Bad luck with Toshibas?

Corey Burger corey.burger at
Wed Jun 7 03:46:58 BST 2006

On 6/6/06, Greg Taylor <gtaylor at> wrote:
> Corey Burger wrote:
> > Quick note: Both myself and Jerome have had great luck with our Toshibas.
> >
> > On 6/6/06, Greg Taylor <gtaylor at> wrote:
> >> Greetings,
> >>
> >> I was wondering if any of the members of the Laptop Testing Team were
> >> having essentially no luck with their Toshiba laptops like I am. I'm
> >> going to provide a list of problems from my Tecra A4's wiki page, please
> >> chime in if you're experiencing any of them. I'm not sure if the Tecra
> >> A4 is just especially bad in terms of Linux support or if many similar
> >> models are as well.
> >>
> >> Taken from
> >>
> >>   * Critical: Ethernet is now once again broken. This is a
> >>     show-stopper for many people.
> >> (
> >>
> >>
> >>       * Critical: Wireless with the ipw2200 driver is restarting due to
> >>         firmware error, making wireless connectivity impossible.
> >>
> >> (
> >>
> >>
> >>       * Major: USB Storage devices do not mount.
> >>         (
> >>
> >>       * Moderate: None of the function keys work.
> >>
> >> (
> >
> > This affects me. Seems to be a BIOS issue.
> >
> Are you affected by all four of those issues? Or just the function keys?
> I assume just the function keys if the laptop works fine for you. Also,
> are you on a Tecra of some sort? I can compare some of the hardware if
> you can get a model number to me if you are indeed running a Tecra of
> some sort.

Sorry, just the last one.

> >>
> >>       * Minor: Card reader isn't likely to work, no Linux driver
> >>         available.
> >>
> >> (
> >>
> >
> > Please ask on those bugs how you can move things forward. Offering to
> > help debug with mjg59 goes quite far (don't just bug him to fix it).
> > Word it like: "How can I help you useful information for bug X"
> Yeah, I've been trying to provide as much information as I can. Check
> those bugs out for a long list of elaborations and replies in hopes of
> helping the developers out. I've sort of just been rambling on as I
> found new debug messages to post, I haven't been getting any requests as
> to what I need to post up. I'm having to manually type debug output out
> on another machine, as my USB host and ethernet is not cooperating. But
> I'm most definitely willing to provide what I can if someone asks me for
> something.
> And as a side-note, I think Matt is only assigned to one of the bugs
> I've listed, and as luck would have it, that's the one I can't do right
> now (Toshiba hotkeys, which requires me to download a driver, which I
> can't do without working ethernet) :) I'd love to try out his
> recommendation on that bug, but there is literally no way for me to get
> anything in or out of my laptop right now aside from manually typing it.
> Additionally, the sky2 bug has nobody assigned to it and remains
> unconfirmed and seemingly abandoned, hence the frustration. It was
> previously assigned to someone but they closed it and myself and another
> Toshiba user opened it back up again. Since then it hasn't seen any love.
> But yeah, I'm ready to go if someone can work with me on either the USB
> or sky2 ethernet issue so I can get some means of transferring things to
> and from what is more or less an expensive paperweight right now :) I
> posted a link to some details on the ipw2200 issue that was actually
> released by the Intel people as well, acknowledging the problem. Hope
> there's something useful in there for someone.

I am not the best person to talk to. See if you can find mjg59 on irc
and ask him to work through your list of bugs with you.



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