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Toshiba Satellite X200-X205

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Satellite X200-X205 laptop.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

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Specifications

NameToshiba Satellite X200-X205
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T7800 2.6Ghz
Screen17“ WSXGA+ Widescreen
RAM2GB
HDD400GB
Optical DriveHD DVD-ROM/DVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
NetworkEthernet, 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYes
BluetoothYes
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested

Notes

Graphics

The NVIDIA graphics chip in the Satellite X200 needs the proprietary nvidia modules to function properly. You can see the guides section on this site for installation details.

Wireless

Wireless works with the iwl4965 driver. Most Linux distributions now include this driver as standard so you shouldn't have a hard time with this.

Sound

For sound to work properly (depending on your distribution) you may needs to upgrade your version of ALSA. See the guides section on this site for details.

You may also need to add the following line to your /etc/modprobe.conf (or your Linux distributions equivalent) file:

options snd-hda-intel model=toshiba 

Bluetooth

To get the bluetooth to work you have to install the omnibook module http://pastie.org/949351

Summary

There is some amount of configuration work required to get the graphics and sound working properly with the Toshiba Satellite X200. However after this the hardware in the X200 works just fine with Linux.


Discussion

iridium, 2011/10/16 12:56

The subwoofer is also asleep in my x200. Have someone succeeded in activating it ?

sorpigal, 2010/01/18 21:00

The fingerprint reader can be made to work. For my x205 I used http://thinkfinger.sourceforge.net/

donaldo, 2010/01/22 02:52

sorpigal: How you do run the integrated subwoofer x205?sorpigal: How you do run the integrated subwoofer x205?

donaldo, 2009/09/03 21:57

the internal subwoofer not work

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