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Toshiba Tecra A10


This is a guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Tecra A10 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.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Toshiba Tecra A10. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Toshiba Tecra A10 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Toshiba Tecra A10 specifications page.

NameToshiba Tecra A10
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
Screen15.4“ WXGA or WSXGA+ Widescreen
HDD120GB to 250GB or 128GB SSD
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD or
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 150M
NetworkEthernet, Intel 5100 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

HDDNot Tested
Optical DrivePartialFedora 10 - needed to change from SATA to IDE mode in BIOS. Otherwise drive gets error during boot re: setting xfermode
GraphicsGoodFedora 10 - works well @ 1680×1050
Ubuntu 8.10 - works fine
SoundGoodFedora 10 - haven't managed to get this to work yet
Ubuntu 8.10 - problem solved with a few changes, works ok!
WirelessGoodFedora 10 - just worked
Ubuntu 8.10 - works, problems with wpa & wpa2
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
USBGoodFedora 10 - works with what I have tried todate
FirewireNot Tested
Card Readerworks
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderGoodOpenSuse 11.1 works
CameraGoodFedora 10 - just worked, Ubuntu 8.10 works fine


You can enter any specific notes with running Linux on the Toshiba Tecra A10 here.

sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf
Add on a new line:
options snd-hda-intel index=0 model=toshiba position_fix=1


You can enter a summary of how well the Toshiba Tecra A10 works with Linux here.


Tait Clarridge, 2009/03/06 15:47

Hey, a quick note of interest about Tecra A10's.

Optical Drive: If you have it set as AHCI (SATA) in BIOS, you can avoid the xfer mode error messages by starting the drive with a CD or DVD in it. This is the only way I have found that is easy, I had tried another updated custom kernel and had success in changing this while breaking other things.

Graphics: Dual screen (non cloned) does not work with Graphics Acceleration. I cannot get it to work with 2 screens and different resolutions, only a cloned display. Trying to set a “Virtual” line in xorg.conf with acceleration enabled will cause X not to start and it complains about how it cannot allocate memory for the front buffer.

This is all with Fedora 10.

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