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Toshiba Satellite L870


This info is about the Toshiba L870 bought in Australia, model: PSKFPA-008002 (May 2013)

Tested with 64 bit Linux MINT 14, Kernel: 3.5.0-31-generic #52-Ubuntu

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For full specifications see the Toshiba Satellite L870 specifications page.

NameToshiba Satellite L870
Processor 2nd generation Intel Core i7-3630QM
clock speed 2.4G/3.4GHz Turbo
1333MHz FSB, 256 KB per cache, 6MB L3 Cache
Screen43.9cm (17.3)
type : Toshiba TruBrite HD+ TFT High Brightness display with 16 : 9 aspect ratio and LED backlighting
internal resolution : 1,600 x 900
HDDcapacity : 640 GB
drive rotation : 5,400 rpm
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi drive (Double Layer)
GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 7670M 1GB
Network Wireless Realtek Semiconductor RTL8168evl/8111evl 802.11b/g/n
Network Ethernet Realtek RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorWorks Out Of the BoxScales properly under load
ScreenWorks OOB
HDDWorks OOBSMART tools work ok
Graphics ChipWorks OOBDefault driver is quick (330fps glxgears)
Direct FB is on

Googleearth very responsive
Graphics Chip Catalyst driverWorks OOBVery quick (>15000fps glxgears)
Direct FB is on
some issues with terminal windows with slow “echo” when typing, Googleearth fails to load
VGA OutWorks OOB
HDMI OutWorks OOBNo sound through HDMI but not investigated
Optical DriveNot Tested
SoundWorks OOBNo sound through HDMI output
MicrophoneWorks OOB
Headphone PortWorks OOB
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
EthernetWorks OOB
WirelessOn board wifi is not present OOBWorks with downloaded driver but badly
BluetoothWork OOB
Card ReaderWorks OOB
WebcamWorks OOB
KeyboardWorks OOBScreen brightness function keys not working
TouchPadWorks OOBDisable/Enable function toggle key works also
Fingerprint ReaderNot Present
Suspend/ResumeWorks OOB including hybernate


Very impressed that almost everything works out of the box. Nice piece of kit..


Works very well with a few glitches that are probably resolvable given some effort


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