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This my notes on getting openSuSE 10.3 (x85_64) Linux running on a Toshiba Satellite A215-S7427 laptop from Fry's. This is an AMD based laptop with AMD components. Others in the series (s742?) should have identical wireless and graphics, just different size memory or hard disk (or installed software).
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|Name||Toshiba Satellite A215-S7427|
|Processor||AMD Athlon64 X2 TK-55 1.8GHz|
|Optical Drive||ATA DVD+-RW SuperMultidrive (Matshita DVD-RAM UJ-850S)|
|Graphics||ATI Radeon X1200(RS690M), external & svidio|
|Network||10/100 Ethernet Realtek RTL8101E|
|Wireless||b/g Realtek RTL8187B See notes|
|Mouse||SynPS/2 Snyaptics Touchpad|
|Sound||HDA ATI SB|
|External Bus||4 x USB2.0, 1 x i.Link(1394), Express Bus slot|
|Other||5 in 1 memory card reader (SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro), xD-Picture card|
|Device||OpenSuSE 10.3||Fedora 8||Comments|
|Optical Drive||Yes||I've only used it to read CD's and DVD's at this point.|
|Graphics||Yes||Frame buffer currently. Not tried the External graphics.|
|Sound||No||Still not working even with published Toshiba tricks. Need to look for newer driver.|
|Wireless||Investigating||See notes below|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|USB||Limited||I've been experiencing issues on SuSE with some hardware not being recognized, like some thumb drives, mice, webcams.|
|xD,SD Card Reader||Not Tested||Initial tests indicating an issue on SuSE|
|PCMCIA||Not an Available hardware feature|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Bluetooth||Adapter is seen, but the manufacture claims there is no antenna. I also have no BT devices to test with.|
Realtek TRL8187B(8197) - Need the rlt8187B driver set from RealTek. May have to ask for them as it may not be on their download site. May have to update the r8187_core.c file to add in definitions for 'r8197'. More on this later.
ATI Radion Graphics - The display comes up by default in Frame buffer mode 1024×800. I installed the ATI drivers, but have not experienced any difference.
I tried Fedora 7 before going to opensuse10.3, but I experienced issues with the APCI, and CPU managment. and the default X configuration May try Fedora 8 after it comes out. Fedora 8 Live x86-64 seems to run out of the box with the video, but not the wireless or sound.