Toshiba Tecra A8

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Reference Information

For this wiki I also used information from gentoo-wiki.com.

General Information

This wiki will present how to install Archlinux on a Toshiba Tecra A8.

Important information

A BIOS update is mandatory so that archlinux can boot. Otherwise, the supplied BIOS gives a lot of APIC errors. The BIOS updating procedure can be done by using the software supplied by Toshiba at bios update. Note that this requires that you run the program on windows.

Technical Specifications

Processor: Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz T2400
Memory: 512 MB 
HDD: 80 GB FUJITSU MHV2080B
DVD+/-RW : Matsushita DVD-RAM UJ-841S 
Video Card: Intel 945GM
Display: 1280x800 @ 60Hz
Audio: Intel ICH7
 


lspci (on model PTA83E)

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS, 943/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA IDE Controller (rev 02)
01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82573L Gigabit Ethernet Controller
02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection (rev 02)
03:0b.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCIxx12 Cardbus Controller
03:0b.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments PCIxx12 OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
03:0b.3 SD Host controller: Texas Instruments PCIxx12 SDA Standard Compliant SD Host Controller
 

Installation

I had everything prepartitioned from a previous linux install and as such I cannont give any insight on this matter. The installs is flawless, using the Don't panic install cd.

State of the drivers

What works

Gigabit ethernet controller: out of the box USB controller and ports: out of the box Touchpad: out of the box Intel 3945abg wireless: out of the box using iwlwifi CPU stepping : out of the box Cooler stepping: out of the box Display at 1280x800: out of the box

What needs special hacks for getting to work

Audio system

The integrated sound card works out of the box, but the integrated speakers don't. To enable the integrated speakers do:

echo options snd_hda_intel model=basic >> /etc/modprobe.conf