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Toshiba Portege M700


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Portege M700 laptop.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

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NameToshiba Portege M700
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
Screen12.1“ WXGA Widescreen
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
NetworkEthernet, Intel 4965AGN 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorks
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderWorks
Fingerprint ReaderWorks


›In Debian 9 bezel buttons require key assignments with a tool such as xbindkeys from the xte package or similar.

›In Linux Mint 19 cetain buttons have assigned shortcuts out-of-the-box but still require some user configuration.

›It should also be noted that the automatic screen rotation function does not work out-of-the-box on either of the aforementioned distributions. By default behavior the screen should rotate when physically rotated to\from tablet mode.


Overall this is a relatively stable laptop even for use with most current [2018 Q4] distributions. Within both Debian 7\8\9 and Linux Mint 15 to 19.1 all hardware tested works for the most part without unacceptable or impeding issues. These distributions on this laptop are consistent, and overall the experience - both from a personal & professional perspective - are very stable.


Steven Grunza, 2016/09/27 15:19

I am using Fedora 24 with XFCE. So far everything works great. I started with Fedora 21 and have moved up several times. I have a number of scripts for setting the laptop into inverted screen, portrait screen, and normal screen modes. The scripts handle flipping the display image, remapping the touch screen, and remapping the EMR pen/stylus.

I use Xournal for taking handwritten notes and have a script to (1) disable the touch screen (2) start Xournal (3) wait for Xournal to exit (4) enable the touch screen and (5) perform an svn commit of my Xournal file. The touch screen is sensitive enough that if left on while I'm using the pen my hand or wrist leaves 'marks' on the page.

I use the SD card reader often and the Webcam on occasion. The Fingerprint reader worked when I set it up but the software interface was too primitive. If I couldn't get a good read after two swipes I wanted it to let me type a password but I couldn't figure out how to get that functionality.

USB, Wifi, wired Ethernet work great - better than they did with Windows 7.

I have a Windows 7 VM setup using VirtualBox for those few Engineering programs that require Windows. Mostly everything works except Altium Designer does not play nice. It's an issue with Designer that Altium doesn't really desire to spend resources to fix.

My batteries are getting way too old and need to be replaced (both charge to less than 50% design capacity according to the system) but with the slice battery installed in the docking station connector I still get about six hours of battery life.

This is definitely _NOT_ as thin or cool as an iPad (as my kids tell me) but I use it for content creation (coding, writing, note taking, drawing) not content consumption. For me it works great.

The only issue I have run into is that during upgrades from Fedora n to n+1 I always seem to need to tweak my screen control scripts because the name of the Touch Screen and Stylus keeps changing slightly. It's a small issue and only happens every year or two when I upgrade OS versions so all-in-all the M780 is a great machine for me.

Specifically, I have 4 GB of RAM, Intel Core i7 M620 @ 2.67GHz, and a 320GB rotational drive. I would like to see how the system performs with SDD instead of rotational but that's a lot of $$$. Building Yocto images takes nearly 200GB so I would need a large SDD.

Paul Carlin, 2014/08/28 23:00

Since I am a graphic artist, painter, carver and harp maker…I personally own a large variety of convertible tablet pc's (and I do love the old original huge screened convert.'s c100, m200, all the old beasties…shame they don't makem like that anymore. …and…. the portege line as well) and have found over the years that there is a huge lacking in a real list of working distros online for certain pc's. Those that do are outdated pretty bad.

I figured it was about time I signed up here and updated this comment board…I finally finished a verrrry long test of what up to date current distros worked and what ones didn't on the toshiba portege m700 (with 4gb ram) and toshiba portege m780 (with 8gb ram). On both I have 320gb hard drives in their internal bays for storage…and 1TB hard drives in 2nd hard drive bays located in the optical drive bay for easy swap out to put another TB hard disk in with 16 distros on each hard drive to distro experiment with.
Only a very few distros wouldn't work on either m700 or m780 from allthe distros I was interested in trying.

What doesn't run ….
-pclinuxos (splashscreen logo just spins…no patience after 4 attempts)
-puredyne (met repeatedly with not even a splashscreen just blank black screen)
Enough fiddling and I'm sure they would work….also I'm sure there are a couple other distros that won't work …but haven't hit them yet.

What does work…(everything in said distros appears to work fine…so I won't list what doesn't work inside each distro …pointless)
BTW What distros were offered as 64bit worked beautifully.




-Ultimate Edition
-Ubuntu Gnome
-Kubuntu 14.04
-Kubuntu Plasma Active Workspace 14.10
-Neon5 KDE Plasma Ubuntu
-Hybryde Evolution
-Hybryde Fusion
-Crunchbang (64bit as well as 32bit ..of course it would work fine :D)
(yet to try GnewSense, Blag and Dragora)

I have no doubt Mint and all the real popular distros will work…it was all the odd ones I am primarily interested in. (BTW …I refuse to test the Hannah Montana distro :D)

That is all that I have tested so far….and all of them work fine.

(lastly I am currently working on getting SLS properly set up…(Sorcerer, Lunar and Source Mage running….Source Mage seems easiest so far without making my brain hemorrhage and my nose bleed…. :D These guys really need a proper graphical installer for noobs …even intermediate and advanced users to deal with.)

Anyway ..there she is in a nutshell..As I have tested other distros I will edit and update this post..what may or may not work next year…or the year after ….I cannot foresee …myself or someone else will have to post their updated findings then.

Jack, 2011/08/03 04:29

I have tested this computer with mandriva and most of the above is the same. The notable exception is that I did test the cd/dvd write and it does not work.

asenkyr, 2009/06/02 19:55

Processor Works
Screen Works
HDD Works
Optical Drive Not Tested
Graphics Works
Ethernet Works
Wireless Works
Bluetooth Not Tested
56K Modem Not Tested
USB Not Tested
Firewire Not Tested
Card Reader Not Tested
PCMCIA Not Tested
Fingerprint Reader Not Tested
Camera not tested

Gustavo, 2010/01/18 23:50

I have installed Linux Mint 8 (Helena)
Processor Works
Screen Works
HDD Works
Optical Drive Works read CD and DVD, write not tested.
Graphics Works
Ethernet Works
Wireless Works open, WPA-WPA2 personal no works
Bluetooth Works
56K Modem Not Tested
USB Works
Firewire Not Tested
Card Reader Not Tested
PCMCIA Not Tested
Fingerprint Reader Not Tested
Camera Works

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