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I recently got a Toshiba Tecra A10-1HU laptop. This is a series describing my experiences with this hardware using Debian Sid.

This one comes without any operating system. So I got a recent testing-netinstall CD-image and ran the installer procedure in expert mode. Everything went fine and I ended with a shiny Squeeze and kernel 2.6.30. Because I use Sid as my usual system, my first action was a dist-upgrade to Sid.

This is what lspci -nn tells:

00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Memory Controller Hub [8086:2a40] (rev 07)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:2a42] (rev 07)
00:02.1 Display controller [0380]: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:2a43] (rev 07)
00:03.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset MEI Controller [8086:2a44] (rev 07)
00:19.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Intel Corporation 82567LM Gigabit Network Connection [8086:10f5] (rev 03)
00:1a.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 [8086:2937] (rev 03)
00:1a.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 [8086:2938] (rev 03)
00:1a.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6 [8086:2939] (rev 03)
00:1a.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 [8086:293c] (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller [8086:293e] (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 [8086:2940] (rev 03)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 2 [8086:2942] (rev 03)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 3 [8086:2944] (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 [8086:2934] (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 [8086:2935] (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 [8086:2936] (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 [8086:293a] (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev 93)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation ICH9M-E LPC Interface Controller [8086:2917] (rev 03)
00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation ICH9M/M-E SATA AHCI Controller [8086:2929] (rev 03)
01:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Wireless WiFi Link 5100 [8086:4232]
05:0b.0 CardBus bridge [0607]: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II [1180:0476] (rev ba)
05:0b.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394) [0c00]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller [1180:0832] (rev 04)
05:0b.2 SD Host controller [0805]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter [1180:0822] (rev 21)
05:0b.3 System peripheral [0880]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C843 MMC Host Controller [1180:0843] (rev ff)
05:0b.4 System peripheral [0880]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter [1180:0592] (rev 11)
05:0b.5 System peripheral [0880]: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller [1180:0852] (rev 11)

Things that worked out-of-the-box:

Display/Graphics (Intel GMA 4500M HD)

The integrated graphics chipset, an Intel GMA 4500M HD, works with the xserver-xorg-video-intel package and the default X.org configuration. No custom /etc/X11/xorg.conf is necessary. The (IMHO non-reflecting?) display runs with 1280x800 at 60 Hz.

Cable network device

The integrated Intel 82567LM Gigabit Network device works with the e1000e kernel module. No customization was necessary.

Touchpad/Trackpoint

The notebook comes with the so called Toshiba Dual Pointing Device a touchpad (+2 buttons) and a trackpoint (+2 buttons). Both worked without customization.

Energy savings/Suspend/Resume

apmd and [acpid] handle this. No problems yet. Suspend/Resume works. I did not yet test (and I’m not sure if I should) hibernate and uswsusp.

Webcam

The webcam is a CNA7157 model or at least detected as such. The video4linux modules handle it and the cheese application produces pictures.

Volume-control wheel

It works. Module and package information will follow as soon as I figure them out.

Things that needed customization

The notebook comes with an Intel WiFi Link 5100 device. It does not work out-of-the-box. Following this article I’ve installed the firmware-iwlwifi package and loaded the iwlagn (now iwlwifi) module.

Sound (Intel)

For the sound device to work the snd_hda_intel module is necessary. Further the following lines must be added to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf.

# not sure about the first line, start adding the second only
options snd-cmipci mpu_port=0x330 fm_port=0x388
options snd-hda-intel index=0 model=toshiba position_fix=1

Unsure/Not yet working

Temperature sensor

After installing sensors-applet I got two identical temperature displays. I’m not sure what they show. Anybody an idea how to examine this?

Modem

The notebook comes with an internal modem device:

00:03.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset MEI Controller [8086:2a44] (rev 07)

From what I read I need the hsfmodem or the sl-modem packages. Unfortunately the latest version is not available for amd64 from the archive, although it seems to have been built.

Untested

I did not yet test

  • Bluetooth (icon there, kernel module loaded)
  • Firewire (kernel module loaded)
  • Card-reader (kernel modules loaded) Card reader works

Summit

This what lspci -k -nn tells about the used kernel modules:

00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Memory Controller Hub [8086:2a40] (rev 07)
        Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0001]
        Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:2a42] (rev 07)
        Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0004]
00:02.1 Display controller [0380]: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:2a43] (rev 07)
        Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0004]
00:03.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset MEI Controller [8086:2a44] (rev 07)
        Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0001]
00:19.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Intel Corporation 82567LM Gigabit Network Connection [8086:10f5] (rev 03)
        Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0001]
        Kernel driver in use: e1000e
00:1a.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 [8086:2937] (rev 03)
        Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0001]
        Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
00:1a.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 [8086:2938] (rev 03)
        Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0001]
        Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
00:1a.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6 [8086:2939] (rev 03)
        Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0001]
        Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
00:1a.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 [8086:293c] (rev 03)
        Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0001]
        Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller [8086:293e] (rev 03)
        Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0001]
        Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 [8086:2940] (rev 03)
        Kernel driver in use: pcieport-driver
00:1c.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 2 [8086:2942] (rev 03)
        Kernel driver in use: pcieport-driver
00:1c.2 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 3 [8086:2944] (rev 03)
        Kernel driver in use: pcieport-driver
00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 [8086:2934] (rev 03)
        Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0001]
        Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
00:1d.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 [8086:2935] (rev 03)
        Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0001]
        Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
00:1d.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 [8086:2936] (rev 03)
        Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0001]
        Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
00:1d.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 [8086:293a] (rev 03)
        Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0001]
        Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev 93)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation ICH9M-E LPC Interface Controller [8086:2917] (rev 03)
        Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0001]
00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation ICH9M/M-E SATA AHCI Controller [8086:2929] (rev 03)
        Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0001]
        Kernel driver in use: ahci
01:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Wireless WiFi Link 5100 [8086:4232]
        Subsystem: Intel Corporation Device [8086:1201]
        Kernel driver in use: iwlagn
05:0b.0 CardBus bridge [0607]: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II [1180:0476] (rev ba)
        Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0001]
        Kernel driver in use: yenta_cardbus
05:0b.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394) [0c00]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller [1180:0832] (rev 04)
        Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0001]
        Kernel driver in use: firewire_ohci
05:0b.2 SD Host controller [0805]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter [1180:0822] (rev 21)
        Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0001]
        Kernel driver in use: sdhci-pci
05:0b.3 System peripheral [0880]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C843 MMC Host Controller [1180:0843] (rev ff)
        Kernel driver in use: ricoh-mmc
05:0b.4 System peripheral [0880]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter [1180:0592] (rev 11)
        Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0001]
05:0b.5 System peripheral [0880]: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller [1180:0852] (rev 11)
        Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0001]