Toshiba Satellite P870

Toshiba Satellite P870/027 (PSPLBA02700S)


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite P870 laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Toshiba Satellite P870.

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NameToshiba Satellite P870/027
Screen17“ 1920x1080pixels
HDD1Tb + 500Gb
Optical DriveBluRay combo
GraphicsOPTIMUS (!) = Intel + NVidia GT630M
Network Eth: Atheros AR8161, Wifi: Realtek RTL8723E, bluetooth
MMC/SD Card reader Realtek RTS5229

Linux Compatibility

ScreenYesboots up at maximum brightness
Optical DriveYes/Not TestedTested DVD, good. Not tested BluRay
GraphicsPartialOPTIMUS. So far couldn't get Bumblebee to enable Nvidia
SoundYes/PartialIn Ubuntu 12.04 speakers not working, but headphones work. With kernel 3.4.7 everything works
EthernetNot Tested
WirelessYesNeed to download and compile 3rd party module rtl8723e
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemN/A
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderYesDriver here
ExpressCard SlotN/A
CameraYesStraight away, even asked to take a photo of the user during installation


This model also has built in TV tuner “YUAN MC782ML/PD782S”. Not tested yet.
OPTIMUS technology turns out to be a major drama


Basically works with linux (ubuntu 12.04), but will require a bit of hacking to get all the equipment to work properly.


Phil Hill, 2013/11/27 03:35

Has anyone actually got the YUAN TV Tuner on the P870 working with Ubuntu yet? I have looked everywhere but cannot find a single fix for the TV Tuner. I am running 13.10 but it simply won't work. It simply does not detect the card at all. The default Windows 7 works fine so I know the card works, just no driver in the kernel yet by looks of it and in all likelihood no driver from YUAN yet for Linux. Does anyone know of another driver that may work for it or even better the correct one.


Howard Rogers, 2013/03/12 02:22

If you're using Fedora 18, wireless networking works without doing anything if you upgrade to the 3.8.1 kernel.

Wired networking requires some effort, as explained at

Matt Holmes, 2013/03/07 05:44

To get the wired network running, go to and download the appropriate .deb file, install it.

run >modprobe alx

reboot to make sure.

done until the driver is included in the kernel

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toshiba_satellite_p870.txt · Last modified: 2012/08/21 04:35 by giatsynt
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