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Old 11-27-2011, 11:08 AM   #1
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Is there a linux distro that runs on Toshiba Satellite C655D?


I recently bought the inexpensive C655D-S5300 (AMD, 4GB) and so far get similar lock-up behavior with Ubuntu 11 (64 bit), Linuxmint 11 (64 bit), and Linuxmint 12 (32-bit). Everything freezes, requiring a hard reset. I have frequently been connected to either wired or wireless internet by the time the freeze happens, but it has also occurred on the install DVD when I was not sure if connection had been established. It seems to lock up faster on the wire than the wireless.

On restart, I have briefly seen messages about a TCO timer already being in use.

Any advice?
 
Old 11-27-2011, 11:38 AM   #2
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I'd try booting into Puppy Linux. It boots from cd without an install required, so you can see if your computer can run linux at all.
 
Old 11-27-2011, 06:34 PM   #3
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Linux runs in every distro. Ubuntu 10.04.3 LTE in both 32 and 64 bit versions runs but with no networking at all - not even wired. Linuxmint 11 64 bit, Linuxmint 12 32bit, and pclinusox-kde-2011.09 all have the same behavior, whether run live from the CD or DVD or from an install: as long as the machine is not effectively connected to the internet, all is well. As soon as either the wired or wireless network is connected and configured and data starts moving, the screen freezes and a hard restart is required. I have seen flashes of text during startup sequences that mention PCI address conflict (pclinuxos) and timers already being in use (linuxmint and ubuntu). With Linuxmint, I get the same results whether the proprietary drivers are installed or not. (fgrl, I think.)

Maybe Toshiba, conspiring with Microsoft, the chip makers, and the antivirus companies, has engineered something that simply pukes when anything other than Windows runs on the machine.
 
Old 11-27-2011, 07:02 PM   #4
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And for good measure, Linuxmint 12, 64bit edition does the same thing. As soon as Firefox starts downloading a file, total freeze-up.
 
Old 11-28-2011, 07:26 AM   #5
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From what you've said, it sounds to me like you either just have defective hardware, or your system specs are too low to run Linux and its freezing under the extra load from the data xfer. If it was a Linux incompatibility you'd not be able to connect to the internet at all, and since you've tried multiple distros with the same results, its unlikely that its a problem with a broken driver.

Have you looked up your wifi/ethernet cards to confirm their compatibility with Linux? And have you tried running in a low-power desktop environment like XFCE? And could you tell us how much ram your computer has, as well as the processor speed?

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Old 11-28-2011, 10:38 PM   #6
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Are you me OP? I literally have every problem you're talking about. I have tried: Ubuntu 11.10,10.04, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu 11.10, Mint 11 and 12, I even tried gOS. all of them except 10.04 and gOS would freeze on boot or after hibernation. 10.04 and gOS had no network device, so they were worthless. Lubuntu has been the least freezey for me, but unfortunately it still does. I've read millions of things and nothing has help. I've tried 32bit and 64bit for any luck and nothing.

I'm guessing its a Toshiba problem and we're both screwed man.
 
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:35 AM   #8
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Are you using the latest BIOS? 1.60?

http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/t...ily=1073768663


I know it's not an ideal solution, but have either of you tried running with desktop compsiting disabled? I'm not even sure you can disable that in Gnome 3. I use Xfce, and you can disable windows compositing under Window manager tweaks. The Lubuntu CD you had might have the same setting, or an Xubuntu one would work. Just to test it.
 
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Luckily I bought the Toshiba at Best Buy so I have already returned it. Next I'll be installing Linuxmint 12 on a cheap Lenovo. Inexpensive machines are saddled with so much adware when you buy them that Windows runs worse than anything I've ever used -- delays in pointer movement for crying out loud.

From here on out, I will only use Windows if somebody pays me to do it. (like at work)
 
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Well the Lenovo B575 with the AMD E450 works well with LinuxMint 12. I did have wireless issues which required to "sudo rmmod acer-wmi" and then blacklist the driver so it doesn't reinstall on reboot.

So it is possible to buy a new inexpensive laptop with CPU and graphics integrated on the same chip and still succeed with Linux. I have maintained a small Windows partition on the disk since some of the Lenovo applications evidently modify the BIOS. For example, clicking the battery icon in the Windows tray brings up a Lenovo application that allows you to set the maximum battery charge to 50% for users that keep the machine plugged in most of the time so the battery lifetime is increased. Once changed in Windows, 50% is the maximum charge, even when running Mint 12. Mint has no way to adjust the battery charge, however.
 
Old 12-13-2011, 02:32 PM   #11
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Mint has no way to adjust the battery charge, however.
Look into laptop-mode-tools.
 
  


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