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Toshiba Satellite Pro U500


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.

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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

Linux Compatibility

ScreenWorksBrightness (Fn) controls doesn't work !
SoundWorks/Built-in Mic not tested(Fn) Volume controls work perfectly, headphones jack works
Card ReaderUntested
ModemNot Tested
USBNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested


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.


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


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?

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