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Toshiba Satellite U840W

Introduction

This is a template for a future compatibility guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite U840W laptop. If you have the Toshiba Satellite U840W and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Toshiba Satellite U840W specifications page.

NameToshiba Satellite U840W
ProcessorIntel Core i5-3317U
Screen14.4-inch 21:9 Cinematic ultra-widescreen display
RAM6 GB
HDD500GB
Optical DriveNo
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000
Network
802.11 abg/n (up to 1000Mbps)

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYesResolution detected correctly
HDDYes
Graphics ChipYes
HDMI OutNot Tested
SoundNot Tested
MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone PortNot Tested
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
EthernetNot Tested
WirelessYes**Witnessed wireless 'reconnecting', but no sign of actual dropout
BluetoothNot Tested
USBNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested
KeyboardYesDid not test function keys!
TouchPadYes
Fingerprint ReaderNot Applicable
Suspend/ResumeNot Tested

Notes

Tested with Ubuntu 13.04 32-bit Live DVD, used to recover data from a Windows 8 model U840/001 over a wireless network. Required to change to “legacy” boot mode in BIOs (Access by tapping F2 on boot) from full UEFI otherwise unit will continually refer to Windows install, even when selecting a boot device manually (Access by tapping F12 on boot).

Summary

The Ubuntu 13.04 32-bit Live DVD behaves acceptably, no application crashes and few anomalies, if any. Touchpad seemed appropriate speed and was comfortable to use as is. Was not particularly slow, despite being a live distro.


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