Installing FC5 on the Toshiba Tecra M5
My brand-new Toshiba Tecra M5 finally arrived (very late in the day
on March 31). Installing Fedora Core 5 (FC5) on April Fools Day (the
1st) seemed like asking for trouble, but I started installing FC5
on April 2nd. Here are the latest progress & issues...
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M5 Hardware Specifications
Status under FC5
|Intel Core Duo T2400 processor, 1.83GHz, 2MB L2 cache,
|14.1 XGA TFT Display
|nVIDIA Quadro NVS 110M Video 128MB DDR
||initially only 800x600 generic;
install nVIDIA accelerated driver 8756 (see below)
|512MB, PC5300 DDR2 667MHz SDRAM
||expanded to 1024MB with a 2nd 512MB SDRAM (dual-channel support
requires identical capacity and FSB speed)
|Toshiba MK1032GS 100GB Toshiba S-ATA Hard Drive
|SigmaTel STAC9200 Sound Controller
||Not yet working
|Integrated Intel 10 Base-T/100 Base-TX/1000 Base-T Ethernet
|Internal Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG (Wi-FI)
||requires ipw3945 driver, firmware, and daemon installation
|Matshita UJ-841S SuperMulti DVD Drive
||optional hardware with the M5
|i.LINK IEEE-1394 Port
|Integrated V.92 Modem
|4700mAh Lithium-Ion Battery
||charge reporting appears reasonable
Basic Installation Begins
Before doing anything, I created (and verified) the Toshiba
recovery DVD set, deleted the recovery partition, rebooted, checked
the NTFS partition for errors (another reboot), and defragmented the
XP partition. I wouldn't think of moving forward without this
Shrinking the NTFS XP Partition
Next, I shrunk the XP partition using ntfsresize. Specifically, I
booted the M5 with a KNOPPIX Linux
Live CD (burned from the KNOPPIX_V3.8.2-2005-05-05-EN.iso image).
I used the KNOPPIX
failsave boot option to reduce the
chance of any issues. Once KNOPPIX booted, I started QTParted (from
the Knoppix Menu: System: QTPparted). Then I selected
/UNIONFS/dev/sda in the device display (left hand side)
and then right-clicked on the single NTFS partition (in the partition
display on the right hand side) and selected
asked for 26GB of “Free Space After” to be chopped off the
end of the NTFS partition but, depending on your needs, you might want
to reserve more disk space for Linux. Next click
perform the resizing by selecting
&Commit in the QTParted menu bar. Repartitioning will
take a few minutes, so be patient.
Being cautious, I rebooted the M5 into XP (removing the CD when
asked) and checked the XP partition for errors (another reboot).
Being paranoid, I defragmented the XP partition once again, and made
certain that I could still suspend and hibernate in XP.
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 that Linux partitions be automatically configured using
the free space (that was created using QTParted above), but requested
review of the partitions. Then I manually created a
/usr/local partition and a
(extracting the space from the automatically-specified
I switched the default boot OS to XP (my Tecra M3 remains my
primary Fedora laptop, for now), but kept the other default grub
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!
SuperMulti DVD Drive
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
Hardware Requiring Post-Install Effort
Initial installation resulted in only 800x600 generic video.
Install the latest nVIDIA driver (8756) as follows:
Builtin PRO/Wireless 3945ABG
Details on building the ipw3945 driver and installing firmware and
daemon coming soon!
Not yet working
Properly detected, but no sound yet...
A quick test of suspend (using the Gnome menu) failed to complete
suspension; I haven't looked further yet (or at hibernate to disk).
Fast Infrared (4Mbps) port
Integrated V.92 modem
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Last updated: April 8, 2006