Linux on a Toshiba Satellite A300 11X

I’m writing a series of posts in English about my experience with a brand new Toshiba Satellite A300 11X and Linux. The choice of English is, of course, to help a larger audience installing Linux on this particular laptop.

This will not be a single post since I don’t have the time for that right now, so I’ll make 2 or 3 posts about my first days with Linux and the A300.

First of all, here goes the laptop specifications:

Processor Intel® Core™2 Duo T8100 2.1 GHz FSB: 800 MHz Level 2 Cache: 3 MB

RAM: 3,072MB DDR2 RAM (667 MHz)

HD: 250 MB S.M.A.R.T

Screen: Toshiba TruBrite® WXGA TFT High Brightness 15.4″ 1,280 x 800

ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3470 tecnology HyperMemory™ 128 MB VRAM 16x PCI Express

Marvell Yukon 88E8040T PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controlle

PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection Intel

Ok, this is the main hardware. Looking at it probably you can think of some problems with the graphic card, and you’re right in some extent.

I tried Linux in 3 diferent ways. The first was a Ubuntu Hardy Heron (8.04) LiveCD. It booted with no problems until GDM. After login the desktop never appears. Killing X does not help because a bunch of errors keep sliding down the command-line and I can’t even write anything.

The nex post will be with my experience with Debian Lenny Beta. Stay tunner!



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