Tag: Toshiba

Installing Fedora 13 on a Toshiba Satellite L670-10K

I quickly needed a new laptop to continue working and I found a Toshiba Satellite L670-10K. It’s a nice entry-level laptop with a dual core processor (I didn’t know Intel was still doing Pentium-branded processors) and a 17″ screen (read the specs for other details). I downloaded the latest Fedora Linux (version 13, 64 bits ; and version 14 is coming soon) and installed it from the LiveCD. Nearly everything was recognized out-of-the-box: screen resolution, graphical card (Intel, with 3D effects), wired network, webcam, card reader, sound card, etc.

The only thing that was not recognized was the wireless network card: a Realtek RTL8191SE. Here is how to install it. On the Toshiba website for (Windows) wireless drivers, it is always associated with the RTL8192SE model. So don’t be surprised if the driver downloaded from the Realtek website is a file with RTL8192 in its name although you clicked on the link for the RTL8191SE-VA2 model. Unpack this file. The LiveCD doesn’t come with some packges so you have to install them (via the System menu, Administration, Add/Remove software). These packages are: kernel-devel, gcc and make. Once it’s done, do a simple “make;make install” as root and reboot the laptop. Your wireless connection is now up and running!

Wireless UFO?

If you want to have Flash on your 64-bits Linux, Adobe released version 10.1 of their Flash player with native 64 bits support. Download Flash player “Square”, unpack the archive and copy the (only) file “libflashplayer.so” in directory /home/yourusername/.mozilla/plugin, restart Firefox. You have now a Flash-enabled browser!

Finally, I must have done something wrong, somewhere but I kept having the first configuration screen after installation, even after subsequent reboots. After a quick search, I didn’t find anyone with the same issue. YMMV. In order to skip this screen (after you went through them a first time), just add the line “RUN_FIRSTBOOT=NO” in the file /etc/sysconfig/firstboot and voilà!

In conclusion, I’m very pleased with this laptop and Fedora. My Linux desktop was ready in just a few minutes. Let’s work, now! 🙂

Do your laptop fans produce a lot of noise?

Tecra Someone hoped my laptop doesn’t make too much noise after I posted a photo of the Tecra logo on Flickr. The short answer is no, it doesn’t make too much noise. At 10cm from the fan output, I can measure 42dB when the fan is off and 52dB when it’s on.

Beside the fact that I don’t hear that noise when I have my headphones, it was not sufficient for me. I wrote small python and gnuplot scripts to collect and display temperature, fan status and load (.tar.gz file, 1.3ko). During those 2 hours, I checked my e-mails, read news on the web and wrote the OPML output in catrss (that’s why load averages increase at the end, when I’m debugging the software). Here are the results (click on an image to see a larger version):

Temperature and load graph
Graph of temperature and load on a Toshiba Tecra S1 for 2 hours after boot

Temperature and fan activity graph
Graph of temperature and fan activity on a Toshiba Tecra S1 for 2 hours after boot (see text for explanation on fan activity)

One strange thing is that the status of both fans (/proc/acpi/fan/FAN0/state and /proc/acpi/fan/FAN1/state) is always off. But, when you ask for the trip points (/proc/acpi/thermal_zone/THZN/trip_points), you see that FAN1 should be active above 45°C and FAN0 should be active above 104°C! Practically, after some observations, I realized that FAN1 is activated if the temperature is equal to or above 50°C and it doesn’t stop until temperature is equal to or below 45°C. That’s the behaviour displayed in green on the second chart.