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Toshiba Satellite A70 S259 – Debian SID


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The Machine:

Processor: Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz, 3200 Mhz w/ HT Technology

Memory: 1,0 GB

Touchpad: AlpsPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint

VGA controller: ATI AGP Radeon Mobility 9100IGP

FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB21 IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link)

Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5212 802.11abg NIC (rev 01)

Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)

Modem: ATI Technologies Inc IXP AC'97 Modem (rev 01)

CardBus bridge: ENE Technology Inc CB1410 Cardbus Controller (rev 01)

Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS300 Host Bridge (rev 02)

PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon 9100 IGP AGP Bridge

USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc OHCI USB Controller #1 (rev 01)

USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc OHCI USB Controller #2 (rev 01)

USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc EHCI USB Controller (rev 01)

SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc ATI SMBus (rev 18)

IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc ATI Dual Channel Bus Master PCI IDE Controller

ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc: Unknown device 434c

PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc: Unknown device 4342

Multimedia audio controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP150 AC'97 Audio Controller


The Installation:

I use a net-installer option, with image downloaded from:

http://cdimage.debian.org/pub/cdimage-testing/daily/i386/beta1/debian-testing-i386-netinst.iso

Only change, I change repositories manually to http://ftp.br.debian.org/debian sid main contrib non-free.

After installed system, it´s a good ideia install a SMP kernel, because this notebook uses HT Technology.

Have sure to install last kernel.

#apt-get update

#apt-get install linux-image-686-smp


Reboot.

Install headers:

#apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`


or use specific packages (if U know what is this)

#apt-get install linux-headers-2.6.15-1 linux-headers-2.6.15-1-686-smp linux-image-2.6.15-1-686-smp


VGA controller: ATI AGP Radeon Mobility 9100IGP

I try to use property drivers from ATI (www.ati.com), bad results.

I try to use the drivers from Debian non-free repositories too, worst.

Both cases give me a good resolution (1280x800/24bits) but 3D accelerations seems never functioned, nor OpenGL screensavers.

I decide to use original driver ATI from X.Org (xserver-xorg) and everything goes on.


My /etc/X11/xorg.conf:

Section "Device"

Identifier "ATI Graphics Adapter"

Driver "ati"

BusID "PCI:1:5:0"

Option "AGPMode" "4"

Option "RenderAccel" "true"

Option "Composite" "Enable"

EndSection


Touchpad: AlpsPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint

Not functioned in the begining.

A search on internet, I found a simple solution.

I must disable “USB Legacy” Option in BIOS . OK.

To make synaptic driver function, need install xfree86-driver-synaptics package.


#apt-get install xfree86-driver-synaptics


My /etc/X11/xorg.conf:

Section "InputDevice"

Identifier "Synaptics Touchpad"

Driver "synaptics"

Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"

Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"

Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"

Option "Leftedge" "100"

Option "RightEdge" "900"

Option "TopEdge" "100"

Option "BottomEdge" "700"

Option "FingerLow" "15"

Option "FingerHigh" "17"

Option "MaxTapTime" "150"

Option "MaxTapMove" "120"

Option "MaxDoubleTapTime" "170"

Option "VertScrollDelta" "50"

Option "HorizScrollDelta" "50"

Option "MinSpeed" "0.3"

Option "MaxSpeed" "0.8"

Option "EdgeMotionMinSpeed" "15"

Option "EdgeMotionMaxspeed" "15"

Option "UpDownScrolling" "1"

Option "AccelFactor" "0.10"

# Option "TapButton1" "1"

# Option "TapButton2" "2"

# Option "TapButton3" "3"

Option "SHMConfig" "off"

EndSection


Keyboard:

Default 102 keys w/deadkeys.


My /etc/X11/xorg.conf:

Section "InputDevice"

Identifier "Generic Keyboard"

Driver "keyboard"

Option "CoreKeyboard"

Option "XkbRules" "xorg"

Option "XkbModel" "pc102"

Option "XkbLayout" "us"

Option "XkbVariant" "us_intl"

EndSection


Multimedia audio controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP150 AC'97 Audio Controller

Recognized and Installed.

Need ALSA modules.

#apt-get install alsa-base alsa-utils alsa-oss


Ethernet controller (eth0): Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)

Recognized and Installed on boot.

Use 8139too module.


Ethernet controller (ath0): Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5212 802.11abg NIC (rev 01)

NOT recognized on boot.

Need to install MADWIFI-SOURCE e MADWIFI-TOOLS packages.

To compile and install the modules, I use MODULE-ASSISTAN command.


#apt-get install madwifi-source madwifi-tools module-assistant

#m-a update

#m-a prepare

#m-a a-i madwifi


Modem: ATI Technologies Inc IXP AC'97 Modem (rev 01)

Easyer impossible. I use Debian SmartLink drivers from non-free repositories.

#apt-get install sl-modem-daemon sl-modem-source

#m-a a-i sl-modem


Infrared:

NOT recognized automaticaly.

Habilitate in BIOS 3F8/IRQ3 option.

Need IRDA-UTILS packages.


#apt-get install irda-utils


The configuration was made to SERIAL, NO DONGLE, /dev/ttyS3.

Some programs, like kmobiletools, uses serial port /dev/ircomm3 to communication.


FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB21 IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link)

Not tested. Not used.


ACPI:

This driver does not work on all Toshiba laptops, particularly those models which seem to have a BIOS or other firmware which was not developed by Toshiba itself.

New reverse engineering work will have to be done on these machines, or Toshiba will have to disclose the necessary details.

The error you will see in this case is:

$ modprobe toshiba_acpi

FATAL: Error inserting toshiba_acpi (.../kernel/drivers/acpi/toshiba_acpi.ko): No such device

Others function keys steel work.


Problems:

Overheat is a problem. To evitate, mantain refrigeration ports cleaned always.




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