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Toshiba Satellite M45


This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite M45 laptop. The M45 is a fairly standard Centrino based laptop which features good Linux support.

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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NameToshiba Satellite M45
ProcessorIntel Pentium-M 725 1.6GHz
Screen15.4“ WXGA
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 900
Network10/100 Ethernet, Intel 2200 802.11g Wireless
Other3 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
SoundYesUse the snd-intel8x0 module
WirelessYesUse the ipw2200 module
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested


The default screen resolution of the Satellite M45 is 1280×800. Because of the way the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 works you will need to use the 915resolution utility to enable this resolution. You can view our Configuring the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 and 950 guide for more information on this.


The Toshiba Satellite M45 only required some quite minor configuration work before Linux supported it fully. This laptop has no problem at all with Linux.


Zorin user, 2014/03/12 00:38

Exacly how does one install Ubuntu on the Toshiba M34-s165? I have tried several linux distros on CD rom and the only one that doesn't hang is puppy linux. It claims to install but on reboot nothing!

anoiacat, 2013/03/14 15:25

Is the same as Toshiba Satellite A80.
Works very good with all Linux that I tested; Debian, Arch, Mandriva, Ubuntu, Mint, …..
No problems with Nvidia ;proprietary graphics Drivers or free graphics Drivers.
In Debian needs wifi firmware nonfree, and works very fine.

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