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This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Tecra A2 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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|Name||Toshiba Tecra A2|
|Processor||Intel Pentium-M 715 1.5GHz|
|Graphics||Intel Extreme Graphics 2|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 2200 802.11g Wireless|
|Other||2 x USB2.0|
|Graphics||Yes||Use the i810 module|
|Sound||Yes||Use the snd-intel8x0 module|
|Wireless||Yes||Use the ipw2200 module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|USB||Sometimes - see below|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
This warning doesn't affect functionality but is annoying and there isn't any information available on the topic. When booting FC6 this is outputted:
PCI: Cannot allocate resource region 4 of device 0000:00:1d.0
PCI: Cannot allocate resource region 4 of device 0000:00:1d.1
PCI: Cannot allocate resource region 4 of device 0000:00:1d.2
These devices appear to be USB hubs.
Another annoying problem is that the laptop won't restore from a suspend or hibernate properly. The laptop will wake up, but then after a few seconds the backlight will turn off. Again, no explanation available online. If anyone has an explanation for these two errors please post it here.
There were no issues with the installation of Linux on this laptop.
There were no problems in getting this laptop working when used with an up to date Linux distribution. It is recommended to use a Linux distribution with kernel version 2.6.16 or greater, such as Fedora Core 5 or Ubuntu 6.06.