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Toshiba Tecra S2


This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Tecra S2 laptop, model PTS20A-0YS002. You can get this notebook working with Linux, but it is not perfect.

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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NameToshiba Tecra S2
ProcessorIntel Pentium M 770 - 2.13GHz
Optical DriveDouble Layer DVD+-RW Drive
GraphicsnVIDIA GeForce Go 6600
NetworkGigabit Ethernet, 802.11g Wireless and Bluetooth
Other3 x USB and Firewire

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorYesUse speedstep-centrino module
Optical DriveYesBurning not tested, but should work
EthernetYesUse sky2 module
WirelessYesUse ipw2200 module
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot tested, but should work
Card ReaderNot tested, probably wont work


There appears to be a problem with the PCMCIA controller, it will lock the laptop completely if it is enabled even during the installation. You need to add the “nopcmcia” parameter (without the quotes) to the kernel boot options. Of course this will disable the pcmcia slot.

For best results, I would recommend a Linux distribution with kernel 2.6.16 or greater such as Fedora Core 5. This is the easiest way in getting the ethernet and wireless components working.

The graphics chip will work with either the open source nv module or with the proprietary nvidia module. For 3D support, you will need the proprietary module. For the open source module, you will need a recent version of Xorg for the module to support this graphics chip, such as the one included with Fedora Core 5.


Not the best laptop to use under Linux, but if you don't need PCMCIA support it is fine.


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