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Toshiba Satellite A205


This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite A205 laptop. Toshiba is targeting the Satellite A205 to the mid level user.

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 A205
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T5300 1.6GHz
Screen15.4“ WXGA
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
Network10/100 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
56K ModemNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotYes


Newer linux kernels support all hardware for the A205-S5814.


Good candidate for a linux system, but watch out for the terrible warranty!


Brandon Tucker, 2010/02/07 14:10

Zorin os works great on my Toshiba A205-s5804, every thing works!

Ken Hunt, 2009/09/05 19:31

I installed Ubuntu 9.04 on my Toshiba Laptop A205-S5814 about two weeks ago. It installed flawlessly and I love it! The only thing is that I can't get much more than 30' to 40' feet away from my Linksys router without dropping signal. When I was running Vista, I didn't have that problem. But, that's a minor annoyance that I can put up with just to get rid of Vista. I'm sure there is a solution that I'll run across sooner or later. In the meantime, if someone has a solution, I'd like to hear from you.

javier torres, 2009/06/17 20:19

tengo este modelo Toshiba Satellite A205 sp-5820, le instalé ubuntu hardy 8.04 lts, le instale el wirelles por aparte y todo genial, solo no me funciona el microfono, todos los demas recursos al 100% que podria ser? cómo arreglarlo? no puedo usar skype para llamadas, por que me indica “problema con la reproduccion de audio”

saludos, javier torres

Marcos Sanchez, 2009/12/30 07:07

Hola que tal, instale el ubuntu en mi a205-5820, y estoy intentando que funcione el wireless pero no puedo hacerlo funcionar, si pueden ayudarme les agradeceria mucho, de antemanno muchas gracias

manuel carcache, 2009/05/26 17:23

so far so good.
I've installed Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04 on my fiance's toshiba satellite a 205. Main issue is performance of firefox with videos (, and sound sounds well since she is not interested in multimedia production just playing her favorites songs.

Chip, 2009/02/14 14:04

I had a pretty successful out of the box installation with the latest Ubuntu Studio DVD, although I used ndiswrapper to install the drivers for the wireless card and iwspy still is not working. My main concern is that the microphone is not working at all. Sound works great, I can do my usual low-level music production with it, but no microphone.

shiroi, 2008/10/23 20:05

toshiba a205-sp5820

Working beautifull with Ubuntu 8.04
Seems the problem with the sounds has been fixed completly.
The graphics adapter also as soon as you check the box for restricted drivers is able to pull up the cube without effort.
I have tested several SD cards diferent sizes and brands and works excelent.
USB also responds without delay for any device i´ve connected (printers not tested)
The only problem remains with the wireless connection, is not working out of the box when completing the ubuntu installation or after performing the update.
But i´ll try this ipw3945 module, and i´ll let you now what happens.

Thanks the review.

perspectoff, 2008/10/22 08:37

Kubuntu 8.04 (Hardy) on A205-S5831

Kubuntu Hardy installed for me without many problems.

I did have to set ALSA as my sound system and also in Amarok (PulseAudio doesn't work with the A205).

I didn't have to fiddle with screen settings — they worked straight away.

I did have to install the MadWifi drivers for the Atheros integrated wireless card:

Although there is a “stable” release, I downloaded the more current “snapshot” driver (which worked better for me) and installed it by hand. It is available from:

and is called:
madwifi-hal- (at least at the time of this writing).

I saved and unzipped/decompressed it into a folder.

The full instructions for installation are at :

Of all the steps listed, however, I only had to perform:

sudo apt-get install build-essential
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)

ifconfig ath0 down
ifconfig wifi0 down

cd <directory_where_driver_unzipped>

cd scripts
./ $(uname -r)
cd ..

make install
modprobe ath_pci

Now the driver was installed.

An additional command is required for the MadWifi driver to obtain a DHCP IP address from the AccessPoint/Router, however:

sudo dhclient ath0

To automate this connection, I wrote a one-line script (as the root user) that included this line, and saved it as “DHCP_script.bash” and saved it in my Madwifi folder.

Then, in the KDE “Wireless Network” menu module (which is kcmwifi) I set the Access Point name and WEP (or WPA) key as a configuration file and made sure to tick the “load the configuration on startup” option.

I also ticked the “Execute script on connect” option and entered the location of the “DHCP_script.bash” script.

Now my wireless connected automatically ever time without further intervention.

USB worked without intervention.

Ron Overton, 2008/05/14 18:50

Kubuntu 8.04 Hardy

Recently installed Kubuntu 8.04 Hardy with KDE4 and there were really only two things I needed to get things up and running on my A205-S5841.

Kernel Version: 2.6.24-16

In order to get the wireless up I had to install a patched version of the madwifi modules (the default tree doesn't support the card, Atheros AR2425) found at (prepatched release source)

Be sure that the packages build-essential and kernel-headers are installed.
$ tar -xzvf madwifi-nr-r3366+ar5007.tar.gz
$ cd madwifi-nr-r3366+ar5007
$ make
$ sudo make install

edit the file /etc/modules and add:

reboot or modprobe, etc.

Second was the sound. ALSA was installed, version 1.0.16 and sound worked fine except for when the system came up from suspend/hibernate. To fix that…

edit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base
add the line: options snd-hda-intel model=toshiba

Intel graphics worked great right out of the box.

Michael Soh, 2008/03/22 08:31


Spent hours trying to install the Realtek 'USB' wireless for this model.

Here is a link to build a modified driver, that got me up and running

SimonSelki, 2007/11/03 22:41

Sound works on mine, no drivers needed

The sound works decent on mine running ubuntu and kubuntu immediatly after installation. I did notice some distortion, and I'm hoping the drivers for download will help with that.

My real concern with the satellite is getting the 965 intel to work well

Stephan Vesselinov, 2007/09/18 00:51

Sound solved

I solved the sound problem by merely installing the latest alsa-drivers. By the time of this note the release is 1.0.15rc2. Applying patches to the stable release did not work for me.

Toshiba Satellite A205-S4607.
Mandriva 2007.1 - kernel

Mark Heimmermqnn, 2007/07/28 17:14

I have a Toshiba Satellite A205-S4607.

The sound is working with the help of these sites:
Instructions to follow for update procedure.

Locstion to download the latest ALSA modules, libs, utils

Username:guest Password:guest.
Updates and patches for drivers

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