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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite A300-A305 laptop.
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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|Name||Toshiba Satellite A300-A305|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo|
|Screen||15.4“ WXGA Widescreen|
|HDD||320 GB or 250 GB|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD or ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470|
|Network||Ethernet, Atheros 802.11bgn or Intel 5100 802.11abgn or Intel 3945ABG|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Bluetooth||YES||Needs out-of-kernel “omnibook” module|
|ACPI Support (suspend, hibernate, Fn keys)||Partial||Many Fn keys don't work|
To activate the internal bluetooth card you'll need to build the omnibook kernel module, which you can find at http://sourceforge.net/projects/omnibook (you'll need to checkout it from SVN, the last release is very old).
If you have use Debian ore derivatives, there is a repository at http://packages.kirya.net
The module needs to be loaded with “ectype=14 bluetooth=1” as parameters, then bluetooth will be activated and you'll be able to probe and toggle it from /proc/omnibook/bluetooth (if you set userset=1, then the file will be world-writable).
All the “touch” keys but one work, and Fn-F3 triggers a suspend ACPI event. The other hotkeys don't work ATM.
If your model has an ATI graphic card, you'll have the usual problems with proprietary drivers (or be cut-out from accelerated 3D and video until an open-source driver is ready).
You can enter a summary of how well the Toshiba Satellite A300-A305 works with Linux here.