I bought a new Toshiba Satellite L310 Notebook last week. It is my first laptop and I’m happy that I bought it with my own money (from my salary). Weeks before I took the Tosh, I had been looking for a good laptop which would be a nice pickup taking into account the price, configuration and style. I was planning to take a Dell Inspiron 14 or Dell Inspiron 15 before I had changed my mind to the HP Pavilion Series. But the HP Pavilion laptops I liked were not there in the retail shops and Amazon (Actually there was, but they wouldn’t ship to India). After some time surfing the web, my eyes stuck into a review of Asus EeePC at Register. It is a netbook (meant for common tasks such as browsing, e-mail etc.) with a mind-blowing battery backup of 9Hrs (but the absence of optical drive is a compromise). For the next few weeks there was not even a single other notebook in my mind. But when I reached home from Chennai, one of my cousin, who is working in a Computer Peripherals Marketing Company told me about the Tosh. He said that one is the best one they’re having now at their showroom. After explaining the configurations of the Tosh, I began to think that taking a netbook only is a waste and made up my mind to take a Tosh instead.
Next day I visited the retail shop and purchased a Toshiba Satellite L310-D4012 (I still donno why the model is not showing in the official Tosh website). Its not that bad in looks, infact I liked the lappie on first sight itself. The only think I didnt’t like about Tosh is that its colour is not black, its metallic silver. Here is my Tosh’s spec
- Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T6400, 2.0 GHz Speed
- 2 MB L2 Cache, 800 Mhz FSB
- Intel 965GM Express Chipset
- 2-GB DDR2 667 SDRAM expandable to maximum 4-GB
- 250-GB, 5400 rpm Serial-ATA Hard Disk Drive with Shock Absorber
- DVD SuperMulti Double Layer Optical Drive (DVD-RW/RAM)
- 14.1-inch (35.8 cm) WXGA 200NIT Hi-bright Clear Superview TFT Widescreen Display (HBCSV), 1280 x 800 pixels screen resolution
- Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator GMA X3100 Graphics Chipset with 358 MB Shared Video Memory
- Integrated 56-kbps V.90 Fax/Modem
- Integrated Bluetooth v2.1
- Integrated 10/100 Ethernet LAN
- Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG network connection 802.11 a/b/g
- Integrated 1.3 MP Webcam
- Fingerprint Reader
- Glossy Mercury Silver Chasis – IMR Finish
- Integrated Microphone
- Toshiba Spill resistant 101 keys Keyboard
- SRS Surround Sound Sound, Herman/Kardon Speakers
- 2 USB v2.0 Ports
- 1 e-Sata Port
- S-Video TV Out
- IEEE 1394 Port
- Express Card/54
- 6-in-1 Bridge Media Slot (supports SD Media, Memory Stick Memory Stick Pro, Multimedia Card, XD-Picture Card)
- IEEE 1394 port
- 6-Cell Li-ion Battery, 3.7 hours backup
- Dimension: 334 x 242 x 37.5 mm
- Weight : 2.62 kgs (with battery) / 2.35 Kgs (w/o battery)
Now you would be thinking about the price Huh? It might be 45K or 40K. But tell you the truth. I got this machine for just 33500/-, the best deal as they said and for sure it is.
Then the only problem infront of me was the Tosh’s Linux support. I installed the latest Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope to my new Tosh and I got really excited to see the Tosh working just fine under Linux. Here I will tell you about the hardwares I tested.
Resolution : Native (Out of the box)
Wireless : Working (Out of the box)
Camera : Working (Out of the box)
Audio : Working (Out of the box)
Fingerprint scanner : Works with AES1610 driver in libfprint eventhough lsusb shows AES1600.
Bluetooth : Will work if enabled (Fn + F8 will not enable BT, but you need to enable it from Windows)
Functional Keys : Working except bluetooth’s Fn + F8
ACPI functions : Partially working as toshiba_acpi module doesn’t support Phoenix BIOS. But function like suspend, hibernate, brightness adjustents etc. will work.
Note: Some of the ACPI functions are not working because of the Phoenix BIOS. I think a BIOS update will resolve the issue of not having an option to turn on the bluetooth in BIOS Settings. I searched the web for ACPI configuration, but even the omnibook modules didn’t work for me.
Some Tricks : If you feel you’re having low volume on Jaunty, try this. Add the following line to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf
options snd-hda-intel position_fix=1 model=3stack
After a restart, you’ll feel some changes. Also look here for resolving your sound problems.