How do you rate this laptop with Linux?
Excellent
 
17% (1)
Good
0% (0)
Fair
 
17% (1)
Poor
 
17% (1)
Unusable
 
50% (3)

Toshiba Satellite Pro U500

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite Pro U500 laptop with the Intel Core 2 processor. For whatever reason Toshiba has released models with Core i3/i5/i7 processors with the same name, despite the fact that internally these are totally different. This guide covers the models with the Intel Core 2 processor.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Toshiba Satellite Pro U500. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Toshiba Satellite Pro U500 page on LapWik.

Editing This Page

If you would like to edit this page please first view our Editing Guidelines.

Specifications

For full specifications see the Toshiba Satellite Pro U500 specifications page.

NameToshiba Satellite Pro U500
ProcessorIntel Core2 Duo Processor T6670: 2.2 GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2 MB On-Die L2 cache
Screen13.3“ WXGA (1280×800)
GraphicsMobile Intel GMA 4500MHD
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD250GB - 5400rpm
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
Network10/100/1000
802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks-
ScreenWorksBrightness (Fn) controls doesn't work !
HDDWorks-
GraphicsWorks-
SoundWorks/Built-in Mic not tested(Fn) Volume controls work perfectly, headphones jack works
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorks
USBWorks-
Card ReaderUntested
CameraUntested
ModemNot Tested
USBNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested

Notes

There are several issues with the (Fn) controls. Nothing works except Numpad and volume control. FnFx and Toshutils are useless, as the Bios of the machine is not being developed by Toshiba.

Summary

You can enter a summary of how well the Toshiba Satellite Pro U500 works with Linux here.


Discussion

Marta, 2014/05/28 19:46

I've recently installed Ubuntu 12.04 on a U500 from Belgian (I think) distribution.

Fn works fine, if with a slight lag, with all the Function keys - brightness, wifi, sleep all ok. I can't get Fn to work with volume control under num keys 3 and 4, though. Also, using the backlit touch panel buttons used to mess up the system so bad that I disabled it altogether.

But my greatest concern is that the laptop heats much more with Ubuntu than with Windows. The fan works almost all the time, even with very light use. Do you think another distro could help? Any recommendations?

Enter your comment. Wiki syntax is allowed:
If you can't read the letters on the image, download this .wav file to get them read to you.
 
toshiba_satellite_pro_u500.txt · Last modified: 2010/10/13 15:21 (external edit)
Contact Us Sister Sites Privacy Policy Terms of Use
Copyright © 2006-2013 Linlap.com and other authors