Public: Technology Reviews : Toshiba Satellite A20 Linux Install
This page last changed on Jan 30, 2005 by scytacki.
currently it is running 2.6.10-gentoo-r6 that is the latest dev-sources as of Jan. 30, 2005.
It appears to have an Ali ide controller. So the ali dma config option in the kernel needs to be enabled. Before enabling this I was getting "too many ticks" errors.
The mad-wifi driver supports the built in wireless card. It took a little work to get it working, but I don't remember what I had to do. You can start by emerging madwifi-driver and madwifi-tools.
You must enable toshiba acpi in the kernel. This provides a way to change the brightness through /proc/acpi/toshiba/lcd. If you want to use the fn buttons to change the brightness then you need the fnfx package:
This is partially working.
To test it I boot into single user mode. Then I run
this puts it to sleep just fine. I close the lid and open it again.
When I first tried this it would reboot immediatedly when I opened the lid.
I then upgraded by bios to 1.40 and:
I googled "yellow lin acpi resume", and found a patch on the lkml addressing this:
I have yet to test it with all the normal stuff running.
The bios update file available from the toshiba support site contains an .iso that can be used to make a bootable CD for updating the bios. So having windows installed is not necessary.
running emerge -s XXX is very slow to get started. Much slower than the thinpad t40 that I normally work with. I think this must be harddrive related but I haven't looked into it much yet.
http://www.emperorlinux.com/ - a place that sets up laptops with linux.
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