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Toshiba Tecra A6

Introduction

Below is my experience with the Toshiba Tecra A6 laptop, model PTA61A-00G005. This was tested with Fedora Core 5.

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 Tecra A6
ProcessorIntel Core Duo T2300 1.66Ghz
Screen14.1“
RAM512MB
HDD60GB
Optical DriveDVD-+RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon x1400
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet + Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless + Bluetooth
Other4 x USB2.0 + 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYesUse Alsa snd-hda-intel module
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse the ipw3945 module
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested but should work
Card ReaderNot Tested, probably wont work
PCMCIANot Tested but should work

Notes

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.

Summary

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.


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toshiba_tecra_a6.txt · Last modified: 2010/10/11 14:02 (external edit)
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