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This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Tecra A8 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 A8|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T2400 1.83GHz|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless|
|Other||3 x USB2.0|
|Wireless||Yes||Use ipw3945 module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
As default the native screen resolution of the A8 is 1280×800, however due to the way the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 functions this resolution would not be usable right away. You may view our Configuring the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 and 950 guide for more information.
To get sound working you will need to add the following line to your /etc/modprobe.conf (or your distro's equivalent) file:
options snd-hda-intel enable=1 index=0 model=basic
In Ubuntu-distros, add the line above to the end of /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.
You may also need to update to the latest version of ALSA as well.
Some configuration work is required to get the Toshiba Tecra A8 working with Linux but it does work well after configuration.