007be7
        Record        0x00007be8
        Play          0x00007be9
        Rewind        0x00007bea
        Forward       0x00007beb
#NoGap
        ChanDown      0x00007bec
        ChanUp        0x00007bed
        VolDown       0x00007bee
        VolUp         0x00007bef
#NoGap
        Mute          0x00007bf1
        Home          0x00007bf2
        Power         0x00007bf3
#NoGap
        Enter         0x00007bf4
        Clear         0x00007bf5
#NoGap
        Nine          0x00007bf6
        Eight         0x00007bf7
        Seven         0x00007bf8
        Six           0x00007bf9
        Five          0x00007bfa
        Four          0x00007bfb
        Three         0x00007bfc
        Two           0x00007bfd
        One           0x00007bfe
        Zero          0x00007bff
      end codes

end remote

The last version on repositories is 0.86. We have to modify the ene0100 driver to make it run with the ene0200 IR device that the F50 has.

3. Edit the lirc source code.

sudo gedit /usr/src/lirc-0.8.6/drivers/lirc_ene0100/lirc_ene0100.c

Below line 601 we add the following:

{.id = "ENE0200",},

So the function will look like

static const struct pnp_device_id ene_ids[] = {
	{.id = "ENE0100",},
	{.id = "ENE0200",},
	{},
};

4. Recompile the lirc-source

sudo dpkg-reconfigure lirc-0.8.6

5.Edit the lirc startup script

sudo gedit /etc/init.d/lirc

Below line 135 ( after start) ) add:

                if [ ! -e /dev/lirc ]
		then
		/bin/mknod /dev/lirc c 61 0
		fi

6.Edit your .lircrc conf file
.lircrc file is in your home folder (in my case /home/sam )

I put mine as an example:

###################
# programas
###################

begin
      button = Home
      prog = irexec
      repeat = 0
      config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 0 ]; then (smplayer); fi
end

begin
      button = Red
      prog = irexec
      repeat = 0
      config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^rhythmbox) -eq 0 ]; then (rhythmbox); fi
end

begin
      button = Green
      prog = irexec
      repeat = 0
      config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^vlc) -eq 0 ]; then (vlc); fi
end

begin
      button = Record
      prog = irexec
    repeat = 0
      config = /etc/acpi/sleepbtn.sh
end

###################
#pulseaudio
###################

begin
prog = pulseaudio
config = mute-toggle
button = Mute
end

###################
# smplayer
###################

begin
      button = ChanUp
      prog = irexec
    repeat = 0
      config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 1 ]; then (smplayer -send-action inc_zoom); fi
end

begin
      button = ChanDown
      prog = irexec
    repeat = 0
      config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 1 ]; then (smplayer -send-action dec_zoom); fi
end


begin
      button = Power
      prog = irexec
      repeat = 0
      config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 1 ]; then (smplayer -send-action quit); fi
end

begin
      button = Right
      prog = irexec
    repeat = 0
      config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 1 ]; then (smplayer -send-action dvdnav_right); fi
end

begin
      button = Left
      prog = irexec
    repeat = 0
      config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 1 ]; then (smplayer -send-action dvdnav_left); fi
end

begin
      button = Up
      prog = irexec
    repeat = 0
      config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 1 ]; then (smplayer -send-action dvdnav_up); fi
end

begin
      button = Down
      prog = irexec
    repeat = 0
      config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 1 ]; then (smplayer -send-action dvdnav_down); fi
end

begin
      button = Ok
      prog = irexec
    repeat = 0
      config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 1 ]; then (smplayer -send-action dvdnav_select); fi
end


begin
      button = LiveTV
      prog = irexec
      repeat = 1
      config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 1 ]; then (smplayer -send-action fullscreen compact true); fi
end


begin
      button = DVD
      prog = irexec
    repeat = 0     
    config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 1 ]; then (smplayer -send-action open_dvd); fi
end

begin
      button = Teletext
      prog = irexec
    repeat = 0     
    config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 1 ]; then (smplayer -send-action subtitle_visibility); fi
end

begin
      button = Play
      prog = irexec
    repeat = 0     
    config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 1 ]; then (smplayer -send-action play_or_pause); fi
end

begin
     button = Stop
      prog = irexec
    repeat = 0
      config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 1 ]; then (smplayer -send-action stop); fi
end


begin
      button = Rewind
      prog = irexec
      repeat = 1
      config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 1 ]; then (smplayer -send-action dec_speed); fi
end
begin
      button = Forward
      prog = irexec
      repeat = 1
      config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 1 ]; then (smplayer -send-action inc_speed); fi
end

begin
      button = Replay
      prog = irexec
      repeat = 1
      config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 1 ]; then (smplayer -send-action rewind2); fi
end
begin
      button = Skip
      prog = irexec
    repeat = 1
      config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 1 ]; then (smplayer -send-action forward2); fi
end


begin
      button = VolUp
      prog = irexec
      repeat = 3
      config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 1 ]; then (smplayer -send-action increase_volume); fi
end

begin
      button = Voldown
      prog = irexec
      repeat = 3
      config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 1 ]; then (smplayer -send-action decrease_volume); fi
end

#begin
#      button = Mute
#      prog = irexec
#      repeat = 0
#      config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 1 ]; then (smplayer -send-action mute); fi
#end

begin
      button = Back
      prog = irexec
      repeat = 0
      config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 1 ]; then (smplayer -send-action next_audio); fi
end

begin
      button = One
      prog = irexec
      repeat = 0
      config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 1 ]; then (smplayer -send-action aspect_4:3); fi
end

begin
      button = Two
      prog = irexec
      repeat = 0
      config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 1 ]; then (smplayer -send-action aspect_16:9); fi
end

begin
      button = Three
      prog = irexec
      repeat = 0
      config = if [ $(ps -eo cmd | grep -c ^smplayer) -eq 1 ]; then (smplayer -send-action aspect_16:10); fi
end

###################
# Rhythmbox
###################

begin
        prog = Rhythmbox
        button = Pause
        config = playpause
end
begin
        prog = Rhythmbox
        button = Play
        config = playpause
end
begin
        prog = Rhythmbox
        button = Stop
        config = stop
end
begin
        prog = Rhythmbox
        button = Forward
        config = seek_forward
end
begin
        prog = Rhythmbox
        button = Rewind
        config = seek_backward
end
begin
        prog = Rhythmbox
        button = Skip
        config = next
end
begin
        prog = Rhythmbox
        button = Replay
        config = previous
end

begin
prog = rhythmbox
button = VolUp
config = volume_up
end

begin
prog = rhythmbox
button = VolDown
config = volume_down
end

#begin
#prog = rhythmbox
#button = Mute
#config = mute
#end

	
begin
	prog = Rhythmbox
	button = Power
	repeat = 0
	config = quit
end


###################
# VLC
###################

#en .config/vlc/vlcrc aádir la linea control=lirc

# Show OSD 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = Info 
config = osd 
end 

# Pause playback 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = Pause 
config = key-play-pause 
end 

# Play 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = Play 
config = key-play 
end 

begin 
prog = vlc 
button = Rewind 
config = key-jump-short 
end 

begin 
prog = vlc 
button = Forward 
config = key-faster 
end 

# Stop playback and exit 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = Stop 
config = key-quit 
end 

# Volume Down 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = VolDown 
repeat = 3 
config = key-vol-down 
end 

# Volume Up 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = VolUp 
repeat = 3 
config = key-vol-up 
end 

# Faster 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = ChanUp 
config = key-faster 
end 

# Slower 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = ChanDown 
config = key-slower 
end 

# Mute 
#begin 
#prog = vlc 
#button = Mute 
#config = key-vol-mute 
#end 

# Seek back 10 seconds 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = One 
repeat = 3 
config = key-jump-short 
end 

# Seek forward 10 seconds 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = Three 
repeat = 3 
config = key-jump+short 
end 

# Quit 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = Power 
config = key-quit 
end 


# Seek forward 1 minute 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = Skip 
repeat = 3 
config = key-jump+medium 
end 

# Seek backward 1 minute 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = Replay 
repeat = 3 
config = key-jump-medium 
end 

# Seek forward 5 minutes 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = Six 
repeat = 3 
config = key-jump+long 
end 

# Seek backward 5 minutes 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = Four 
repeat = 3 
config = key-jump-long 
end 

# Position - shows where you are in the video 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = Info 
config = key-position 
end 

# Subtitles 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = Teletext 
config = key-subtitle-track 
end 

# Snapshots 
#begin 
#prog = vlc 
#button = Record 
#config = key-snapshot 
#end 

# Audio Sync'ing 
# Audio Delay UP 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = Star 
config = key-audiodelay-up 
end 

# Audio Delay DOWN 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = Hash 
config = key-audiodelay-down 
end 

# Navigation Menu Up 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = Up 
repeat = 3 
config = key-nav-up 
end 

# Navigation Menu Down 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = Down 
repeat = 3 
config = key-nav-down 
end 

# Navigation Menu Right 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = Right 
repeat = 3 
config = key-nav-right 
end 

# Navigation Menu Left 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = Left 
repeat = 3 
config = key-nav-left 
end 

# Navigation Select 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = Ok 
repeat = 3 
config = key-nav-activate 
end 

#DVDMenu 
begin 
prog = vlc 
button = DVD
config = key-disc-menu 
end 

With my .lircrc file you ned to execute irexec to use some functions.

I did it this way because the lirc modules will be recompiled automatically after a kernel update.

7. Other distros
You can download the last lirc version from the cvs, (follow the instructions on lirc.org to know what dependencies are needed to compile lirc)

You can use the same config files and the following lirc starting script to make it run.

sudo gedit /etc/init.d/lirc

Paste the following script:

#!/bin/bash
### BEGIN INIT INFO
# Provides:          lircrc
# Required-Start:    $local_fs $syslog
# Required-Stop:     $local_fs $syslog
# Default-Start:     2 3 4 5
# Default-Stop:      0 1 6
# Short-Description: Script para ejecutar lirc para el driver ene0100, ene0200 y ene0201.
# Description:       Lirc permite utilizar el mando a distancia por infrarojos.
### END INIT INFO

case "$1" in
  start)
    echo -n "Iniciando lirc..."
    ARGS=' --output=/var/run/lirc/lircd --permission=666 --device=/dev/lirc /etc/lirc/lircd.conf'
    if [ ! -e /dev/lirc ]
    then
        /bin/mknod /dev/lirc c 61 0
    fi
    if [ ! -d /var/run/lirc ]
    then
        mkdir /var/run/lirc
    fi
    start-stop-daemon --start --exec /usr/local/sbin/lircd -- $ARGS
    echo " Hecho"
    ;;
  stop)
    echo -n "Parando lirc..."
    start-stop-daemon --stop --exec /usr/local/sbin/lircd
    echo " Hecho"
    ;;
  *)
    echo "Modo de uso: /etc/init.d/lircd {start|stop}"
    exit 1
esac

exit 0

Give execution permissions:

sudo chmod 775 /etc/init.d/lirc

And with executing /etc/init.d/lirc start you will be able to use your remote controller.


Discussion

Miguel, 2012/05/26 19:06

Hi,

I'm trying to follow your instructions for lirc (for the remote controller), for my Toshiba Qosmio f60-159 and Ubuntu 12.04, but no way. It seems that linux-modules-source is no longer available, so I don't know how to configure the module ene0200.

Please, any help?

Thanks for this tutorial, and thanks in advance,
Miguel

special, 2009/11/04 13:30

umm.. runnin 9.10 bluetooth and wireless NOT WORKIN!


reply me at sir508 at gmail dot com

x04n 2.0, 2009/03/13 16:23

Hi,

I've recently buyed a Toshiba Qosmio F50-10Q and I tried to make the Yuan MC770 DVB-T
work, operation which ended quite satisfactory.

I've published the patch at linuxtv.org mailing list:
http://www.linuxtv.org/pipermail/linux-dvb/2009-March/031958.html

I'm running Linux kernel 2.6.28 and the card reader of SD, MMC and MS works, but the XD not yet.

Best regards

Jochen Becker, 2008/11/15 12:06

Components which works with linux

Processor: yes
Screen: yes
HDD: yes
Optical Drive: yes
Graphics: yes
Sound: yes
Ethernet: yes
Wireless: yes
Bluetooth: yes
USB: yes
Firewire: yes
Cardreader: NOT TESTED
Expresscard Slot: NOT TESTED
Fingerprint Reader: NOT TESTED
Webcam: yes
TV Analog & Digital Device: NO DRIVERS FOUND YET

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