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Toshiba Qosmio X500

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Qosmio X500 laptop.
Toshiba Qosmio X500 11Q has a dedicated page.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Toshiba Qosmio X500. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Toshiba Qosmio X500 page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Toshiba Qosmio X500 specifications page.

NameToshiba Qosmio X500
ProcessorIntel Core i7Processor 720QM : 1.60 GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 6MB On-Die L2 Cache
Screen18.4“ Full HD (1920×1080)
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD640GB - 7200rpm
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
Network10/100
Intel Wi-Fi Link 5100
802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorksYou need the latest version of the proprietary NVIDIA drivers for full support.
SoundPartialMicrophone doesn't work
EthernetWorks
WirelessPartialSee notes. Works out-of-the-box on Ubuntu 10.04
USBWorks
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
WebcamWorks

Notes

The X500 was tested with Ubuntu 9.10 and Ubuntu 10.04

Wireless

Some people have observed some flakiness of this driver, if you are having this issue you may like to periodically check the Realtek download page for updated drivers.

Ubuntu 9.10

This laptop uses the Realtek 8172 wireless controller. At the moment no Linux distribution supports this as standard so you will need to compile and install it yourself. You can download the drivers from the Realtek 8192se driver page. Even though it states the drivers are for the 8192se they also work with the 8172. Also see this guide for details on installing this driver with Ubuntu 9.10. I'm also planning to write guides for other distributions as well so keep an eye on Linwik.

Ubuntu 10.04

Works out of the box.

Summary

The wireless is the main issue with running Linux on the Toshiba Qosmio X500. It's actually not clear when this issue will be properly resolved.


Discussion

jimpass, 2012/04/25 04:11

I'm trying ubuntu 12.04 with a Qosmio X500 11D, and it seems that old problems are still relevant today. Microphone doesn't work, the same for SD card, and i had to follow this topic for the installation : http://doc.ubuntu-fr.org/toshiba_qosmio_x500
If someone has an idea for these problems…

Devon, 2011/04/25 02:44

I have 0 problems w/ 10.04 Ubuntu, everything runs flawlessly im not sure what is wrong with your installations.. the only thing that does not work is the crack head mode of scrolling w/ mouse pad, nor the swirl scroll

Devon

Devon, 2011/04/25 02:44

I have 0 problems w/ 10.04 Ubuntu, everything runs flawlessly im not sure what is wrong with your installations.. the only thing that does not work is the crack head mode of scrolling w/ mouse pad, nor the swirl scroll

Devon

tukadafoonday, 2011/02/24 10:33

Hey

Has anyone managed to get the in built microphone working for this yet? And while i am here the card reader as well?

Many thanks in advance.

Andrew

amcnea, 2011/03/24 11:22

I was thinking of getting a Qosmio X500 and I wanted to check linux compatibility. It looks to me like the mic and card reader problems have fixes. Not sure about the flaky wireless card though.

Mic fix: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1701900
Card Reader fix: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1544350

Oliver, 2010/12/24 08:52

you have to install the kernel sources and compile the wireless driver manualy. then wlan is working fine ;-) if you need help you could send me a message. (Im german so you could also write in german if you want.)

yaser, 2010/12/04 13:35

in Toshiba Qosmio X500-11G ubuntu 10.10 , kubuntu 10.10 and Lubuntu 10.10 do not run , also i tried kubuntu 11.04 and ubuntu 11.04 (02/12/2010 ) they do not .
ubuntu 10.04 works.
also slackware cureent (30/11/2010 ) works.

Pierre-Etienne Mélet, 2010/05/12 10:24

Which distribution ?

Hans, 2010/04/15 03:51

Can you reply me when the issue will be fixe, or maybe it is already fixed !! :) Cause i always got that reply:

root@bt:~# iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

How can i fix it to have a wireless Extensions working ?? Like ath0 or wlan0 etc…

Tnx in advice !

P.S sorry for my bad english :)

Oliver, 2010/12/24 08:53

you have to install the kernel sources and compile the wireless driver manualy. then wlan is working fine if you need help you could send me a message. (Im german so you could also write in german if you want.)

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