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Toshiba Satego X200-20O

Introduction

The Toshiba Satego X200-20O is a high end notebook with 17” display, strong graphics card, big HDD.
For a notebook It is rather big and heavy and can be used as full PC replacement.

Specifications

NameToshiba Satego X200-20O
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo T7300, 2 GHz
RAM2 GByte
Harddisks2*120 GB
OpticalDVD+/-RW TS-L632D
Screen17” Screen, 1440×900
GraphicsNvidia GeForce 8700M GT
NetworkRealtek RTL8111/8168B PCI Exxpress Gigabit Ethernet
WirelessIntel PRO/Wireless 4965 AG or AGN
USB6x USB 2.0
Firewire
CameraChicony USB 2.0 Camera
Touchpad Synaptics SynPS/2
Fingerprint ReaderSGS Thomson Microelectronics
5-in-1 Multimedia Card ReaderSD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD
SoundIntel 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller
56K Modem

Testsystem

OpenSuSE 10.3 under KDE 3.5.7 (2007-11-01)
(Proprietary software repository needed for some drivers)

See the update for OpenSuSE 11.3 at the bottom (2010-07-18).

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
Processoryesspeedstep also works
Screen/GraphicsyesWith the Nvidia drivers this works very good. (Including 3D, even if SAX doesn't say so)
Optical DriveyesReading/writing works
SoundOkBest results via alsamixer (not with KMix). Skype worked (see below).
Ethernetyes
Wireless (WLAN)yes
Bluetoothnot tested
56K Modemnot tested
USByes
Touchpadyes
Firewirenot tested
PCMCIAnot tested
Camerayes
Fingerprint ReaderyesAfter “modprobe uinput” I was able to use “tf-tool”
5-in-1-Media card readeryesa 1 GB SD card was detected automatically, a Sony Memory Stick was not detected
Suspend to Ramdoesn't work
Suspend to Diskdoesn't workdoes suspend, but no correct restore
CPU/GPU-Fanworksquite loud when heavy work is in progress, but quiet enough if in energy-saving mode. Yet some noise from fans or harddisks always remains.
Power consumptionca. 30 W when idle

How I was able to run Skype 2.0 for Linux (Kernel Linux 2.6.22.17-0.1-default)

I finally succeeded in hearing my voice in the testcall :-)

I did first use krecord and alsamixer to find out the useful mixer settings which are not obvious at all.

In krecord I used the “Frequency Spectrum” view in Log-Setting. That's the most likely way to see any effect immediately.

Using alsamixer I saw two “Capture” levels: The right one was the direct connection to the speakers, but without any effect for capturing. I found it best to turn the level down or mute it alltogether. The left one was important, but it only worked when the level was not 100%. (e.g. 97% was fine. This seems to be a bug in the drivers.)
Also important was the input source. (Again there are two of them, and again the left one was the important one.) The value “Front Mi” enabled the internal mic of the notebook. The value “Mic” enabled my external mic.

Now I saw a reaction in the frequency spectrum view and was able to record and play something via krecord.

But still skype would not work. The audio options for “Sound in” showed “Default device”.
I then started to try all available devices and found one that worked for me: “HDA Intel: (hw: Intel, 2)”.

For “Sound out” the “Default device” worked. In alsamixer I turned “Front” and “PCM” to maximum for best results.

I also disabled allowing skype to adjust mixer levels. (But this might not be necessary.)

Summary

I'm quite happy with the Toshiba-Satego.
The only weak spot that annoys me is suspend-to-ram/disk.

Update for OpenSuse 11.3

The automatic hardware configuration at the end of the installation failed. After reboot a dialog offered to restart the automatic hardware configuration, but without improvement, so I rejected this after the second time.
I had to create a user manually, but otherwise everything worked except sound.
I finally found this thread https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=99538 and followed the advice:
Adding a line “options snd-hda-intel model=toshiba” to /etc/modprobe.d/50-sound.conf. This fixed the sound problem after rebooting. (Note that setting this option via Yast didn't work because restarting the sound system didn't ever finish.)


Discussion

mastro, 2007/11/17 18:25

some more info

i've ordered an x200-21g… i'm glad to see it has a good compatibility and i would like to find out something more about the sound
can you please provide some more info?
lspci -v
lspci -n

may be a
dmesg

lsmod (so we can see what's the driver for the webcam)

may be you can do an
lsusb
too

:) thanks

i think that we can help each other

Joachim Eibl, 2008/02/11 02:05

Audio device:
From lspci -v
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Unknown device ff00
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 22
Memory at f8300000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) size=16K
Capabilities: 50 Power Management version 2
Capabilities: 60 Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+ Queue=0/0 Enable-
Capabilities: 70 Express Unknown type IRQ 0
Capabilities: 100 Virtual Channel
Capabilities: 130 Unknown (5)

lspci -n
00:1b.0 Class 0403: 8086:284b (rev 03)

Audio and webcam drivers: (lsmod)
snd 58164 9 snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm,snd_timer
videodev 30464 1 uvcvideo
v4l2_common 20608 2 uvcvideo,videodev

From lsusb:
Bus 006 Device 003: ID 04f2:b008 Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0483:2016 SGS Thomson Microelectronics Fingerprint Reader

From dmesg:
uvcvideo: Found UVC 1.00 device Chicony USB 2.0 Camera (04f2:b008)
usbcore: registered new interface driver uvcvideo
USB Video Class driver (v0.1.0)
ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:00:1b.0(A) → GSI 22 (level, low) → IRQ 22
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:00:1b.0 to 64
hda_codec: Unknown model for ALC268, trying auto-probe from BIOS…
ALSA sound/pci/hda/hda_codec.c:2333: autoconfig: line_outs=1 (0×14/0×0/0×0/0×0/0×0)
ALSA sound/pci/hda/hda_codec.c:2337: speaker_outs=0 (0×0/0×0/0×0/0×0/0×0)
ALSA sound/pci/hda/hda_codec.c:2341: hp_outs=1 (0×15/0×0/0×0/0×0/0×0)
ALSA sound/pci/hda/hda_codec.c:2349: inputs: mic=0×19, fmic=0×18, line=0×0, fline=0x1a, cd=0×0, aux=0×0
iwl4965: Radio disabled by HW RF Kill switch
ALSA sound/pci/hda/patch_si3054.c:244: si3054: cannot initialize. EXT MID = 0000
ALSA sound/pci/hda/patch_si3054.c:256: Link Frame Detect(FDT) is not ready (line status: 0000)

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