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Toshiba Tecra P5

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Tecra P5 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 P5
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T7700 2.4Ghz
Screen15.4” WSXGA+ Widescreen
RAM2GB
HDD160GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA Quadro NVS 130M
NetworkEthernet, Intel 4965 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse the iwl4965 driver
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested

Notes

For best results you will need to install the proprietary NVIDIA driver for the 130M in the Tecra P5. The Xorg 'nv' driver does not properly support this card yet so you will have to install the NVIDIA driver before the display will work properly.

Kernel 2.6.22 or later is required for some of the components in the Tecra P5. Ubuntu 7.10 and Fedora 8 are two option which work well here.

Summary

Installing the Nvidia driver is the major issue with this laptop. After this is done the Toshiba Tecra P5 works just fine with Linux.


Discussion

niu07, 2008/12/24 15:58

Hi,
I've just installed Ubuntu 8.1 (previously used 8.04). Using both versions, I haven't been able to get my sound to work correctly. Sometimes I've had sound come out of the speakers and my headphones at the same time. Sometimes I've been able to get an external mic to work (never the internal mic). I've got Alsamixer 1.0.17 installed. Can anyone help please?
Thanks

Gav, 2008/04/27 00:46

Video Driver problems

Hi,

I've just spent some time getting Ubuntu 8.04 installed on my P5.

For those having trouble getting the NVIDIA drivers working I recommend the script 'ENVY' from the link below. It automatically detects and downloads the correct NVIDIA driver for your machine. This saved me heaps of time.

http://www.albertomilone.com/envyngfaq.html

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