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Toshiba Satellite NB10


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For full specifications see the Toshiba Satellite NB15t specifications page.

NameToshiba Satellite NB10
ProcessorIntel Celeron Processor N2810, N2820, or Pentium N3510, N3520
Screen11.6“ widescreen HD TruBrite LED Backlit display 1366×768 (HD), 16:9 aspect ratio. “T” models have touchscreen
RAM2GB or 4GB, can take up to 8GB
HDD500GB HDD 5400rpm - can accept any 7mm disk or HDD
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics
Network RTL8101E 10/100 Ethernet LAN
QCA9565 / AR9565 wireless (or Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 1×1 AC (433Mbps)?)

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorWorking fineMight need 3.14 kernel
ScreenWorking fineNeeds “acpi_backlight=vendor” for brightness control
HDDWorking fine
Graphics ChipWorking fineMight need 3.14 kernel
HDMI OutNot Tested
SoundWorking fine
MicrophoneWorking fine
Headphone PortWorking fine
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
EthernetProblems after suspendMight need 3.14 kernel - even then, is broken after a suspend/resume
WirelessWorking fine
BluetoothWorking fineNeeds “firmware-atheros” package on Debian
USBWorking fine
Card ReaderWorking fine
WebcamWorking fine
KeyboardWorking fineNeeds “i8042.reset i8042.nomux=1” to avoid problems after resume
TouchPadWorking fineNeeds “i8042.reset i8042.nomux=1” to avoid problems after resume
Suspend/ResumeWorking fineNeeds above options for kb/pad + “reboot=p”


The NB10 appears to be the NB10T without the touch-screen. NB15 is likewise the NB15T without the touch-screen. Other aspects appear to be identical.

I'm not sure but I think the NB15 and NB10 are the same machine inside, and the difference in model number is just for marketing reasons (NB10 is perhaps Asia+EMEA, NB15 Americas, possibly).

These machines are based on the Bay Trail-M chipset and are therefore UEFI only. Access BIOS by holding down ESC or F12 *before and during* power-on.

Once Secure Boot is disabled, an ordinary “hybrid” ISO can be booted from a USB device (eg a Debian or Ubuntu install CD image).

UEFI BIOS is buggy but can be worked-around - see


Excellent support with a 3.14 kernel, everything good except the Ethernet. Earlier kernels are more troublesome.

Some commandline options are needed to get suspend, resume, reboot, and brightness control working.

Really nice machine, especially the quad-core (N3510/N3520) versions.

More information at


Glen Davidson, 2015/06/08 23:56

Makes a perfect (& extremely portable) Linux platform with a decent feature set & likely more processing power than you would expect for the price tag. As above a few command line options needed but Ethernet is now working post-resume; everything else works out of the box on a mature distribution. If considering the Toshiba NB10 be sure to check out the WordPress link in the above comment for a great 'user's' review.

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