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Toshiba Tecra M10


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Toshiba Tecra M10 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 M10. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Toshiba Tecra M10 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Toshiba Tecra M10 specifications page.

NameToshiba Tecra M10
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
Screen14.1“ WXGA or WXGA+ Widescreen
HDD120GB to 250GB or 128GB SSD
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA Quadro NVS 150M
NetworkEthernet, Intel 5100 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
SoundYesSee Workaround
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested



Installing the NVidia proprietary drivers fully enables 1440×900 and 3D effects.

Audio issues with Ubuntu

Workaround Tested on Tecra M10 and Ubuntu 08.10 “Intrepid” (kernel 2.6.27-9)

Here is how to make audio work:

- logout and get into console (CTRL+ALT+F1) then

# rmmod snd-hda-intel
# modprobe snd-hda-intel model=toshiba

- And add the following line

options snd-hda-intel model=toshiba

to the ”/etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base“ (if you omit this modprobe settings won't be persistent).

Other Linux flavors


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Ska, 2010/08/05 12:06

HELP! yall sound like computer buffs and i'm just stuck. how do i get my webcam to work. it's the CNA 7157 installed but it's not working. plz help.

jon, 2010/02/23 22:36

I have the M10-11V.

Getting the in-built 3G functionality to work has proved unsuccessful so far. I haven't even tried the fingerprint reader or the smart card reader because - excuse the pessimism - I'm not holding out any hopes.

Sound works fine now, though, although it didn't at first. I think the driver has been incorporated into the kernel or something.

As an aside, I also think this thing is a bit rickety - it has been from very early on. I think the next computer I'll buy will be a Mac.

(Unhappy) Jon.

Nigel, 2009/09/11 07:51

I followed Initi0's instructions and it worked perfectly.

On another subject, I have 4GB of RAM installed, but only seeing 3.1, has anyone else come across this ?

yetanotheruser, 2009/08/02 14:43

Oh and one more note. I also can't get the accelerometer to work.

yetanotheruser, 2009/08/02 14:38

Installed on Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy). Some information are from a few months ago as I have not yet tried to fix them.

-Wireless worked immediately.

-I don't remember having to use the sound modprobing suggested here. But sound definitely works.

-Function keys for brightness works but brightness is always reset when it dims (from inactivity) and comes back. Have not managed to disable dimming (even disabled it in power options). I may have installed toshset to get this to work. Don't remember exactly what I did but I know I needed to do something to get this to work WHILE using the proprietary NVIDIA drivers (it initially worked with vesa but stopped working when I installed the drivers)

-NVIDIA worked fine but I installed the newest drivers anyway because I was trying to resolve an issue with compiz (white flickers when zooming) which I “solved” in a different way (by allowing it to display two cursors).

-But the reason googled my way here today is because I can't force the fan to remain on even though I feel its overheating. toshset gives an error and doesn't seem to be able to set it.

-Cannot get built-in webcam to work.

-Cannot get fingerprint reader to work (apparently because the fingerprint reader's manufacturer has changed or something like that if I recall correctly).

-Hibernating does not work. Either it sleeps and doesn't wake up or wakes up immediately.

-Cannot get tty's to display (anywhere!) when using NVIDIA drivers. Can see tty's when using vesa drivers. I know that they are there because commands are being executed and the speaker beeps at the right time but I just can't see anything (its just black).

Stefano Pasquale, 2009/01/24 23:23

Skype installed, webcam started immediately!!!
Model: CNA7157 on /dev/video0

Said, 2011/12/05 23:19

driver CAN 7157

orester, 2015/07/01 13:06

my computer does not show web cam, please can you help me on this

Stefano Pasquale, 2009/01/24 22:33

…by the way, my laptopo is a PTMB3E.

Stefano Pasquale, 2009/01/24 22:32

Installed Kubuntu 8.04.1, wireless not functioning.

After having updated kernel to 2.6.24-23, wireless started flawlessly, interface wlan0 perfectly running.

Then installed NVIDIA proprietary kernel (but I had to install libc6-dev in advance), the 1440×900 resolution went on immediately using nvidia-xconfig.

Then tried bluetooth (to use a Trust mouse that has no usbdongle), pressing Fn+F8 does not work, but executing:
# toshset -bluetooth on
activated the device immediately!

Fn+F6 and Fn+F7 for brightness does not change brightness, though a small window appears showing the changing %…

Andrea, 2009/01/24 15:38

Tested with Tecra M10 and Ubuntu 08.10 “Intrepid” (kernel 2.6.27-9)

Here is how to make audio work:

- logout and get into console (CTRL+ALT+F1) then

# rmmod snd-hda-intel
# modprobe snd-hda-intel model=toshiba

- And add the following line

snd-hda-intel model=toshiba

to the ”/etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base” (if you omit this modprobe settings won't be persistent).

Mark, 2009/03/11 13:20


Init0, 2009/01/19 11:51


To enable audio, edit the /etc/modprobe.d/sound file and append this line:

options snd-hda-intel model=toshiba

wombatzz, 2009/01/07 00:37

Have installed ubuntu 8.10. all good apart from no sound. Still working on it.

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