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Toshiba Satellite L300

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite L300 laptop. Thanks to Michael Lashkevich for providing this report. This laptop was tested with OpenSUSE 10.3

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.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Toshiba Satellite L300. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Toshiba Satellite L300 page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Toshiba Satellite L300 specifications page.

NameToshiba Satellite L300
ProcessorIntel Celeron-M 550 2.0GHz
Screen15.4” WXGA Widescreen
RAM1GB
HDD120GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
NetworkEthernet, 802.11bg

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessNot Testeddevice detected but only configured with Yast
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
CameraYesdriver CNF7051
HibernationYeskernel provided with grub bootloader

Notes

Everything tested works perfectly.

There was a problem with the AHCI support of the hard disk. Then I switched the controller to the Compatibility Mode (via BIOS), booted Linux, then registered as a root, made a backup of 'initrd', and then typed:

$ mkinitrd -m 'ahci'

Then I halted the computer, switched the controller to the AHCI mode, and booted it again.

There are many reports of non-functioning “Fn” keys and also with ACPI fan control issues, especially after suspending or hibernating. This issue is due to a fault in the InsydeH20 BIOS code, version 1.5. The solution is to upgrade (flash) a more recent version of the BIOS (specifically version 2.2). Read how to do that here.

Summary

The Toshiba Satellite L300 works well with Linux. Only some minor configuration work was required which may not be necessary for other Linux distributions.


Discussion

Anonymous, 2011/10/19 12:29

I just thought I'd share with the world: I have a Toshiba satellite L300-17k, and I ran OpenSuse 11.2 with it. Started well, but then got terrible. Eventually I couldnt even log into my own account! I then switched to Fedora 15 (Lovelock), and after initial update it works wonders! ;)

kaj, 2011/05/09 08:47

I have a Toshiba Satellite 300-149 Intel Centrino dual Core 1,83Ghz T5550.
What Linux would you advise me to install - i intend to have a dual boot -option to choose between 2 OS.
I intend to use the ubuntu for browsing the internet as I have not fully legal software on my vista?
I've heard that people go into overheating issues with Toshiba with ubuntu!
I'm a real newbie who doesn't have lately enough energy to learn.
How can I use the Ubuntu safely - can it be saved from potential linux viruses

SAURABH TRIPATHI, 2011/03/29 17:44

sir,
I NEW TO RHEL
MY LAPTOP IS TOSHIBA SATELLITE L300,I WANT TO INSTALL RHEL 5 FROM DVD.
PLEASE GIVE ME THE PROCEEDURE

adolfo gonzalez, 2009/11/23 21:10

I forgot mentioned that I have Opensuse 11.2 in my laptop, I found this webpage that can be useful to configure Wireless card

http://opensuse.swerdna.org/susewireless.html#started

adolfo gonzalez, 2009/11/23 20:20

I buy a L305-SP6944C, (Pentium dual core 2.16, 2GB, 160GB, card reader 4-in-1, web camera with microphone, wireless card Realtek RTL8187) Everything is working OK, I have problems with WLAN but I have to confugure Network Manager to solve this, the rest of the components was detected during the instalation

David, Australia, 2009/08/22 08:04

I have a Toshiba Satellite L300, 2GB Dual Pentium. It works brilliantly with Linux after a few software adjustments.

Fan problem seems related to latest kernels. I'm using Mandriva 2009.1 which normally has kernel 2.6.29.1 - with this kernel fan behaved as described above - ie not working until notebook is hot enough for BIOS to force it full on. Read on for solution, and kill two birds with one stone!

To install dial-up modem drivers which presently require a kernel prior to 2.6.28, I chose kernel 2.6.27.7 which was Mandriva's latest prior to 2.6.28. It's then possible to install the correct dkms-agrsm modem driver. You need to get the latest agrsm driver (agrsm-2.1.80-7mdv2009.0 for Mandriva) from http://linmodems.technion.ac.il/packages/ltmodem/11c11040/ Note: agrsm-2.1.80-2mdv2009.0 which is available from the Mandriva repositries does not compile, you need the one I say and you have to run ./setup as root to install it. You THEN need to install agrsm 2.1.80-2 from a Mandriva repository so that the modem serial daemon is started; you can either reboot (“windows whimp” style) or issue the command 'service agr_softmodem start' as root, after which your modem is available as /dev/modem

I use Gnome desktop. If you do too, don't try to setup the modem in Mandriva's network setup tool because it installs a KDE dialer. Although this works, gnome-ppp is a more suitable dialer for Gnome. It is easy to setup and reliable. I get reliable 50666K connection, but I'm close to the exchange - your mileage will vary.

A side effect of installing the earlier kernel is that the fan works as it should.

Just add the Gnome 'Brightness Applet' to set screen brightness. The Fn buttons don't work, but so what, you get what you need.

Compiz 3D desktop works very well in Gnome on this machine. Gnome/Linux outperforms both Vista and XP on this machine.

I use XP inside VirtualBox for testing web sites with IE8, which is the ONLY reason I EVER use Windows these days. This notebook excels at this with its dual Pentium, having no perceptible performance reduction running XP inside Linux. In fact XP starts and stops much quicker than natively.

For newcomers to Linux; Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, Ubuntu are all good distributions of Linux. They will all work with all hardware that's supported by Linux. Sometimes you need to make the extra effort for items like dial-up modems to locate and install correct drivers. If the disto you like best isn't working with your hardware, just do the research and make it work. Don't think Windows is somehow easier, it's not. For example, Windows XP won't even install on a SATA hard drive system unless you know that you have to have a SATA driver accessible at install time. Just get over the Linux vs Windows arguments; concentrate on the job and Linux is fun, fast, secure and highly productive. Once you've used Linux as long as I have, you won't WANT to do anything on Windows - ever again.

lue42x, 2009/06/30 23:30

Silviu, I have the same laptop and am having the same problem (linux not communicating properly with the fan, the graphics card always on max and becoming hot). It really sucks cus the guy at the store told me that Toshiba doesn't cater exclusively to Microsoft and so Linux will work … but after months of trying to get Linux to work on this I'm just about ready to give up. This really sucks.

Lee, 2009/03/15 20:36

Hi

I have a Toshiba Satellite L300. I am having problems getting the Laptop to power up. I only have it 5 days, was working great on friday and now I cannot get it to power up. I have tried everything that I can think of and have followed the troubleshooting manual. I have spent many hours trying to make it work.

Has any one got any ideas

Silviu, 2009/02/17 08:17

I have Toshiba Satellite L300-1AM, Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3200 - 2GHz with 4G Ram, graphics Intel GMA4500, wireless Realtek 8187B seen as RTL8198, HDD 250GB, webcam Chicony. I'm using Kiwi Linux 8.12, which is Ubuntu 8.10 romanian version on x386. All is workink well but Fn+Fx and Toshiba_ACPI module are not working because of InsydeH2O BIOS. So I can't use Fn+Fx keys and kernel doesn't have control on fan or video power management. If you have problems with wifi RTL8187B when seen as rtl8198, you can do like this:
1.Open a terminal if you have not yet done so, it can be found in the menu path:
Applications→Accessories→Terminal
2.Issue the command: sudo apt-get install build-essential
3.Download the latest wireless drivers from Linux Wireless
4.Extract the driver package with the command: tar jxvf compat-wireless-2009-01-03.tar.bz2
5.There should now be a folder by the name 'compat-wireless-2009-01-03', enter it with: cd compat-wireless-2009-01-03
6.Next type: make
7.After the wireless drivers have finished compiling, type: sudo make install
8.Reboot and enjoy working wireless!
I found this howto here http://www.cs.uku.fi/~modinos/ubuntu.html.

So, toshiba_acpi module is innside kernel but can't be loaded. If someone can solve this problem, please post here how can be solved. I've written to Toshiba and they rply that they are offfferin support only for Microsoft OS and they are making products ONLY to be used with Microsoft OS. Nice, isn't it !?

HW71, 2009/03/27 09:05

It should be mentioned where these “Linux Wireless” can be downloaded:

Linux Wireless download page

After installing these drivers as described on the linked page my Toshiba Setellite L300-1CM using that Realtek RTL8187B wireless adapter works without any problems together with wicd as network manager replacement on Ubuntu 8.10.

Unfortunately I still have problems with my CPU FAN: after 10 … 15 minutes it suddenly starts running with full power, but doesn't slow down / stop afterwards any more - but on my L300-1CM box this is the only flaw together with Ubuntu 8.10.

HTH,

Cheers, HW

wim, 2009/01/14 06:26

Same problem here. Seems to be some issue with the realtech wifi communicating with the LAN on bios level (seen on different types of notebooks)

Strange enough it did work (more or less) on Suse 10.3 but not on 11 nor on ubuntu hardy (i didnt test any others)

Perhaps there are some updates by now (i hope that the new ubuntu in april will solve automatically these conflicts with the wifi/LAN) but i would advise everyone to look for a different notebook if your sole goal is running linux. Otherwise prepare for endless hours on forums, and then probably still to no avail :-(

I am now running windows on it due to these problems. Even more sadly its vista, since the ACPI setting in bios has to be set in compatibilty mode for sata-incompability with xp which makes it somewhat unstable…
Furthermore, no cd's were shipped in the box and the drivers for xp on toshiba website DO NOT WORK - making them equally useless for use in linux distros

wim, 2009/01/14 06:29

*AHCI* instead of ACPI
(never try to write two things simultaneously ;-) )

Johan, 2009/01/01 20:15

I have a Toshiba Satellite L300-17k. Linux works great exept the WLAN. I have spent many hours trying to make it work. I have Ubuntu 8.10, I have also tried Debian, OpenSuse, Fedora and a few others. Everything worked exept the WLAN. I had to buy a D-Link wlan adapter; DWL-g122. It's 54 mbps.. Works perfectly, right away!

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