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Toshiba Satellite A105


This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite A105 laptop. The A105 is a lower end model laptop which features good Linux support with minimal configuration required.

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.

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NameToshiba Satellite A105
ProcessorIntel Core T2050 1.66 GHz
Screen15.4“ WXGA
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Network10/100 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless
Other4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
SoundYesUse the snd-hda-intel module
WirelessYesUse ipw3945 module (Deprecated in 2.6.24+, use in kernel driver with firmware from your distribution software repository)
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested


As standard the native resolution of the A105 is 1280×800 however due to the way the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 functions this screen resolution would not be usable right away.You can view our guide about the Intel GMA 950 here for a method to fixing this.


The Toshiba Satellite A105 needs some minor extra configuration to get it working properly under Linux but after this is done the laptop works very well


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Elisabeth McKechnie, 2013/12/25 05:39

I want to load some flavor of Linux onto my old Satellite A-105, but it's not even letting me boot it up from either flash drive or DVD-R. I've been able to boot my newer HP with the flash drive (that runs Linux Mint), so I know it isn't the drive. I've gone into BIOS each time and adjusted the Boot menu but it ignores it and boots Windows XP. I don't want to have to partition the drive or wipe it entirely to load a version of Linux that I haven't tried running on the machine. I'm also a newbie with Linux here; I just want to get some more life out of this moribund laptop.


Marvin, 2012/07/31 01:15

I have Ubuntu on my toshiba and everything seems to work fine except the system seems to get bogged down and processes run super slow on it. I have 1 gig of ram in the laptop now and it gets pretty hot when running. Could the heat issue be it or are there some config settings I could tweak to get better performance?

M1K3Y, 2011/11/23 19:05

I'm using Fedora 8 and where can I get drivers for a wireless card? They didn't come with the CD.

Power Management Issues, 2008/12/06 15:40

Started with 2.6.18 and had proper battery status and hibernation functionality with GNOME, no frequency scaling. Kernel bump to fixed cpu frequency scaling and broke battery status functionality in GNOME. Tried again with and now neither work. Wifi works perfectly using in-kernel iwlwifi driver for Intel 2945ABG wireless along with user-space firmware in debian repository

, 2008/12/06 19:31

Upgraded from debian etch to sid and everything works. LCD backlight controls still dont work., 2008/05/31 07:26

still having troubles

Yeah, almost everything is working. Ubuntu and Suse are good systems for this laptop, though don't think that everything is good. I never managed to make my LCD brightness be controlled by Fn key, whatsoever. Recompilation of the kernel didn't help me, neither in SuSE nor in Ubuntu.

The rest functions are really good, I had only small troubles with it (e.g. 945 chipset does not support 3d, though Windows works with it).

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