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This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite P205laptop. The Satellite P205 is a large screen notebook with standard level internal components. This laptop was first tested with Fedora 7, then switched to Ubuntu for better 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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|Name||Toshiba Satellite P200|
|Processor||Intel Core Duo T2130 1.83GHz|
|Optical Drive||DVD+-RW with Lightscribe|
|Graphics||Intel Grapics Media Accelerator X950|
|Network||10/100 Ethernet, Atheros 802.11g Wireless|
|Other||4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Webcam|
|Sound||Yes||Use the snd-hda-intel module|
|Wireless||Yes||See details below|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
After messing up the Vista installation and having the recover CDs fail, I bit the bullet and loaded the Fedora 7 Live CD. I chose that partially because of my familiarity with RHEL4 at work, and partially because:
The FC7 Live CD ran OK, but no wireless support for the Atheros wifi chipset (this was expected).
Loaded Linux to the HD (20GIG partition) OK. Found the wired enet card and upgraded 200+ packages in about 35 minutes.
The correct screen resolution came up right away (1440 x 900), and the stereo sound worked after the updates and a reboot completed.
Working buttons tested:
Not yet tested
Happy with the Ubuntu distro, and 9.X go the Atheros Wifi fixes, so now I don't need my USB Wifi adapters any more. Wish the volume wasn't so touchy.