[rescue] Ubuntu on Toshiba R100 [was: Ultra 5 OS]
Sheldon T. Hall
shel at artell.net
Thu Apr 22 09:54:30 CDT 2010
Saith Of Brendan Shanks ...
> On Apr 19, 2010, at 3:33 PM, Sheldon T. Hall wrote:
> > I installed Ubuntu Netbook Remix on my Toshiba Portege
> > R-100, itself
> > an amusing undertaking since you have to boot from both
> > PCMCIA and USB
> > at the same time. Once I installed UNR, the screen display
> > was about half-size.
> > Extensive Googling led me to a page that included an xorg.conf that
> > fixed the problem after some additional fiddling. The WiFi
> > was flake
> > city, even after much Googling found some suggested driver
> > substitutions. No driver for the SD card slot at all.
> > Yada, as they say, yada yada.
> (sorry to take this even farther off topic, but...) I have
> Ubuntu 9.10 running on my Portege R100, and it works quite
> well. I installed over netboot (a few versions ago, probably
> 8.04), the display works good (although you need a vga=
> kernel cmdline param to keep it in 1024x768 all the time),
> and the Intel 802.11b WiFi works great (much better than in
> Windows). Haven't found an SD card driver though.
I'm 3000 miles from my R-100 at the mo', but I may have some questions for
you when I get back home.
However ... I PXE-booted the R-100 from an Ubuntu LTSP server, which was OK
except for the video, but LTSP doesn't seem to provide an installation
choice. I didn't pursue that further, once I figured out that having the
same boot image on a PCMCIA device and a USB device would allow you to boot
Linux. The R-100 won't boot from USB. You can't boot Linux off PCMCIA
alone because it doesn't have PCMCIA drivers in the kernel; once the kernel
takes over from the hardware, it can't find the rest of its stuff. So, you
add a USB key with the same boot image, and it uses that once it starts up
I had an Atheros WiFi card, which was OK under XP, but flake city under
Ubuntu. I replaced it with an Intel, which works great.
I understand that Toshiba has never released any information on th SD card
slot, hence no Linux drivers.
My R-100 now is rather slick. I replaced the HD with a CF card and adapter,
and have a "frugal" Puppy Linux installation. It boots in less than 30
seconds, loads everything into RAM, and runs from there. It's really fast.
Unfortunately, Puppy is not as well-organized a distribution as Ubuntu; lots
of the packages are somewhat elderly, and, because there's no good
depository system, finding new ones can be difficult. Still, for what I use
it for (web, mail, ssh), and when I use it (when I don't want to take the
"big" laptop), it works great. The R-100 is a terrific little computer.
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