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Toshiba Satellite C40D

Introduction

Satellite C40D, tested on Linux Mint 17.

Specifications

Toshiba support page here

NameToshiba Satellite C40D
ProcessorAMD A4-5000 Quad Core (1.5GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache)
Screen14“ Widescreen HD LED Backlit Display (1366 x 768)
RAMUp to 16GB DDR3 (1333 MHz)
HDD500GB SATA (5400rpm)
Optical DriveDVD SuperMulti Double/Dual Layer
GraphicsAMD Radeon HD 8330 Graphics
Network Qualcomm Atheros AR8162 10/100Mbps LAN
Realtek RTL8188EE wireless 802.11(b/g/n)

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
GraphicsYesRequires proprietary AMD driver to function correctly. This driver only supports more recent versions of Linux like Ubuntu 14.04 or newer (or equivalent.)
HDMI OutYesRequires AMD driver.
Optical DriveYes
SoundYes
Headphone PortYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYesRequires Realtek driver, usually available in repositories.
USBYes
Card ReaderYes
WebcamYes
KeyboardYes
TouchpadYes

Notes

Graphics performance with the open source driver will make the computer almost unusable. It will need the AMD driver. The AMD driver was a massive headache to install with Ubuntu 13.10, but from Ubuntu 14.04 onwards it is much better. But once AMD stops updating the driver it will probably become impossible to upgrade Linux version.

Summary

It's a nice laptop and generally plays well with Linux. I just wish it wasn't AMD graphics (even though the graphics is acceptable as of now with the AMD driver.)


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toshiba_satellite_c40d.txt · Last modified: 2015/09/10 21:56 by adam
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