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Old 10-13-2010, 03:48 PM   #1
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Problem With Toshiba Laptop


I've used ubuntu on desktops before and i liked it A LOT.
but i just want some recommendations on what to run on my laptop

I just want to be able to browse the web, listen to music, download movies and music and stuff like that. Nothing like video editing or things of that nature.

Simply i just want a good OS for when im not using windows (i would like to use windows for just burning cds)

here's some of my computer's specs

It's a Toshiba satellite L505D

it has an AMD Turion II Dual-Core mobile M520 processor
2.30 GHz

4gb of RAM (3.75 usable)
and its 64 bit operating system.


guys,it seems toshiba laptops cant run ubuntu i get a bunch of error messages
it seems that there is a problem with the acpi? or something like that. anyways it causes problems.
i can boot it with acpi off but the fan wont work and i heard that it makes the dual core processors run at maximum capacity.

any tips?
can i patch the linux kernel or something


oh, and btw, im wanting to run 10.10 now.

i would GREATLY appreciate any help.
 
Old 10-13-2010, 04:04 PM   #2
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Hi

I've a slightly different computer
Toshiba Equium
AMD Turion 64 x2 (1.9 GHz as far as I remember)
2gb ram

I've been running the 32bit versions of Ubuntu for almost two years with no major problems (at least since the kernel included support for the RealTek RTL8187B (ID: 8197) wireless chip)

I don't need to have acpi off, I do use the nomodeset option to get GoogleEarth working but thats it, everything else I need works.

Martin

Last edited by martinbc; 10-13-2010 at 04:20 PM. Reason: More details of wireless hardware
 
Old 10-13-2010, 04:16 PM   #3
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Simply i just want a good OS for when im not using windows (i would like to use windows for just burning cds)
Why not use Linux to burn CDs and drop Windows? Are you having some type of issue burning CDs in Linux?
 
Old 10-15-2010, 03:05 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by lewisforlife View Post
Why not use Linux to burn CDs and drop Windows? Are you having some type of issue burning CDs in Linux?

i've had many problems burning with linux
 
Old 10-15-2010, 04:41 PM   #5
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I have a similar (lesser) Toshiba laptop. It came with MS Vista, so I repartitioned and re-installed Windows on a small partition. I then tried a series of common distros, including Fedora (probably 11, I forget), CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu, and finally OpenSuse. I stopped trying when OpenSuse (11.1) installed perfectly, activating all of the hardware and correctly set up dual-booting with grub. Since then, the only thing I haven't found to be functional is the web camera, and I'm not sure it isn't working; I just don't need it and haven't tried to use it. Everything else, including wireless, bluetooth, sound, etc. just worked. It's a machine I use for non-hacking kinds of things, and Office & web stuff, so I just want it to work without messing with it. Couldn't be happier.
I'm not trying to pimp any particular distro, and I got flamed once before on this; just relating my single anecdote.
Oh, and I just used it to burn a Knoppix DVD with K3B the other day. Easy-peasy.
--- rod.
 
  


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