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Toshiba Satellite Pro P100

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite Pro P100 laptop, model PSPA4A-005002.

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 P100
ProcessorIntel Core Duo T2400 1.83GHz
Screen17“
RAM512MB
HDD100GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
Graphics128MB nVidia GeForce Go7300
NetworkGigabit Ethernet, Intel 3945 80211abg Wireless, Bluetooth
Other4 x USB, 2 x PCMCIA

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYesSee notes
EthernetYesUse e1000 module
WirelessYesUse ipw3945 module
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemYesUse Linuxant module
Fringerprint ReaderNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIAYes

Notes

For the graphics chip you can use both the open source nv module and Nvidia's proprietory one. For 3D support, you will need the proprietary module.

Unfortunately the P100 has some major ACPI problems which causes sound not to function. You will need to extract your DSDT and use iasl to fix the problems. You can try to use this patch to fix your dsdt but there may be variances to your dsdt so it may not patch cleanly. In that case just modify your dsdt manually using the patch provided as a guide. The patch included is from BIOS 3.80. You can view this guide for detailed instructions on using a modified dsdt.

Here are two dsdt files for the P100, the first one is for a system with 1GB RAM while the second is for 2GB RAM. Both are for BIOS version 3.80.

dsdt-pp100-1gb.dsl
dsdt-pp100-2gb.dsl

Summary

The ACPI problems with the Toshiba Satellite Pro P100 make this a poor choice for Linux. It is extremely difficult to get this laptop working properly.


Discussion

seb, 2007/09/15 04:09

further reading for toshiba satellite p100

this here was very help full to me
http://gentoo-wiki.com/HARDWARE_Toshiba_Satellite_P100

I have sound working with BIOS 3.30 on Ubuntu 7.04…
see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LaptopTestingTeam/ToshibaSatelliteP100_PSPA3A-05S00P
for DSDT… cheers

With, 2007/08/18 00:52

Work well enough !
by With, Friday 17 August 2007 20:52:29
This is what you do ……

Download Sabayon 3.4 (Kernel 2.6.22) .
Upgrade your BIOS from Toshiba's site to at least 3.8 (You might need Windows to do this ……)
After Upgrade Install Sabayon. (Gentoo base Linux)
After Install You will hear sound but probably very soft.


Do this :

zcat /proc/config.gz > /usr/src/config
then do this

genkernel –kernel-config=/usr/src/config –menuconfig –bootloader=grub –gensplash=sabayon –lvm2 all (only IF YOU USE LVM)

Search for ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) and remove *
Exit and Save and wait for Kernel to build ….(Coffee time ..)
Reboot -Small prayer would help :-)


After reboot

emerge media-sound/alsa-driver for that matter upgrade all installed alsa stuff also make sure you have the alsamixer(gui) installed.
Reboot


If still no LOUD sound run alsamixer and move bar's to required level.
Might need reboot again

Should Work !! (Well mine does) Bit of Problem with Bluetooth but looking into this …

P100-PSPAOE

SABAYON yeah !!

With

Bill Giannikos, 2007/08/18 05:05

Are you sure ACPI is enabled? Sound works when you disable acpi but that causes other problems.

tange, 2006/09/14 11:48

Sound in or out

I have bought a similar P100. The playing music works, but the microphone does not. So could you maybe elaborate if the microphone worked?

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