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28% (5)
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6% (1)
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Toshiba Satellite Pro A300

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite Pro A300 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.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Toshiba Satellite Pro A300. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Toshiba Satellite Pro A300 page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Toshiba Satellite Pro A300 specifications page.

NameToshiba Satellite Pro A300
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
Screen15.4” WXGA Widescreen
RAM1GB to 4GB
HDD160GB to 200GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 or ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650
NetworkEthernet, Intel 3945AGN 802.11abg or Intel 4965AGN 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks out of box
ScreenWorks 1280×800 at 60hz out of box
HDDWorks out of box
Optical DriveWorks out of box
GraphicsWorks out of box
SoundWorks - work required to enable Skype sound
EthernetWorks out of box
WirelessWorks very badly out of box*
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
USBWorks out of box
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderWorks out of box
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraWorks with compiled uvc driver*

Notes

Using Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) and Fedora 10
*I tested wifi on ubuntu 9.10 updated Dec 19 2009. It drops connections and has lousy reception compared to windows drivers. Speed is slow and latency is high. It works but in reality it is totally useless.
Vista SP1 can cause problems with dual boot if you install Linux second

Summary

Like a bought one - rating 9.5 out of 10


Discussion

kaspar, 2011/06/17 09:52

Kubuntu 10.10
I have some sound problems and to connect a microphone.
Kubuntu 11.04 doesn't runs.

nomnex, 2009/10/23 16:31

Do you FN keys + Brightness / + Volume work??? Thanks to comment

Andrew Clarke, 2009/09/07 00:07

I'm running OpenSuSE 11.1 with no drama. I haven't tried the web-cam, and the sound driver isn't working - probably because I picked the wrong one? Sound and media isn't important to me so I'm a novice there. The fingerprint scanner works, but only Gnome seems to use it, not KDE which is my choice.

I have 4 GB core, 300G disk, and the main software I use is a few database engines, Samba, a personal web server, various development languages and tools, and 64 bit “VirtualBox” hosting 32 bit WinXP. The lack of VT-x or AMD-V virtualization on the CPU means VirtualBox can't host a 64 bit guest, but that's also not important to me.

The registration of USB devices generally works well, but everything gets mounted under /media which annoys me; you have to edit the files in /etc/udev to get control of that; I haven't found a GUI to manage that.

Wireless can be a bit of a pain. The main issue is getting it configured to fit into a corporate Windows domain. I don't think NetManager is that mature yet.

Jan, 2009/06/30 11:29

I have lots of these Toshiba laptops at work.
The sound problem is solved by running “alsamixer” from the terminal and adjusting the sound levels on all the tabs. Hopefully that helps.

Today however i am trying to install 8.04 onto a Pro version of A300… and im stuck with a non working xorg :( Screen displays vertical and horizontal lines.. which react on keypresses but thats all.

Jan

Jason, 2009/06/18 22:02

same here. I have installed Ubuntu 9.04 on my Satellite Pro A300 and sound is a bit dodgy - although all the rest works perfect. Any solution?

giraffe, 2009/03/07 07:55

I installed ubuntu studio intrepid and it works good, but there is one problem. This computer has excellent speakers (harman/kardon speakers), but it is very quite. The volume and sound capacity is horrible. One time i couldn't get the sound loud enough for a group of friends to watch a movie in my bedroom.

If there is a way to fix the audio problem and get these speakers working properly, i'd love to know how. giraffe@riseup.net

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