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Toshiba Satellite Pro L300

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite Pro L300 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 L300. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Toshiba Satellite Pro L300 page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Toshiba Satellite Pro L300 specifications page.

NameToshiba Satellite Pro L300
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
Screen15.4” WXGA Widescreen
RAM1GB to 4GB
HDD160GB-250GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
NetworkEthernet, Intel 3945ABG 802.11abg/Intel 4965ABGN 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorks
SoundWorks only volume wheel not working/Ubuntu 8.10 whell work
EthernetNot Tested
WirelessWorks
56K ModemNot Tested
USBWorks
Card ReaderWorks
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Web CameraNot Tested

Notes

You can enter any specific notes with running Linux on the Toshiba Satellite Pro L300 here.

Wifi doesn't work in Ubuntu 8.04/8.10/9.04 - The laptop only get signal when it's near the AP. The problex it's fixed, installing the package: linux-backports-modules

2009 01 04 - XP & Linux distros on Toshiba Satellite L300, 2GB dual core processor with 4GB RAM

Ubuntu & Knoppix LiveCDs: Zilch. BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death)

Called Toshiba support (pleasantly surprised by getting to a human voice within 2 branches of the automated menu tree) - was told that the motherboard drivers did not support anything but Windoze Vista.

** Also note: XP will apparently not work on anything > 3GB RAM. BSOD yet again.

Summary

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Discussion

mathew, 2013/08/04 03:19

all of these problems appear to be fixed in newer versions of unbuntu 12+ as i have an L300 and im not experiencing any of these issues

Crampets, 2012/02/18 13:31

Tried installing Ubuntu 11.10 from Live USB, installer crashed and burned part-way through. Any solutions?

Kevin, 2010/12/24 01:54

Runs Mint10 with little in the way of problems. The wireless did not work when running it “live” from the DVD, fixed by using a a wired connection after installation for first update only.
Even worked with Logitech 5000 series bluetooth keyboard and mouse on of the box for most functions including media controls. Have not found a way to set the programmable keys or LCD display on the keyboard yet.

mohamed ahmed, 2010/09/11 19:00

Dear brathers

I have toshiba satellite pro L300 and when I try to install redhat linux enterprise 4.0 booting OK but it's asking about driver and I think it's sata drivers because when I try to install redhat linux enterprise 5.0 installed OK but my problem I need to install redhat linux enterprise 4.0 for my practis please help

socialdefect, 2010/04/22 10:18

I've tested a lot of distro's on my L300, here's a list of what works and what doesn't:

OUT OF THE BOX:

  • *Ubuntu 8.10 and up
  • Opensuse 11.0 and up
  • Fedora 11 and up
  • Pardus 2008 and up
  • Mandriva live installers (dvd requires manual wifi driver install)
  • Slackware 12 and up
  • PC-BSD 7.1 and up


Most of their derivatives also work out of the box.

MINOR GEEKING AND TWEEKING:

* Debian Sarge and up >> requires manual install and config of network and video drivers.
* CentOS/RHEL 5.3 and up >> require manual install and config of network and video drivers.
* Gentoo >> requires quite some knowledge and manual install and config of almost everything. 
* Puppy Linux >> Only boots in VESA mode.
* BackTrack >> Only boots in VESA mode.
* Arch >> A lot of manual config like Gentoo but all works great.


WORKS WITH A LOT OF GEEKING AND TWEEKING:

* Rhel older than 5.3 >> Needs noprobe installation adding HD driver pre-install and manual compilation of a newer kernel and video and network drivers.


DOES NOT BOOT/INSTALL:

  • Some RHEL 4 and 5 derivatives (kernel crash).
  • Knoppix (no error)
  • Suse 9 pro (kernel crash)
  • Nexenta (does not boot after install, gave up after a full day of trying)


MY EXPERIENCE:

If you have no or little experience with Linux I suggest you use Ubuntu or Pardus for they are easy to learn and don't require difficult installation/config steps.
Users with above average knowledge I can recommend Gentoo for it just rocks!!! When you've got it up and running it's the greatest OS ever!!! The best results I've had with gentoo was using KDE4.3 in wich all hardware buttons/switches really integrate nicely in the DE. (KDE4 incl. desktop FX only consumes about 130MB of RAM and 1-4% of CPU!!!!!!!!!!)

deba rshi, 2009/09/07 08:44

hi when i am installing linux . its says no dard disk found . but Win XP is already present and working fine .. i have tryed several way but figur it out …
plz need help

Wessel, 2009/09/03 13:48

Have toshiba l300
Tried 8.4 Studio alternate insall and then the screen problem. Went to IT guy who know all about linux,Tried koppix live cd and it worked. Will try installing 9.4 tomorrow, I'll se what happens…

Zslaci, 2009/07/08 07:28

I have a Satellite Pro L300. What about Debian. Anybody test it? Any repor. My favorit Linux is Dabian 5. Lenny. Can I use?
Please contact me!

Jessica, 2009/07/03 03:04

When I start up my computer, it goes straight to a black screen that reads at the top “Missing operating system”. Every time I hit a key it makes this really loud beeping noise. I have tried everything from restarting it to taking out the battery & then putting it back in. It was working fine this morning. . . what should I do?

mike, 2009/04/22 16:22

i've the same problem that ryan, the left's fan doesn't work correctly.:-(

ryan, 2009/05/06 00:49

one small, limited ray of hope for the owners of these laptops.. that is that force loading the omnibook module with ecmode=11 will start the fan and alot of the acpi functions (but not all)

BIG FAT WARNING:: there is a weird glitch where the computer powers back on after this is used. ie it will turn itself back on after you turn it off. The reason is currently a mystery.
please see this post on linux questions for more info:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-laptop-and-netbook-25/fan-acpi-problems-insyde-h20-bios-toshiba-satellite-pro-l300-x-716924/

ryan, 2009/04/16 19:57

Having significant acpi issues with this laptop. cooling fan does not turn on correctly or turn off for that matter.
acpi -t shows 0.0c for the core temp
the fan eventually turns on at 79-80c which is bloody hot and then stays on until suspend or poweroff in which you must heat the laptop up to this temp again before cooling kicks in.

fn fkeys are sporadic, brightness sometimes works and sometimes not but the fan is a persistent issue.
I have tried all current acpi tools for toshibas inc toshiba_acpi.ko

tested on ubuntu intrepid 8.10 and on ubuntu jaunty 9.04

jaunty currently has more problems than intrepid (no resume from suspend out the box)

Variant info:
toshiba satellite Pro L300 1FO

Sameer Al Balushi, 2009/03/02 09:23

been using Ubuntu 8.10 (IBEX) for 6 months now…everything working except for trying different gnome screens, i can only open two. and compiz doesnt work because of display adapter (being inbuilt in motherboard).

volume wheel, mouse, everythign working, just trying to find a way to make dialup internet modem work as i dont have LAN, wireless etc internet here in the desert where i work…its being a pain…

everything else is working perfectly…(sound, display, keyboards etc)

Chac, 2009/02/14 18:28

Hi all,
I tried OpenSuse 11.1, it appeared fine, good WiFi, Ethernet, Graphics, but no sound.
So I tried Ubuntu, where all is working, sound also, a bit low, alsamixer partially fixed.
Some freeze during shutdown.

Yorik, 2009/01/19 22:44

Only OpenSUSE 11.1 installed without hard slalom :-) and all hardware was found.
CentOS 5.2 and Gentoo 2008r1 LiveCD fails if net card is enabled.
You can install CentOS 5.2 with disabled ethernet and then find kernel module rpm for RTL8101E/8102E or compile module using sources from RealTek, sure second PC with Internet must have :-)
Bad news: very-very low sound volume on OpenSUSE 11.1, needs to update ALSA or etc., I did not find solution yet. Problem with hibernate on SUSE, laptop goes to hibernate and then just restarts instead of poweroff.

Michael, 2009/01/27 10:14

Hi Yorik,

   Thanks for the info - do you have the same kind of computer as I do?  64 bit &c?


Cheers,
Michael

Jorge, 2008/12/21 22:29

Hi. I tried installing Ubuntu using a boot CD on my Staellite L300, but the screen fails when I start the installation or when I try just running Ubuntu from the CD. I just can see the initial menu of Ubuntu CD Installing. Is there any problme with VGA card compatiobility?. Thanks.

Ramsey, 2009/03/08 16:23

I'm having the same problem. I'm getting a screen failure as soon as it gets past the initial loading screen. Mine is a L310, but I might be getting the same kind of failure as you. I've tried Ubuntu 8.04. I'll let you know if I have any more errors, or I figure out the solution.

rhys, 2008/11/30 21:28

ubuntu didnt include the wireless card so latest mandriva was loaded and all worked greaaaat only the voulme wheel doesnt work. hay ho.linux rocks ass

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