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Installed Ubuntu 9.10 on the A505 with many problems. Ubuntu 10.04 as of Feb. 20, 2010 does not install at all.
Update: the acpi=noirq kernel parameter fixes a lot of errors.
For full specifications see the http://laptops.toshiba.com/laptops/satellite/A500/A505-S6030.
|Name||Toshiba Satellite A505-S6030|
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i7-720QM processor|
|Screen||16“ HD (1366×768)|
|Graphics||NVIDIA® GeForce® 310M with 512MB GDDR3 discrete graphics memory,
plus up to 1755MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory using NVIDIA® TurboCache™ technology.
Total Available Graphics memory 2267MB
|RAM||4GB DDR3 1066MHz memory|
|HDD||500GB - 5400rpm|
|Optical Drive||DVD-SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) with Labelflash™ drive|
|BIOS||Insyde H20 Rev. 3.5 Bios Version 1.10 EC Version 5.29|
|Processor||Not supported until Kernel 2.6.33|
|Graphics||Working with Nvidia 195 drivers|
|Wireless||Not working. Tried known procedures for Realtek RTL8172/8192. Wireless driver shows up, but does not work, nor scan for networks. Working out the box in Ubuntu 10.04|
|USB||Not Working, probably a result of the broken Insyde H20 bios. Fixes with acpi=noirq kernel parameter|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Webcam||Working (UVC driver)|
The only things I don't have working are the laptopy things, like battery monitor and brightness controls. Suspend and hibernate works fine.