Linux on the Toshiba Portege 3480CT
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- Unit bought September 2000 by a friend of mine. Here will my notes
that we assembled during the somewhat more than neccesary installation
- After turning on the laptop one has to go through the obbligatory
Windows(98) setup, but this machine came with a severe challenge. By
default the screen only showed the central 640x480 portion, but during
of the installation where Toshiba wanted you to dialin to some 888
number to register your machine, we could not see any buttons how to
cancel out of the dialing failures.
After some serious trial and error we finally got out
of this menu, but without some severe grumping.
Total balance, including MS braindead
boot-boot-and-boot-again setup: 5 reboots.
- This laptop came with no floppy (well, USB floppy) and no CD-ROM,
thus installing linux (we decided on redhat 6.2) could be a challenge.
- Entering the BIOS (hit ESC and then F1) revealed an option that the
USB floppy could be turned into legacy mode. With this option turned
on (we actually never tried pure USB mode...) the linux
bootfloppy started, but a borrowed CD player could not be
forced into reading the redhat media (we suspect this to be
a redhat problem)....
We then decided to copy the redhat CD onto a Jaz drive,
and thus we could finally read the install code from Jaz.
This eventually was the
solution (scaringlgy the same as his previous machine,
the Toshiba 7020).
- There is a 10/100 ethernet on the extension port,
and it was recognized as an 'eepro100', and worked beautifully
(but read below...)
- Upgraded SVGA server that understands this chipset, and also
configured the mouse to be IMPS/2, as per Greenwell's
instructions (see below).
- Then came the problems:
- how to select from PCMCIA ethernet and bar ethernet? More-over,
if you didn't boot with the port extender attached, it would
never be able to use that ethernet. Even with that, we had
out share of problems getting this 'external' ethernet to
work after a suspend. In the end the solution was to disable
the eepro100 from the hardware setup (kudzu does that), and
only use networking via a PCMCIA card.
- could not get button-3 to work in twm, so we went back to
- disk suspend did not work, but "apm -s" seemed to do the
trick. The solution here was to go into the BIOS and enable
- did not try sound yet (but may now work through ALSA)
- on-board modem is supposed to be a Lucent-type WinModem,
for which a binary driver is now available for Linux.
- if you don't bookt with a floppy, even if enabled USB legacy mode,
linux will not load drivers for it....
- Other people have also written about this or related units
(there may be more links on the
Linux Laptop Page since this was written):