Installing FC5 on the Toshiba Tecra M3
On April 11, I finally transitioned from Fedora Core 4 (FC4) to Fedora
Core 5 (FC5) on my Tecra M3-S331 laptop. (See my FC4 page for previous details.) Since
I rely on the M3 for daily use, I held off on installing FC5 until the
nVidia driver issues were resolved. All in all, the installation went
smoothly. Here are the details!
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M3 Hardware Specifications
Status under FC5
|Pentium M 740 Sonoma processor, 1.73GHz
|14.1 XGA TFT Display
|nVIDIA 64MB GoForce Go 6200 TE Video
||initially only 800x600 generic;
install nVIDIA accelerated driver 8756 (see below)
|512MB, 533MHz SDRAM, 2.5V SODIMM
|60GB Toshiba MK6025GA ATA-6 Hard Drive
||optional hardware with the M3
|Analog Devices AD1981B Sound Card
|Integrated Marvell PC Express EtherNetwork Card
|Internal PRO/Wireless 2200GB Wireless Networking
||requires ipw-2.4 firmware download
|24X Max Variable CD-RW/DVD Drive
|i.LINK IEEE-1394 Port
||Not yet tested
|Integrated V.92 Modem
|4700mAh Lithium-Ion Battery
||charge reporting appears reasonable
The initially-installed FC5 kernel version was 2.6.15-1.2054_FC5.
My current FC5 kernel version is 2.6.16-1.2080_FC5.
I opted for a fresh install of FC5, rather than an upgrade. I
retained the same partitions present in the FC4 installation:
/winc (shrunken original XP NTFS partition)
/wind 2GB shared FAT partition
/boot 100MB (reformatted)
an LVM physical volume using the rest of the disk space
/home 20GB logical volume
/ 10GB logical volume (reformatted)
/usr/local 3G logical volume
First, I backup everything important—just in case. I also
/lib/firmare and an archive of
/usr/local) for restoring individual
configuration files, etc., after the installation.
I put FC5 disc 1 (from the 5 disk CD installation set) in the
drive, rebooted, and began a graphical FC5 install. Except where
noted, I accepted the default values when given a choice.
I requested “Custom” partitioning, entering each of the
mount-point names (it would be nice if the old names were the
default!) and requesting reformating on the
I kept the all default grub settings.
I kept "Office and Productivity" selected and added "Software
Development" and specified "Customize later" for further
Installation went without incident, and both XP and FC5 booted
smoothly using grub.
Working Hardware Without Effort
Intel 10 Base-T/100 Base-TX/1000 Base-T Ethernet
It just worked!
CD reading is working fine; still need to test other operations.
Tested with a Microsoft wireless laptop mouse, which worked fine
including the scroll wheel. Also worked fine with a 256MB Lexar
Suspend to disk is working under FC5.
Hardware Requiring Post-Install Effort
Initial installation resulted in only 800x600 generic video. I
upgraded to the latest kernel, installed kernel-devel, and then
downloaded and installed the latest nVIDIA driver (8756) as follows:
Not yet working
I haven't looked into enabling scrolling actions on the touchpad.
Fast Infrared (4Mbps) port
Integrated V.92 modem
Additional Installation Items
I added the following packages, using yum:
# yum install kernel-devel
# yum install emacs
# yum install nautilus-open-terminal
# yum install fnfx
# yum install tetex-latex
# yum install auctex
# yum install gstreamer-plugins-ugly
# yum install videolan-client
# yum install mplayer mplayer-skins mplayer-fonts
Mplayer also requires downloading essential-20050412.tar.bz2 from http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/codecs.html.
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Last updated: April 11, 2006