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    Question Toshiba Satellite A60

    Hi,

    I got a very old laptop from a friend who would like to try Linux after I have talked about it a lot.

    The laptop is:

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    lubuntu
        description: Portable Computer
        product: Satellite A60
        vendor: TOSHIBA
        version: PSA60E-00H01
        serial: 84639689G
        width: 32 bits
        capabilities: smbios-2.3 dmi-2.3
        configuration: administrator_password=disabled boot=normal chassis=portable power-on_password=disabled uuid=8D91C860-D549-11D8-A70E-00A0D1DDEF02
      *-core
           description: Motherboard
           product: Portable PC
           vendor: TOSHIBA
           physical id: 0
           version: Version A0
           serial: 0000000000
         *-firmware
              description: BIOS
              vendor: TOSHIBA
              physical id: 0
              version: Version 1.40
              date: 07/01/2004
              size: 84KiB
              capacity: 448KiB
              capabilities: isa pci pcmcia pnp upgrade shadowing cdboot socketedrom pcmciaboot edd int13floppynec int13floppy720 int13floppy2880 int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer int10video acpi agp zipboot smartbattery netboot
         *-cpu
              description: CPU
              product: Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4     CPU 2.80GHz
              vendor: Intel Corp.
              physical id: 4
              bus info: cpu@0
              version: 15.2.9
              slot: mFCPGA
              size: 2793MHz
              capacity: 3200MHz
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 133MHz
              capabilities: fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe pebs bts cid xtpr cpufreq
              configuration: id=0
            *-cache:0
                 description: L1 cache
                 physical id: 5
                 slot: L1 Cache
                 size: 8KiB
                 capacity: 32KiB
                 capabilities: burst pipeline-burst internal write-back
            *-cache:1
                 description: L2 cache
                 physical id: 6
                 slot: L2 Cache
                 size: 512KiB
                 capacity: 512KiB
                 capabilities: burst pipeline-burst external write-back
         *-memory:0
              description: System Memory
              physical id: 11
              slot: System board or motherboard
              capacity: 1536MiB
            *-bank:0
                 description: DIMM DDR EDO 266 MHz (3.8 ns)
                 physical id: 0
                 slot: DRAM Slot 0
                 size: 1GiB
                 width: 64 bits
                 clock: 266MHz (3.8ns)
            *-bank:1
                 description: DIMM DDR Synchronous 266 MHz (3.8 ns)
                 physical id: 1
                 slot: DRAM Slot 1
                 size: 256MiB
                 width: 64 bits
                 clock: 266MHz (3.8ns)
         *-memory:1 UNCLAIMED
              description: Video Memory
              physical id: 12
              slot: System board or motherboard
              capacity: 64MiB
         *-memory:2 UNCLAIMED
              description: Flash Memory
              physical id: 13
              slot: System board or motherboard
              capacity: 512KiB
         *-memory:3 UNCLAIMED
              description: Cache Memory
              physical id: 14
              slot: System board or motherboard
              capacity: 1MiB
         *-memory:4 UNCLAIMED
              physical id: 1
         *-memory:5 UNCLAIMED
              physical id: 2
         *-pci
              description: Host bridge
              product: RS250 Host Bridge
              vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
              physical id: 100
              bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
              version: 05
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 66MHz
              configuration: driver=agpgart-ati latency=64
              resources: irq:0 memory:b0000000-b3ffffff memory:b4000000-b4000fff
            *-pci:0
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: RS200/RS250 AGP Bridge
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:01.0
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: pci normal_decode bus_master
                 resources: ioport:c000(size=8192) memory:e0000000-efffffff memory:a0000000-afffffff
               *-display
                    description: VGA compatible controller
                    product: RS250 [Mobility Radeon 7000 IGP]
                    vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                    physical id: 5
                    bus info: pci@0000:01:05.0
                    version: 00
                    width: 32 bits
                    clock: 66MHz
                    capabilities: agp agp-2.0 pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
                    configuration: driver=radeon latency=64 mingnt=8
                    resources: irq:16 memory:a0000000-a7ffffff ioport:c000(size=256) memory:e0000000-e000ffff memory:a8000000-a801ffff
            *-usb:0
                 description: USB controller
                 product: OHCI USB Controller #1
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 13
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:13.0
                 version: 01
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: ohci bus_master
                 configuration: driver=ohci-pci latency=64
                 resources: irq:19 memory:f0001000-f0001fff
            *-usb:1
                 description: USB controller
                 product: OHCI USB Controller #2
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 13.1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:13.1
                 version: 01
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: ohci bus_master
                 configuration: driver=ohci-pci latency=64
                 resources: irq:19 memory:f0002000-f0002fff
            *-usb:2
                 description: USB controller
                 product: EHCI USB Controller
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 13.2
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:13.2
                 version: 01
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: pm ehci bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=ehci-pci latency=64
                 resources: irq:19 memory:f0003000-f0003fff
            *-serial
                 description: SMBus
                 product: SMBus
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 14
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:14.0
                 version: 18
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 configuration: driver=piix4_smbus latency=0
                 resources: irq:0 ioport:e000(size=16) memory:f0000000-f00003ff
            *-ide
                 description: IDE interface
                 product: Dual Channel Bus Master PCI IDE Controller
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 14.1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:14.1
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: ide bus_master
                 configuration: driver=pata_atiixp latency=64
                 resources: irq:16 ioport:1f0(size=8) ioport:3f6 ioport:170(size=8) ioport:376 ioport:8070(size=16)
            *-isa
                 description: ISA bridge
                 product: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 14.3
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:14.3
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: isa bus_master
                 configuration: latency=0
            *-pci:1
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: IXP200 3COM 3C920B Ethernet Controller
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 14.4
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:14.4
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: pci subtractive_decode bus_master
                 resources: ioport:a000(size=8192) memory:d0000000-dfffffff memory:90000000-9fffffff
               *-pcmcia
                    description: CardBus bridge
                    product: PCI1410 PC card Cardbus Controller
                    vendor: Texas Instruments
                    physical id: 6
                    bus info: pci@0000:02:06.0
                    version: 02
                    width: 32 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: pcmcia bus_master cap_list
                    configuration: driver=yenta_cardbus latency=176 maxlatency=5 mingnt=192
                    resources: irq:19 memory:d4000000-d4000fff ioport:a400(size=256) ioport:a800(size=256) memory:90000000-93ffffff memory:d8000000-dbffffff
               *-network
                    description: Ethernet interface
                    product: RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+
                    vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
                    physical id: 7
                    bus info: pci@0000:02:07.0
                    logical name: eth0
                    version: 10
                    serial: 00:a0:d1:dd:ef:02
                    size: 10Mbit/s
                    capacity: 100Mbit/s
                    width: 32 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
                    configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=8139too driverversion=0.9.28 duplex=half latency=64 link=no maxlatency=64 mingnt=32 multicast=yes port=MII speed=10Mbit/s
                    resources: irq:18 ioport:a000(size=256) memory:d0008000-d00080ff
               *-firewire
                    description: FireWire (IEEE 1394)
                    product: TSB43AB21 IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link)
                    vendor: Texas Instruments
                    physical id: a
                    bus info: pci@0000:02:0a.0
                    version: 00
                    width: 32 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: pm ohci bus_master cap_list
                    configuration: driver=firewire_ohci latency=64 maxlatency=4 mingnt=2
                    resources: irq:19 memory:d0000000-d00007ff memory:d0004000-d0007fff
            *-multimedia
                 description: Multimedia audio controller
                 product: IXP150 AC'97 Audio Controller
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 14.5
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:14.5
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: bus_master
                 configuration: driver=snd_atiixp latency=64 mingnt=2
                 resources: irq:17 memory:f0000400-f00004ff
            *-communication
                 description: Modem
                 product: IXP AC'97 Modem
                 vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                 physical id: 14.6
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:14.6
                 version: 01
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: generic bus_master
                 configuration: driver=snd_atiixp_modem latency=64 mingnt=2
                 resources: irq:17 memory:f0000500-f00005ff
         *-scsi:0
              physical id: 3
              logical name: scsi0
              capabilities: emulated
            *-disk
                 description: ATA Disk
                 product: IC25N040ATMR04-0
                 vendor: Hitachi
                 physical id: 0.0.0
                 bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
                 logical name: /dev/sda
                 version: MO2O
                 serial: MRG2DFKBD0GMNP
                 size: 37GiB (40GB)
                 capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
                 configuration: ansiversion=5 sectorsize=512 signature=000d9cd6
               *-volume
                    description: Linux filesystem partition
                    vendor: Linux
                    physical id: 1
                    bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,1
                    logical name: /dev/sda1
                    version: 1.0
                    serial: d6e64a03-4602-4418-95ff-314f0745e07a
                    size: 10GiB
                    capacity: 10GiB
                    capabilities: primary extended_attributes large_files ext2 initialized
                    configuration: filesystem=ext2 modified=2014-03-08 09:12:21 state=clean
         *-scsi:1
              physical id: 5
              logical name: scsi1
              capabilities: emulated
            *-cdrom
                 description: DVD reader
                 product: DW-224E-B
                 vendor: TEAC
                 physical id: 0.0.0
                 bus info: scsi@1:0.0.0
                 logical name: /dev/cdrom
                 logical name: /dev/sr0
                 logical name: /cdrom
                 version: M.6A
                 capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd
                 configuration: ansiversion=5 mount.fstype=iso9660 mount.options=ro,noatime state=mounted status=ready
               *-medium
                    physical id: 0
                    logical name: /dev/cdrom
                    logical name: /cdrom
                    capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
                    configuration: mount.fstype=iso9660 mount.options=ro,noatime signature=69d12c62 state=mounted
                  *-volume UNCLAIMED
                       description: Hidden HPFS/NTFS partition
                       physical id: 1
                       capacity: 695MiB
                       capabilities: primary bootable hidden
      *-battery
           product: DR36
           vendor: Duracell
           physical id: 1
           version: 01/06/97
           serial: 0042
           slot: Smart Battery Conn J37
           configuration: voltage=0.0V
      *-remoteaccess UNCLAIMED
           vendor: Manufacturer Name
           physical id: 2
    It does not support booting from USB so I'm using the LiveCD of Lubuntu 13.10 and have tried before Ubuntu 10.04 LiveCD (yes, I know, was just trying to see what will happen).

    I can do some few steps then the laptop is 'frozen' and does not do anything unless I turn it OFF by pressing the Power Button.

    I just managed before I post this to create new partition table using GParted and created the 3 needed partitions:
    Root
    Swap
    Home

    Once I clicked on 'Install Lubuntu 13.10', the whole machine is frozen now.

    When I tried to skip "Try without installation" and chose "Install Lubuntu", it was frozen right from the first moment it showed the wallpaper of the system with the circle as a mouse cursor.

    So, with "Try without Installation" and "Install Lubuntu", I got the same thing. Something is stopping this machine to breathe Linux.

    Yes, same happened with me with Ubuntu 10.04 LiveCD even before I click any thing.

    What could be the reason?
    The machine has enough memory to run any Ubuntu Installer for any flavour so not sure what is wrong?

    Thoughts?

    Thank you

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    Re: Toshiba Satellite A60

    Hi, good to see that the 'convert to Lubuntu' project is still going strong.

    I only see one partition and it's ext2. I doubt that's what you intended.

    It is not uncommon that the standard ISO does not work on old iron. I suggest trying the alternate and / or minimal ISO and letting Lubuntu take care of partitioning during installation.
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
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    Re: Toshiba Satellite A60

    Quote Originally Posted by mrgs View Post
    Hi, good to see that the 'convert to Lubuntu' project is still going strong.
    Hi my good friend

    I see you change the title of this thread? no problem, maybe it is better.

    No, my project is NOT to convert to Lubuntu but it is all about the whole family

    StartUbuntu
    StartUbuntu in real life

    Lubuntu is just one of the options we have and use


    I only see one partition and it's ext2. I doubt that's what you intended.
    Oh, I managed after that to create 3 but still can't install or go further.

    It is not uncommon that the standard ISO does not work on old iron. I suggest trying the alternate and / or minimal ISO and letting Lubuntu take care of partitioning during installation.
    1.2GB RAM is very very good for Ubuntu Installer
    It failed with Ubuntu 10.04 LiveCD as well.

    I'm wondering if this is an issue with the installer? because while I was trying to do a RAM test from the LiveCD, the machine was turned off after 30 mins or less form running the test.

    I couldn't yet figured out whether it is the installer? or the machine itself? if you know what I mean.

    Thank you!

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    Re: Toshiba Satellite A60

    I change a lot of thread titles, trying to make them short and exact and suitable for a mobile device with a small screen.

    There are many reasons for the standard ISO to fail, and lack of memory is just one of them. I only use it for special purposes like rescuing files from a wrecked system; when installing I always begin with one of the two ISO's I mentioned.

    It's a pity that the alternate was shut down for the other Buntus.

    Quote Originally Posted by amjjawad View Post
    I couldn't yet figured out whether it is the installer? or the machine itself?
    There's only one way to find out...
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

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    Re: Toshiba Satellite A60

    Quote Originally Posted by mrgs View Post
    I change a lot of thread titles, trying to make them short and exact and suitable for a mobile device with a small screen.
    Hi,

    While I appreciate that, I don't really think that the current title can really tells what is going on inside that thread
    But that is your call, that is your job, I have nothing to do about it

    There are many reasons for the standard ISO to fail, and lack of memory is just one of them. I only use it for special purposes like rescuing files from a wrecked system; when installing I always begin with one of the two ISO's I mentioned.
    It does not support booting from USB, that is why I had to go for the old school stuff

    It's a pity that the alternate was shut down for the other Buntus.
    Well, I don't know ... maybe it is, maybe it is not.


    There's only one way to find out...
    My current only way is to take the HDD out and go through the same headache I had with this.

    Problem is, I have no time to go and keep trying so many alternatives.

    I will try to download the Alternate and waste one more CD
    If that didn't help, I will take the HDD out and plug it to another machine.

    Thank you!

    P.S.
    Unless you have a better suggestion

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    Re: Toshiba Satellite A60

    Freezes are often caused by bad RAM. If this computer is from 2004 its RAM sticks may have reaches the end of their lives.

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    Re: Toshiba Satellite A60

    Quote Originally Posted by 3rdalbum View Post
    Freezes are often caused by bad RAM. If this computer is from 2004 its RAM sticks may have reaches the end of their lives.
    Hi and thanks for posting

    I have this RAM for 'different' machine and it works and the machine works.

    lap1.jpg

    I tried to test the RAM for this machine (Toshiba A60) from the LiveCD of Lubuntu 13.10 but the machine turned off by itself?! I don't know why?

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    Re: Toshiba Satellite A60

    I would suggest trying to live boot an older knoppix cd, I think version 5.0 is compatable with older toshibas. if knoppix does boot then it is a hardware issue that lubuntu does not like.
    All is not lost though, I struggled with an older toshiba and because they do funky things with the monitors I found that I could not run any modern distros on it.
    I, through trial and error found that I could not install anything higher than ubuntu 11.04 on a toshiba 2410 CDS. that toshiba was new in 2004. Once I discovered that an upgrade would stop the toshiba from working I set it to never upgrade and it has been working perfectly ever since.
    Search the forums for the "ugly black bar on a toshiba display" there is plenty of information about the monitor problems with toshibas and the way to get them to work.

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    Re: Toshiba Satellite A60

    Hi,

    As I thought and expected, it is the hardware not the LiveCD.

    I took the HDD out, plugged it to my P4 desktop, installed Lubuntu 13.10, put the HDD back inside the Toshiba machine.

    It worked for 30mins or maybe more then stopped again.

    Turned it ON, tried to check the RAM for errors but yet again, while it is testing, the machined turned off all by itself.

    Could be a RAM failure or could be something else ... again, didn't yet figure it out.

    The only difference I noticed that it worked this time for longer time than when I tried to use the LiveCD. But the result is the same, frozen machine.

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    Re: Toshiba Satellite A60

    The screenshot you posted of MemTest shows failed RAM. All those red lines.

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