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My Linux Laptop – Toshiba Portege 4010

Filed under: Linux Hardware — TheLinuxBlog.com at 9:48 am on Monday, November 26, 2007

Linux Blog - Toshiba Portege 4010 Linux LaptopAlong with my desktop I also have a laptop that is in dire need of an upgrade. It is a Toshiba Portege 4010. Although its age and its specifications (or lack of) it is still a decent ultra portable laptop. The battery life is great (4-6 hours) and its very light weight. Here are the specs:

CPU: 933MHz Pentium M
Ram: 512MB Shared
HD: 100GB Seagate 5400RPM
Media: CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive.
Network: Integrated 10/100 & Orinoco B Wifi.

I like its slim line style and cool features like the SD Card Reader, Firewire, Infrared and Toshiba Select Bay. But unfortunately I’ve not been able to get the SD Card or Infrared to work. The video card is also lacking, its a Trident Cyberblade and it doesn’t have very good support. I have to run X in VESA frame buffer mode which isn’t as bad as it sounds but without tweaking it is unable to play DVD’s.

The Toshiba ACPI extras work really well in conjunction with fnfxd. Brightness, Volume, Screen Change and Lock Screen are the only short cuts I set up. The system also suspends to disk & ram with no problems.

I also run Slackware 12 on my laptop and have trimmed it down to boot Linux faster and provide better battery life. It boots to login in about 30 seconds. The picture above is a picture I took in the kitchen. The desktop is XFCE from Slackware-current, click on the image to view more photos of my Toshiba Portege 4010.





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Comment by Portege 4010

March 7, 2008 @ 12:24 am

This might help if you’re using xorg, I was trying to get this going with debian and fluxbox, finally got this by installing Xubuntu and stealing the defaults. Plays video just fine for me.

Section “Device”
Identifier “Trident Microsystems CyberBlade XPAi1”
Driver “trident”
BusID “PCI:1:0:0”
EndSection

Section “Monitor”
Identifier “Generic Monitor”
Option “DPMS”
HorizSync 28-51
VertRefresh 43-60
EndSection

Section “Screen”
Identifier “Default Screen”
Device “Trident Microsystems CyberBlade XPAi1”
Monitor “Generic Monitor”
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection “Display”
Modes “1024×768”
EndSubSection
EndSection

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Comment by Owen

March 9, 2008 @ 11:26 am

Hi Thanks for the tip!

The problem was not really that I couldn’t play video, just that I couldn’t do anything graphics intense on it. I couldn’t even play TuxRacer :(

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