I’m writing to confirm that Fedora Core 6 installs fine on my new Toshiba Satellite A105-S4284. Almost everything works out of the box.
This is NOT intended to be a step-by-step installation guide. If you require one of those try Fedora’s Installation Guide instead.
Getting the DVD Image
I downloaded the Zod-dvd-i386 torrent to get the DVD image. Once that was done I burned a copy and simply popped the DVD into the laptop and booted it up.
Installation and Package Selection
I installed and when it came time to choose packages I chose all of the available default package options and specifically checked the “customize now” checkbox and selected all of the additional packages I wanted. I did not add any additional repositories at this time. I did check the “extras” repo.
In about 30 minutes I booted into Fedora Core 6 for the first time. I logged in and started verifying that all the features of the laptop would work. Everything worked out of the box except 5 things 3 which I could not test.
1) The built in media reader – tested
2) The internal wireless card – tested
3) Express Card Slot – not tested
4) Modem – not tested
5) Media Buttons – not tested
I knew prior to installing that my wireless card would need drivers not shipped with the distribution. As expected I located them at Freshrpms but did not install them until after the Fedora Core 6 installation was complete and I had updated the system via ethernet.
Updating the System
So I launched the Software Updater application and updated all the packages that had updates and then rebooted.
Getting Wireless Working
Once the reboot was completed I added the repo for Freshrpms by downloading and installing the freshrpms-release package. Once that was done I installed the ipw3945d rpm package to get the wireless working.
In 5 minutes I had a working wireless card. Wireless works with or without wep encryption.
Getting the SD Card Media Reader Working
As root I typed in:
it returned a long list of items of which I located this entry:
07:06.2 Mass storage controller: Texas Instruments 5-in-1 Multimedia Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD)
So taking information from that I put this line in my rc.local file.
/sbin/setpci -s 07:06.2 4c.b=02
I rebooted and logged back in. Once logged in I inserted an SD card into the slot and it automatically mounted the volume.
Built In Modem
I did not test this as I do not use a modem anymore. I have seen reports that this modem will work using the slmodem-alsa package available in various places on the internet. Perhpas I will have occasion to try this out in the future.
Multimedia Additions and Other Additions
I did go back and install most of Matthias Saou’s packages from Freshrpms. I have always liked the work he has done and his packages have what I need. Look him up.
Next I installed the flash-plugin from Mplug.org buy adding a yum repo for them. As root:
In the file type in:
name=Macromedia for i386 Linux
next save the file and type yum install flash-plugin.
I also installed RealPlayer from Real.com. They have an RPM package there. You may have to uninstall HelixPlayer first if you have it installed. rpm -e HelixPlayer will do it for you.
Overall I am very pleased with this laptop and with Fedora Core 6. This is the first Red Hat/Fedora laptop I’ve been able to get everything working on.
Toshiba Satellite A105-S4284 Specs
Processor Type: Core™ Duo
Processor Number: T2050
Processor Speed: 1.60GHz
Memory Size: 1024MB
Display Size: 15.4″
Display Type: Widescreen XGA with TruBrite™ Technology
Display Resolution: 1280×800
Graphics Chipset: Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Graphics Memory: 8MB-128MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory
Hard Drive Size: 100GB
Hard Drive Speed: 5400rpm SATA
Optical Drive: DVD-SuperMulti drive (+/-R double layer)
Wireless LAN: Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG (802.11a/b/g)
Bluetooth: No Bluetooth (No Antenna)
Input Devices: 85 key US keyboard, Express Media Player CD/DVD launch button, Application Launch Button, CD/DVD Buttons, Internet Launch button, Hot Key Functions, TouchPad pointing device, Windows Key Function
Modem: Toshiba V.92 Modem (winmodem)
LAN: 10/100 Intel® Pro/100 VE
Audio: Intel® 82801 (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller, Standard stereo speakers, Headphone jack (stereo), Microphone jack (mono),
AC Adapter: 75W (15V 5.0A) Auto-sensing, 100-240V / 50-60Hz input
Battery Type: Li-Ion (6-cell, 4000mAh)
Battery Life: Up to 3.42 hours
PC Card Slots: 1-Type II PC Card Slot
PC Express Slot: 1-ExpressCard™ Slot
Media Port: 5-in-1 Bridge Media Adapter
USB Slots: 4-USB (2.0)
iLINK: i.LINK™ IEEE-1394
S-Video: TV-out (S Video)
Weight: 6.0 lbs.