Toshiba P870: Installing Linux Mint

I have recent­ly start­ed using a Toshiba P870 lap­top and decid­ed to install Lin­ux Mint 13 Maya (Cin­na­mon Edi­tion) on it, due to its ease of use and over­all secu­ri­ty sound­ness.

Being as the Toshiba P870 is a rel­a­tive­ly new lap­top, with some com­po­nents’ dri­vers not hav­ing been includ­ed in the instal­la­tion files of Mint, it has been a lit­tle tricky. I’m shar­ing this, for those who want to install mint on the P870 or sim­i­lar lap­tops.  This should save you a cou­ple hours of search­ing.  It will get you the dri­vers you need and get you up and run­ning.

We’re going to dis­cuss how­to:

    • Down­load, Burn and Run the Lin­ux Mint Installer
    • Install the miss­ing net­work dri­vers, both WIFI and Eth­er­net, so you can con­nect to the inter­net
    • Fix the inter­nal sound prob­lem that caus­es the inter­nal speak­ers not to pro­duce any sound
    • Update: Installing the SD Card dri­ver — since this arti­cle was orig­i­nal­ly writ­ten, I also fig­ured out that the SD card dri­ver needs to be installed as well.

With the­se basics out of the way, you can then use your Toshiba P870 lap­top for just about any­thing you want.

Obtaining/Installing Linux Mint 13

The Lin­ux Mint Down­load page has all of the var­i­ous ver­sions to choose from. Locate the ver­sion you prefer and burn it to a DVD or load it to a USB dri­ve (haven’t tried this yet; but sup­pos­ed­ly the BIOS on the Toshiba P870 sup­ports boot­ing from USB devices). For the P870 you will need the 64-bit ver­sion of Lin­ux Mint.

  1. Once you’ve burned the DVD, pop it into the dri­ve and reboot.
  2. When the sys­tem comes back up from reboot, hit [FN]+[F12] as the BIOS screen comes up.
  3. From the BIOS hange the boot order, so the machine will boot from the opti­cal dri­ve first.  Fol­low the menus on the screen then save and exit.
  4. Once you’re boot­ed in via the DVD, you will see a live ver­sion of Lin­ux Mint for ini­tial testing/configuration pur­pos­es. You’ll prob­a­bly notice that the net­work does not work, nei­ther eth­er­net or wire­less will work. Don’t fret, your net­work will be work­ing soon, if you fol­low the instruc­tions in this guide.
  5. Fol­low the instruc­tions in Sec­tion 1) Get­ting the Eth­er­net Net­work Adapter Work­ing with the Live CD ver­sion.  This will bring the net­work up, which will then allow you to com­plete your install.
  6. Once the net­work­ing is work­ing, you should be able to run the install. Sim­ply click the instal­la­tion icon on the desk­top.  This should be fair­ly straight­for­ward.  Fol­low the instruc­tions when prompt­ed and every­thing should go smooth­ly.
  7. Once your sys­tem is installed, remove the DVD and boot into the new­ly installed sys­tem from the hard-drive.
  8. Once boot­ed into your new­ly installed Lin­ux Mint sys­tem, you’ll prob­a­bly notice that the net­work­ing dri­ver needs to be installed again.  The one you installed pre­vi­ous­ly is not copied over by the installer.
  9. Fol­low the instruc­tions in Sec­tion 1) Get­ting the Eth­er­net Net­work Adapter Work­ing with the Live CD ver­sion again. This should be the last time this dri­ver install is nec­es­sary.
  10. Fol­low the instruc­tions in Sec­tion 2) Get­ting the Inter­nal Speak­ers Work­ing to get the sound work­ing.
  11. Fol­low the instruc­tions in Sec­tion 3) Get­ting the WiFi Adapter Work­ing, so your wire­less adapter will begin to oper­ate.
Now that the above steps are com­plet­ed, you are well on your way to hav­ing full access, to all of the cool things you can do with your Toshiba 870 and Lin­ux Mint.

Section 1) Getting the Ethernet Network Adapter Working

Back to Steps
When you have your install disk ready and want to go ahead with the install, you will like­ly run into a show stop­per; not being able to con­nect to the inter­net via the wired (or wire­less) net­work adapters. In my expe­ri­ence, the best thing to do, is get the wired net­work access work­ing first.

To do this, you will need a USB stick, to trans­fer over the nec­es­sary files. You either need to down­load the­se files on a sep­a­rate com­put­er, or boot the com­put­er you are installing Lin­ux Mint on into an OS with work­ing net­work­ing.  I have saved a ver­sion of compat-wireless that has the nec­es­sary dri­ver.

down­load compat-wireless here

Run the fol­low­ing com­mands to extract and build compat-wireless.

bunzip compat-wireless-2012-03-12-p.tar.bz2
tar xvf compat-wireless-2012-03-12-p.tar.bz2
cd compat-wireless-2012-03-12-p
./scripts/driver-select alx
make
sudo make install

The dri­ver should now be installed. Run this com­mand to start using the dri­ver.

sudo modprobe alx

Now your dri­ver should be installed and in use. Run ifcon­fig to make sure the new net­work device appears. It will prob­a­bly show up as eth0. If all goes accord­ing to plan, it should be ready to use after this.

see also: AR8161 eth­er­net using compat-wireless

Section 2) Getting the Internal Speakers Working

Back to Steps
For­tu­nate­ly, the issue with the inter­nal speak­ers is a rel­a­tive­ly easy one to fix, by sim­ply updat­ing the soft­ware pack­ages on the machine with the pack­age man­ager. Copy and paste the fol­low­ing com­mand into the ter­mi­nal, to run the updates.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Once this is done and the sys­tem restart­ed, you will need to rebuild the dri­ver you used to get the eth­er­net work­ing, since the updates will have blown those away. Not a big deal though, just an extra 5 min­utes.

see also: Lin­ux Mint Forums • View top­ic — No sound from inter­nal speak­ers. [SOLVED]

Section 3) Getting the WiFi Adapter Working

Back to Steps
The dri­ver for the Real­tek RTL8273AE-BT on this lap­top, is avail­able unof­fi­cial­ly via the 92 series dri­ver ver­sion 0006.0514.2012. This is the dri­ver cur­rent­ly being pro­vid­ed by Real­tek sup­port, accord­ing to the source.

Start by installing the­se pack­ages via apt-get, so you can per­form the build.

sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-generic linux-headers-`uname -r`

Down­load and extract the dri­ver from the down­load site.

wget -O- http://dl.dropbox.com/u/57056576/DRIVERS/REALTEK/rtl_92ce_92se_92de_8723ae_linux_mac80211_0006.0514.2012.tar.gz | tar -xz

Make and install the dri­ver.

cd rtl_92ce_92se_92de_8723ae_linux_mac80211_0006.0514.2012
make
sudo make install

Load the dri­ver with mod­probe, so you can begin using it.

sudo modprobe rtl8723e

Once this is done, you should be able to use the Lin­ux Mint GUIs to con­fig­ure your wire­less access point.  There is an icon in the set­tings pan­el, on the bot­tom right of the screen.
see also: [SOLVED] Ubun­tu 12.04 On Toshiba Lap­top With Wire­less Con­nec­tion Issues To Belk­in N Wire­less

5 thoughts on “Toshiba P870: Installing Linux Mint”

  1. You lie this does not work. You waste our time bithch. I need a answer and yours is just spam. Lin­ux Mint 13 just crash­es, it does not work on USB or DVD I know because I tried. Go to my youtube accont if you need proff.


  2. Mrlove­lygame:

    You lie this does not work. You waste our time bithch. I need a answer and yours is just spam. Lin­ux Mint 13 just crash­es, it does not work on USB or DVD I know because I tried. Go to my youtube accont if you need proff. 

    Well, Mrlove­lygame, may­be you just suck at using Lin­ux. Did you ever think of that?

  3. Hi, Can your 8723ae scan­ning any ap?
    After install the dri­ver, my adapt can work, but cant find any ap, I need to type SSID myself to con­nect­ed.
    tks


  4. adam:

    Hi, Can your 8723ae scan­ning any ap?
    After install the dri­ver, my adapt can work, but cant find any ap, I need to type SSID myself to con­nected.
    tks 

    Final­ly, my P870 work well too
    But Im using realtek’s HDA dri­ver fix speak­er issue, if I were using ‘apt-get dist-update’, my wire­less would be not use.
    Thx chriscase 🙂

  5. Hey broth­er!
    It did work like charm. Thanks a ton. Because of your guide now I am able to use my wired broad­band in lin­ux, pri­or to that I was only able to do that in Win­dows.

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