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Toshiba Satellite L350D-L355D

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite L350D-L355D laptop.

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 L350D-L355D. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Toshiba Satellite L350D-L355D page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Toshiba Satellite L350D specifications page.

NameToshiba Satellite L350D-L355D
ProcessorAMD Turion 64 X2
Screen17“ WXGA+ Widescreen
RAM2GB to 4GB
HDD160GB to 200GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon X1250 or AT Radeon 3100
NetworkEthernet, Atheros 802.11bg or Realtel RTL8187b

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYesAMD Turion 64bit dual core. Detected.
ScreenUp to 1400×900
HDDYesSata @ 5400rpm
Optical DriveYesReads all formats. Writes DVD +/- R/RW
GraphicsYesVGA Out with xorg ati driver. 3D with FGLRX
SoundYesRealtek. No problems
EthernetYesUsing kernel driver.
WirelessYesworking with compat wirless driver from wireless.kernel.org
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraYes using Chicony driver in kernel.

Notes

The latest kernel update under proposed repository in intrepid ibex now supports 3D with opengl and DRI with the xorg driver so the proprietary fglrx driver no longer has to be used.
The wifi drivers will need to be recompiled as although it still works it drops connection after an unspecified time (making downloading large files impossible) and otherwise has to be restarted.

BERYL

Many people are saying on forums and youtube that the only way to get those cool effects like rubbery windows is with “BERYL”.

That infact is not the case. ubuntu has this as a fuction in the apperence settings. Just click the high apperance setting. Hope this helped.

Summary

You can enter a summary of how well the Toshiba Satellite L350D-L355D works with Linux here.
Please be sure to read other comments to avoid duplicate posting of problems.
Also if replying to correct a post check that no other comments already contain a solution/correction to avoid duplicates of same.


Discussion

Tyler, 2013/09/27 15:49

Debian Wheezy (7.1) installed on this laptop just fine. To get out of the GNOME 3's fallback mode after installation, you need the firmware-linux-nonfree package from Debian's main contrib nonfree. This will find a few missing realtek wireless drivers as well as the missing Radeon driver. After a quick restart, you'll be refreshed with GNOME's new look. I'm very impressed. For such old hardware, this thing runs like a champion. Very quick, sleek, and good looking with GNOME's new refreshed look. I'm in love with Debian and this laptop without Vista!

LM Ruiz, 2013/04/17 13:34

Linux Mint Debian works flawlessly. Highly recommend it. I use MATE and it is pretty fast.

haybface, 2012/04/18 09:25

i bought a toshiba satellite l355d with window vista but when it crash,i formatted it and re-install another,since then i've not able 2find any graphics driver 2drive it,inshort i cant even play any game on my pc,pls wot can i do?and have lost d system cds

Tracy, 2012/04/18 10:42

http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/home.jsp

Click download & enter your full model number (from the tag on the bottom of the laptop).

Cheers!

gr0x0rd, 2012/01/01 00:58

I was searching because after installing natty my fan hadn't kicked on and found this thread. While reading it the fan kicked on- which is great- which brought the CPU down from 89.4 degrees to 48.5 (gotta love conky).

But now that the system has been sitting at that temperature, the fan doesn't seem to be turning off- so I guess we're not out of the woods just yet :) But having a fan that doesn't turn off is certainly better than a fan that doesn't turn on…

~g

Tracy, 2012/01/07 11:36

Works fine with Mint 11 & 12. I have 11 installed & 12 ran fine as a live DVD…

I think there may be a few little niggly things (front headset/mic isn't running, onboard is superb- great in skype), but all in all, 'tis good enough for me & fast!

Tamas, 2011/01/01 21:12

Folks,

I've found some sort of solution on the web and works for my satellite l350d!
Apparently this laptop was installed with non-standaqrd bios, hence the toshiba_apci module does not work with this product.
There is an alternative solution posted here, you need to install the omnibook module and the fan will kick in…just follow the instruction through this link:
http://swinky-linuxblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/ubuntu-on-toshiba-satellite-l305-howto.html

Tamas, 2011/01/05 12:54

Mind you, installing this omnibook module might cause your laptop to keep switching itself back on, unless you take out the battery :(

Paul, 2011/01/20 01:31

How is this solution working out for you? Still no major problems? Really want to put Ubuntu on my l350d.

Pendelton, 2010/12/31 18:24

Right, I've installed a fresh copy of 10.04 (previously had fan and overheating problems on 9.04). Before I did that I upgraded my bios to the latest version. The good news is that a fresh install of 10.04 on this laptop works fine. The bad news is that the fan still won't switch on and my laptop keeps overheating and switching itself off. I've tried all of the suggestions that I can find (boot menu, toshiba utils etc.) but none of these help. I can't believe that this problem persists in the latest LTS version of Ubuntu. I've seen hundreds of people posting with the same problem for well over a year.

Tamas, 2010/12/31 15:14

Sorry folks, I meant 9.04 release in my previous post…

Tamas, 2010/12/31 15:11

I did't have much luck with Ubuntu 10.10 on my L-350d, everything worked ok at a glance then I realised that the cpu fan doesn't work. I have tried all of the tricks to make it work but nothing positive - toshutils doesn't run, I have the latest BIOS, k10tmep installed, you name it…I am just too fed up installing the stable 8.04 release, but I might do if someone can confirm again that it will work well with the laptop's cooling system.

There is a very lame solution for the fan problem, start Ubuntu fan will not work, use it for a few minutes, restart it then in the boot mode - prior to grub load - the fan will start cooling the cpu, then grub loads in, you choose your Ubuntu and voila, the fan will work, but it won't stop. Lame solution as I said, but at least your temp wil drop down to ~65C, even in power-mode.

cafiah, 2010/10/29 18:08

No problem to signal with ubuntu 10.10 except the fan problem, no fan running, the computer over heat and nothing to do…

nothing new concerning this issue?

fan toshiba L350D not running

heh, 2010/06/01 16:54

My mother purchased one of these (despite me telling her not to…) because she loved the large monitor.

Looks like I'll be staying up for a few nights trying to get Fedora to work on this l355d… heh!

anthraxtheterrible, 2009/09/19 12:47

not much to say i am a noob and had a friend down grade my L355D to XP dual boot with opensuse (dont remember the ver num) never figured it out. since then ive been screwing around with hardy herron on a desktop to get used to it when im not hating the oem onthe toshiba soon going to seattle where i will join GSLUG to get me off the widnoze 4 ever i can install and with this machine and alot of info on getting the thing “open” all thats left now is wine>steam>CS:s and all other windows apps are forgotten
peace

L355D Gentoo, 2009/09/11 10:26

I've tried many different distro's on this laptop. Biggest issue to date is that the fans are not working as expected. They don't turn on when needed which has caused the laptop to overheat and stop running. I understand it's because of the InsydeH2O bios. I have updated the bios and added acpi_osi=“Linux” to grub's menu.lst, but the issue remains. Other ACPI things seem to work perfectly. I would not recommend this laptop (with this bios) to anyone looking to run linux because of this issue.

Keith, 2009/10/16 02:36

Mines the other way around, it turns on as needed but doesn't go back down.

Karmic, 2009/12/25 22:49

I have the same problem: when turning hot, the fan goes off but never stops again, even inside a really cold environment. This is annoying :(

L355D Gentoo, 2009/11/02 22:18

I ended up reinstalling Vista onto this Toshiba laptop and sold it. I was never able to figure out the fan issue, and I couldn't live without Linux, so I brought an Asus X59SR instead. I'm happy to report, all is working as intended.

Pendelton, 2010/03/10 21:12

My fan worked fine on 9.04 but on 9.10 it just switches on full speed and won't turn off. Have tried various acpi settings. acpi=off works but then you get loads of other problems. Also with 9.10 wireless card won't start automatically, brightness keys stopped working and dual display is very tricky to get working. Would recommend sticking with 9.04, I upgraded over 3 weeks ago and still can't get 9.10 working as well as 9.04.

ac4000, 2009/05/10 20:47

Had a problem where the computer wouldn't suspend (sleep) when the lid was closed. Fixed it by:

changing
action=/etc/acpi/lid.sh

to
action=/usr/bin/gnome-power-cmd.sh

in
/etc/acpi/events/lidbtn

db, 2009/03/12 05:43

I have installer Ubuntu 8.10 back in September, all is fine except for the initial issue with the camera not being recognized. The camera issue was solve with an update around January.

Since then, only one configuration issue to report. I created a encrypted directory using pam_ and now I get to enter my SU password twice whenever needed - which renders non-console password requests inoperative. If I need to run a GUI with SU permissions, I need to run any command in terminal that require SU credentials, then I can go back to the GUI … weird.

Ray, 2008/11/16 12:41

Ubuntu on L350D

Happy to report that Ubuntu will install on this laptop.
8.04 drops to a busybox shell but 8.04.1 installs fine. Oddly ultimate Ubuntu based on 8.04 installs ok.
As an alternative 7.10 (Gutsy) will install and then a direct upgrade to 8.04 is possible.
8.10 (Intrepid) installs ok but the wifi driver for realtek rtl8187b does not work as its written for card id 8197 and the l350d used id 8198. There are workarounds but I haven't got wifi to work as of yet.

Sound is fine. Video is handled by the ati/radeon xorg driver in 2D or the proprietry driver fglrx which is offered on first boot and provides 3D.
Acceleration in 3D works but has high flicker especially when running full screen.
Compiz however is excellent.
No problems with trackpad but as usual the FN keys don't work or the music/dvd keys.
Webcam works with the chicony driver.
Ethernet is working with no problems.
USB works as expected.
Both 32 and 64 bit versions of ubuntu run fine.
Expresscard untested as I don't have anything to test it with.
External VGA works with the standard xorg ati/radeon driver. If you want to use this and don't need to run any 3d app/games then it's best to stick with the xorg driver instead of fglrx.

On the whole I am fairly happy to recommend running hardy or intrepid on this laptop.
Main problem now is getting wifi working. But this applies to everyone using the rtl8187b driver using the 8198 id.

Ray, 2008/11/30 18:36

I'm happy to report that the driver from http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Download
works fine with intrepid and kernel >= 2.26.27

Download and extract then from terminal enter the directory created.
All that's needed then is to
sudo su then enter password to beome superuser
Enter the following commands pressing enter after each one.
make, make install, make unload, modprobe rtl8187
I can confirm it is working with wpa encryption.
After installation the wireless network is available from network manager and you just have to enter the wpa password the first time its selected.

Ray Smith, 2008/12/15 16:45

To get wifi working in Hardy Heron follow the guide here http://www.datanorth.net/~cuervo/blog/rtl8187b-drivers-and-patches/

Following instructions connection is possible with wep encryption but not wpa.
For wpa you will need to upgrade to intrepid or try to upgrade the kernel to 2.6.26 or higher and compile the driver from wireless.kernel.org

Ray, 2008/10/12 00:53

L350D& Linux

Unsuccessful in trying to get any ubuntu variant installed. Cannot even boot live CD. Knoppix booted ok but no sound or network on wifi. Had to enable vesa mode.
Problems with partitioning as gprted livecd boots but cannot find any partitions.
I understand problem is with the way bios sets up drive.
Have read report ubuntu intrepid ibex works with this laptop. Am still looking for a solution to boot live cd I like & for partitioning drive otherwise may have to wait for ibex full release.

L355D UBUNTU 8.10, 2008/12/02 21:36

I had the same problum with the Live CD I recieved by mail. The thing is, by the time it got to me it was already out of date! Try downloading The newest desktop version (8.10) and installing through windows with an active internet connection. Any problums reply!! Hope this helped!

Ray, 2008/12/15 16:49

The latest version of gparted has no problem with partitions.
Parted Magic is an ideal solution that can be booted from and then used without the CD in the drive. Also it contains networking support built in.

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