Toshiba Satellite L775D-S7132
Mostly solved.....just a few unresolved issues.
Read until the end, it is only three pages, but it works now, and the laptop is great for the money!
Don't buy this laptop if you want to run Linux. I am no noob, as I have been running Ubuntu since 7.04. This is the second time over the years that I have found a laptop that simply refuses to take Linux. Here is a list of versions I tried:
Ubuntu: 10.04.4, 10.10, 11.04, 11.10, 12.04 beta 2
Most lock up after the welcome screen.Higher Ubuntu versions and Fedora, the screen goes blank during boot and nothing happens.
I had some luck when I went into the bios and disabled the pointing device (sticker says it is a multi-touch pad). That let me load 10.04.4 and Debian. But Debian was crippled (or maybe it just comes that way )
10.04.4 would install, but no wireless drives would load. I tried getting the 10.10 alternate CD and doing an upgrade, but the upgrade hangs at "Removing update-grub hooks from /etc/kernel-img.conf in favor of /etc/kernel/hooks
Then, if you reboot, the installation is broken.
One other guy on the Toshiba site reported similar experiences. He seemed to think that the problem is in the video driver. That could be, or maybe it is the quad core, or the funky touch pad. Who can say.
One final bizarre thing is this: I have an external drive loaded with CentOS that I use for teaching class. It works fine. Too bad it is too difficult to use CentOS on my laptop for daily tasks. (server vs desktop applications)
Oh well, back to the store with this thing. Save yourself a lot of grief and don't buy this laptop.
Last edited by Das Goat; May 14th, 2012 at 02:57 AM.
Reason: Other problems
A goat leads the lambs to slaughter......