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Toshiba Satellite A300D-A305D

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite A300D-A305D laptop. The laptop was tested with Fedora 9 running kernel version 2.6.25.14 SMP. Thank you to Svetoslav P. Chukov for this guide.

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 A300D-A305D
ProcessorAMD Turion 64 X2 TK-57
Screen15.4“ WXGA Widescreen
RAM4GB
HDD320GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Radeon X1200
NetworkMarvell Yukon Ethernet, Atheros 802.11bg
SoundATI Technologies Inc Radeon X1200 Series Audio Controller
USBATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB Controller (EHCI)
Firewire

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes AMD64 Turion X2
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes ATI Debian y Fedora Controlador Libre
SoundYes
EthernetPartial
WirelessYes
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraYes

Notes

General

The graphics card is not tested also because the lack of rpm packages in livna repository. All other parts function normally. I would remark that Fedora recognized and turned on the multimedia buttons of the keyboard. So, when I change the sound's volume I see that on the screen. GNOME and that laptop have good integration.
!!Ethernet
The ethernet card is a little bit special. It is Marvell Yukon and it the driver for that card works properly but for the old device number. To be made to work how it would be, I followed the steps described at http://smolts.org/wiki/pci/11ab/4355/1179/ff50 After that, the card worked immediately.


Discussion

LuisRG, 2011/05/02 17:51

Hola quiero dar unas soluciones para cualquiera que tenga una toshiba satelite A305 y quiera gozar de GNU/Linux:

Tengo instalado la distro de ubuntu y funciona excelente, ademas que solucione el problema del fan (cooler) con el modulo omnibook ya mencionado anteriormente.
Este modulo pense que habia dejado de estar en desarrollo hace bastante tiempo pero hay personas que aun lo continuan trabajando. El modulo tambien se encuentra en Fedora pueden descargar los rpm para instalarlo.
Para instalarlo desde ubuntu o debian pueden seguir los pasos que se detallan en este post:

http://lamaquinadiferencial.wordpress.com/2009/06/10/no-funciona-el-bluetooth-en-toshiba-satellite-en-debianubuntu/

Ahora bien para que todo funcione excelente en la toshiba satelite A305 se debe declarar en las opciones de omnibook un etctype=13, debido que este hace que funcione correctamente todo. Si no tendran graves problemas dado que probe con los tipos etctype=14, 12, 11 y el problema es que se iniciaba la maquina cada 15 o 30 min despues de haberla apagado automaticamente.


Para saber mas de este modulo o de la instalacion por otros medios pueden visitar el siguiente foro:

http://forums.computers.toshiba-europe.com/forums/thread.jspa?threadID=47172&tstart=0


En verdad el modulo omnibook es increible tengo activado el bluetooth, las teclas de brillo y el fan funciona con excelente.

Espero que esta informacion les sirva a muchas personas que tienen estos modelos de toshiba dado que nuestras maquinas son con motherboard phoenix

Wayne Gregory, 2011/03/16 10:20

My Toshiba runs well with PCLinuxOS 2010 …

Laptop: TOSHIBA Satellite A305d / ATA Hitachi HTS54252 / ATI Radeon
AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-60: 2000.00MHz
Processor: 2x AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-60, Memory: 2982MB
O/S: PCLinuxOS 2010.12
KDE Platform Version 4.6.1
Kernel: Linux 2.6.33.7-pclos6.bfs (i686)
Audio Adapter: HDA-Intel - HDA ATI SB
HDA Digital PCBeep
HDA ATI SB Mic
HDA ATI SB Headphone
Synaptics touchpad
UvcVideo CNF7051 (Chicony Webcam)
PnP: USB Audio Device [Burr-Brown from TI USB Speakers], Microsoft USB Standard Mouse and other peripherals

Connecting to the Internet whether Wired or WiFi is a piece of cake.

I recommend installing from the Live CD with the safe graphics option and tweaking it afterwards, or it could lead to problems later.

Most hardware of operates properly out of the box or with added software from the PCLinuxOS Repos, but you may need to do some tweaking on the CPU frequencies, depending upon your intended use.

The basic PCLinuxOS install includes KDE 4.6 which looks very plain at first, but is highly customizable, but also available with Gnome, XFCE or E17 desktops which also work well. (All free).

See: http://www.pclinuxos.com/


:-D

Joel roth, 2010/11/25 04:32

I have a lot of experience with the L305D-55890. Using Debian unstable, amd64 2.6.31 kernel.

Biggest problem is overheating. Not a problem under preloaded Windows Vista, but Linux lacks correct DSDT information, cooling-related ACPI functions don't work correctly.

There appear to be three fan modes: off, slow, fast. The laptop will quickly overheat unless the laptop is in 'fast' mode.

But no linux utilities I tried, including the omnibook driver (supposedly suited to H2O BIOS laptops) could control the fan. :(

My workaround is to leave the grub menu up until the fast fan mode kicks in. Only then do I boot. (Waiting too long will trigger an overheat powerdown.)

Also, I set cpufrequtils to use 'powersave' mode, which fixes the frequency at 1 GHz.

With my stock configuration, cpufrequtils does not start until late in the init sequence. The higher cpu speed during a fsck will often cause the cpu to overheat and shutdown before the fsck completes. :(

The stock feet don't leave enough space for suitable cooling airflow. I prop the notebook up on books to add space for air cooling.

At 1 GHz, there is enough CPU power for low-res video reproduction.

Wireless, video, sound all work okay. Suspend works okay, however other Fn-key combinations do nothing. To dim the display I use a shell script:

sudo sh -c “echo 25 > /proc/acpi/video/VGA/LCD/brightness”

After two years of use, I have a problem with the LCD.

Currently the bottom 40% of the screen displays only alternate pixel lines. Usable with larger fonts or an external monitor.

I paid $600, which seemed cheap at the time, but for the time lost fiddling I might as well have paid double for a better supported laptop or one with Linux pre-installed.

In conclusion, I have suffered mightily using this laptop, a long trial-and-error process involving several tens of overheating shutdowns. I will never buy Toshiba again, unless they explicitly support Linux.

Dimitar Yolovsky, 2008/12/12 08:20

I have installed Fedora 10 and both the ethernet and the wireless cards work out of the box with 2.6.27.x kernels from the distribution.
However there is an ACPI related problem which causes the kernel to crash on boot.
The only way is to boot the kernel with the 'acpi=off' option.

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