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Installing Ubuntu 5.10 on Toshiba P15-S479

Last updated: September 23rd, 2005

Installing and running Ubuntu on the Toshiba Satellite P15-S479 is surprisingly very easy.  Most things work right out of the box, and installation is quick and painless.  Currently I have it setup to dual-boot with Windows XP Media Centre Edition and Grub handles that flawlessly.  I started with a fresh hard drive, partitioned with the Ubuntu installer, and continued to install Ubuntu first.  Afterwards, I used the Toshiba recovery DVD to load in Windows XP.  It worked very well.  One tip is to make sure when you do your partitions that you make a FAT32 partition first, as the #1 partition on the drive.  The Toshiba recovery disc will take that and turn it into NTFS and put Windows on it for you.  If you setup your Linux partitions first it will attempt to go for the first partition and ask you if you want to overwrite it.  At this point, click no, and go back and do your partitioning again.  I got my paritioning right on the second try, hopefully with these tips you'll get your right on the second try.

General Hardware Specifications of "Robin":

Hardware Components
Status under Linux
Notes
Pentium IV Processor, 2.8 GHz Works No special procedure required during installation
15.4 Wide Screen 1280x800 Display Works No special procedure required during installation.  (Resolution is automatically detected properly)
nVidia GeForce FX5200 Go 64MB Works No special procedure required during installation
1024MB, SDRAM, 2DIMMs (Upgraded from 512MB) Works No special procedure required during installation
100 GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive (Upgraded from 60GB) Works No special procedure required during installation
Toshiba Integrated SD Card Slot Doesn't Work In progress
Integrated Atheros 802.11A/B/G WiFi Card Works No special procedure required during installation
Integrated 10/100 Ethernet Card Works No special procedure required during installation
Internal 56k Modem Doesn't Work In progress
DVD-R/RW/RAM/ROM Drive Works No special procedure required during installation
Lithium-Ion Battery Works No special procedure required during installation
PCTel AC'97 Sound Card Works

No special procedure required during installation

This laptop is operating under Kernel version 2.6.12-8-386

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