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Linux on the Toshiba Satellite 3000 (PS300C-03EKM )

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[ Hardware | Partitioning | Installation of SuSE 8.x | XFree86 | DVD | Power Management | Ethernet | Sound | USB | FireWire ]

Hardware top

Partitioning top

I chose this partitioning scheme:


Partition Type  


Start Offset  

Partition Length




0 MB  

5051 MB


Linux Swap  

5051 MB  

753 MB




5804 MB  

101 MB




5906 MB  

525 MB




6432 MB  

203 MB




6636 MB  

400 MB




7036 MB  

3074 MB




10111 MB  

3074 MB




13186 MB  

5890 MB

Installation of SuSE 8.x top

Installation was easy, just booted from SuSE 8.x DVD and and followed the on screen instructions. I chose default system with KDE . All devices were detected. Later some customization is required:
a) In 8.0 I can have only one mouse device, when I used external USB mouse AccuPoint is not working unless I unplug mouse.
b) There are no ACPI support in SuSE 2.4.18 kernel. SuSE 8.1 is shipped with modified 2.4.19 kernel which has most of ACPI modules ready to load. Then you have to install acpid provided on installation disk and add following line to /etc/init.d/boot.local file: /etc/init.d/acpid start After that /proc/acpi files would be created.

XFree86 top

YaST detects the screen and display automatically however after rebooting hardware cursor is gone. I would recommend downloading latest drivers from You need two files:

$ rpm -Uvh NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-3123.suse81.i586.rpm
$ rpm -e NVIDIA_GLX
$ rpm -ivh NVIDIA_GLX-1.0-3123.suse81.i586.rpm

You should not use the .-U. option to upgrade the NVIDIA_GLX RPM because a problem in the uninstall section of older NVIDIA RPMs will cause some files to be incorrectly removed. Instead, use .-e. to remove the old NVIDIA_GLX RPM and then install the new one.

Edit your /etc/X11/XF86Config file: Change the line containing Driver "nv” to read Driver "nvidia". Also, make sure that within the Section "module" part of the file, you have a line that says Load "glx", and that you comment out the lines reading Load "GLcore" and Load "dri".

DVD top

Not tested.

Power Management top

I didn't try APM after reading in many places that BIOS implementation of APM is very buggy.

It looks ACPI that comes with SuSE 8.1 is not compatible with KLaptop tool available in KDE 3.0. I tried kacpi, aKpi and gkrellm module and none of them really works. I know that for sure ac adapter and battery status works because files in /proc/acpi are changing when I unplug power. ACPI reports version 20020829. I guess the best option would be to compile latest kernel with appropriate patches from ACPI4Linux


This worked perfectly straight out of the box, with no tweaking at all, using the 8139too driver.


Sound worked fine without any alterations (using the i810_audio driver)


So far I've only tried a Logitech USB mouse, Canon PowerShot A20 digital camera and Logitech QuickCam Express camera. All devices are detected however webcam requires kernel module available from here

FireWire (IEEE-1394 or iLink)top

I needed 4-pin to 6-pin adapter to connect hard drive to iLink port. When I plugged my Ikebana FireBlaster is is visible:

scsi1 : IEEE-1394 SBP-2 protocol driver (host: ohci1394)
Attached scsi disk sdb at scsi1, channel 0, id 0, lun 0

It looks like it uses Seagate ST360021 hard drive.

Host: scsi1 Channel: 00 Id: 00 Lun: 00
  Vendor: ST360021 Model: A                Rev:     
  Type:   Direct-Access                    ANSI SCSI revision: 06

Smart Mediatop

Satellite 3000 uses ST92T163R4T1L Smart Media controller from STMicroelectronics .which complies with USB 1.1 specification ((12 megabits per second)

scsi0 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices

  Vendor: STM(CMG)  Model: FlashCardReader   Rev: 1.28
  Type:   Direct-Access                      ANSI SCSI revision: 02

SuSE created mount point /media/sda1. You can mount it with  following command:
$ mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /media/sda1