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Excellent
 
26% (19)
Good
 
14% (10)
Fair
 
7% (5)
Poor
 
11% (8)
Unusable
 
42% (31)

Toshiba Satellite C850-C855

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite C850-C855 laptop. If you have the Toshiba Satellite C850-C855 and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Toshiba Satellite C850-C855. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Toshiba Satellite C850-C855 page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Toshiba Satellite C850-C855 specifications page.

NameToshiba Satellite C850-C855
ProcessorIntel Celeron Processor B815
Intel Pentium processor B960
Intel Core i3-2350M Processor
Intel Core i5-2450M Processor
Intel® Core™ i3-3120M
Screen15.6” 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel HD graphics
Intel HD graphics 3000
AMD Radeon HD 7610M
Network10/100 Ethernet
802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
Graphics ChipIssues
VGA OutWorks
HDMI OutNot Tested
SoundNot Tested
Bulti-in MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone JackWorks
Microphone JackNot Tested
EthernetNeeds workSee notes
WirelessMay need workMake sure you have at least kernel 3.5.0, but I would recommend at least 3.8.0 for best results. See notes.
BluetoothNot Tested
USBWorks
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested
Touch PadWorks
Suspend/ResumeWorks

Notes

The hardware seem to be problematic with this laptop, however using the latest Linux kernel seems to solve most of these problems. In Ubuntu try installing the xorg-edgers PPA which also installs a newer kernel (3.8 as of time of writing). See the LinWik guides for details.

Ethernet

See http://www.linuxfoundation.org/collaborate/workgroups/networking/alx for instructions in getting the Ethernet working

Wireless

A really up to date kernel is required for wireless support, at least 3.5.0 is recommended. Realtek has the Linux drivers available for download but they must be re-complied after upgrades to kernel.

Summary

Not the best supported laptop but with some work the Toshiba Satellite C850-C855 can be made to work fairly well with Linux.


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Mow, 2013/08/19 11:18

I have a C855 running Xubuntu 13.04 and everything works flawlessly and have no issues.

Had to install the video driver for this (Intel graphics) but it still works great. I would recommend Linux Mint for this however, for as good as Xubuntu runs on it Mint seems to run even better but hat could just be my perception.

And I have everything running from WiFi to the wired LAN to sound and playing movies in HD.

scrubby, 2013/06/26 12:43

I have a Toshiba c850 with windows 7 OS. I cannot get any external devices to work, when plugged into USB port nothing happens. Try to use a Behringer BCD dj mixer with it and it says 'windows does not recognize this device'. Nothings happens with other devices….HELP!!!!

Bj, 2013/05/28 20:56

VectorLinux 7 64bit random lockups, Linux Mint 13 mate 64bit locks up after about 20 min of usage everything works out of the box though so maybe a kernal patch might fix this in fact the lockups are so odd that nothing is left in the syslog pertaining to why it froze or what it was doing prior to freezing. Ubuntu 13.04 desktop 64bit seems to run right out of the box with no issues and runs ever faster once switching to gnome-classic tested for 3 days and still running good. May try Slackware 14 once i look into what kernals are offered. All in all this laptop is garbage unless you want a basic windows 8 laptop and want it affordable. Picked this pile up at best buy with a case, av, and a 8gb flash drive for 347.

Bj, 2013/05/28 20:57

Oh forgot Satellite c855d-s5109

Cat-Man, 2013/03/30 23:08

does anyone have an xorg.conf that they can post with a working touchpad + external usb mouse config?

dnj, 2013/03/18 10:30

Hi, I also bought a Satellite C855-S5356. wish i saw this theese before :(

Enterprise linux has a display issue. Both fedora and mint work fine wifi also but Ethernet doesn't.

Can anybody please guide me how to get Atheros Communications Inc. AR8162 Fast Ethernet (rev 10) installed

Please feel free to sugest best distro for this laptop.

Many thanks..

Cat-Man, 2013/03/18 13:31

have you tried this?

http://www.linuxfoundation.org/collaborate/workgroups/networking/alx

dnj, 2013/03/22 02:33

it worked … thanks man. many thanks .. :)

Cat-Man, 2013/03/16 16:01

currently running debian 6 (wheezy) on a toshiba satellite c855-s5236. i had to compile and install both the realtek wireless rtl8188ce and atheros ethernet ar8162 drivers manually. working on getting the intel integrated graphics controller driver to work with xorg (using vesa driver) with the objective to run compiz. so yes, linux can run on these machines but certainly not plug and play (including ubuntu) from my experience.

Stephen, 2013/03/18 06:21

Would you mind sharing the compiled .ko's? I have the same machine and the same issue. Except I'm trying to run Ubuntu 12.10. Installing all the build dependancies is a nightmare, especially for someone who only half knows what he's doing.

Cat-Man, 2013/03/20 07:52

stephen, sorry i just saw your post.. can you send me your email address? i can try to help (i'm no expert either though) but i do have everything working now including the intel i915 video driver and compiz.

Stephen, 2013/03/22 06:00

Not necessary anymore. I got it working a day and a half after posting. My problem was that because I had no internet during installation, the installation was incomplete, so the kernel didn't put the build folder in the modules directory. So I just did a mkdir to make it. I kept getting a bunch of “No rule to make target modules”. After looking at that directory on another machine, I discovered that the build folder was supposed to be a symlink to the headers. Once I fixed that, it compiled just fine. So my network is working just fine. I used the alx drivers. Thanks for the response though.

jamesf, 2013/03/01 20:53

I have a Toshiba C855D-S5303 and Ubuntu Linux 12.10 works like a charm on it.

I had to go into BIOS thru fn>f2 and change the setting from UEFI to CSM Boot, but other than that, the install worked great and this laptop works wonderfully, even the built in WiFi adapter.

Sizzle, 2013/01/03 05:33

I have a C850 and in general, most distros will at least boot up. All distros that I've tried don't have working wifi, and some occasionally have issues with graphics. I sadly can't get my favourite distro Slitaz to boot at all! All trialled distros seem to suffer from the “reboot instead of shutting down” problem.

The wifi should be fixed in most distros soon enough I hope, and is easy to deal with anyway - most distros seem to allow ethernet, and Android USB tethering to help getting the wifi working. I'm used to the reboot issue now and usually remember to unplug before shutting down. I rather like this laptop overall but I guess it'd be nice to just have everything work out of the box too.

I had no problems with the link in the other comments & getting the wifi working on several *buntu variations (12.04 & 12.10, mix of 32 & 64 bit) & also Linux Mint Cinnamon 13 & 14 64-bit.

Dex, 2013/02/27 15:16

Good news : “reboot instead of shutting down” problem is fixed in Xubuntu after kernel update :) …

JL, 2012/12/29 16:20

Hi,

I just got Fedora 17 (X86_64) working on my Toshiba C855-S5308. Initially, I couldn't login using GDM and the ethernet and wireless weren't working.

So, I added a FAT32 partition, and got the ALX driver:

http://www.linuxfoundation.org/collaborate/workgroups/networking/alx

Then, I booted into Fedora, then I did Ctrl-Alt-F2 to get to text mode, and mounted the FAT32 partition, then I installed the ALX driver.

After I did that, and rebooted, I had connectivity through the hardwire ethernet (as “em1”).

I noticed that when I booted into Fedora, I'd get the Fedora wallpaper on my external monitor, but no GDM login.

However, on the laptop monitor, I was able to start the system tools and change the display to mirrored, and then, if I reboot and get the wallpaper on the external monito, I could login “in the blind” by pressing Enter, then my password, then Enter again, and Gnome showed up on my external monitor.

Once I had Gnome on the external monitor, I could use the network manager GUI to enable wireless.

Dex, 2012/12/20 21:53

Hi,

just saw this page…have problems with Satellite C855, Manjaro distro, WiFi not work and shut down problem is present (can not turn off notebook if adapter cable is pluged in).
Before it, used new distro, Voyager linux (based on Xubuntu), all was worked fine (not sure about bluetooth, did not use it)

If someone knows distro which works perfect on this notebook, please tell us.

WBR
Dejan.

Mrlovelygame, 2012/12/12 04:11

Linux does not work I have a Toshiba Satelitte C855D-S5303. Linux can't work at all and it just makes me mad. I think that the Linux workers need to ether creat something that can be used or just black ball this curd that people call a laptop.

Jessey , 2012/12/12 04:14

Linux does not work on these laptops. I hate Toshiba and Shadow the Hedgehog made it his goal to COMPLETLY DESTROY THEM in my fan fic on fanfiction.net. I hate them so much I want them to BURN IN HELL! They suport COMMUNISUM & MONOPOLEYS. We don't deserve to be treated like this. We should make them pay for treating us like shit!

Sc0Hel, 2013/07/11 02:52

Guys,

Bad news, Tashiba is about Microsoft and Money, not helping us make linux work on their platforms. I purchased a Toshiba over 9 years ago, to run linux. On the way, the product burned up. When questioned, they stated they were being sued, and yes they know what I had purchased just three months before was going to burn.

Out of it, I receive a $500 certificate towards another Tashiba product.

They only reason I am on this forum, is my girl friend bought it for her mom, with expectations it was running windows 7. After the bate and switch with windows 8, and subsequent in ability to return it, or back it out to windows 7, we reloaded her old HP, loaded it with linux and she was great.

I am now stuck with this POS, attempting to get some value out of it. In short never, never, never, never buy Tashiba product!!!

Leny, 2012/12/12 04:27

I want to get revenge on them to. Just like you I killed my Windows 8 and now I am screwed. I hate them and we should ban their products. Linux does not even run so even though it is cheap it is useless. DAM YOU TOSHIBA DAM YOU ALL TO HELL AND BURN!

Paul, 2012/11/13 15:38

Same nightmare as everyone else, gave up and bought a 2nd hand intel 1030 wireless n and bluetooth card from ebay. 30 mins later back up and running on ubuntu 12.10 - bluetooth (at least my motorola bt mouse) working, and wifi up and running and apparently stable (tried 2 hotspots - both wpa2 protected - and it all looks like its working.

Not the ideal solution but I needed a laptop to work - and this seemed like the quickest win - happy to share “teardown” info if anyone wants to do the same - early days but I am using the wifi right now and its the most stable its ever been - will test speed and range when I get home.

Braber01, 2012/10/29 22:02

I've had this laptop for about 3 months and all of the sudden the usb ports have stopped working under lynx.

Zion CIty, 2012/10/22 13:16

The laptop is working perfectly with stock Ubuntu 12.04 kernel with PAE instruction sets (kernel 3.0.4-PAE) using VGA Intel i915 driver for the video and X server from ubuntu 12.04.
On top of this kernel/driver configuration I am running Debian6.0.5 with GNOME2. The only problematic HW that I am stumbling into is the Internal Microphone and the Wireless Adapter.
The second was fixed with compilation of the proper drivers (in the new kernel versions it should be included). But I am unable to fix the microphone.. recently I have also problems with the external MIC jack.
If some one have tested this.. please confirm or give me a resolution.

Paul, 2012/11/13 15:41

Wireless issues - see my other post - I gave up and replaced the NIC.

Internal microphone - used with google chat and skype - worked ok for me - not much help I am afraid, and only used a few times, but no issues found for me. Running Ubuntu 12.10 64bit (upgraded from 12.04)

Hans, 2012/10/02 10:44

Toshiba Satellite C850 is works perfectly fine with OpenSuse 12.2 Linux, except that is reboots when shutting down with AC adapter connected.

Use the Laptop's POWER SWITCHT to safely shut the system down. This initiates the shutdown process as if you would have clicked on the “Shutdown” menu item. You can observe this after you have switched to one of the tty consoles (Ctrl, Alt, F2), logged in as root and then pushed the power switch down until the laptop has powered down. It takes a few seconds while you can watch the individual processes being shut down and unwritten data flushed to disk.

If you all was want to see this removes covering boot splash display image by deleting 'splash=silent quiet' from the Optional Kernel Command Line Parameters in Grub or Lilo.

ZJ, 2012/08/13 19:54

Agreed - this laptop is a total nightmare for linux users. I have managed to get the wifi working on Ubuntu using this guide here:

http://askubuntu.com/questions/139632/wireless-card-realtek-rtl8723ae-bt-is-not-recognized

Good luck.

Shih Chi Kao, 2012/08/13 05:21

I also bought one.
This laptop can not pass KMS win7 activation and it becomes nightmare to me. So I installed Ubuntu system, but the ether network can not work.
Do anyone can solve this problem?

V. Narayanan, 2012/07/27 11:57

Hi
I got this laptop.
It seems that it is a useless decision as Windows 7 gets corrupt and I could not install anything.

On Linux Front, I could install Fedora, Pin-Guy OS and Linux Mint 13.
However, I am not able to use the Network.
Even ethernet LAN is not working.

I do not know how come a useless laptop like this is made by Toshiba.
Even unproven ASUS Laptops works well compared to this.

Yours
VN

Michele, 2012/07/19 10:42

Do not buy this laptop if you want to install a Linux system, I tried ubuntu, mint, centos, fedora, opensuse and if you leave the power cord attached and try to shut down the PC completes the shutdown procedure and then after 5 seconds exactly on pc restart by itself, there is no way to make it work even changing the parameters of grub and no way to work on the bios. Unfortunately toshiba refuses to assist because they think if with windows 7 the shutdown works for them is ok. The nice thing is that this notebook is sold without an operating system, something incredible, thanks toshiba.

Javier, 2012/06/28 19:13

rocessor Work
Screen Work
HDD Not Tested
Optical Drive Work
Graphics Chip Work
VGA Out Not Tested
HDMI Out Not Tested
Sound Work
Bulti-in Microphone Not Tested
Headphone Jack Not Tested
Microphone Jack Not Tested
Ethernet Work
Wireless Work
Bluetooth Not Tested
USB Work
Card Reader Work
Webcam Work
Touch Pad Not Tested
Suspend/Resume Not Tested

ZJ, 2012/08/06 14:25

I am attempting yet another linux distro installation (I have lost count now) in the hope that I cn get the damn wireless card to work. . . how did you get it to work on yours?

V Narayanan, 2012/08/08 10:38

Hi! Javier
Sorry I saw your post just today.
I was fed-up and moved to Windows 7 on the laptop.
Of the two laptop I have one has crashed now…

Could you tell me what linux distribution you used and how did the wireless was working.
Yours
VN

ZJ, 2012/08/13 19:59

Agreed - the Realtek RTL8723E wireless card is a total bastard. I have managed to get the wifi working by following this guide:

http://askubuntu.com/questions/139632/wireless-card-realtek-rtl8723ae-bt-is-not-recognized

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