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FreeBSD on a Toshiba Satellite 1005-S157

This page describes my experiences installing FreeBSD on a Toshiba Satellite 1005-S157 series laptop. These procedures should work with models 1000-S157, 1000-S158 and 1005-158 which appear to only differ in the Software provided by Toshiba.


You can repartition and reinstall Windows XP from the Toshiba supplied recovery disks. If you boot from the first CD and exit the recovery program you will be at a DOS prompt from which you can repartition and reformat your disk. I set my disk up with 50% of the space dedicated to Windows, 25% set aside for a spare partition (currently two FAT drives shared between Windows and FreeBSD, but previously I had Redhat 7.3 installed), and finally 25% for FreeBSD.

If you want you can boot from the FreeBSD installation CD (see notes below) and use the FreeBSD disk partitioning tools.

To install Windows XP from the recovery disk run C:\BASE\OS.BAT.

Very Important Notes:

You should have space for FreeBSD now.


To get past an ugly hang on boot, you need to follow some special procedures.

You can boot from the standard installation CDs if you disable probing of the eisa bus. To do this go into command line configuration and give the command "eisa 0". Once you have installed the OS, remove the "device eisa" from your kernel configuration, rebuild and reinstall the kernel.

Booting [kernel] in 10 seconds...
[press space key]
ok boot -c
[...boot messages...]
config> eisa 0
config> quit

The system should now boot up correctly. Don't forget to build and install a new kernel. See Configuring the FreeBSD Kernel for more information.


I installed the FreeBSD boot manager and dual-boot WinXP/FreeBSD works fine. I also was triple booting with Redhat Linux 7.3 until I got enough FreeBSD working that Linux was no longer of interest to me.


The I830 chipset included on this laptop can be used in 1024x768 256 color mode with the Frame Buffer driver in XFree86 4.2.0. Although XFree86 4.2.0 has support for the I810/I830 chipset, I do have that working yet. I let X --configure generate a default configuration file for me and this I update the following lines:

        Driver      "vesa"


I needed to patch the system to get the touchpad mouse working.


Works out of the box.


This machine does not include any built in Ethernet. I have successfully used "Network Everywhere (Fast Ethernet 10/100 PC Card)" PCMCIA card with the ed driver.


This machine does not include any built in Wireless. I have successfully used a Cisco Aironet 340 PCMCIA card with the an driver.


USB seems to mostly work. It appears that this device only supports USB 1.1. To make all 3 USB ports work make sure you create the /dev/usb? devices. Its working well enough for my minor needs that I haven't looked further at it.


Does not work out of the box. I haven't looked at it very much at all, but I think the hardware only implements the DA and AD conversion process and all the other processing needs to be done in the CPU. I am thinking that it might be possible to hook up a phone line to the PC and build a custom answering machine program using the modem support. However, since I take this laptop with me when I travel I wouldn't be able to use this for my home phone line.


Mostly seems to work okay using the pcm driver. On occasion I have seen the sound not working correctly. Reseting the mixer setting would overcome this problem. I use the following command:

mixer `mixer -s`

This reads the current mixer settings and sets them back into the mixer. On occasion, I think two invocations of this command are necessary.

More recently, I have been using the mixer-1.0 port and have not noticed this problem. I may either remove this port or change it, I would rather see the setting reset to normalized values on boot than leaving them at whatever silly setting I was last using. This port also does not preserve the recording source over reboots.

I am often using professional audio input sources with this laptop. The line-in jack works fine and was one of the reasons I chose this laptop. Most recent laptops have not been including a line-in jack for some reason.

When connecting a microphone to the mic-in jack, I was finding recording level very low. I've created a kernel patch which enables a built in 20dB gain on the microphone channel.


This machine does not include any built in Infrared.


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This information is current of January, 2003 using FreeBSD 4.7-RELEASE.

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