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Below is my experience with the Toshiba Tecra A6 laptop, model PTA61A-00G005. This was tested with Fedora Core 5.
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|Name||Toshiba Tecra A6|
|Processor||Intel Core Duo T2300 1.66Ghz|
|Graphics||ATI Mobility Radeon x1400|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet + Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless + Bluetooth|
|Other||4 x USB2.0 + 1 x Firewire|
|Sound||Yes||Use Alsa snd-hda-intel module|
|Wireless||Yes||Use the ipw3945 module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Firewire||Not Tested but should work|
|Card Reader||Not Tested, probably wont work|
|PCMCIA||Not Tested but should work|
The open source radeon module included with Fedora Core 5 does not support the ATI Mobility Radeon x1400. However you can get this working using the proprietary ATI module. For a simpler install, you may like to use the Livna repository. Because of a bug in the kernel shipped with Fedora Core 5 you should upgrade to the latest kernel version before installing this module.
I didn't get a chance to test the modem, but from experience it should work with the Linuxant module.
For best result you need a Linux distribution with at least the 2.6.16 kernel, such as Fedora Core 5. If you do not like to use proprietary modules then this notebook is not a good choice for now.