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Toshiba Satellite A70


This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite A70 laptop. The A70 is a fairly ordinary laptop but does have great Linux support.

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 A70
ProcessorIntel Pentium4 3.06GHz
Screen15.4“ WXGA
Optical DriveDVD-ROM/CD-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon 9000
Network10/100 Ethernet, Atheros 802.11g Wireless
Other3 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

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


For the Radeon 9000 graphics chip in the A70 you can use either the open source radeon module or ATI's proprietary fglrx module. For installation instructions, you can view our Configuring an ATI graphics chip guide.



Bryan, 2011/02/03 18:29

I know this is a bit of an old post - but in the off-chance anyone will get this - do you know if the A70 (external boot) bios option means USB thumbdrive boot support - trying to resurrect this perfectly good 'ol laptop with Ubuntu.

Chocka, 2012/12/02 08:26

Yeah mate I've done just that with my Toshiba Satellite A70. A good old bomb. Running Linux Mint 14 sweet - off USB bootable! Use UNetbootin to burn your ISO file on the USB, then plug in your USB and hit F2 for BIOS settings on reboot. Go to Boot tab and press Enter to expand the Hard Drives list, where you'll find your USB stick. Use F6 to shift it to the top of the list and CRANK IT UP! Cheers!

Arlen, 2017/09/20 16:55

Old post I know, but thank you!
Just got my A70 running linux.

It was the USB stick under the Hard Drives list; that was my problem. I just thought it was removable media.
After I changed the boot order of the USB above HD, all is good.

alejandro, 2009/09/11 04:59

check your memory maybe it is not the same speed or frecuency mine is runing with 1.5 G and works fine

Daffy, 2009/09/11 03:56

I have upgraded my A70's Ram by 1GB.
Once I have done that I cannot start my computer.
When I remove the 1GB Ram I have no issues with the A70.
any suggestions?

I thank you in advance.


Alejandro, 2009/03/09 04:30

under a toshiba A75 works perfect, but sensor are not set if cpu goes over 95% it shutdown by over head, had to set cpu frequency to max 2.67GHz to keep it working.

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