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Toshiba Satellite Pro A200

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite Pro A200 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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Specifications

NameToshiba Satellite Pro A200
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T5450 1.66GHz
Screen15.4” WXGA Widescreen
RAM1GB
HDD160GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
NetworkGigabit Ethernet, Atheros 802.11bg

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessPartial
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraYes

Notes

Graphics

The X3100 works just fine under Linux. Please note that some models of the Pro A200 use the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 instead. For this you will need to install the latest fglrx modules for proper support. See our guides section for instructions.

Wireless

The Atheros based wireless controller is not yet supported with native Linux drivers. Both the madwifi and ath5k projects are in development for this but at the moment your only choice is to use the ndiswrapper module. The Windows driver required is available here. See our guides section for installation details for the ndiswrapper module.

Some models of the Satellite Pro A200 use the Intel wireless controller instead. These models work just fine with the iwlwifi module. Many recent Linux distributions include this as standard which makes it a much better option than the Atheros driver used here.

Summary

Depending on the configuration of the Toshiba Satellite Pro A200 you may have quite an easy or more difficult task in installing Linux. The major problem is with models with the Atheros based wireless controller.


Discussion

Laptoplinux, 2012/10/10 07:11

I had one of these once, most linux distroes kept crashing due to some very weird hardware fault.

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