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Toshiba Tecra M3

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Tecra M3 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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Specifications

NameToshiba Tecra M3
ProcessorIntel Pentium-M 740 1.73GHz
Screen14.1” XGA
RAM512MB
HDD60GB
Optical DriveDVD-ROM/CD-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce Go 6200
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 2200 802.11g Wireless
Other2 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYesUse the snd-intel8x0 module
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse the ipw2200 module
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested

Notes

For the graphics chip you can use either the open source 'nv' module or NVIDIA's proprietary 'nvidia' module. For installation instructions, you can view our Configuring a nVidia graphics chip guide. For 3D support, you will need the proprietary module. Some older versions of X may not have support for the NVIDIA GeForce Go 6200, in this case you will need to use the proprietary module.

Summary

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 2.6.17 or greater, such as Fedora Core 6 or Ubuntu 6.10.


Discussion

Pete, 2010/10/23 09:24

Hi all,
I have got ubuntu lucid running on the m3 with no major issues, machine runs a 100gb HD and 2gb memory. Nvidia driver works well, only issue is some games the 3d engine is a bit hit and miss but otherwise a understated machine still holding it's own in a tech environment at work :)

Vaughn, 2009/03/04 16:28

How does one “Use the snd-intel8x0 module” as mentioned above?

Cliff Wells, 2008/01/20 03:09

Getting suspend to work

I got suspend to RAM to work on 2.6.23 (Fedora 8) by using

pm-suspend –quirk-dpms-on –quirk-vbe-post

You can make this change permanent by editing:

/usr/share/hal/fdi/information/10freedesktop/20-video-quirk-pm-toshiba.fdi

and adding the section

<!– Toshiba Tecra M3 –>
<match key=“system.hardware.product” string=“TECRA M3”>
<merge key=“power_management.quirk.vbe_post” type=“bool”>true</merge>
<merge key=“power_management.quirk.dpms_on” type=“bool”>true</merge>
</match>

I also submitted a patch for this, so it may not be required by the time you read this. You'll just need to check =)

Michael Pavletich, 2007/07/25 04:29

Extra details on the M3

I had one of theses for 2 years running Mepis (debian-ubuntu based). The 56K modem worked perfectly in Mepis6.5 with the mepis-extra-modules installed.
Firewire worked flawlessly, many devices tried, all correctly identified
SD Card reader worked but very slowly. When any SD card was inserted, both usb 2.0 ports slowed to USB 1.1 speed
PCMCIA port worked flawlessly

Using the ipw2200 module, I found the ethernet and wireless cards swapping addresses. Pin the devices by editing /etc/iftab as per the example below for debian based systems, unsure about rpm based. Good signal quality reception.

EXAMPLE

ath0 mac 00:11:f0:c6:60:b3
eth0 mac 00:0e:4d:12:ac:77 arp 1
nveth* SYSFS{device/vendor} 0x10de

Additional info not already covered
When the opensource nv module used instead of the proprietary nvidia module, the notebook would sometimes fail to shut down and upon restart the cpu fan would crank up to full speed and hold there until the system was forcefully shut down with a long press of the power button. This is not distribution specific, I tried many distros, both rpm and deb based.

NVIDIA's proprietary 9755 driver enables good support for a secondary monitor and TV-Out. Earlier versions had dual monitor support, but no TV-Out.

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