Linux on ... Toshiba 1410-801
This document describes some Linux workarounds with a toshiba laptop. Almost everything worked pretty well.. after a bunch of months i can finally say i'm 90% satisfied. (blame the size of the machine for the missing 10%.. but after all they say it was a desktop replacement.. )
PS: This is a translation of the italian document and I've made it a bit shorter :-)
Full report is available in the Italian version [newer]
Nvidia GeForce420 Go,
Yamaha AC97 sound card,
Ethernet Intel e100,
APM & standby,
Empty, indeed :)
- Brand and model------------ Toshiba Satellite 1410-801 (Eu-It,2003)
- Processor ---------------- Mobile Intel Celeron 2Gh; Ram 256 Mb ddr
- Monitor ------------------- 14'' tft, 1024x768
- VideoCard -------------------- Nvidia geforce 420 16 Mb ddr
- SoundCard -------------------- Yamaha 82801 AC97, YMF753 Chipset
- Lan ----------------------- Intel Express Pro 100
- Internal modem -------- Intel AMR AC97 rev 02
- Combo drive ------------ Toshiba (dvd/cd-r/rw) 8x/16x/16/x
- Floppy drive ------------ Toshiba
- Hard drive --------------- Toshiba 30 gb
- Accessories:2 PCMCIA ports, 3 USB ports, 1 parallel port,1 IrDa,
TV-out, mic, special keys for audio cd playback.
Read lspci output on this computer
Partitioning was easy and painless, since that so-called (preinstalled) operating system was not yet in NTFS
format, as i feared, but simply FAT32.
I made all the nice work with 'drake tools, leaving a very small partition for win :)
At the present time both Mandrake 9.1 and Slackware 9 are alive and kicking on this lap.
Graphical server is XFree86 4.3.x
Kernel is 2.4.21.
Since this minor number all vanilla kernels prevent you from dealing with a boring bug wich afflicts toshiba keyboard.
Problem and solution are described beyond, in the keyboard section.
[Dic 2003] Updates: Mandrake 9.2 & kernel 2.4.22
[Dic 2003] Updates: Mandrake 9.2 & kernel 2.6.0
[Feb 2004] Updates: Slackware9.1 & kernel 2.6.3
If you are using ALSA Sound System, instead of OSS, you will load module snd_intel8x0 (real improvement!!).
I added this to /etc/modules.conf:
alias sound-slot-0 snd-intel8x0
above snd-intel8x0 snd-pcm-oss
Newest drivers are needed. At present time [Dic 2003],
Smartlink lets out
After compiling and modules loading, this new version needs to launc the application slmodemd
with country options:
slmodemd --country=59 &
The device we use with the dialer is still
I am using a Hamlet wirless card, with an unexpected ADMtek chipset (it used to be "orinoco" in earlier cards: they changed it without a change of name-model).
are not developed since june 2003 and are stuck on version 1.05.
Kernel 2.6 support is given by an unofficial version at http://www.mines.edu/students/w/wsimmons/linux/ADM8211_src_105_2.6.tar.gz.
Moreover, you can find patches and hints to use these drivers in monitor mode at www.latinsud.com.
Video card is fully supported both by generic open drivers
and Nvidia binaries for linux.
Nvidia driver let you access all features, like 3D acceleration. Last version
available for download is now
NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496 .Installation is just a matter of typing
sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-***.run , then modify
a few configuration options (all explained in
See my XF86Config video section
Works with OSS and i810_audio module.
Alsa module (expecially for 2.6 kernels) is snd_intel8x0
Works with e100 module.
All features work fine.
I use SCSI emulation for cd burning (not really necessary with
newest versions of cdrecord).
At least i tested pcmcia with a wireless card.
Actually it was a quite brief test, because the card was borrowed, but
it only needed to start pcmcia service to have it work it fine.
A list of
supported wireless cards is available at linux-on-laptop.
Good news for ACPI: since 2.6 series there is great support for
toshiba power-saving tools: battery life is improved and software suspend is working. Access to some bios settings is possible via kde 3.2 "klaptop"
- Benq USB mini optical mouse
- HP 3280 USB printer
- Multimedia Fun-Touch USB external keyboard
- Agenie USB pen
- Cisco Pcmcia Wireless Card
- Hamlet Pcmcia Wireless Card
- Netgear MA111SE Wireless USB
Modem works!!! It's true :)
If your lspci shows something like
Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM AC'97 Modem (rev 02), then all you need to do
is to get the right version of Smartlink
drivers and follow instructions.
[They should fit on all mobo with YMF753 sound chipset, but i can't be sure.]
Don't download last version of the drivers unless you want to test.
AFAIK there are now two version that works properly: they are
slmdm-2.7.10(the one I'm using) and
slmdm-2.7.8 as reported by Thorsten in this page (grazie!)
There is a known bug in Toshiba keyboard that makes writing very hard,
expecially if you are a "fast typer": pressed keys get echoed more than
one time (eg. if you intend to digit a simple "ls" you will often get
"llls"). Newest kernels (original, not distro-patched kernels) since 2.4.21
definitely solve this problem.
Again, you can take a look to
page for further hints.
You can easily use both external mouse and mousepad adding some line to
XF86Config. This is my configuration
APM is working but not always. It's ok for battery level but fails
when you try to use features like standby.
Last working package with up-to-date drivers (works with 2.6 kernel) is
Seems that nvidia drivers are to blame for this, so if you want to get apm standby
working you will have to unload them.
I simply keep nvidia drivers installed and put 2 video device sections in my XF86Config,
using "nvidia" when i need nice 3d acceleration and "nv" most of the time.
VendorName "nVidia Corporation"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce4 (generic)"
VendorName "nVidia Corporation"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce4"
Option "UseFBdev" "true"
Option "NoLogo" "true" #nvidia drivers
Option "IgnoreEDID" "true" #nvidia drivers
You should remember to comment/uncomment modules section too, since nvidia drivers
don't want Load "dri" options and need "glx"
Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension
Load "v4l" # Video for Linux
Load "glx" # 3D layer
#Load "dri" #remove w/"nvidia"
So, to use apm properly,
change XF86Config device, #modprobe -r nvidia, refresh X, then try apm -s to see if it's all ok
<--- See more
Compile Toshiba options in kernel [ACPI section] and try out FnFX utility by Timo Hoenig
Nothing more here.. better look at "Special Workarounds" :))
Didn't test IrDa yet. I tried to configure it for the future ^_^
## install "irdautils"
#### add these to /etc/modules.conf
alias tty-ldisc-11 irtty
alias char-major-161 ircomm-tty
alias irda0 toshoboe #device driver per i laptop toshiba
##### load modules
##### check /etc/irda or /etc/sysconfig/irda file
###### activate irda service
irattach /dev/ttyS2 -s
##if you use kppp with irda: ln -s /dev/ircomm0 /dev/modem
<--- See more
links a tutorial
This is still a work in progress
If you notice some mistake, or some bad or missing links, please tell me.
All of your comments are really useful and welcome.
Take a look to my home page for Italian version and updates
Finally, thanks to everyone that spent his/her time making all the other tutorials that helped me and inspired me :* You can find some of them in the
Last updated: 22/04/2004
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(c) 2003 2004 by Eleonora
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