I just got a Toshiba Satellite A205-S5804 laptop given to me to “Fix (reinstall) the ubuntu” and I can’t get the thing to remain stable. So far I noticed that *SUSE and windoze run perfectly on it (no crashes), but any other linux OS or *BSD crashes very frequently and randomly during boot, login and when you’re using it).
The specs of the laptop are:
Processor and Chipset • Intel Pentium Dual-Core processor T2330 1.60GHz, 1 MB L2, 533MHz FSB • Mobile Intel GL960 Express Chipset Memory • Configured with 1024MB PC5300 DDR2 SDRAM (both memory slots may be occupied). Maximum capacity 2048MB. Hard Disk Drive • 120GB (5400 RPM); Serial ATA hard disk drive Fixed Optical Disk Drive • Generic TSSTcorp DVD SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) drive supporting 11 formats Maximum speed and compatibility: CD-ROM (24x), CD-R (24x), CD-RW (16x), DVD-ROM (8x), DVD-R (Single Layer, (8x)), DVD-R (Double Layer, (4x)), DVD-RW (6x), DVD+R (Single Layer, (8x)), DVD+R (Double Layer, (4x)), DVD+RW (8x), DVDRAM (5x) Display • 15.4” diagonal widescreen TruBrite®TFT LCD display at 1280x800 native resolution (WXGA) Native support for 720p content Graphics • Mobile Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 with 128MB-251MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory Sound • Built-in stereo speakers • Sound Volume Control Dial Input Devices • 86 key US keyboard • TouchPad™ pointing device • TouchPad™ Enable/Disable ) Communications • Modem • 10/100 Base-TX Ethernet • Integrated Wi-Fi compliant wireless: Realtek 802.11b/g wireless-LAN Expandability • 2 main memory slots. Both slots may be occupied. • ExpressCard™ slot (ExpressCard/34 and ExpressCard/54) Ports • RGB (monitor) output • Headphone output • USB v2.0 – 2 ports • RJ-45 LAN • RJ-11 modem Physical Description • Dimensions (WxDxH Front/H Rear): 14.3” x 10.5” x 1.32” /1.55” without feet Weight: Starting at 6.0 lbs depending upon configuration LCD Cover Color: Black Power • 75W (19V 3.95A) 100-240V/50-60Hz AC Adapter. Dimensions (WxDxH): 4.25” x 1.34” x 1.85” Weight: starting at 0.67 lbs Battery • 6-cell 4000mAh Lithium Ion battery pack.
Ran memtest86+ and found no errors, ran the S.M.A.R.T tests, both short and extended and found no errors, the laptop doesn’t run hot and both thermal zones have 49°C at heavy load, so no RAM,HDD or temp issues, cleaned vents with compressed air and added thermal paste to the processor to ensure that there are no heat-related issues. Only thing that changed is that the client upgraded the BIOS around 2 or 3 months ago.
Can this be some sort of (quite odd) hardware issue. Or some sort of BIOS/hardware DRM?
BTW: Someone at LQ reported a similar oddity with an Alienware PC (and someone else showed up with a Toshiba laptop too, this time his issue was with Fedora instead of Ubuntu) just acting up with ubuntu & Fedora.