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Toshiba Tecra Z50-A-13N


Oda Nobunaga


I bought this Laptop on November 2014. Until now I was using a Toshiba laptop (NB-250) for nearly 4 years with Linux (Fedora) and I am very happy with it. Therefore I bought this Tecra Z50-A-13N Laptop hoping that it will run as smooth as the NB-250.

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NameToshiba Tecra Z50-A-13N
ProcessorIntel Core i5-4200U
Screen15.6“ widescreen FHD LED backlit LCD display 16:9 aspect ratio, 1920×1080
RAM12 GB DDR3L RAM (1x4GB + 1x8GB)
HDD256GB Solid State Drive (replacing the original hybrid 500GB/8GB NAND flash drive)
Optical DriveNo optical drive
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4400
NetworkGigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11ac+a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0+LE

Linux Compatibility

HDDYesReplaced by Toshiba SSD
Graphics ChipYes
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI PortNot Tested
Bulti-in MicrophoneYes
Headphone JackYes
Microphone JackYes
BluetoothYesUsing Buetooth mouse
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
Smart Card ReaderNot Tested
Docking StationNot Tested
Touch PadYesKernel driver for newer ALPS touchpads
Track PointYes
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested


  • HDD : The builtin HDD was running fine but I replaced the builtin Toshiba 500GB Hybrid-SSHD with a Toshiba 256GB Q-Series Pro SSD. The notebook is absolutely quiet now and startup time is about 5 seconds.
  • Wireless : The wifi connection was sometimes successfully established but most of the times not. I realized that the bluetooth mouse I am using is affecting the wireless network connection to one of my access points. This seems to be a common problem and I managed to solve it by adding the line options iwlwifi 11n_disable=1 bt_coex_active=0 power_save=0 auto_agg=0 swcrypto=1 to the file /etc/modprobe.d/iwlwifi.conf.
  • Display : For some reason I don't know after rebooting the notebook the display brightness was always set to a very low level. Therefore I always needed to adjust the brightness by using the funktion Key which worked fine but was a little bit annoying. I finally adjusted the default brightness by installing the tool xbacklight.x86_64 and inserting the command /bin/xbacklight set 80 into the startup script /etc/bashrc.


I am very happy with this notebook. The most importand things are running out of the box using Fedora 20. And after solving some minor things like wifi / display problems it makes really fun to work with it every day.


Luxoderm, 2015/03/31 11:33

Thats a very good feedback. Im curious to think what type of impact this would have globally? There are times when things like this begin to have global expansion and frustration. Ill check back to see what you have to say.

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