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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite U500 laptop.
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For full specifications see the Toshiba Satellite U500 specifications page.
|Name||Toshiba Satellite U500|
|Processor||Intel Core2 Duo Processor T6600: 2.2 GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2 MB On-Die L2 cache|
|Screen||13.3” WXGA (1280×800)|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce G210M|
|RAM||Up to 4GB|
|HDD||500GB - 5400rpm|
|Optical Drive||DVD Super Multi|
Integrated 802.11 b/g/n
|Graphics||nvidia drivers cause problems|
|Wireless||difficult to set up, works with 2.6.32 kernel only|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Webcam||works but very dark|
Be aware that the U500 has several variations with completely different specs. Specs stated above are for the -ST5305 which I have. The ST5302 has different processor, hd, graphics and wifi which may perform differently.
I have tried Mepis 8.5 beta 3 32&64 bit, openSuSE 11.2 64 bit and Sidux 2009-4 64bit. None work completely. The show stopper is no cooling fan which quickly results in over heating. None of the solutions googled seem to work.
Mepis betas boot with vesa driver only and subsequently loading nvidia driver causes erratic rendering problems.
Unit has good specifications but definitely not a Linux system with distros currently available.
I have spent best part of 2 weeks trying to get satisfactory installation with one of above distros and don't have one yet.