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I bought a new Toshiba Satellite U205 S 5002. I haven't been able to install linux on it.
I've been trying Zenwalk (Slackware based), but when it starts to load in the ramdisk it hangs. The last lines in the screen read:
I have the exact same problem (same notebook, too). Installing linux from the last Arch Linux CD worked fine (it uses kernel version 2.6.16), but version >= 2.6.17 causes this problem. I have yet to find a fix for it, but I have seen a few bug reports on kernel.org floating around from Toshiba notebook users with the same problem.
I had similar problems- booting gentoo, it would either get stuck on something relating to ACPI, or when the boot cd probed for PCI hardware.
I don't know how your linux does the install process, but, I managed to boot off knoppix, and install kernel 2.6.18. 2.6.17 doesn't function well and you have to be careful configuring it.
You should be pretty happy to know that most things so far work on the machine. Eg. Wireless.
However, there is something definitely wrong with the ALSA sound drivers that come with 2.6.18.
The newest drivers from the alsa project it self don't work either (1.0.13)
Anyone have any ideas on this?
I installed Ubuntu Dapper, kernel 2.6.15. for now. I did not have the time to install an older version of zenwalk and upgrade certain things. Once this quarter is over I will have time to play with it again. . Maybe I'll try vector linux or another one with a more stable kernel for toshibas. I really like Slackwareish distros.
I have IBM ThinkPad R50e laptop. It's Centrino 1.5 powered. Following distro's worked fine on my lappie. >>
Knoppix LIVE 5.x
Fedora Core 5
Berry Linux LIVE
Mandriva is my all time favrouite. Interface is cool and easy to
use. For itnernet Knoppix 5.x DVD rocks. It has all sofwtare required to an developer or to an programmer including Python,Ruby,Eclipse and etc etc. Berry Linux LIVE is also a good distro based on Fedora Core.