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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.
|Name||Toshiba Satego X200-20O|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T7300, 2 GHz|
|Screen||17” Screen, 1440×900|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce 8700M GT|
|Network||Realtek RTL8111/8168B PCI Exxpress Gigabit Ethernet|
|Wireless||Intel PRO/Wireless 4965 AG or AGN|
|USB||6x USB 2.0|
|Camera||Chicony USB 2.0 Camera|
|Fingerprint Reader||SGS Thomson Microelectronics|
|5-in-1 Multimedia Card Reader||SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD|
|Sound||Intel 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller|
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).
|Processor||yes||speedstep also works|
|Screen/Graphics||yes||With the Nvidia drivers this works very good. (Including 3D, even if SAX doesn't say so)|
|Optical Drive||yes||Reading/writing works|
|Sound||Ok||Best results via alsamixer (not with KMix). Skype worked (see below).|
|56K Modem||not tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||yes||After “modprobe uinput” I was able to use “tf-tool”|
|5-in-1-Media card reader||yes||a 1 GB SD card was detected automatically, a Sony Memory Stick was not detected|
|Suspend to Ram||doesn't work|
|Suspend to Disk||doesn't work||does suspend, but no correct restore|
|CPU/GPU-Fan||works||quite 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 consumption||ca. 30 W when idle|
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.)
I'm quite happy with the Toshiba-Satego.
The only weak spot that annoys me is suspend-to-ram/disk.
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.)