Toshiba Satellite 2400-103

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date: 24-05-2004

I've not updated this page since I installed Fedora Core I, now my laptop runs Fedora Core II. I may say it's a good distribution but I feel a little bit disapointed with Fedora Core II.

I writte about it at my english blog but I notice you something in short:

Nowadays my Toshiba Satellite 2400-103 it's running Red Hat 8.0. Upgrading was easy to do, just put first CD and choose upgrade existing installation.

I'm running Debian on another boxes, and I've found very stable and accurate how apt manage dependencies (you know what I'm talking about, and if you don't, test it, you gonna ask yourself Why everybody doesn't do the same? ).

But, what a lucky me!, there's a apt port for rpm. Thanks to Sinner for write a so clear how-to (not avalaible in english, by the moment). So I install apt-rpm, developed by Conectiva. I point my sources.list to a repository and them I began to use apt as in my Debian box.

Until now rpm's are installed -and un installed- clearly, cleanly, dependencies are satisfied, even apt-rpm upgrade packages because security reasons and I don't care about it... If you got a rpm based distro you've to test it, them you can't stop to use it.


Installing Linux on a Toshiba Satellite 2400-103

My first attemtp to install Linux has been succesfull. Nowadays I'm running RedHat 7.3 on my Toshiba Satellite 2400-103.

When you start this notebook you run Microsoft Windows XP, it was imposible to elude license pay when I buy the notebook so I decide take some profit by Microsoft hardware detection and I copy what hardware devices Windows XP has configured.


After a carefully preparation, -which was shown later don't be so important- I begin RedHat 7.3 installlation.

Booting from CD; when you restart you don't see no message offering a bootable CD (Compaq, for example, if detects a bootable CD ask you if you want to boot from it) so you will find again your former SO starting. If you wanna start from Linux distro bootable CD you have to restart your notebook and keep "C" key pressed.

By doing that you will start Linux installation, and ...

RedHat detects almost everything so you don't need to nothing but choose disk partition, screen resolution, ... I just need to modify how much Mb has Video Card, Toshiba really has 16Mb but installation has found 8Mb.

A lot of people look for X configuration files when it's reading out a page like this so here you got it:


Why a Toshiba Notebook?

Well, a notebook it's far expensive than a usual PC, but let me work anywhere, let me carry my personal things or do the same things anywhere (read and anwser mail, browse, ...) and has it's own SAI within (I'm talking aboutt battery).

Choose Toshiba was a natural decision, because I don't wanna take risks. So choosing was among few makers, Toshiba, Compaq (my former notebook), Hewlet-Packard or Dell.

I begun a discard process, I was told badly about Dell support (not about Linux hardware compatibility), Hewlet-Packard was totally unkown, so I got to choose between Toshiba and Compaq.

They both are good choices, but my reseller told me that Toshiba never had done a bad serie but Compaq had done a few series with minor mistakes. Anyway, I repeat that they both are very good choices.


Todo

PCMCIA; This notebook has a winmodem integrated wich is usefulll for nothing ;-) So I insert my Conceptronics PCMCIA Modem and my Compaq Ethernet 10/100 Card that where detected. Nextly I'll offer you some details about PCMCIA configuration.

Most important thing to do on comimg days it's reinstall Linux, I've change my home server from RedHat 7.3 to Debian 3.0 and well, what can I say?, it's little bit harder to configure (X, PCMCIA, ...) but my experience shows me that it's far easy to upgrade software (no dependences troubles) and I don't have to worry about packages versions with bugs, Debian people have a QA process that do it for me. Thanks to Debian community.

Update: Priority changes, since I use apt-rpm it's no so needed install Debian, but it's more needed work with lm_sensors and apmd to get under control battery life and CPU info, such as temperature, and so on.


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