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Installing Ubuntu on Toshiba Tecra S1

April 18, 2007 2:16 am

System info of Toshiba Tecra S1:

  • BIOS: Version 2.50
  • system-version:PT831T-11Q4L
  • Ubuntu Version – Currently using Feisty 7.04, previously worked on 6.10 Edgy and 6.04 as well
  • Kernel – currently using 2.6.20-15-generic, had problem with 2.6.20-14 but 2.6.20-13 works

Hardware Components

Status

Notes

Pentium M 1.5GHz Works No special procedure
15″ XGA TFT Screen Works Default settings works
External VGA – 19″ Xerox XA7 Works See this post for xorg settings
ATI Radeon 9000 Mobility Works Read this post for 3D support
1280MB RAM (1.2G DDR-266) Works No special procedure
40GB HDD 5400 RPM Works No special procedure
DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive Works No special procedure
WLAN (Intel PRO/Wireless 802.11B) Works No special procedure
LAN Works No special procedure
56k Modem Untested No special procedure
SD Card reader Untested No special procedure
Lithium-Ion Battery Works No special procedure
Sound Card Works No special procedure
SD Card reader Works No special procedure
USB 2 Works Plug and Play works for external harddisks including k800i

Basic Installation of Ubuntu:

  • Very simple to install with graphics interface, can test if everything works first before installation with the live CD.
  • Ubuntu is a free distribution, can download from the Official Website
  • A very useful online guide (wiki) for Ubuntu
  • Post-Install modifications/tweaks – there are many tutorials online, here is one that I wrote for my laptop

Setting up additional features for Ubuntu

Unresolved issues

  • Couldn’t get Direct 3D to work on external monitor at 1280×1024 resolution, therefore Beryl can only work on 1024×768.

Configuration Files

  • Sources.list – /etc/apt/sources.list – follow this guide to add extra repositories
  • Menu.lst – /boot/grub/menu.lst – Startup menu for choosing which OS to enter
  • Xorg.conf – /etc/X11/xorg.conf – Some changes to get 1280×1024 resolution to work on 19″ Xerox XA7

Section “Monitor”
Identifier “Xerox XA7”
Option “DPMS”
HorizSync 31-82
VertRefresh 60-75
EndSection

Some useful commands

  • sudo – wherever you want admin access
  • sudo aptitude search <application name> – search for a application that you can download and install
  • sudo aptitude install <application name> – download and install a application
  • sudo gedit <file name> – use gedit to edit a file, can use sudo nano <file> in recovery mode
  • sudo fdisk -l – list all the hard disks available
  • ifconfig – same as ipconfig in windows
  • ctrl + z – stop a running command in terminal
  • ctrl + alt + backspace – restart Xorg
  • mount myiso.iso /mnt/iso/ -o loop – mount an iso image

Some Applications that I found useful – not installed by default

  • Tomboy Notes
  • Gnumeric

Contact Information

Links

3 Responses to “Installing Ubuntu on Toshiba Tecra S1”

kaunda wrote a comment on October 25, 2007

can not install ubuntu on my laptop

Gilbert wrote a comment on April 15, 2008

Hi guys,

I have just successfully installed Ubuntu 8.04 on my Toshiba Tecra S1
on April 14th 2008.

Smooth default installation.

Works greats, beats Xp Pro no sweat.

Cheers

Eric wrote a comment on July 17, 2010

I need to install Ubuntu 10.04 on Toshiba Tecra s11. Can anybody help me. The laptop has windows 7 installed on it and I need to dual boot these OSs.

Thanks,
Eric.

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