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Old 07-03-2006, 02:06 PM   #1
Odin5578
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Toshiba Satellite A105-S2101 I need Help


Guys I've been wanting to get into Linux for a while and I recently bought a Toshiba Satellite A105-S2101 and I'm wanting to install Linux on it.

The problem I'm having is I've tried several different distros and all do the same thing.

I've tried:
Red Hat 9
Suse (I think 9 is older)
KnoppiXAME
DSL

When I try to start them they all do well and then I click to install and they freeze. Except for Red Hat, Red Hat will begin installing but it says it doesn't detect my Harddrive.

Suse will just freeze while it's loading the installation files.

KnoppiXAMA and DSL both freeze at Hardware detection. What's going on? and is there any distro I can try that anyone knows will work on Toshiba Satellite A105-S2101.

Thanks.
 
Old 07-03-2006, 03:09 PM   #2
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I would Try Fedora Core 5. It appears to have better support for sata.
 
Old 07-07-2006, 04:23 AM   #3
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I have a Toshiba A100 (I'm not sure what specific variant it is), and I have yet to have any problems with Ubuntu. It installed perfectly, detected all of the hardware, and all I had to do was install the latest ATi drivers.
 
Old 07-19-2006, 05:40 PM   #4
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I was looking at one of these laptops in Wal-mart and was wondering if Linux would run on it. So did you have any luck with it yet? I use Madriva 2006 .
 
Old 07-19-2006, 09:50 PM   #5
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I went to http://www.linux-laptop.net/ to see if the a105-s2101 was on the list and it is not. However there are a couple other a105 models that have SATA and they did have linux loaded on them. I remember one had SuSe 10. I still would like to hear if you got yours working...
 
Old 09-05-2006, 11:22 AM   #6
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I had no problem installing Debian "testing" yesterday on this laptop. For this install I used a Linksys PCMCIA network adapter that I had on hand. Was told that I could have used the internal, but was too lazy at the time.

I tested the laptop initially with Knoppix (5.01) and it recognized pretty much all the hardware. From what I have read, I will be able to use madwifi drivers for the wireless. Will document the whole process and post it somewhere when I am finished.
 
Old 09-06-2006, 09:57 AM   #7
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Hi. You should be able to install Debian testing, Ubuntu 6.06 SUSE 10.1 without major problems. Try Ubuntu 6.06 + automatix first. You'll love it. All works except of 3D. I had even wifi out of the box. With SUSE I had problems with ATI video card that have been easily solved. All you need to do is to install vesa video drv first and then ATI drivers from their website. http://en.opensuse.org/ATI_Driver_HOWTO
Slackware, Debian Sarge, Mandriva didn't recognise HDD.
Look here http://linuxmafia.com/faq/Hardware/sata.html

Last edited by chameleonic; 09-06-2006 at 12:21 PM.
 
Old 09-06-2006, 01:16 PM   #8
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I currently have a mix of Testing and Unstable running on this laptop and have to admit that I am surprised at how well everything works. If I had actually planned the install I could have avoided these little annoyances. Oh well, better to charge ahead blindly...

I am using the Realtek NIC and am hearing that I will have good luck with Ndiswrapper for the wifi instead of using the Madwifi drivers. Still haven't looked at it closely to see what I will need to do there.

I am getting a "loop" when using the soundcard, but haven't looked at what ALSA driver loaded. Just need to see what Knoppix loads since I know the card worked there just fine. Should be a simple fix.

If I understand correctly I can use some non-free software (sl-modem?) to get the internal modem working. That is not confirmed as yet, but would be nice.

I had no problems with the harddrive and should mention that I use the current testing netinst cdrom for my Debian installations.
 
  


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