Toshiba Satellite P205D-S8804

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I'm currently working on getting Arch set up on my new Toshiba Satellite P205D-S8804. This page isn't complete yet, but I'll work on it as I get things up!


The on-board ethernet adaptor worked out of the box for me.


This laptop has an Atheros chipset, which is now supported by the latest madwifi release. With that installed, no additional configuration should be necessary.


Looks like this is a winmodem, but I haven't tried it yet, and do not ever plan to.


Audio worked out of the box for me as well. See ALSA for details.


This laptop ships with ATI Radeon X1200 integrated video. This card combined with the 17" screen should yield a max resolution of up to 1440x900.

Free Drivers

Initially, I used the free drivers because the prior version of ATI's official driver had serious issues with resolution. I've used xf86-video-vesa, xf86-video-ati, and xf86-radeonhd without problems. All are available in pacman. Note that the vesa driver will not yield high resolutions, and that none of the three provide decent 3D acceleration, although the RadeonHD driver provides some limited accelerated functionality.

ATI Catalyst Driver

Visit the ATI wiki page for instructions on how to get the intial set up completed.

You'll want to edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf, because otherwise using accelerated 3D causes rather annoying hard (un-recoverable) kernel locks.

cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.sav

to backup the original file, then

nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf

and make changes to the sections below Note: I intentionally left out some sections, like "Fonts" because that may vary from system to system.

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier     " Configured"
Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice    "Touchpad[1]" "CorePointer"
InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
Option	"aiglx"	"true"
Section "Module"
#Load  "GLcore"
Load  "dri"
Load  "dbe"
Load  "record"
Load  "glx"
Load  "xtrap"
Load  "extmod"
Load  "freetype"
Load  "synaptics"
#Load  "vbe"
Section "ServerFlags"
Option	"IgnoreABI"	"on"
Section "Device"
Option      "XAANoOffscreenPixmaps"
Option	    "RenderAccel"	"true"
Option 	    "VideoOverlay"	"on"
Option	    "OpenGLOverlay" 	"off"
Option      "AllowGLXWithComposite" "true"
Identifier  "Card0"
Driver      "fglrx"
VendorName  "ATI Technologies Inc"
BoardName   "Radeon X1200 Series"
BusID       "PCI:1:5:0"
Section "Extensions"
Option "DAMAGE"	   "true"
Option "RENDER"    "true"
Option "Composite" "true"
Section "DRI"
Mode	0666

I added AIGLX to this configuration file, but I do not know that it is necessary -- I added it personally for Compiz.

I haven't tested dual displays or the S-Video out yet.


Works fine with the synaptics driver.


Not all "hotkeys" are funtional on this machine -- Some of them are not even generating events in the kernel, although I think we can eventually work around that. Here are the keys that I have gotten to work so far:

Suspend to Ram
Brightness up
Brightness down
Volume Wheel
"Web" key
Previous Track
Next Track

What I still have left to fix:

Suspend to disk
Display toggle
Wifi switch (Not sure what this key does -- it is on F8, though)
Touchpad switch

In order to get any kind of functionality out of these keys, we need to map them to keysyms under X11. Some window managers (eg GNOME) may do this automatically, but if it doesn't, then here's what we need to do:

  1. Find out the scan code of the keys we want to map to a specific function. Here's the list that I compiled:
Mute = 160
Suspend to Ram = 223
Brightness Down = 101
Brightness Up = 212
Internet = 178
Play = 162
Stop = 164
Previous Track 144
Next Track = 153
Volume Wheel Down = 174
Volume Wheel Up = 176
  1. Create an Xmodmap file in your home directory with the functions you want to give those keys.
nano /home/username/.Xmodmap

and create a file with the following format:

keycode ### = function name

where ### = the numerical keycode from the list above, and function name is one of the functions listed in /usr/share/X11/XKeysymDB

For reference, here's what I used for my .Xmodmap:

keycode 160 = XF86AudioMute
keycode 223 = XF86Sleep
keycode 101 = F28
keycode 212 = F29
keycode 178 = XF86WWW
keycode 162 = XF86AudioPlay
keycode 164 = XF86AudioStop
keycode 144 = XF86AudioPrev
keycode 153 = XF86AudioNext
keycode 174 = XF86AudioLowerVolume
keycode 176 = XF86AudioRaiseVolume

I mapped Brightness up/down to F28 and F29 since I needed two seperate keys for the scripts that I am trying to write to control the LCD brightness -- this laptop is not really playing nicely with ACPI.

From here you'll have to configure your individual system to react to these X11 events -- this will vary depending on what window manager you use, or Desktop Environment.


The drive reads and writes both CD's and DVD's out of the box. This drive also has labelflash capabilities, but I 'm not sure if that is supported under linux or not.


Functional out of the box


Have not tested.


Have not tested.

5-in-1 card reader

Funtional out of the box, although we need to manually add a module to enable SD card support

modprobe tifm_sd
modprobe tifm_7xx1
modprobe tifm_ms
modprobe tifm_core

and add tifm_sd, tifm_7xx1, tifm_ms and tifm_core to the modules section of your /etc/rc.conf

I'm not actually sure if things like CompactFlash or MemoryStick are working, SD card is the only thing I have at the moment.

Power Management


Cpu frequency scaling is supported and works well. Visit the Cpufrequtils wiki page for instructions. The frequency range in question is 800MHz to a max of 2GHz.

Suspend and hibernate

Appears to work flawlessly, although not really speedily. See Suspend and hibernate for configuration details.


lsusb returns this webcam as a "Chicony USB 2.0" webcam, which is supported via the uvcvideo and snd_usb_audio modules. See Webcam setup for details.