Toshiba Portege Z30-A

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High-performance ultrabook laptop of Toshiba think for professionals and business. Portégé Z30-A is a long-lasting battery, full-size ports and Intel® Core™ processor laptop of 13.3" and 1.2Kg.


Name Series Toshiba Portege Z30-A
Processor Haswell microarchitecture (4th generation)
Screen 13.3" 1366x768 Widescreen
RAM 4-8-16GB
HDD Toshiba SDD (128 [THNSNJ128GMCU], 256, 512 GB)
Optical Drive none
Graphics Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics Controller (Intel® HD Graphics 4400)
Network Ethernet - Intel I218-V, Wifi - Intel Wireless 3160
Touchpad ALPS (Trackstick+Mousepad)
Fingerprint reader USB Validity Sensors
Smart Card Reader O2 Micro, Inc. OZ776

Installation and configuration

CPU & Graphics

Works perfectly out of the box with the typical installation. More information: Intel & Microcode


Works fully with 3.17+ kernel.


toshiba_bluetooth kernel module is auto-loaded but is not necessary and, in fact, it is counter-productive, since as soon as you disable bluetooth (e.g. with rfkill), it seems to attempt to re-load the Intel bluetooth firmware every few seconds. Just blacklist the module. Create /etc/modprobe.d/toshiba-blacklist.conf with:

blacklist toshiba_bluetooth


linux-firmware is needed for the correct working of wifi.

Smart Card Reader

Works perfectly with ccid & opensc .

Display Backlight Control

Control with the Fn buttons works correctly in 3.17 and 3.18 kernel. However, in 3.19 kernel, a minimum configuration is needed because toshiba_acpi kernel module add some non-necessary backlight control. For controlling with Fn, create /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/80-backlight.conf with

Section "Device"
    Identifier "Intel Graphics"
    Driver "intel"
    Option "Backlight" "intel_backlight" # use your backlight that works here

Keyboard Backlight control

The backlight works correctly if it is configured on BIOS. toshiba_acpi kernel module add support for configuring the backlit of the keyboard. However, Fn-Z does not work. The modules can be changed in /sys/devices/LNXSYSTM:00/LNXSYBUS:00/TOS6208:00/kbd_backlight_mode with the modes: 2,8,16.

# tee /sys/devices/LNXSYSTM:00/LNXSYBUS:00/TOS6208:00/kbd_backlight_mode <<< 2

Fingerprint reader

The last version of fprintd has support for it. However, the image usually is wrong (lengthened) and needs two, three or more tries to obtain verifications.