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|Name||Toshiba Qosmio G50-G55|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo|
|Screen||18.4“ WXGA or WXGA+ Widescreen|
|Graphics||NVIDIA Geforce 9200M or NVIDIA Geforce 9600M|
|Network||Ethernet, Atheros 802.11bgn, Bluetooth|
|Processor||Yes||Works, but the cellprocessor isn't used|
|Screen||Yes||Works out of the box|
|Sound||Partial||Only External Speakers work See Notes for further details|
|HDD||Yes||Works out of the box|
|Optical Drive||Yes||Works out of the box|
|Graphics||Yes||Works with latest nvidia beta driver|
|Ethernet||Yes||Works out of the box (Tested with DHCP)|
|USB||Yes||Works out of the box|
|Card Reader||Yes||Works OOTB (Tested with SD, SDHC and Memory Stick)|
|Camera||Yes||Works OOTB (Tested with “cheese”)|
|Additional Buttons||Not Enough Tested||Pressing a button doesn't do anything/ Illumination doesn't work|
|Wireless||Yes||Works OOTB (at least with unprotected networks)|
|Bluetooth||Partially||Requires a Windows boot to get initialized (see notes)|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||Yes||Works OOTB (tested with FPrint)|
I tested the machine with “Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex”. Everything important worked fine, the only serious problem is the soundcard.
I found a solution for the Soundcardproblem:
It worked using the Linuxdriver from the Realtek website http://www.realtek.com.tw/DOWNLOADS/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=14&PFid=24&Level=4&Conn=3
Just follow the instructions in the Readmefile. For some reason the internal speakers won't work. External ones work, but very quiet.
I've been using this driver: http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=1882835
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