Ubuntu 7.10 Linux on Toshiba Qosmio G35-AV600 Laptop

A brief guide to installing Linux on a Toshiba Qosmio G35-AV600      <-- Back to CliffordTheEvilRedDog



Ubuntu 7.10 works out of box on this model with the following exceptions.

1. Hibernation does not work - not sure why yet... however suspend does work.

2. The built in dvd player probably does not work now that I have wiped out the primary and secondary hard drives ... dont care, dont need it. ( The AV600 can be used as a dvd player when closed... handy but not necessary... )

3. The BIOS utility can only be accessed via a windows based application. If you wipe out windows on your primary drive, you loose this. I wonder if this could possibly run under wine?... may try at some point. An alternative is to do a dual-boot installation.

4. The default nvidia driver does not provide all 3D acceleration functionality... to get this, you need to install a package called "NVidia binary X.Org driver (New Driver)". To install this, go to add/remove programs ( or Adept Installer ) , and do a search on "nvidia". IN the left column click on "System". Check the component and click on Next. To test the change in drivers, reboot the machine and run glxgears from a terminal. You should see a frame rate of approx 2000 FPS (Assuming you to change the default size of the glxgears window).

5. The biometric finger scanner does not work... I don't know if there is software for this that can be installed... Perhaps in the future... Don't really care about it since I don't use it. I did not find it to be very reliable under windows anyway.

Try it out before you install it!

If you want to test it out for functionality/compatability before committing, boot your laptop off the Ubuntu 7.10 cd. You can run a live cd session, however performance will be lame since your running off a cd-rom. To install just double click the install icon on the desktop. Once linux is installed to the hard drive you will see that the performance is on par with windows... (I'm not about to start comparing Windows with Linux ).

Which CD, Where to get it ?

The Ubuntu 7.10 CD ( Aka Gusty Gibbon ) can be downloaded from Distrowatch.org, Ubuntu.com, or other sites... The Kubuntu cd is the same as Ubuntu except Kubuntu uses the KDE desktop while the Ubuntu cd uses the Gnome desktop.

Hard Drive Weirdness, Dual Boot Installation.

If you try to do a dual boot installation, you will find that if you boot off drive A, you cannot boot an os thats installed on drive B and vice versa.. This is odd but we can work around it by manuall selecting the boot device when the laptop first starts... here's how.

Your C drive is your primary drive, in Linux parlance, this is /dev/sda ( the first partition on this disk is /dev/sda1 )

Your D drive is your secondary drive, in Linux parlance, this is /dev/sdb ( the first partition on this disk is /dev/sdb2 )

1. Make sure you do not have anything on your D: drive - we will wipe this out and install ubuntu to drive 2 ( D drive ).

2. Boot off the 7.10 cd. When you get the desktop up, you will see an install icon. Wait for the cd to stop spinning... and double click the install icon on the desktop... when asked where to install the os, tell it /dev/sdb1. You want the boot record to be on /dev/sdb, not /dev/sda. We dont want to touch /dev/sda if we are going to preserve windows.... ( Did I mention that you should back up your laptop and ensure you have your recovery cd's handy prior to doing all this ? )

3. When done with the install it will attempt to reboot... Do not remove the cd yet.

4. you will see a black or brown screen with the ubunu logo and and full progress bar that gradually turns black ( from left to right )... when it finally goes dark, i believe it will eject the cd ( dont remember)... anyway, this would be the time to remove it.

5. Now it time to boot up.... because your master boot record is on /dev/sda ( C: Drive ), your laptop will just go windows ( as if linux was not there )... turn the laptop off and turn it back on ( but be prepared to hit the F10 key ), as soon as you see the disc icons on the bottom of the screen (before windows boots ), hit the F10 key. You can not select which device to boot from... hit the right arrow once to select your secondary drive and hit enter. you should now see a grub boot screen... press enter to select the top item...

So given this dual boot configuration, you can boot into linux by manually hitting F10, changing to drive D: and pressing enter... If you dont do this, windows will boot by default.

If you want linux to boot by default, then just boot back into windows, open the bios utility, and tell it to use the secondary drive as the boot device.

ps - I found that an OOB install of openSuse 7.3 works too.

Update

Upgrade to Ubuntu 8.04 worked fine - the only snafu I encountered was with the PREEMPT_RT Kernel patch. I found that with the PREEMPT_RT patch installed, after upgrading the boot menu showed options for booting 804 with rt, and a generic install of 8.04. The rt image got hund when starting kde. The generic image worked fine.




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