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Installing Linux Suse 10.1 (final ver.) on Toshiba Laptop A100-SP621

Last updated: Mar-13-2007

General Hardware Specifications of A100-SP621:

Hardware Components

Status under Linux

Notes

Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.73GHz 2MB L2, 533MHz FSB

Works

No special procedure required during installation.

15.4” LCD Widescreen TruBrite™ TFT active matrix 1280x800 default resolution (WXGA)

Works fine, but haven't been able to make the Fn keys work to control brightness yet.

No special procedure required during installation

ATI MOBILITY RADEON X600SE PCI-E x16 64MB DDR

Works with 3D enabled and XGL

Downloaded ATI Linux driver from ATI website and followed the instructions from the site.

Enabled 3D support.

Enabled XGL (with some glitches though)

1024MB DDR2 SDRAM (1 slot)

Works

No special procedure required during installation

60GB Hard Drive (5400 RPM); Serial-ATA (SATA); 9.5mm.

Works

No special procedure required during installation

No Floppy Drive

N/A

No special procedure required during installation

Integrated Network Card Marvell 10/100 Base-TX

Works

No special procedure required during installation

Internal Modem Toshiba V.90

Works

No special procedure required during installation

DVD SuperMulti (+/-R Double Layer) Soports 11 formats

Maximum Speed and compatibility:

CD-ROM (24x:Read),

CD-R (24x:Write),

CD-RW (16x:Write),

DVD-ROM (8x:Read),

DVD-R (One Layer, 8x:Write),

DVD-R (Double Layer, 4x: Write),

DVD-RW (6x:Write),

DVD+R (One Layer, 8x:Write),

DVD+R (Double Layer, 4x:Write),

DVD+RW (8x:Write),

DVD-RAM (5x:Write)

Reading All Type Of Media Works Excellent.

Writing to CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R (One Layer), DVD-RW (One Layer), DVD+R (One Layer), DVD +RW (One Layer) also works fine.

Haven't found an application to try DVD-RAM capabilities.

Haven't had the chance to try Double Layer discs yet.

No special procedure required during installation

Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG (802.11b/g)

Works

No special procedure required during installation

Litium Ion (Li-Ion) 6-cells (4000mAh) rechargeable, removable

• Dimensions (LxWxH): 8.15” (207mm) x .91” (23mm) x 2.13”

(54mm)

• Weight: 0.75 lb (340 g)

• Battery Life (medido por MobileMark™): 2 horas, 40 minutos

• Charging Time: System Off: approx: 1 hour

System On: approx: 1 hour 20 min.

Works

No special procedure required during installation

Sound

• Integrated Speakers

• HDA Intel (Alsa Mixer)

• Realtek ALC861 (OSS Mixer)

Works even better than it did on Windows XP, not sure why tough.

No special procedure required during installation

Ports


Video:

RGB (monitor)

TV S-Video out external connector


RGB monitor (Works, after enabling dual mode with VESA 1024x768@60HZ)

TV S-Video (Doesn't Work since it relies on Fn Keys)

No special procedure required during installation for RGB monitor connector

Still Working On Making Fn Keys Work to enable TV S-Video

Audio:

Microphone external connector

Headphones external connector


Both Work Fine

No special procedure required during installation

Data:

i.LINK(tm) IEEE-1394 port

4 Puertos Universal Serial Bus (USB v2.0)

Network RJ-45 port

Modem RJ-11 port


They all seem to work, but I haven't tried the IEEE-1394 port since I don't use it.

No special procedure required during installation



This laptop is operating under Kernel version [Kernel 3.5.1 Level “a”]

Basic Installation of Suse Linux 10.1 (final ver.):


Simple, I work for Dell where I saw it working on one of the laptops once and I just loved it. I didn't know squat about Linux back then, so that was my only choice at the time.


I got the boxed version off their website.



Even simpler than installing Windows. Windows XP was already installed on the laptop and I didn't want to give it up at the time, so even though I already knew that both OS could be installed at the same time, I backed up my files and then difragmented the HDD. Then I booted from the DVD and followed the instructions. Basically just a matter of clicking on NEXT through al the windows. Seriouslly, it only took about an hour or so and my Windows OS remained the same. GRUB is great.


Setting up additional features for Suse Linux 10.1

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