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Toshiba Satellite L30

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite L30 laptop. The L30 is a very low end laptop with some very cheap components. Not even a wireless network card is included.

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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Specifications

NameToshiba Satellite L30
ProcessorIntel Celeron-M 380 1.6GHz
Screen14.1” WXGA
RAM256MB
HDD40GB
Optical DriveDVD-ROM/CD-RW
GraphicsATI Radeon Xpress 200M
Network10/100 Ethernet
Other2 x USB2.0

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYes
EthernetYes
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes

Notes

The ATI Radeon Xpress 200M included in the L30 can work with either the open source radeon module or ATI's proprietary fglrx module. However the 200M has minimal 3D support so there isn't much point in installing the fglrx module.

The sound system in the L30 does not work without patching the ALSA code so it will require some compiling work for it to being functioning. More information on this issue can be found on here.

Summary

The sound issue in Linux that the Toshiba Satellite L30 currently has makes this a poorly supported laptop for Linux.


Discussion

jimmyrapper, 2014/04/03 13:12

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ivanhv, 2014/01/23 13:14

recently i get Toshiba laptop L30. I've tested many linux distro like AntiX 13, latest crunchbang, Slitaz 4.0, backtrack 5r3 and now linux mint 16. everything works well except sound. and I'm still out of luck with every options inside alsa-base.conf file.

Frank, 2013/12/22 15:40

For anyone stumbling across this trying to find a Linux distro that'll work well with this POS laptop ;)

For a while I have been driving Linux Mint on my various machines, and this old L30-113 laptop has never played well - until now. Recently I upgraded the base OS to Linux Mint 16 (Petra), and hey presto, everything's working lovely:

- ACPI keys work (brightness etc)

- Suspend to RAM works (never saw this work with any Linux on this laptop)

- Web video playback is acceptable at 360-480p

- VLC video playback is perfect at 720p

- Sound works perfectly

- Wireless networking works perfectly

Previous iterations of Mint, Ubuntu and pretty much every other Linux I tried had various combinations of issues with this laptop, though things started to become usable at Ubuntu 10.04. Mint 13 improved everything a lot but problems remained until the recent upgrade to Mint 16. Everything's just about perfect now.

It's my kitchen kickabout, as a result I'm not too fussy about performance, but with Mint 16 full usability is restored. I would recommend over 1G of RAM for usable performance though, and replacing the lousy supplied hard drive with something better will definitely boost performance as well. Recommend changing the default Html login screen for a GTK one as the animated login screens are a bit heavy on this laptop.

Enjoy :)

aditya jalan, 2012/01/22 10:45

respected sir/madam
with due respect myself aditya jalan
i have install Linux and i m new one and not familiar to Linux any more
i wanna to run Internet via lan cabel and net is not excess in my system
my laptop configuration is Toshiba satellite c640 x4013
4 GB ram
500 GB hard disk
and along with this i m not able to play songs and video films
so please help me to solve this problem

achemsx, 2010/11/27 16:29

sahabat indonesia yang baik, “informasinya” netbook toshibaq Nb 205 setelah install linux ubuntu 10.04 bermasalah pada soundnya,bantuanya thanks

Tassos, 2010/01/22 08:40

For L30-115 I have I tried 'options snd-hda-intel model=asus-laptop' and works both speakers and headphones. I tested this option at:
Ubuntu 8.04Lts, 9.10 - works
Ubuntu 8.10, 9.04 - works but the sound is unstable

Opensuse 11.2 - works
Mandriva - works

Roman Shomas, 2009/11/04 11:52

I tested Satellite L30-10X (CeleronM 440, 1024MB RAM, HDD80GB, WiFi in).

- Under Ubuntu 8.10 and later sound works fine, no manual configuration needed; in earlier distributions - headphones only;
- Suspend/Resume doesn't work;

Also, using kernels 2.6.31 system usually hangs when plugging/unplugging AC adapter. Turning ACPI support off helps. In earlier kernels there is no such isuue.

hermeia, 2009/09/05 22:23

I'm using mostly slax [6.x], and the only problem is the modem
(the modem link above doesn't work publickliy)
Sound only (still..) works on the headphones, so it's either them or external speakers. The same with other live linux, ie. backtrack, ubuntu, etc..
- some distros mixing up their sound servers (alsa & oss) need some work here, ie configure everything for [out-of-the-box] alsa, and it's ok for the headphones.
The alsa updating is supposed to also fix the modem thing.. as the modem is “hidden” fron the system on the exact same bus with the HDA sound card, but I haven't tried it yet.

I've never tried the card thing, as all of you also seem not to..

my 2 cents

irhaman, 2009/04/21 17:43

hai sobat linux indonesia
aku punya masalah ni soal sound. saat setelah ku install ubuntu 8.10 sound di laptopku membisu. mungkin teman - teman ada yang pernah mengalami hal yang seperti ini dan berhasil menanganinya. saya sangat membutuhkan bantuan teman-teman. jangan lupa lo…….. ku tunggu ya……..

irhaman, 2009/04/21 11:11

tongin aku dong sound laptop ku membisu saat setelah ku install ubuntu 8.10 Ada solusi ga

Daniel Dunphy, 2008/10/19 10:07

I've tried Ubuntu 8 with this laptop after I upgraded the memory and the hard disk. Everything worked fine except for the sound. Then I tried Mandriva Linux 2008.1 everything worked fine including the sound so if your going to use Linux use Mandriva because you dont have to play with settings.

Bob Duncan, 2008/06/09 22:22

Sound working ubuntu Hardy Heron

Have tried many distros on this laptop and sound has been my only problem.I have however been able to get it working on suse 10.2 but no sound from headphones.Ihave just installed ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron and sound was the only problem.I did what I found to work in suse and that was to add” options snd-hda-intel model=uniwill-31 ” to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.Headphones still don't work.For some unknown reason alsamixer is not available.I have installed the same ubuntu on my desktop and alsamixer is installed.
Have only been hanging on to windows xp for genealogy program family tree maker but now with ubuntu and gramps it's farewell windows.

jstn, 2008/05/01 09:19

Linux is working, but:

  • problem with sound (fix with one line in alsa file)
  • L30 - 115 has wifi (atheros 5005g) but ad-hoc mode is not working (windows driver maybe works, i don't tested)
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