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Old 07-21-2003, 05:32 PM   #1
toshiba_user
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toshiba satellite linux help


Hello all.

I am trying to run Mandrake 9.1 on the Toshiba Satellite A25-S207. And I am having the keyboard bounce problem. I have searched the forum and have found some possible solutions...

1. XkbDisable settings in XF86config (does not work, has no effect.)
2. I found this on a freebsd forum (xkbset must be installed) and I added this to my .xinitrc file and startx from runlevel 3, without graphical login.


if [ -x /usr/X11R6/bin/xkbset ]; then
xkbset m
xkbset exp =m
xkbset sl 5
xkbset exp =sl
xkbset -f slowaccept
xkbset exp =f =slowaccept
fi

startkde
#gnome-session
#wmaker
#enlightenment
#startxfce

The above does not work in gnome, but seems to work in all other window managers, though I can't get this to work when logging in graphically, its very annoying and the settings expire after prolonged use.

3. AccessX program, but it's useless, does not work at all.

Other than the temporary workaround detailed in # 2, I can barely use mandrake 9.1 on this toshiba laptop.

Given that, does anyone have any other solutions for installing Mandrake 9.1 on the Toshiba Satellite?

I have tried to install and run other distributions as well .

1. Redhat 9 - installs fine, everything works, sound, wireless, video, etc. But APM is still not included during install and RedHat interface generaly sucks ( no offense, just my opinion ) and the kernel will never recompile successfully, nor will any other kernel for that matter.
2. Mandrake 9.1 - very annoying keyboard problems.
3. Gentoo - install CD won't boot.
4. Debian - install CD won't boot.
5. FreeBSD - install won't boot
6. SuSe - installs, but most hardware is not recognized or will not install.

Anyway, if anyone can help with the lame toshiba keyboard problems and Mandrake 9.1 it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
 
Old 07-21-2003, 09:00 PM   #2
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If you don't like Red Hat, then I would suggest trying Slackware. I'm using Slack 9 on a Tosh Satellite 2435 and it works perfectly. I can even guide you through recompiling the kernel if you need ACPI support. (I think APM is included in the slack kernel) Slack was practically the only distro that even booted on this laptop. Mandrake, Gentoo, Knoppix -- all failed.
 
Old 07-22-2003, 01:02 AM   #3
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thanks

Thanks for the reply and the offer to help out with Slackware assistance. I'm taking your suggestion and downloading slackware as I type this.

I enjoy a challenge, don't get me wrong, I'm having a blast with linux and this laptop, even with the installation failures one can't help but learn more about hardware and the linux operating system.

I am an opensource advocate and always will be. We did some incredible things, on my last contract, with RedHat 8.0, assisting with the development of the Linksys Wirleless-B Media Adapter and transcode implementation.

This laptop WILL run linux, one way or another.
 
Old 07-22-2003, 01:48 PM   #4
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slackware prroblems

Sllaackware hass tthe keyboard bounnce issue as well. Configguration using tthe techniquess found online still do not work. Interestinng. I'll hack through itt a bit and if it wont worrk, RedHat 9.0 is tthe winnner.

Thanks.
 
Old 07-25-2003, 03:36 AM   #5
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Look for a program called xbounce. i have a satellite 1450 and i had that problem too, xbounce works perfectly.
 
Old 07-31-2003, 09:18 PM   #6
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You can also check out xkbset (if you're not having much luck and need a URL, lemme know and I'll dig it out). Worked for me, whereas xbounce was giving me a little trouble.

Just realized you tried xkbset... try the command

xkbset bo 1

should work, but you tell me

Last edited by Ctawp; 07-31-2003 at 09:26 PM.
 
Old 08-04-2003, 09:49 AM   #7
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I've slack 8 dualbooting with wme on my Toshiba Satelite 2805-S301. It has not any keyboard bounce problem. I bet the problem is on ur /etc/X11/XF86config not the distros ..

My /etc/X11/XF86Config looked like below (hope it usefull ..)


Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "XFree86 Configured"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "Files"
RgbPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
ModulePath "/usr/X11R6/lib/modules"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/CID/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/"
EndSection

Section "Module"
Load "dbe"
Load "dri"
Load "extmod"
Load "glx"
Load "pex5"
Load "type1"
Load "freetype"
Load "record"
Load "xie"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "keyboard"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "PS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
EndSection

#Section "Monitor" # only 640x480
# Identifier "Monitor0"
# VendorName "TOS"
# ModelName "5082"
#EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "LCD Panel 1024x768"
VendorName "Toshiba"
ModelName "Satellite 2805XDVD"
HorizSync 31.5-53.7
VertRefresh 60
EndSection

# Valid mode specifiers (mode_option argument):
# <xres>x<yres>[-<bpp>][@<refresh>]
# <name>[-<bpp>][@<refresh>]

# bootup mode:
# video=<driver>:<xres>x<yres>[-<bpp>][@refresh]


Section "Device"
Identifier "Card0"
Driver "savage"
VideoRam 8192
VendorName "S3"
BoardName "Savage/IX-MV"
BusID "PCI:1:0:0"

# options:values are: <i>:integer, <f>:float,
# <bool>:"True"/"False", <string>:"String",
# <freq>:"<f> Hz/kHz/MHz", [arg]: optional arg
#Option "NoAccel" # [<bool>]
#Option "HWCursor" # [<bool>]
#Option "SWCursor" # [<bool>]
#Option "ShadowFB" # [<bool>]
#Option "Rotate" # [<str>]
#Option "UseBIOS" # [<bool>]
#Option "LCDClock" # <freq>
#Option "ShadowStatus" # [<bool>]
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Card0"
#Monitor "Monitor0"
Monitor "LCD Panel 1024x768"
DefaultDepth 16
# DefaultFbBpp 16
# SubSection "Display"
# Depth 1
# Modes "1024x768" "800x600"
# EndSubSection
# SubSection "Display"
# Depth 4
# Modes "1024x768" "800x600"
# EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600"
EndSubSection
# SubSection "Display"
# Depth 15
# Modes "1024x768" "800x600"
# EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1280x1024" "1152x1024" "1024x768" "800x600"
EndSubSection
# SubSection "Display"
# Depth 24
# Modes "1024x768" "800x600"
# EndSubSection
EndSection
 
Old 08-04-2003, 10:28 AM   #8
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Not really sure what it is myself. After a while, it was getting really aggravating though. While xkbset was working, it stopped after like a half hour (no idea why) and it seemed to work less effectively each time it was run (well, didn't last as long... makes no sense, but whatever). I wound up installing Red Hat 9 over the weekend for misc. reasons, and I have no problems whatsoever on it.
 
Old 08-04-2003, 09:11 PM   #9
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Just paste in here wut is in ur /etc/X11/XF86config, it may helps other on solving the bounce problem. I still believe, the problem could be solve by a proper /etc/X11/XF86Config
 
Old 08-22-2003, 10:48 AM   #10
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i have slackware 9.0 and i also have the bounce problem
 
Old 08-22-2003, 10:57 AM   #11
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Check out that thread:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...threadid=63141
It should sort you out...
 
Old 08-26-2003, 11:40 AM   #12
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I've found xbounce program fixing toshiba keyboard problem the best. But there's one thing that I can't set. Xbounce seems to be working properly only when I start it from console under X windows. That mean manually every time I start Xserver Toshiba successfully goes to suspend mode - that means less restarts - but sometimes I have to turn computer off...

Could anyone help me with this - where to put xbounce command to make it run automatically?
 
Old 08-29-2003, 09:18 PM   #13
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Hey all, I have a Satellite 5105 and the best solution for me is to put

Option "XkbDisable" "true"

in that keyboard area of XF86Config-4 (though I've not tried it with XF86Config). Now it works great!

Maybe you can just drop the Xbounce thing altogether Melon and try that.
 
Old 09-07-2003, 10:54 AM   #14
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I use polish keyboard settings (some special signs are managed by X, with Alt key) and it's not working after setting XkbDisable. So I believe Xbounce solution is more effective?
 
Old 09-09-2003, 05:38 PM   #15
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Can toshiba_user tell us how he got the wirelees to work in RH9? I get the following error:

"Set Encode" (8B2A)

My WEP code matches the Wireless Router.
 
  


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