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    Ubuntu and the Toshiba NB300 / NB305

    I recently got a Toshiba NB305 (the brand new model) and being of an Ubuntu persuasion, immediately put Ubuntu 9.10 on it.

    What runs out of the box:

    * wifi
    * sound
    * graphics
    * keyboard / mouse / usb / other small things which usually work

    What does not work:

    * sleep - will not wake up
    * hibernate - saves and powers off correctly but will not restore after wake up. Hangs at the "waking up, please wait..." logo screen.
    * bluetooth, though this can be enabled following this post originally intended for the NB205 (but it works with the NB305!)
    * software control or hardware keys to control brightness
    * pressing the external monitor function key causes the display to not turn back on when you hit it again

    What was not tested:

    * wired ethernet, though it seemed to recognize the driver, should work.
    * the webcam

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    Wifi seems to be unstable, and will disconnect under heavy load (Transferring a 400 MB file cut out about a third of the way through.). It will not reconnect after disconnecting.

    For me, the single most pressing issue will be getting sleep working, following that, control over screen brightness and so on would be nice.

    By "not working" with sleep, I mean the machine seems to go to sleep correctly, and stays asleep. When woken, the power button lights up, the fan and hard drive spin up but the screen does not turn on. I haven't diagnosed it further than that.
    Last edited by exasperation; January 16th, 2010 at 08:13 AM. Reason: further clarification

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    Re: Ubuntu and the Toshiba NB300 / NB305

    Have you had any luck resolving the issues? I got this laptop today and would very much like to trade Windows 7 Starter for Ubuntu Remix, but I'd like at least the brightness controls and the sleep function to work.

    Thanks for making at least this post! It's the only info on the net I could find about this awesome little netbook and Ubuntu.

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    Re: Ubuntu and the Toshiba NB300 / NB305

    I also have a NB305 and while I can leave without the screen adjustment, it's pretty tough to live without the suspend/hibernate function working.

    I have a feeling that all these may have to do with the driver for the Intel GMA 3150.

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    Re: Ubuntu and the Toshiba NB300 / NB305

    I just got the nb305-n410BL model and had the same weak wireless signal with frequent drops...I found on this forum how to fix this issue: Open terminal and install the following backports, this will allow the AR9285 wireless to function properly using Ubuntu Netbook Remix.

    sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-karmic-generic
    sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-wireless-karmic-generic
    Enjoy a more stable wireless connection!

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    Angry Re: Ubuntu and the Toshiba NB300 / NB305

    When I install Unbuntu 9.10 in my Toshiba Laptop ,display show in small square.

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    Re: Ubuntu and the Toshiba NB300 / NB305

    anybody figured out a way to get around that intel card problem? i've noticed that s2disk would solve the hibernate issue, but s2ram doesn't work unfortunately..

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    Re: Ubuntu and the Toshiba NB300 / NB305

    guys i have a problem
    i got toshiba nb300 - ubuntu netbook edition 10.04 works good for me but ubuntu netbook edition 10.10 is completly unuseable - it's slow, on boot i must touch enter or else to boot ubuntu, divx/xvid & youtube movies are slow, unwatchable - what to hell is wrong with new ubuntu netbook edition distro? i know i can go back to 10.04 but i want to have new distro
    please help

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    Re: Ubuntu and the Toshiba NB300 / NB305

    Quote Originally Posted by nichopl83 View Post
    guys i have a problem
    i got toshiba nb300 - ubuntu netbook edition 10.04 works good for me but ubuntu netbook edition 10.10 is completly unuseable - it's slow, on boot i must touch enter or else to boot ubuntu, divx/xvid & youtube movies are slow, unwatchable - what to hell is wrong with new ubuntu netbook edition distro? i know i can go back to 10.04 but i want to have new distro
    please help
    hi, try this:
    on startup press F2
    on bios > avanced > SATA controller Mode change AHCI to Compatibility

    and that's it!

    sorry for my english

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    Re: Ubuntu and the Toshiba NB300 / NB305

    Quote Originally Posted by nichopl83 View Post
    guys i have a problem
    i got toshiba nb300 - ubuntu netbook edition 10.04 works good for me but ubuntu netbook edition 10.10 is completly unuseable - it's slow, on boot i must touch enter or else to boot ubuntu, divx/xvid & youtube movies are slow, unwatchable - what to hell is wrong with new ubuntu netbook edition distro? i know i can go back to 10.04 but i want to have new distro
    please help
    I was getting the slow boot times too, having to hit "enter" multiple times to get it to progress. I changed my CPU speed to "Always Low" instead of "Dynamic" in the BIOS, and it took care of that problem. Of course, I'd like to run it Dynamic to get the best performance, but I can put up with it for now. I've watched videos with no problems in this mode too.

    I still have the other problems of not being able to control screen brightness, the sleep/wake problem, and terrible battery life. I gave up on compiling rc7. It's really frustrating, and I wish the team had just held off on releasing it until they could use a better kernel.

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    Re: Ubuntu and the Toshiba NB300 / NB305

    Not sure if this was the right way to do this, but it worked. After downloading the rc7 kernel, I just right clicked it and installed it using ubuntu software manager. Everything seems to be working, brightness, hibernate, normal boot. Suspend isn't working but I'll deal. I did take lrcvrino's suggestion to change the SATA controller Mode from AHCI to Compatibility. Didn't have to disable high res timers.

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