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Toshiba Satellite P100


This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite P100 laptop. The Satellite P100 is a high end model laptop with a big screen and powerful internal components.

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 P100
ProcessorIntel Core Duo Processor T2500 2.0GHz
Screen17“ WSXGA+
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce Go 7900GTX
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth
Other4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Fingerprint Reader

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
WirelessYesUse ipw3945 module
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested


While you can use the open source 'nv' module with the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900GTX, it is recommended you use the proprietary 'nvidia' module as this will give you 3D support. For more details about the nvidia driver you can view our Configuring a nVidia graphics chip guide.

At this time the audio system in the P100 does not function in Linux. There is a bug report about this at This is a common problem with newer notebook which we hope that future ALSA releases will fix.


The Toshiba Satellite P100 with its audio problem is not a good laptop to use Linux. Hopefully this issue will be fixed shortly and bring out the full potential of the P100.


Adrian Jones, 2012/01/07 14:52

I can report that sound works fine on Ubuntu 11.10 with my P100-429. Which it doesn't do on Windows 7 on the same machine.

The video is not great though, there are occasional flickers under GNU/Linux that Windows doesn't suffer from (so probably not hardware…). I've tried several different versions of the NVIDIA drivers with no difference.

Vov, 2007/11/19 12:48

the “slight” dsdt fix doesn´t work for me and from what i´ve seen around it doesn´t work for a lot more people. So “no” still applies.

silent, 2007/10/20 03:55

Actually the alsa sound driver does work, it just needs a slight fix to the acpi machine code.

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