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Toshiba Satellite Pro A120


This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite Pro A120 laptop.

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 Pro A120
ProcessorIntel Core Duo T2350 1.86GHz
Screen15.4“ WXGA
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless
Other3 x USB2.0

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
SoundYesUse the snd-hda-intel module
WirelessYesUse the ipw3945 module
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested


Some recent Linux distributions not longer requires the following but most still do. As default the native screen resolution of this notebook is 1280×800, however due to the way the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 functions this resolution would not be usable right away. To get it working you will need to install the 915resolution program and type in:
915resolution 3c 1280 800
This will then allow you to use the native 1280×800 resolution. However this setting will be forgotten after each boot so you will need a way to automatically run this command at every boot. Fortunately most Linux distributions come with the 915resolution program and include a simple way of achieving this. You can view our Configuring the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 & 950 guide for more information.


There were no problems in getting this laptop working when used with an up to date Linux distribution. It is recommended to use a Linux distribution with kernel version 2.6.17 or greater, such as Fedora Core 6 or Ubuntu 6.10.


ankit, 2008/08/05 23:30

i m using toshiba A120 since 3 years
& not able to get sound.
card is 80801 ich7 faimily from intell
if anyone have done pls tell me

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