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Toshiba Satellite A65


This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite A65 laptop. The A65 is quite a standard laptop with quite a powerful processor although battery life is not great.

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 A65
ProcessorIntel Pentium4 3.2 GHz
Screen15“ XGA
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon 7000
Network10/100 Ethernet, Atheros 802.11g Wireless
Other3 x USB2.0

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
SoundYesUse the snd-atiixp driver
WirelessYesUse the Madwifi module
56K ModemNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested


For the A65's Radeon 7000 you can use either the open source radeon module or ATI's proprietary fglrx module. For installation instructions for the fglrx module you can view our Configuring an ATI graphics chip guide.


There were no problems in getting the Toshiba Satellite A65 working with any modern Linux distribution.


dummy910, 2011/02/08 09:53

This model Toshiba of mine has run every flavor of Ubuntu dating all the way back to 7.04, all with no problems at all. Everything(but wireless back in 7.04) has worked from the point of each installs 1st boost.

The only issues were the wireless drivers way back in the 7's that needed to be downloaded as I don't remember them being included within the install images… took just a few extra minutes so it's not even an issue actually.

This older robot(circa 2004) is still running and in fact I type this review on the very Toshiba being reviewed here!

abgar, 2010/08/17 13:49

sorry just saw what you used for wireless. will give it a try. thanks.

altin, 2010/07/19 17:36

Hello guys .. I'd like to know if someone can help me with touchpad drivers of this toshiba A65 -s 1067 laptp.. if someone can help id be thankful :)

altin, 2010/07/19 17:37

I forgot to mention Im using ubuntu 10.04
(drivers for linux)

abgar, 2010/08/17 13:48

i installed kubuntu 10.04 and the touchpad works fine.
have you had any luck with the wireless?

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