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Old 09-08-2008, 04:27 PM   #1
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Which linux on Toshiba Satellite L300D-10A .


I have this laptop and I can not install linux on it. I tried ubuntu 8.04 and fedora 9, but without a luck. The installer does not even want to start. Can someone who have any experience with this model tell me which linux distro will work.

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 09-08-2008, 06:39 PM   #2
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I have this laptop and I can not install linux on it. I tried ubuntu 8.04 and fedora 9, but without a luck. The installer does not even want to start. Can someone who have any experience with this model tell me which linux distro will work.

Thanks in advance.
Can you please give us the specifications for this laptop?

Also, with Toshiba laptops, can you tell us whether this laptop has a BIOS menu or not? Thanks!

I'd recommend Slackware (my favorite) as a default, if you want to learn to work with Linux, but otherwise there are many other good distributions out there, such as even Mandriva (my #2 favorite).

I'm using a Toshiba Satellite A55-S306 right now. Which reminds me, I probably need to update my page on that subject....
 
Old 09-08-2008, 06:53 PM   #3
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What do you mean by not wanting to start? Do you see the initial boot menu?
 
Old 09-10-2008, 09:51 PM   #4
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Im running ubuntu on a Satellite M45-S265 and there are several things that need to be done in order for a smooth installation. As mentioned above more info on the laptop would be helpful.
 
Old 09-10-2008, 11:23 PM   #5
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Could be the bios isn't set up to boot from the cdrom. When it first boots enter the setup menu (probably F2 there should be a prompt at the bottom of the screen to tell you) and set it to boot from cdrom.
 
Old 10-01-2008, 06:27 AM   #6
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same problem - Toshiba Satellite Pro L300 - 164

Hi,

I'm also facing the same problem. It's my Toshiba Satellite Pro L300 - 164 System Unit, Model No PSLBDE-005005AR , Intel 1.86 Dual Core, 1GB RAM. I am trying to install Cent OS 5.2 which is used in my company for all purposes and I would like to have it in my laptop also. I had no problem installing Open Suse 10.3, but I prefer Cent OS , because that is used in my company.

I have set the Bios Sata Controller to Compatibility mode(other option available is AHCI).

Is it the SATA drivers causing problem or something else? When I try to install, it doesn't call anaconda system installer , but before that shows Kernel Panic Error. If I take other terminals I can see lot of error messages, but I don't understand most of them. Is there any way that I can copy these errors and save to a file (remember, the OS is still not installed and when it reaches the error, the system hangs with kernel panic).

I can boot with "noprobe" option, but then I am not sure which all devices should I install. A professionals help in this is much appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
Dev

Last edited by devan1p; 10-01-2008 at 11:14 AM. Reason: Update information provided
 
Old 11-12-2008, 11:24 AM   #7
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Hi,

I'm also facing the same problem. It's my Toshiba Satellite Pro L300 - 164 System Unit, Model No PSLBDE-005005AR , Intel 1.86 Dual Core, 1GB RAM. I am trying to install Cent OS 5.2 which is used in my company for all purposes and I would like to have it in my laptop also. I had no problem installing Open Suse 10.3, but I prefer Cent OS , because that is used in my company.

I have set the Bios Sata Controller to Compatibility mode(other option available is AHCI).

Is it the SATA drivers causing problem or something else? When I try to install, it doesn't call anaconda system installer , but before that shows Kernel Panic Error. If I take other terminals I can see lot of error messages, but I don't understand most of them. Is there any way that I can copy these errors and save to a file (remember, the OS is still not installed and when it reaches the error, the system hangs with kernel panic).

I can boot with "noprobe" option, but then I am not sure which all devices should I install. A professionals help in this is much appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
Dev
AM having the same problem did u get the soln. to it. Tx.
 
Old 12-04-2008, 11:34 PM   #8
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Ok, i patched the BIOS and now I'm able to install any linux distro I want.

Another problem, is that I can not put my laptop in standby what I close the lid. I change the settings in the "power options" to go to standby when the lid is closed, but nothing happens. No mater which option I choose, when I close the lid nothing happens. Is there any solution for this?

I have also recompiled many different kernels with all possible ACPI options (different combination), and also with "Toshiba Laptop Extras" but still nothing happens.

Any advice?

Thanks in advance.
 
  


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