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Old 08-04-2013, 04:46 PM   #1
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Before I install: compatibility issues with Toshiba Satellite C655D?


Hi all,

My beloved IBM Thinkpad A22m (Pentium III) finally died. It died at the same time as my desktop computer, but that's a story for another day.

Anyway, I now have a Toshiba Satellite C655D that I inherited from my brother. It's running Windows 7 right now, and that's okay, but naturally, I want to run Slackware.

Before I dive in, I'd like some feedback from other Toshiba users. If this had an Nvidia graphics card and a process that I had heard of, I don't think I'd have any questions, but such is not the case.

Here are the specs:

Processor: AMD E-300 APU with Radeon HD Graphics; 1.30GHz
Video: AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics
RAM: 8 GB DDR 3
Wireless: Realtek RTL8188CE 802.11n

So, when I slap Slackware 14.0 on this computer, what issues might I run into?

Is the open source Radeon driver any good? Do I need to get a proprietary driver?

Are there any other issues I should be aware of?

Thanks,
 
Old 08-05-2013, 11:03 AM   #2
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I have a Satellite as well. Mine is an S855-S5260 but IIRC it has the same wifi card, and if so it will give you trouble. kernel version 3.8 supposedly included the drivers but it didn't work when I custom compiled for 14.0. -current has 3.9 I believe so it may work, but I haven't tried personally so I can't guarantee anything.

As far as the graphics driver, I have no idea. I've never used amd (my Satellite has AMD graphic but I didn't try installing the drivers because I couldn't get the internal wifi card working).

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Old 08-05-2013, 11:41 AM   #3
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Maybe try installing Virtualbox on your Windows 7 partition and then create a Slackware VM and see what hardware is detected? You could also try a linux live CD and see how that goes. The Linux HCL at this site may be of help to you.
 
Old 08-05-2013, 11:53 AM   #4
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Maybe try installing Virtualbox on your Windows 7 partition and then create a Slackware VM and see what hardware is detected?
That would only show him the virtual hardware available to the VM, not the bare-metal, real hardware.
 
Old 08-05-2013, 12:13 PM   #5
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What I use is Clonezilla to copy my existing hard drive to a backup usb hard drive and then install the distro to my box. When I'm done playing, I just boot up Clonezilla again and restore my original os.
 
Old 08-05-2013, 12:52 PM   #6
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I have a Satellite as well. Mine is an S855-S5260 but IIRC it has the same wifi card, and if so it will give you trouble. kernel version 3.8 supposedly included the drivers but it didn't work when I custom compiled for 14.0. -current has 3.9 I believe so it may work, but I haven't tried personally so I can't guarantee anything.

As far as the graphics driver, I have no idea. I've never used amd (my Satellite has AMD graphic but I didn't try installing the drivers because I couldn't get the internal wifi card working).
Okay, thanks for the heads-up.

I've been using Slackware since version 11.0 came out. I haven't had any trouble getting it running on desktop computers, and it worked perfectly on my old IBM Thinkpad. I just have a feeling that this overall Linux support for the Toshiba's hardware is less comprehensive/mature than with the older hardware I was running.

A little bit of searching reveald that Realtek has an updated Linux driver that was released at the beginning of last month (July 2nd). I may need to download it and give it a try. I'm also not sure if I'll go with Network Manager or stay with Wicd.

Oh well, we'll see how it goes.
 
  


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