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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite Pro C650 laptop.
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For full specifications see the Toshiba Satellite Pro C650 specifications page.
|Name||Toshiba Satellite Pro C650|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo
|Screen||15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 4GB|
|HDD||up to 500GB|
|Graphics||Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD|
Atheros Wi-Fi Wireless networking (802.11b/g/n)
|Wireless||Needs ACPI=OFF (not necessary with kernel 2.6.36 or higher)|
ACPI does not work properly with kernels older than 2.6.36 so you will have problems with wireless and other aspects.
Sound can cause some problems. I.e., there has been reported, that sound did not played on external device even if it is plugged in, or it did played on both external device and internal speakers. In that case, you should load sound driver with specified option. On my machine I did add
options snd-hda-intel model=ideapad
/etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf file. On some other machines there are other options which works. You should use command
lspci -vv |grep -i audio
to get information about your sound hardware and just search the web for it's name +linux. With trial and error, you should eventually get sound working perfectly.
You can safely install Ubuntu 10.10 or newer or Debian Squeeze (6.0) or newer. Namely, anything released since 2011 should run just fine. You should not have any problems, especially if you did read comments below.