IMO a very nice, light yet sturdy laptop with comfortable keyboard, matte display and impressive battery life time. Completely quiet most of the time, too. I haven’t seen any better for coding while travelling so far (and that’s the reason why I chose it).
With just a few tweaks, runs Linux smoothly. :-)
|It is very likely that the doc. is valid more generally to the whole Portégé Z30-A model line. No guarantees, though.|
Installation of Debian Jessie went just fine. The machine is equipped with an SSD, so I advice against much partitioning; I’ve created just 2 partitions: boot partition and rootfs partition. I swap (if ever) to a file; see http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/linux-add-a-swap-file-howto/ for instance.
Suspend works out-of-the-box. However, making systemd PID 1 helps a bit with GNOME 3 integration, so you might want that; just add
kernel boot-line parameter
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT variable in
/etc/default/grub config. file.
Note that I don’t use suspend to disk (aka hibernation); the machine can quite easily live about 9 hours on battery, so suspend to RAM is usually more than enough.
Display back-light control doesn’t work after installation, however, adding
kernel boot-line parameter (same place as above) fixes that.
Don’t forget to update grub after making your changes:
toshiba_acpi kernel module is responsible for support for several
At time of writing, e.g. keyboard backlight control (via Fn-Z) doesn’t
work, but that’s true for my current kernel 3.13.
Checking the next stable kernel (3.14.2), it seems that support for
the keyboard backlight was already added.
WiFi & bluetooth
Install Intel WiFi firmware:
# apt-get install firmware-iwlwifi
toshiba_bluetooth kernel module is auto-loaded, but doesn’t seem to be
I’ve found it even counter-productive, since as soon as you disable
bluetooth (e.g. with
rfkill), it seems to attempt to re-load the Intel
bluetooth firmware every few seconds (at least it certainly pollutes
the kernel ring buffer with messages about it).
Just blacklist the module; create /etc/modprobe.d/toshiba-blacklist.conf file containing
# depmod -ae
Touchpad & trackstick
The machine is equipped with an ALPS touchpad and a trackstick. The input devices work out-of-the-box, but for now only in a kind of PS/2 mouse compatibility mode, meaning that no multi-touch is supported.
However, at the time of writing, sub-driver for the`psmouse` kernel
module providing support for the touchpad is in preparation
mailing list archives for more info).
If you use kernel 3.14 or later, you might already have the device
Meanwhile, you might want to take a look at https://github.com/he1per/psmouse-dkms-alpsv7.
I haven’t focused on that yet, but
project should be the answer.