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Toshiba Satellite A200


This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite A200 laptop. The Satellite A200 from Toshiba is a middle to lower end laptop with a fairly standard set of specifications.

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 A200
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T5300 1.73GHz
Screen15.4“ WXGA
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless
Other4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Fingerprint Reader

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
WirelessYesUse the ipw3945 module
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireYesTested using Ubuntu 8.04
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotYesTested using Ubuntu 8.04 - a little twitchy
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested


We have a guide to help you configure the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 in the A200 with Linux. Because of the way this graphic controller function the native resolution of the notebook is not supported until you use the 915resolution tool.

Audio and mixer support


spiderman05, 2010/08/14 01:59

options snd-hda-intel model=lenovo
at the end of my /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base

I did the same on my new Toshiba C650D, and it worked as well. Thanks for the tip.

agi, 2010/05/02 22:04

I have toshiba satellite A200-1AE

Tried all three texts in both files(alsa base and conf) nothing worked((((((((((((Aaaaaaaaaaaa

guy, 2010/02/13 19:54

i have problem with my laptop satellite a200 toshiba it don't start anymore the power source is good what would be my problem

rahul, 2010/02/12 08:51

can i add vidock 2 i want to buy toshiba satellite a200 128 mb graphic card

Tasau , 2009/11/01 23:56

I have this Toshiba Satellite A200 25Z, and since last month it always needs to be updated before shutting it off. I have a feeling that it doesn´t update itself in the first place. Can somebody help me?

Shane Anderson, 2009/05/04 00:56

how do i use this lenovo option….. i have read about it but i am still pretty much a noob to linux and don't know how to edit code

malou, 2009/03/28 05:53



I have toshiba satellite A200-1O6
my problem is that my camera is not working and when i click to open and use, it always says “locked by another application”.

Please help. i really need my camera…

Shane Anderson, 2009/01/14 15:05

i have a toshiba a200 ah1 and i have had the same audio problem for the whole life of my laptop…. my speakers won't mute when i plug in my headphones… i have read about editing lines as above but honestly i am still a noob so i don't even know how to do that much… any help would be greatly appreciated

amar abdaalah, 2008/12/12 18:03

Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged. (Code 19) (dvd/cd-rom )

Adam Chyla, 2008/10/28 07:40

Toshiba Satellite A200-14D

I have Toshiba Satellite A200-14D

Device Compatibility Comments
Processor Yes
Screen Yes
Optical Drive Yes
Graphics Yes - are not fully supported GeForce Go7300
Sound Yes - when I connect headphone main loudspeakers work
Ethernet Yes
Wireless Yes
56K Modem Yes
Firewire Yes
SD Card Reader Yes
ExpressCard Slot Not Tested
Bluetooth Yes - omnibook ectype=14

str, 2007/09/20 14:42



I had an issue with audio and those two lines:

options snd-card-0 index=0 model=3stack
options snd-hda-intel index=0 model=3stack

helped me…


R, 2007/06/29 23:02



Thank you for the update.
I think I will try to install Ubuntu or similar on this laptop.

Manuel Moran, 2007/06/23 12:07

Audio solution and more

I have posted the audio solution.

NVidia Go7300 is fully working on my Fedora 7 after installing the driver from livna. And executing livna-config-display (it works automagically, no need to edit xorg.conf)

A200-12x has a Wifi-N card which is not supported from ipw3945. I am currently composing a complete page about configuration with Fedora 7.

james, 2007/06/23 01:19


A200s with other gfx cards such as nvidia Go7300 are not fully supported afaik

R, 2007/06/15 03:42


Thank you for all these information!
Please make an update, as soon the issues with the audio has been solved.

joe, 2007/11/11 03:57


I have a Toshiba Satellite A200-1CR.

My speakers would still play music when my headphones were connected. I used the following options on my Fedora Core 7 /etc/modprobe.conf

options snd-hda-intel model=lenovo

Has worked as should since.

Hope this helps.


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Stomp, 2009/07/20 14:58

I've got a Toshiba Satellite A200-13O and am running Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy)

I tried a dozen methods found on the web to get rid of that annoying problem with speakers staying on when the headphones are connected. But no good.

At last I came to this page and tried to put
options snd-hda-intel model=lenovo
at the end of my /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base

It did work! Thanks Joe, I thought I'd never gonna have it fixed.

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