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!

Toshiba P205D-S8804

Base Install

I ran into an immediate snag using the Don't Panic install cd. The installer (and the initial installed system) will not boot. To work around, boot using this command:

arch acpi=off

And you should be able to install. When you boot your system for the first time, you will need to manually edit Grub to allow this to boot.

  1. Press "e" on the default entry (or whatever entry you have set up Arch on)
  2. Press "e" on the second line
  3. Add "acpi=off" to the end of the line, and press <enter>
  4. Press "b" to boot

You'll have to do this every time you boot until you run your first full system upgrade -- the problem is resolved with the newest kernel.


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


This laptop has an Atheros based wireless chipset that I just could not get to work with the MadWifi drivers. My understanding is that they are much better supported in the next upcoming release of MadWifi. In the meantime, Ndiswrapper worked beautifully.

  1. Add an "!" before ath_pci, ath_hal, and wlan in your /etc/rc.conf; add an entry for "ndiswrapper"
  2. Install ndiswrapper and cabextract:
pacman -S ndiswrapper ndiswrapper-utils cabextract
  1. Download the drivers from
  2. Run cabextract on that exe file
  3. Install the NET5416.INF file with
ndiswrapper -i NET5416.INF
  1. run these commands
ndiswrapper -m
ndiswrapper -ma
ndiswrapper -mi
rmmod ndiswrapper
modprobe ndiswrapper

And you should be all set to configure your wireless card.


Audio worked out of the box for me as well.

pacman -S alsa-utils

and unmute the volume. This card is a little odd -- it won't automatically mute the main speakers when you plug in headphones -- hence the two channels in alsamixer. Don't know if thats a bug or a feature! ;-) I'll post an update if I can find out how to get it to automatically mute.

Note: Remember to add your user to the audio group, log out and log back in!

gpasswd -a username audio

I have yet to test things like line-out/spdif/microphone-in on this card.


ATI Radeon X1200

The latest catalyst driver (8.01) supports this card, and the widescreen resolution this card is capable of (1440x900).

Visit the ATI wiki page for instructions on how to set it up. You'll want to edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf only if you're using the catalyst driver, because otherwise acclerated 3D causes the system to lock.

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  "i2c"
#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 haven't tested dual displays or the S-Video out yet.


Works fine with the synaptics driver.

pacman -S synaptics

then edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file to include this section:

Section "InputDevice"
Driver     "synaptics"
Identifier         "Touchpad[1]"
Option     "Device"        "/dev/psaux"
Option     "Protocol"      "auto-dev"
Option     "LeftEdge"      "1700"
Option     "RightEdge"     "5300"
Option     "TopEdge"       "1700"
Option     "BottomEdge"    "4200"
Option     "FingerLow"     "25"
Option     "FingerHigh"    "30"
Option     "MaxTapTime"    "180"
Option     "MaxTapMove"    "220"
Option     "VertScrollDelta" "100"
Option     "MinSpeed"      "0.06"
Option     "MaxSpeed"      "0.12"
Option     "AccelFactor" "0.0010"
Option     "SHMConfig"     "on"

and make sure that the Section "Module" section has this line:

Load  "synaptics"

and also change the "InputDevice" line under Section "ServerLayout" that references Mouse0 to look like:

InputDevice    "Touchpad[1]" "CorePointer"

Log out of X, log back in and your toucpad should be working much nicer.


Not all keys on this keyboard that have a "hotkey" label are actually recognized (eg setkeycodes doesn't even recognize them) the hotkeys that are recognized are not functional, yet. Will update as I find a solution.


The drive reads both CD's and DVD's. I have not tested writing anything. This drive also has labelflash capabilities, and I 'm not sure if that is supported under linux or not.


Functional out of the box


Have not tested.


Have not tested.

Volume Wheel

Not functional along with the rest of the hotkeys. It does generate a keycode though when it is moved, so I think I can get it to work.

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

and add tifm_sd 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.


Appears to work flawlessly, although not really speedily. Install pm-utils, if it is not already:

pacman -S pm-utils

For further necessary steps, see this section of the Pm-utils wiki page for more instructions.

Then, after finishing setup, a simple


as root will take care of it.

Suspend to Ram

To my utter shock and amazement, this also works out of the box. Ensure that pm-utils is installed.

pacman -S pm-utils

Edit your /boot/grub/menu.lst

Your kernel line on any entry you want to boot with suspend to ram capabilities needs to have


at the end of it.

Reboot, and then you should be able to suspend to ram with


as root.

Ndiswrapper and Suspend to Ram/Hibernate

I've noticed that ndiswrapper doesn't play well with suspend to ram or hibernate. So, we need to manually modify how pm-utils behaves when it resumes; specifically, we need to create a hook script that will unload and reload ndiswrapper automatically for us. Makes life a lot simpler when you're using something like Networkmanager to manage your wireless. I mean, why bother with a nice automatic configuration program if you have to manually unload and reload drivers, right? As root:

nano /etc/pm/sleep.d/25ndiswrapper

and paste this script in there

case $1 in
                rmmod ndiswrapper; modprobe ndiswrapper
                rmmod ndiswrapper; modprobe ndiswrapper

make it executable

chmod +x /etc/pm/sleep.d/25ndiswrapper

And you should be all set. Try




and see if it works!


Please,Please Please! Update this if you have the same model laptop, or if you just feel like correcting me, or fixing my grammar/spelling/confusing entries.