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Mandrake 9 and Toshiba Satellite 1905-S301

My notes on installing a better OS on a good laptop.

This is pretty much how I got Mandrake Linux 9 to work on my new laptop. There are still things like internal modem - which I suspect is a WinModem, the WiFi card and the power management settings that I don’t use. Still, if someone else has this laptop and would like to install Linux, they might find this useful.

I’m very happy with this laptop. I use it as a desktop replacement and occasionally on the road too.

Toshiba Satellite 1905-S301





Since the whole thing is in one big partition, if you don't want to add another drive, the only way to do this is by partitioning the drive before installation. Mandrake's in-built partition software cannot yet resize XP partitions.

Partition Magic

You can use Partition Magic 7 or 8 to resize the partitions. Lesser versions will not work on drives this big. The graphical installation is pretty straight-forward.

Once you’ve partitioned the drive, you can uninstall the software. Or if you have PM installed in another machine, you can make two rescue floppies and use it in your laptop to repartition the drive using a command line interface.

I don’t have much information about this since I did not use this method.

System Restore

If you don’t have additional data in the new laptop, you can use the system restore CD to create partitions.

Here is an excellent write-up on how to do this by Alexander Kushnirenko

Network Settings

I use this laptop in a LAN. It is important to get your network settings before you start installation. You need to get the following details. If you use DHCP, ignore these.

You can get all these by running ipconfig from the command shell of XP.

Installation Process

This could not be simpler. Put the CD-ROM #1 into the drive. Reboot. While booting, press F12 to select the boot medium. Choose CD as the boot medium.

Once you get the Mandrake welcome screen, you know that you are entering installation setup.

Choosing Partitions

You can choose any partitioning scheme that you made before. I have other Linux machines, so this is a secondary one for me. I chose the following scheme.

10GB for XP, 16GB FAT32 for shared data, 4GB for root, 4GB for home, 100MB for boot and rest for swap.

Installation Class

I chose recommended installation scheme and chose to install everything I had on 3 CDs.

Now you wait, putting in CDs as prompted. It gets over in 12 minutes.


Enter the networking parameters you noted down before. If you’ve DHCP enabled network, choose DHCP and forget the rest.

X Window System

This gets detected automatically. If you use a scroll mouse, be sure to select IMPS/2 instead of normal PS/2.

After these things, it will ask you whether you want to update the core packages from internet. DO NOT SAY YES. The auto-detected network driver is eepro100 and it completely locks the system if your network is on a 10MB/s hub.

Post Installation

As prompted by the installer, remove CD and reboot.

Network Card

First thing to do is to put a working network driver. Login as root and open a terminal window:

#first stop the network
/etc/rc.d/init.d/network stop
#now remove the loaded eepro100 module
rmmod eepro100
#now add the e100 module
insmod e100
#make the change permanent
## vi /etc/modules.conf
## change alias eth0 eepro100 to alias eth0 e100
#start network
/etc/rc.d/init.d/network start

Installing Critical Updates

Now start Mandrake Control Center and choose System - Software. You can install critical updates from there.

It might be a good idea to create an emergency rescue disk.


X Fonts

The default fonts are horrible. You can set default fonts to look nice by commenting out unused fonts in /etc/X11/XftConfig.

My XftConfig looks like this. My comments are marked 'vsb':

# Standard XFree86 Type 1 fonts
#dir "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1" - vsb
# TTF fonts
dir "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/TrueType"
dir "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/TTF"
# User installed fonts
dir "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/drakfont"
dir "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/drakfont/ttf"
dir "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/drakfont/Type1"
dir "/opt/ttfonts"
# URW fonts
#dir "/usr/share/fonts/default/Type1" - vsb
# ghostscript fonts
dir "/usr/share/fonts/default/ghostscript"
# default OpenType fonts from mdk, they may be low quality (hey, I’m not
# an artist, but you are welcome to improve them); but they should provide
# a good default to cover a maximum of unicode character positions
# so that text is always readable -- pablo
dir "/usr/share/fonts/otf/mdk"
# yudit font directory
dir "/usr/share/yudit/fonts"
# Localized Truetype fonts - vsb next 9 removed
#dir "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/western"
#dir "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/big5"
#dir "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/gb2312"
#dir "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/japanese"
#dir "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/korean"
#dir "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/armenian"
#dir "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/decoratives"
#dir "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/thai"
#dir "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/tamil"
#dir "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/tscii"
# don’t yet exist, but i hope to include some day a package for them (Pablo)
#dir "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/cyrillic"
#dir "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/viet"
#dir "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/ethiopic"
#dir "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/georgian"
#dir "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/arabic"
#dir "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/hebrew"
#dir "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/unicode"
## localized type1 - vsb commented out
#dir "/usr/share/fonts/elmar_scalable"
#dir "/usr/share/fonts/type1/baltic/"
#dir "/usr/share/fonts/type1/cyrillic/"
#dir "/usr/share/fonts/type1/greek"
# Sun JDK fonts
dir "/usr/java/jdk1.3/jre/lib/fonts"
dir "/usr/java/j2re1.4.0/lib/fonts"
# Sun OpenOffice, location depends on install
dir "/usr/openoffice60/share/fonts/type1"
dir "/usr/local/openoffice60/share/fonts/type1"
dir "~/openoffice60/share/fonts/type1"
# OpenOffice fonts from ttfonts*rpm
#dir "/usr/share/fonts/default/TrueType" - vsb
# AbiSuite comes with URW fonts as well
#dir "/usr/share/abisuite/AbiSuite/fonts" - vsb

#---- and it goes on...------------- vsb

You might want to install Microsoft core fonts too, since most web pages these days use Verdana and Trebuchet MS. To do this, there is a really good shell script, called Search for this in Download the script, login as root to a terminal window and run the script.

Additional packages

Texstar makes excellent packages for Mandrake. You can get extra RPMs from his site. Look for the mirror closest to you.

Extra packages

Some extra packages - especially Gnutella and DVD - are available from Follow the instructions on that site to add this as a urpmi source.

Here’s my update on getting more software for Mandrake.

To play DVDs on Mandrake 9, follow the instructions on If you don’t have an entry called /dev/dvd/, you can easily add it by:

                ln -s /dev/cdrom /dev/dvd

after you login as root.

It is pretty easy to burn CD-Roms with command line tools.

Stuff I don’t know about

Due to the way I use the machine at the moment, I’ve no interest in the following features and have not tested these.

Additional Resources

Update: March 30, 2003 - Upgrade to 9.1.

  1. X fonts article. Wonderful but how to start for a beginer? ie how do we get in to edit /etc/X11/XftConfig ?
    and what does 'vsb' do?
    Many Thanks

    Posted by: Dr Bob Anderson on December 5, 2002 04:36 PM
  2. I didn't see anything on the DVD or the CD-RW, did you try (for example) playing a movie in Linux, or burning a CD? I understand the DVD player is supposed to work with a program called Xvideo? I am looking at Toshiba for doing software development, did you try building the kernel on this machine? If so how long did it take? One more thing, did you get the sound card working under Linux? Thanks very much, Phil

    Posted by: Phil Brooks on December 10, 2002 02:27 PM
  3. DVD works perfectly. I've not yet tried CD-RW, but I will post that information here soon. Sound card works in the default setup.

    I've not tried building the kernel. But other compilations I did - especially compression libraries - zoomed by when it was on A/C power. On battery mode, it slows down proportional to battery power indicator.

    Posted by: Babu on December 10, 2002 04:40 PM
  4. X Fonts. For a beginner, I would say these: First, login as root. Then open any editor from the menu (Applications - Editors) and open the file /etc/X11/XftConfig.

    The pound(#) in front of each line indicates it is a comment. That is, that line is ignored by font server. 'vsb' is just my initials to indicate what all I commented out.

    Posted by: Babu on December 10, 2002 04:42 PM
  5. Thanks babu for your info.

    Guess what?! I bought a 1905-301. I re-sized the XP partition with Partition Commander and loaded Redhat 7.3 on /dev/hda2. I now have it correctly dual booting XP and Linux with Lilo. I don't expect to use XP very often, however.

    It correctly detected the ATI video card and X came up perfectly. I also had the lock-up (intermittent) problem with the Intel eepro100 driver, after following your instructions to set it to e100 it seems to be fine now.

    The touch pad mouse and audio driver also detected and ran fine after the install.

    I was able to build the 2.4.18-3 kernel in about 4 minutes.

    As I type this I did 2 sucessfull CD burns using mkisofs and cdrecord in command line mode. It works fine. I am having some problems with the kde3 program cdbakeoven, but it's not related to the laptop.

    I still would like to see the dvd work, RedHat is shipping a broken version of xine, so I need to get the real one and try it out.

    Does anyone know how to hook up a real mouse to this thing? There does not appear to be a PS-2 port, I guess I could use a usb mouse.

    I also am very interested in getting power management working with Linux.

    So far things are going well with this laptop, I am very impressed with:

    1. Compile times (fast!)
    2. Battery life (3+ hours)
    3. Screen quality


    Posted by: Phil Brooks on January 3, 2003 06:27 PM
  6. Can you post your X screen info? I'm using a different Linux variant, and the screen will occasionally go crazy when I start or exit X. I think it has to do with the refresh... Thanks.

    Posted by: Alan Dershowitz on January 21, 2003 10:09 AM
  7. I had Mandrake 9.0, then RedHat 8.0, installed on my Toshiba Satellite 1905-S277.

    Most seemed to work, but quite often the screen would go berzerk or the screen would start to turn white when X would start up. I think its the refresh, but don't know enough to be sure.

    1) Is there a risk to my screen when this happens?
    2) How can I get it to stop?

    I'm a LINUX enthusiast and promoter at my work place, but this kind of bad when my own laptop run XP (HELP!) or with LINUX does the above.


    Posted by: thom campbell on January 22, 2003 10:51 PM
  8. That's whats happening to mine (the refresh problem.) A lot of people are having this problem with linux and this laptop. I suspect its the horizontal refresh. The way I understand how LCD's work, it shouldn't damage the screen (not sure about this). What I do is I set up gdm as my startupscreen, and if that goes crazy, I hit ctrl-alt-backspace to reset X until it pops up correct. Then when I login, X is already working.

    CDrecord works ok, although I have to manually tell it where to find my burner even though its 0,0,0.

    Incidentally, my sound occasionally breaks up. Anyone else have this problem?

    Posted by: alan dershowitz on January 23, 2003 01:12 PM
  9. It is the horizontal refresh. I made it to 60 instead of the range and it became lot better.

    Here's my /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file:

    Posted by: Babu on January 26, 2003 03:04 PM
  10. What is the brand and model number of the internal Wi-Fi card? I have a 1905-301s and the only part I don't have is the Wi-Fi.

    Posted by: Travis on February 12, 2003 04:43 PM
  11. Has anyone tried to install Red Hat 7.2 on 1905-s301? I have recently done the installation and my X is not working properly. Some times it is blinking. Can anyone post the Xf86config file for this laptop? It would be helpful for me. Thanks in advance. When I installed, it automatically identified my sound card. But I cannot hear the sound properly. Does anyone have any suggestions on the above problems?

    Posted by: Madhu on February 13, 2003 10:36 AM
  12. Here's another page I found out about installing Linux on this laptop.

    Posted by: Babu on February 13, 2003 06:27 PM
  13. Babu,
    Thanks for your information. I have modified Horizontal sync to 60 in xf86config file and looks like it is working fine.Now I want to modify the fonts. I am working on it. Please provide information about how to change the fonts.

    Posted by: madhu on February 14, 2003 08:39 AM
  14. Excellent article!
    I just got my 1905, and I have Ghost restoring WinXP to a slightly smaller partition.
    Mandrake 9.0 comes next ;>
    Any idea on how to recreate Toshiba's recovery CD but with /BIN/HDDPART.BAT crippled so that fdisk won't run?
    Funny how the EULA didn't mention anything about complete data loss when running the recovery disks...
    Thanks again for the excellent article :)

    Posted by: John Waalkes on February 15, 2003 08:59 AM
  15. Thanks for the article.
    I have a Toshiba 1905-s303, but I believe the monitor and videocard are the same.
    The viewable screen seems to be 6 or 7 pixels off the top of the monitor.
    Would you have any suggestion on how to fix this.
    Everything else seems to work OK, now that I changed the network driver as you suggested.



    Posted by: gian-marco on February 16, 2003 10:22 PM
  16. I have the same problem with the 1905-S301-- the display is shifted about 5 pixels upward on the screen. I've installed Linux on this three times, and the display was fine for the first few logins each time, but then was screwed up thereafter. Really strange-- still haven't figured it out.

    To correct the instability with the display (it fizzled like the HBO ad) I used the vesa driver instead of the radeon driver. The vesa driver seems to be just as fast, and I've had no more instability problems at all after extended use. The display is shifted up using either driver, so that's not the problem. Also, the shifting is present with either RedHat or Gentoo. However, when I do a screenshot, the resulting image is as expected-- no shifting.

    Posted by: Mephistopheles Jones on February 18, 2003 02:22 PM
  17. Just install Mandrake 9 on my 1905-S301 in the past week and almost have everything working.

    Thanks for the config info babu - hopefully i wont be seeing those screwy lines anymore. I've been just switching to tuxracer or another game that changes the resolution and that would fix it temporarily, hopefully it's for good now.

    The last things I need to figure out are video output and quicktime (using the crossover plugin).

    For some reason quicktime either crashes or tells me i dont have a soundcard. The soundcard is working for everything else.

    As for the video output I dont really even know where to begin. In windows i'd just go to advanced under display settings and click the on button for TV out but obviously it's different in linux ;)

    If anyone has any idea how to get these two work let me know.

    Posted by: Frozen-Solid on February 22, 2003 12:59 AM
  18. Nearly have my Redhat 8.0 happy - the integral Toshiba wifi worked first time with no intervention required.

    The system used to be very unstable - random crashes 5 mins into working, but the latest bios has stopped this. Might even have solved the intermittent screen sync problem also; or that might have been solved just by my random playing around.

    Not got any sound beyond a beep though. Any suggestions? - the configuration thinks its a 82801BA/BAM AC'97 Audio.

    Posted by: Richard on February 24, 2003 05:12 PM
  19. I want to load both XP as well as Linux on my Toshiba 1905 laptop. How do I partition my drives without affecting any of the current settings?

    Posted by: Chandra Sekhar on February 28, 2003 12:03 AM
  20. Chandra: You'll need to get partitioning sofware (Partition Magic 8 is the best) to resize your XP partition - I took 7 gigs off of mine. Then download the ISO files for whatever distro you want, burn them to cds, and when you install it will ask if you want to reformat the whole drive, or just use the unpartitioned space. Choose to use the unpartitioned space and it'll do everything for ya. Once it's installed and you boot up the first time you'll see a new menu asking which OS to load.

    It's all pretty simple.

    Posted by: frozen-solid on March 4, 2003 07:19 AM
  21. Richard,

    If you're using ALSA, try setting it up with snd-intel8x0. It IS the 82801 set however. I just got it working in Gentoo successfully.

    Posted by: J.R. on March 6, 2003 05:08 PM
  22. I downloaded the BIOS upgrade from and installed it. That seems to have solved all the horiz-synch issues I have had. Till now, once in a while, it just wouldn't synch - restarting the X-server by Ctrl+Alt+Backspace once or twice will make it all right.

    Now, no more restarting X! It just works.

    Posted by: Babu on March 30, 2003 08:31 AM
  23. I have a Toshiba Satellite 1905-s303 laptop. I just installed Red Hat Linux 8.0 on it. I need a driver for the modem so that I can access the internet through Linux. Anybody has any idea?

    Posted by: Pankaj Gupta on April 1, 2003 10:12 PM
  24. pankaj, modem is winmodem, and i read maybe somewhere here (
    there is no linux driver for this type of modem at the moment. anyway:
    i have toshiba 1905-s303, a standard rh8 installed on it. I use radeon driver for X windows.

    My problem:
    Gnome deskop crashes all the time after 5 minutes of usage (icons are frozen or disappeared), KDE is usually completly frozen after half an hour of usage. do you have any ideas?

    thx in advance,

    (i didn't use bios update yet, maybe that helps?)

    Posted by: peter on April 2, 2003 10:21 AM
  25. I also have Toshiba 1905-s303. Its winmodem works with SmartLink driver [slmdm and slamrmo], ver. 2.7.10 (I do not remember where I found it, on SmartLink site I only found ver. 2.6.9, which does NOT work). To install those gcc2 modules, use insmod -f.

    Posted by: Andy on April 9, 2003 12:16 AM
  26. andy,

    thanks for the info!
    it's perfect news, i will try it today.
    sorry about misinformation.

    do you use rh or mandrake?

    if you use rh 8 v. 9, did you meet with my problem (x crashes all the time)?

    yesterday i installed mandrake 9.1, it seems to be really really nice, even though i can't logout/reboot/halt.
    i get a blank screen with frozen keyboard after choosing logout menu option (funcion doesn't matter .

    any suggestion?

    thanks and regards,

    Posted by: peter on April 9, 2003 10:29 AM
  27. Peter, hanging upon logout in Mandrake 9.1 might be a problem with display manager. I recommend trying another display manager.

    - Login as root. Change boot level to 3 (console boot). You can edit /etc/inittab and change the level from 5 to 3 at the top.
    - Reboot from the shell (use a terminal application) using 'shutdown -r now'
    - Once you get to console prompt, you can login and edit /etc/sysconfig/prefdm (or something similar, I don't remember the exact name) and change the content from kde to gdm.
    - Start X login by 'telinit -5'. See if it hangs when you logout.

    If it does, one way is to permanently boot to console and start X by typing 'startx'.

    Posted by: Babu on April 9, 2003 12:09 PM
  28. Peter (#24) about Gnome/KDE freezing; are you using eepro100 network driver? Make sure you use e100. That might help.

    Posted by: Babu on April 9, 2003 12:11 PM
  29. babu,
    thanks for the info,
    i changed the display manager and now mandrake 9.1 works as a dream.


    Posted by: peter on April 10, 2003 10:07 AM
  30. Hi, Peter, and all,

    Here is the smartlink driver I mentioned:
    Works good enough for me on my Toshiba Satellite 1905-S303.

    I run redhat 8.0 (I am normally a bit conservative about the distribution, and do not install a new version until it generated a sufficient number of updates). I did have X crashed with drivers from the distribution. My solution was as follows:

    1. Install kernel 2.4.20 from

    2. Apply the radeon framebuffer patch:
    (I had to correct the patch, though --- it removes few definitions from pci_ids.h)

    3. Use framebuffer device in X (4.2.0):

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Linux FB"
    Driver "fbdev"

    Kernel parameter string was: video=radeonfb:ypan,mtrr

    May be, it is also worth mentioning that I use omnibook kernel module, not sure whether this is relevant. And BIOS was updated to 2.0 two days ago.
    (Toshiba site does not respond now, and I cannot give you the URL, sorry.)

    The problem with the native Radeon driver in X was that it
    crashed pretty often.

    The Linux framebuffer from the stock 2.4.20 kernel behaved nicely unless I don't play DVD. Then, it regularly crashed the machine after about 20 min [pause for commercials, maybe?:-)]
    With the setup described above, I can do everything I need. I play DVD with Xine (via xshm, but the machine is really fast, and it is no problem). It even does the job better than WinDVD (WinDVD shutdowns the machine after about 5-15 minutes of playing).

    The only problem that remains is TV out. I tried

    atitvout -f t

    and that really turns TV port on, and LCD off, but I cannot turn on both TV port and LCD screen (atitvout -f tl, or lt, does not work). Anyway, I can live with that, so I consider the tuning process to be nearly complete for me.

    Oh, and may be, another point worth mentioning. Sometimes I still get flickering screen on boot, but I noticed it always happens after WARM reboot. I am not sure what does this observation mean, but ...

    Posted by: Andy on April 10, 2003 06:18 PM
  31. hi all,
    andy, thanks for the info.
    i think now we should rename this page from

    "Mandrake 9 and Toshiba Satellite 1905-S301" to

    "Redhat 8/9 and Mandrake 9.x on Toshiba Satellite 1905-S301/S303"

    to be honest this site is the best source of useful information regarding 'toshiba 1905-s30x + linux' .

    thank you guys again,

    Posted by: peter on April 11, 2003 12:07 PM
  32. hi,
    system:Mandrake 9.1 on toshiba 1905-s303

    can somebody help me?

    i have a really wierd problem.
    after i connect to the internet (through e100 driver/dsl connect) nautilus or Konqueror or kb3 takes me for ages to start (about 30sec-40sec), but if i'm not online everything is smooth, i tried many things (reinstallation, eepro100 driver , switching from kde to gnome etc.), but nothing helped...

    any idea would be appreciated.

    Posted by: pete on April 20, 2003 06:50 PM
  33. Hi, Pete,

    Normally, things like that happen when a machine is trying to resolve its own hostname, or do something similar. To troubleshoot a problems like that, I would use tcpdump in the "numeric" mode (so that it does not try to resolve the hostnames itself). Just run

    tcpdump -n -i eth0

    in a separate window (or console), see what kind of traffic is flowing across the interface. You can figure out who is talking to the outer world by

    netstat -apn

    (This would show the processes that are trying to use the network, with their port numbers)

    If it is really DNS lookup, I would instal named, and configure it to answer local queries only.

    Also, try to ping some other host with a known IP to make sure you are really online, and your connection is working smoothly.

    Best regards, Andy.

    Posted by: Andy on April 22, 2003 12:53 AM
  34. I recently installed Mandrake 9.1, and while many of my issues were fixed (Horizontal refresh rate going funning every once in a while, screen 5 pixels higher then it should be, etc) a few new issues have sprung up.

    Mainly the system is randomly locking itself up and I can't SSH into it or restart X with ctrl+shift+backspce or anything. I can still ping the system, and sometimes that will unlock it for about 5 seconds (which is odd) and then it locks up again.

    Anyone have any ideas?

    Posted by: Frozen-Solid on June 27, 2003 10:06 AM
  35. how to solve "the display is shifted about 5 pixels upward on the screen" problem. Comment "vga=788" in loader config file. As side effect startup/shutdown message will be in text mode.

    Posted by: mikhael on August 29, 2003 01:17 PM
  36. Hi, this site is wonderful. i have installed Red Hat 9 on my Toshiba was perfect, expect sometime i have a weird screen.but i can fix it by Atl-Fn-Ctrl-P. my question is how can i make a virtual machine in linux for using WindowsXP. instead of having a separate partition for it.
    Thank you

    Posted by: Oussa on September 5, 2003 01:48 AM
  37. #36 Oussa - To use Linux with a VM, the best way (I've heard, but not tried yet) is to use VMWare. Or you can just go download Knoppix from and use it! Your full installation will be in a CD/DVD.

    Posted by: Babu on September 5, 2003 06:49 AM
  38. I'm running RH 8.0 and ran into that 10Mbit crash error. The system randomly hung but using mii-tool and forcing it 10 fixed that bug. Seems like the NIC couldn't auto detect the link speed.

    I have one problem I havn't resolved video related. My specs are identical to yours, but I can't seem to get xinerama working. I get dual displays, but I can't get separated screens. Looking at everything in stereo is driving me nuts.

    Anyone figure out how to get xinerama working with the ATI Radeon Mobility M6?


    Posted by: Dan on September 26, 2003 05:56 PM
  39. Hi everybody, I just got a Toshiba Satellite 1905-S301, P4 2.0GHz with 40GB. Somehow it didn't come with any restore CDs. I want to install Linux on it. I need someone show me how to partition the Harddive so I can have at least 10Gb for Linux. I never use fdisk so I don't know. Could anyone help me please? Thanks in advance

    Posted by: Dat ta on October 18, 2003 11:57 PM
  40. Hi everybody,I have to install Linux Mandrake 9.1 on my Toshiba 1950,but I have a big problem:Linux doesn't recognize neither the infrared keyboard nor the USB mouse!!! Could anybody help me please? Thank you very much.

    Posted by: Davide on October 20, 2003 03:21 PM
  41. Hey guys!!
    I've just made a partition of my hard drive on my satellite 1905 s301 becouse my good old nikon coolscan lll does not have a drive yet for xp, so I installed windows 98 together with xp professional, BUT there is no drivers available in the Toshiba tech support web site for win98, any suggestions??
    they will be gratelly apreciated

    Posted by: Uxval on October 21, 2003 06:06 AM
  42. I must say when reading this page that this site should be called, "How to learn linux in 10 minutes". NO FUN INTENDED. All questions given where answered in a professional manner. Now my turn to all the linux x-perts that use a 1905-S301 Toshiba. I have noticed that a modem driver has been given under SMARTLINC( does this driver work on all flavors of linux; as well as all drivers and advise given?. I want to install Debian on my laptop.

    Posted by: Kendall Byrd on November 3, 2003 12:42 AM
  43. hi
    i have satellite 1905-s301
    after it workes for 15 min. it crashes with blue screen and start reboot again
    any body knows whay, thanks

    Posted by: tamer on January 31, 2004 04:05 PM
  44. Dear sir; I recently purchased a Dell 1300 TrueMobile mini pci wireless G card for my Toshiba 1905 S301. I installed the card, connected the antenna wires and installed the network drivers with the supplied cd, but when I try to turn the wi-fi switch on, nothing happens. Device manager shows it to be working properly. It seems like the switch never was wired up. Any help would be appreciated, Bulwinkle60

    Posted by: James Naler on March 10, 2004 01:43 PM
  45. I have a Satellite 1950-301 and am trying to run knoppix 3.3 off of it. I had some initial boot problems with the scsi detection, but by using "knoppix noscsi lang=us" as my boot command, it stopped hanging on boot.

    I do have two issues with hardware recognition which did not hang the boot process.

    The first is the sound card. With [granted, minimal] experimentation, I have not been able to get any of the apps to actually play sound[although the graphic equalizer display was going crazy, so it seemed to be processing the sounds], and audacity didn't recognize any audio input. It seems like the onboard sound isn't being recognized.

    Also, I am using a Correga[Japanese noname brand] PCMCIA ethernet card which is not recognized during the bootup[the onboard ethernet doesn't like my Japanese router] Any way I can fix this easily?

    Thanks for any ideas, folks.

    Posted by: Dave on March 17, 2004 07:12 AM
  46. Very helpful. I can get USB and touchpad to work together.

    I was doing a presentation today and found that I can't get screen on my LCD panel while I get screen on the projector via VGA-out. Do I need to set up sth or not? What key-combo to press to get both show? I tried Fn+F5 but did not work. Thanks very much.

    Posted by: Xun Liu on March 30, 2004 02:54 AM
  47. I need the graphic driver for my laptop.

    Posted by: ravi saraswat on April 14, 2004 08:16 PM
  48. I have red hat installed on my A45-S151 and Im trying to install win2k on it, but it wont boot from the cdrom. I changed the bios to boot from the cd and nothing.. I even tried booting a Mandrake cd, but it wont work. Could it be that this model is not able to boot from the cd? I think its absurd, since it doesnt have a floppy drive.

    Posted by: Alejandro on April 19, 2004 08:26 PM
  49. I have a toshiba satellite 1905-s301. I love it , but I am haveing a problem with the battery not being seen by the computer. As a result of this the bettery is not being charged. I have bought a new battery, but it is still not seen. Can anyone help me? I would like an exploded (or service manual) view so i can attempt to check any internal connections
    Thank You

    Posted by: Richard Luxenberg on May 14, 2004 09:46 PM
  50. I am looking for the software bundle that came with the 1905-S301. Does anyone have this package and no longer need it?

    Posted by: Tom on June 9, 2004 09:26 PM
  51. I have a toshiba satellite p25-s509 I upgraded to from xp home to xp pro but my 4 usb don't work, can any body help me out, I been looking on toshiba's web site but I couldn't found anything so far, and toshiba support toll me they don't support xp pro if the computer was originally loaded with xp home, so if you guys know anything about this issue please let me know.


    Posted by: Estuardo Espinoza on June 12, 2004 11:16 AM
  52. Hi everybody,

    bought a Satellite A20-S103 last year and relaocated subsequently. Since now the notebook was hardly in use. Once online caught sasser (as I missed the MS patch download in time) and took some serious intervention to get rid of it again. Problem that remained is that no sound is operating for no obvious reason. Tried a number of diagnostic far no success.

    Appreciate any help.

    Stefan Ahrnsen

    Posted by: Stefan Ahrnsen on June 19, 2004 10:55 PM
  53. aiizi xciszeemkw.

    Posted by: Tobias on July 28, 2004 01:57 AM
  54. Hy i have 1905-s301 and lost cds to resotre originals. do you know how take this cds (3)
    thanks for you.

    Posted by: JOSE YEZID RODRIGUEZ M on September 3, 2004 08:32 AM
  55. My lap top hard drive is defected. How do you replace it and where do I buy one. Hope I can get some help with this.

    Posted by: dee on October 23, 2004 09:16 AM