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This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Tecra A9 laptop.
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|Name||Toshiba Tecra A9|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 2.0GHz|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 4965 802.11abgn Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||3 x USB2.0, Fingerprint Reader|
|Graphics||Yes||See notes below|
|Sound||Yes||See notes below|
|Wireless||Yes||See notes below|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||Not Tested|
|Serial Port||Not tested but detected|
Many Linux distributions do not fully support the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 yet. In this case you will need to update the version of Xorg you are running. Ubuntu 7.10, OpenSuSE 10.3 and Mandriva 2008 support this chip fully.
The Intel 4965AGN controller in the Tecra A9 uses the iwlwifi driver. If you are using a kernel older than 2.6.22 then this driver becomes very difficult to install so I would recommend upgrading to 2.6.22. Currently Ubuntu 7.10, Mandriva Linux 2008 and OpenSuSE 10.3 support this controller fully. You can view the guide below for a more up to date list of distributions which support this controller as well as instructions for distributions which don't support it fully.
I have not tested this fully but I believe the standard 2.6.22 kernel does not yet support the sound controller in the Tecra A9. If sound does not work for you it means that you will need to upgrade to at least version 1.0.15rc3 of the ALSA drivers. Audio with Ubuntu 7.10 works fine, I believe this is because Ubuntu includes an updated set of drivers.
A Linux distribution with at least kernel version 2.6.22 is recommended for the Toshiba Tecra A9. I would recommend Ubuntu 7.10 as all the features tested work without hassle.