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Toshiba Satellite T130

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite T130 laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Toshiba Satellite T130. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Toshiba Satellite T130 page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Toshiba Satellite T130 specifications page.

NameToshiba Satellite T130
ProcessorIntel Pentium Processor SU4100/SU2700: 1.30 GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2 MB On-Die L2 cache
Intel Core 2 Solo Processor SU3500: 1.40 GHz, 800MHz FSB, 3 MB On-Die L2 cache
Screen13.3“ HD (1366×768)
GraphicsMobile Intel GMA 4500M
Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD250GB - 5400rpm
Optical Drivenone
Network10/100
802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
Processorok
Screenokbacklight control work after: xrandr –output LVDS –set BACKLIGHT_CONTROL combination. If not see notes below
HDDok
Optical Drive-
Graphicsok
Soundokfor speakers mute after headphones connection add to modprobe.d/50-sound.conf line: options snd-hda-intel model=dell-vostro
Ethernetok
Wirelessnot working
BluetoothNot Tested
USBok
Card Readerok
Webcamok

Notes

Backlight

For my T130-10V I had to put this script:


#!/bin/bash
# increase/decrease/set/get the backlight brightness (range 0-255) by 16
#
#get current brightness in hex and convert to decimal
var1=`setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B`
var1d=$1)
case “$1” in
up)
#calculate new brightness
var2=`echo “ibase=10; obase=16; a=($var1d+16);if (a<255) print a else print 255” | bc`
echo “$0: increasing brightness from 0x$var1 to 0x$var2”
setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=$var2
;;
down)
#calculate new brightness
var2=`echo “ibase=10; obase=16; a=($var1d-16);if (a>15) print a else print 15” | bc`
echo “$0: decreasing brightness from 0x$var1 to 0x$var2”
setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=$var2
;;
set)
#n.b. this does allow “set 0” i.e. backlight off
echo “$0: setting brightness to 0x$2”
setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=$2
;;
get)
echo “$0: current brightness is 0x$var1”
;;
toggle)
if [ $var1d -eq 0 ] ; then
echo “toggling up”
setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=FF
else
echo “toggling down”
setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=0
fi
;;
*)
echo “usage: $0 {up|down|set <val>|get|toggle}”
;;
esac
exit 0

in a file - in my case backlight. Make this file executable with chmod+x:

# chmod +x backlight

then move it to /usr/bin for example:

# sudo mv backlight /usr/bin/

You can test if it works by entering:

# sudo backlight down

Now do this to bind the correct keys to this command:

# sudo apt-get install xbindkeys xbindkeys-config

# xbindkeys

follow the instructions (basicly copy the given command) to create a first file. Then:

# xbindkeys-config

With 'Delete Selected' remove what is there and create a New entry. Do 'Get Key' and press the desired key combi (FN-F6 in my case) and give it the Action gksu backlight down. Click Apply and create the other one, when finished close with Save&Apply&Exit and it should be functional. Just the first time you do it in a session you have to provide the password..

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1) 0x$var1

Discussion

rdokoye, 2014/08/29 12:23

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rbtrrnss, 2013/03/06 21:27

Thanks for the solution, I was annoyed by the password prompt, but I found this:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=19236

basically you run “sudo visudo”, which is controlling rights to run sudo/gksu without password prompt, and add the following line AT THE END of the document (if it is not at the end, it will be overwritten by another line):

%USERNAME ALL=NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/backlight

you just need to change the username to yours (or the usergroup you're in (cdrom)) and this will allow the script “backlight” to be run without password.

I hope this helps! (sorry for my english, I'm from germany)

Anonymous, 2011/03/29 20:10

wifi It works with kernel 2.6.38-1 - for example current debian sid.

Jean-Luc, 2011/04/24 18:03

Hi,

I've a Debian system and the WiFi works fine… with the Realtek driver.
Which module is used to have it to work natively with 2.6.38?

Jason, 2011/03/02 09:14

Status at 2 Mar 2011 with a T130 (version T130-170) on Ubuntu 10.10:

Wifi - works fine. Can't disable it with the fn key though

Brightness - the setpci method is the only thing I've found to work, you can set this to your keypresses if you are clever but I've not managed to integrate with the graphical thing.

Bluetooth - working.

Battery measure icon - kind of working, generally thinks it has an hour less than it does! Hibernates at the right time though which is the main thing.

ivano arpino, 2011/02/20 19:15

I had to slightly modify the script (ubuntu 10.10), in order to make it work with my version of bc (i had upper-lower case troubles):

#!/bin/bash
# increase/decrease/set/get the backlight brightness (range 0-255) by 16
#
#get current brightness in hex and convert to decimal
var1=`setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B`
var1=`echo $var1 | tr '[a-z]' '[A-Z]'`
var1d=$var1
case "$1" in
up)
#calculate new brightness
var2=`echo "ibase=16; obase=10; a=($var1d+F);if (a<FF) print a else print FF" | bc`
echo "$0: increasing brightness from 0x$var1 to 0x$var2"
setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=$var2
;;
down)
#calculate new brightness
var2=`echo "ibase=16; obase=10; a=($var1d-F);if (a>01) print a else print 01" | bc`
echo "$0: decreasing brightness from 0x$var1 to 0x$var2"
setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=$var2
;;
set)
#n.b. this does allow "set 0" i.e. backlight off
echo "$0: setting brightness to 0x$2"
setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=$2
;;
get)
echo "$0: current brightness is 0x$var1"
;;
toggle)
if [ $var1d -eq 0 ] ; then
echo "toggling up"
setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=FF
else
echo "toggling down"
setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=0
fi
;;
*)
echo "usage: $0 {up|down|set <val>|get|toggle}"
;;
esac
exit 0


the instead of using xbindkeys i used ubuntu s graphical keys configurator.

steven, 2010/10/05 17:31

I have installed Ubuntu 10.04 desktop version on my T130.

I cannot get the internal mic to work?

Help please

Adam Taylor, 2010/12/28 08:32

I too am having trouble getting the internal microphone to work on this model of laptop. Does anyone have any ideas?

Fred, 2010/09/20 15:14

Hello,

I have installed Ubuntu 10.04 lynx, and wireless is ok without doinf anything, i think so thanks update :)

Unhopfully, i have trouble with bluetooth… If someone has an idea?

regards

tanguy, 2010/06/22 12:11

For the sound the technic indicated here is not working for me, on ubuntu 10.04.

But for the wireless card:

download the driver from realtek :

http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=48&PFid=48&Level=5&Conn=4&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false&Downloads=true#RTL8192SE"

tar xzvf

if you like to using your wireless on battery, disable (#) all ”-DENABLE_LPS” occurence in each MAKEFILE

then

# sudo su

# make && make install

# gksudo gedit /etc/modules
and add r8192se_pci at the end of the configuration file

kouki31, 2010/03/27 21:39

Perfect !!!
i have light OK !!!
but sound is not working … the booth of sound withh casque …
and wifi but i didnt try …

kouki31, 2010/03/27 21:45

i have forget Bluetooth Work wery well ^^

Nick, 2010/03/23 22:53

If backlight control doesn't work with the 'XRANDR' option above, use this:

Open terminal and run:
sudo gedit /etc/default/grub
Search for 'GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX' (NOT 'GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT'!!)
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=“nomodeset acpi_backlight=vendor”

Safe the file, run 'sudo update-grub' and reboot.

Credits: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/acpid/+bug/392948

tuga, 2010/11/03 10:06

Thank you Nick. I had try several things, but your tip really works. Tanks a lot. I'm running 64 bit ubuntu, and it's quite fast and stable.

Nick, 2011/02/28 22:32

You're welcome. ;-)

The reason I came back: after installing 10.10 I'm unable (again) to change the backlight.
Can someone help?

Carlos Ferreira, 2009/12/26 22:29

I have installed Ubuntu Karmic Koala and I ama unable to use the wireless card.

vuha, 2010/01/27 10:47

It is a Realtek RTL819SE-VA2.
See http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=8723901&postcount=28
or here https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/401126
for a solution

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