Toshiba Satellite L300

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This document applies in particular to Arch Linux on a Toshiba Satellite L300-OG1. It may also apply to the entire L300 series on any modern Linux system (using at least kernel 2.6.36), and dependent upon what BIOS your system has. My L300-OG1 contains the InsydeH2O BIOS, recently upgraded to version 2.20.

If you have an older BIOS version you will have fan control problems and lack of useful Fn keys. See below for a method to upgrade your BIOS.

Feel free to contact me if any problems or suggestions (lagagnon at gmail.com) (English or Spanish).

Specification

lspci:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS, 943/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS, 943/940GML and 945GT Express PCI Express Root Port (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Memory Controller Hub (rev 07)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)
00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 5 (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 93)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation ICH9M LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation ICH9M/M-E SATA AHCI Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02)
03:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)

What Works Without Any Configuration?

Ethernet, Wireless, Microphone, Synaptic TouchPad, WebCam, USB ports, Card Reader, DVD optical drive, external video port (if booted with video device attached), CPU frequency scaling.

What Works With Minimal Configuration?

Suspend, Hibernate, Fan speed, Video tweaks, Audio, Function Keys (see below for configuring these)

What Does Not Work?

Special hardware function keys (particularly the Fn key itself) and fan control after suspend/hibernate if your BIOS version is less than version 2.20. If you update your BIOS you will not have these problems.

Not Yet Tested or Not Applicable

PCMCIA port, Firewire, Modem.

Configurations

Video: You should follow the Intel wiki entry for Intel video. You will also need to edit your /boot/grub/menu.lst kernel boot line. See below. If you do not make the suggested changes to /boot/grub/menu.lst and /etc/X11/xorg.conf then you may not be able to resume from suspend, will get flickering video on shutdown and other minor video faults, but your screen will generally work OK. Here is my /etc/X11/xorg.conf file for reference:

Section "ServerLayout"
        Identifier     "X.org Configured"
        Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
        InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
        InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "Files"
        ModulePath   "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
        FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/misc"
        FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/100dpi:unscaled"
        FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi:unscaled"
        FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/TTF"
        FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/Type1"
EndSection

Section "Module"
        Load  "glx"
        Load  "dri2"
        Load  "dri"
        Load  "extmod"
        Load  "dbe"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier  "Keyboard0"
        Driver      "kbd"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier  "Mouse0"
        Driver      "mouse"
        Option      "Protocol" "auto"
        Option      "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
        Option      "ZAxisMapping" "4 5 6 7"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
        Identifier   "Monitor0"
        VendorName   "Monitor Vendor"
        ModelName    "Monitor Model"
EndSection

Section "Device"
        Option      "DRI"                    "True"
        Option      "NoDDC"                  "True"
        #Option      "XAANoOffscreenPixmaps"  "True"
        Option      "EnablePageFlip"         "True"
        Option      "RenderAccel"            "True"
        Option      "AccelMethod"            "UXA"
        Option      "Tiling"                  "False"
        Identifier  "Card0"
        Driver      "intel"
        VendorName  "Intel Corporation"
        BoardName   "Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller"
        BusID       "PCI:0:2:0"
EndSection
Section "Extensions"
   Option "Composite" "Enable"
EndSection
Section "Screen"
        Identifier "Screen0"
        Device     "Card0"
        Monitor    "Monitor0"
        SubSection "Display"
                Viewport   0 0
                Depth     1
        EndSubSection
        SubSection "Display"
                Viewport   0 0
                Depth     4
        EndSubSection
        SubSection "Display"
                Viewport   0 0
                Depth     8
        EndSubSection
        SubSection "Display"
                Viewport   0 0
                Depth     15
        EndSubSection
        SubSection "Display"
                Viewport   0 0
                Depth     16
        EndSubSection
        SubSection "Display"
                Viewport   0 0
                Depth     24
        EndSubSection
EndSection

boot/grub/menu.lst: You should heed the Intel video changes and your menu.lst grub line for your kernel should have the following kernel parameters added:

kernel /vmlinuz26 root=/dev/disk/by-uuid/your_UUID_here acpi_osi="Linux" ro i915.modeset=1 resume=/dev/sda3 The important kernel parameters above are: acpi_osi="Linux" (fan will not function correctly without), resume=/dev/sda3 (this is your swap partition, without which hibernate will not work) and i915.modeset=1.

Suspend/Hibernate: The "pm-suspend" and "pm-hibernate" scripts from the pm-utils package work but ACPI fan control after any suspend or hibernate will only function properly with BIOS version 2.20 or higher.

Function Keys: The kernel parameter "acpi_osi=Linux" is required to get the fan control and function keys to work properly. You also need the upgraded BIOS.

Audio: Should just work but you must ensure, using "alsamixer", that the "Front" mixer is set to max, or near max. By default on my laptop it was at zero and I did not have sound until this was adjusted.

Bluetooth: This laptop does not have in-built Bluetooth, but works just great with any bluetooth dongle via USB if you follow these Bluetooth instructions.

Upgrading your BIOS

It seems that most of the L300 and L305 series laptops come with the InsydeH2O BIOS version 1.50. This BIOS is faulty with Linux and results in non-functional Fn hardware function keys and an improperly controlled fan. It is vital to get the fan working properly especially if you wish to use suspend and/or hibernate. Toshiba Canada has the latest BIOS version (v2.2 at January 2011) here: http://support.toshiba.ca/support/Download/ln_byModel.asp . Ensure you get the correct file for your specific model. This file is a Windows-only executable - it does not contain anything usable under DOS. So I know of only two ways to flash the ROM with that file:

  1. Run the file as an executable under a Windows environment that you are dual booting with Linux, or,
  2. Use the undocumented "brick" repair method (below) proposed by Toshiba

As the first method is straightforward it will not be discussed here. Here is the second method outlined for Linux users (Note: you do this at your own risk - if done improperly you may permanently "brick" your laptop):

  1. the .exe file is a 7z compressed file. Use the command "7z e filename.exe" to extract. You may have to install a 7z package first.
  2. the only important file in the extract is the .fd file. Rename that file to "BIOS.fd"
  3. copy the BIOS.fd file onto the root directory of a USB pen drive
  4. remove the battery, power cord, any inserted CD and the hard drive from your laptop
  5. place USB pen drive in a USB port on your laptop
  6. simultaneously hold down the "Fn" and "F" keys
  7. plug in the power cord to the laptop while still holding Fn+F
  8. press Power On button of laptop while still holding Fn+F
  9. USB pen drive light should start to flash. You may now release the Fn+F keys
  10. leave laptop for 1-3 minutes. The ROM is being flashed. Your laptop will eventually turn itself off and it may reboot.
  11. you may turn off laptop now if it has turned itself off or if it has rebooted and has not have found a bootable device (unless USB stick is bootable). If your USB stick was bootable it should have successfully booted it. Shutdown properly.
  12. unplug power cord, replace laptop hard drive and laptop battery. Replug power cord.
  13. reboot laptop and enter BIOS (F2). You should see that it has successfully upgraded your BIOS.