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Toshiba Satellite A135

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idsfa (idsfa at yahoo.com)
skarg (steve at kargs.net)

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite A135 laptop, specifically the S2276 variant.

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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Specifications

NameToshiba Satellite A135
ProcessorIntel Pentium Dual Core, 1.6GHz
Screen15.4“ WXGA widescreen TFT-LCD 1280×800
RAM512MB
HDD80GB (5400rpm SATA)
Optical DriveDouble-layer DVD+-RW/CD-RW (4x DVD+R DL; 4x DVD-R DL; 8x8x8 DVD+RW; 8x6x8 DVD-RW; 5x DVD-RAM; 24x16x24 CD-RW)
GraphicsATI RADEON XPRESS 200M - 128 MB shared memory
NetworkAtheros AR2425 / AR5007EG
OtherS-Video Output, Built in Stereo Speakers, WiFi Cut-Off Switch, 4x USB 2.0 Ports, 56K Modem Port

Linux Compatibility - Ubuntu 9.04, Ubuntu 10.04

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYesBurn capability tested successfully
GraphicsYesOpen source module
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYes
56K ModemuntestedPeople still use these?
USBYes
PCMCIAYes
S-Videountested

Notes

Installed and have been using laptop with Ubuntu 9.04. All hardware is working correctly with no adjustments or workarounds (modem-untested, suspend/hybernate-untested, S-Video-untested). I also tested with Ubuntu 9.10 and xorg, keyboard, and touchpad didn't work. I tested with Ubuntu 10.04 and all hardware is working correctly with no adjustments or workarounds (modem-untested, suspend/hybernate-untested, S-Video-untested).


Discussion

Kane, 2014/10/03 19:04

Toshiba Satellite A65 is no longer an advance and modern laptop now. But its performance is way better than many laptops. I think linux becomes more heavy on it. Do you have any idea how can I run linux on hp i5 laptops? Is linux supports hp laptops well? cheap academic writing

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gn00b, 2010/10/10 20:09

I'm using a Toshiba Satellite A135-S4656. I recently installed Gentoo on it and everything works except the headphone jack. I'm usually on irc, freenode, #gentoo-laptop. If you need any help, feel free to contact me.

Nick, 2010/07/09 16:55

I have a Toshiba A135-S4656 laptop that I got in 2007… I upgraded the ram to 2 GB though. All linux operating systems I've used on this laptop have been really fast and stable. Windows Vista was a bit choppy but XP and 7 were fine. 9.04, 9.10, and 10.04 have really impressed me. I'm planning on tri-booting Windows 7 with Ubuntu and Fedora now… Fedora's kind of cool.

Kevin Wall, 2010/06/13 20:33

Problems running Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop LTS on Toshiba Satellite A135-S2276

Just installed Ubuntu 10.04 on my wife's Toshiba laptop, dual booting w/ Windows Vista (for now). Installation was uneventful once I dropped into installation manual mode to enable acpi=off.

After installation, Ubuntu would boot and then splash screen would not display or GDM would not display login screen. I would just get black where the splash screen should have been and a grayish-white screen with multiple vertical colored lines where the GDM screen should have been displayed.

Booted up with 'text' added to boot commands via Grub and looked at system. It was complaining of fatal errors in my BIOS (which was v1.40). Found, downloaded, and installed latest BIOS (v1.60 as of 6/12/2010) and still had same problem. Back to text mode. This time, noticed it was complaining of ACPI problems. So I disabled it via acpi=off as well as setting boot parameters noapic and nolapic. When I did that, GDM worked fine. Of course that led to a lot of other issues, such as hibernate and suspend not working correctly and 'shutdown' not actually shutting off the power. Major conveniences to be sure, but at least it works.

Was wondering if anyone else experienced problems with Ubuntu 10.04 in this regard? At one point, several years about, I ran a a Live CD version of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS without any problems. Also, I just tried a Knoppix 6 Live CD version and it also worked fine, so not sure what the issue is. I figured my it would take less effort on my part using Ubuntu (because of their acceptance of proprietary code like Adobe Flash and PDF, various codecs, etc.), but if this doesn't work out, I may reinstall another Linux distro over Ubuntu. (And probably a non-Debian based distro at that. I generally have used OpenSUSE and Fedora, so probably would choose one of those.)

Anyhow, would welcome suggestions / comments from anyone. Am willing to entertain almost anything other than going back to some version of Microsoft Windows. (My wife seems to keep get infected w/ malware to the point the Windows Updates never even work, or maybe just an OS bug.)

Thanks in advance,
-kevin

adf, 2010/07/08 04:12

I have a toshiba A135-s2356 and installing ubuntu 10.04 has sucked. Ubuntu is slow and keeps halting at different spots will try your boot option no acpi.

RickHatalski, 2010/10/22 14:21

Kevin,
I too have a Toshiba A135 lap top and can not get ubuntu 10.10 to load properly from my usb stick. Did you get yours to work yet/ If so maybe you can tell me how you did it?
I have a post under installs/upgrades explaining my problems, but no help as of yet.
Thanks,
Rick Hatalski

Steve, 2010/05/13 01:42

I have the Toshiba A135-2266, and all of the functions work using Ubuntu 9.04 and Ubuntu 10.04. The laptop does not work using Ubuntu 9.10 (had problem with Xorg and keyboard and keypad).

Bryant, 2009/02/17 01:48

Hey, I just installed the 900A Linux install that came with the little asus net book I bought for my daughter. Didn't expect much, just playing with it…
I am WAY impressed ! Sound worked perfect, right off the install. Video was crisp and clean, had a couple of issues, haven't played with the install at all yet to try to fix them. The touch pad is way over sensitive, not a big deal, it did promptly accept an external usb mouse. The install did not auto mount the dvd drive, but I didn't expect it to. It did auto mount my external usb hard drive case, and copied files back and forth from/to a win partition quickly and cleanly. It did automount the built in sd card reader. I am fairly happy with it so far.
Any comments or suggestions, let me know…

jr ferrer paris, 2007/12/15 18:20

Toshiba Satellite A135-SP4796

I'm testing different distros in a couple of toshiba (Satellite A135-SP4796, with a celeron M processor and a AR5006EG Atheros wireless card).

Xubuntu 6.06
sound works but not so good, sd-card-reader and wireless doesn't, no hibernate or suspend

Ubuntu 7.10
sound works with the generic kernel, but not with the i386 version
sd-card-reader works well
no luck with atheros
some unreliable behavior with suspend and hibernate

centOS 5.01
still working on it, no sound yet, no atheros, but apparently good suspend and hibernate support

SuSE 10.3
still working on this one, no sound, no atheros so far

Fedora 8…
couldn't get the installer to work properly

bounds, 2007/10/22 08:18

Sound Toshiba Satellite A135-S4467

Mandriva spring 2007 and Mandriva 2008 and SUSE10.2 have sound working.
On mine the sound chip is Realtek ALC861-VD. I have not done a whole lot of testing with sound but on the Mandriva 2008 version the headphones would not work, so I booted the desktop kernel and added options snd-hda-intel index=0 model=3stack to modprobe.conf and commented options snd-ac97-codec power_save=1. Now I did this AFTER the laptop was booted into the desktop kernel. I have not rebooted the laptop yet. The wifi works fine on Mandriva 2007 and 2008. In SUSE I had to manually install the ip3945 drivers. Do not know the exact model of dvdrom but it burns cds and dvd's fine. The built in SD card reader reads sd cards fine under Mandriva 2008. The front volume control only seemed to work under SUSE 10.2. The birghtness keys only seem to work under 2008. Under 2007 I had to install the omnibook modules. Suspend seems to work ok under 2007 but you need to restart the sound on resume. Do not yet know how it works under 2008. If I can think of anymore stuff in the future I will add it.

userone, 2007/09/05 17:25

56k modem

yes, some of us are still on dial-up! and no, it doesn't work, at least I haven't gotten it to work yet. Has all the usual problems of winmodems. I'm trying USB modems and they're not working either, at least not with Knoppix, DSL, Fedora, or Ubuntu. If you have problems with this, best of luck! If you're looking for info, try searching smthng like “dial-up on linux” or any version thereof. I've heard PCMCIA dial-up card works best, haven't tried it yet.

Mat, 2007/06/13 20:53

Has anyone else gotten the sound to work? I'm running Fedora 7 with ALSA 1.0.14rc4 but that still did not fix my sound problem.

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