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I have Toshiba Satellite L855 with Intel i7 3630QM and AMD 7670M. This version is called L855-14J here, in Croatia.

It also came with 4GB of RAM and 750 GB HDD and 1366 x 768 LED display.

I had some problems when installing and making Ubuntu 12.10 normal working environment:

  • Wired network didn't worked
  • USB 3.0 didn't worked
  • No Intel HD graphic from i7 was present
  • Fglrx drivers had problems
  • Brightness couldn't change
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After some time, I've managed to fix almost every problem I encountered.

  • Wired network: As I could make normal installation with wirelles working out of the box, this wasn't a big issue. You can check with lspci that network card used in that laptop is Atheros AR8161. Fix this by installing linux-backports-modules-cw-* for your kernel (you can check it by typing uname -a - mine was 3.5.0-19-generic)

    sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-cw-3.6-3.5.0-19-generic
    

    and running

    sudo modprobe alx
    
  • USB 3.0: I wanted to use external HDD with USB 3.0 enclosure but I found it not working. For this problem I don't blame Ubuntu (Linux) because I haven't managed to find any other working USB 3.0 device so I can check it. It may be some problem with enclosure or powering USB port, because it is working with desktop and Windows 7. If I find more, I'll post and update.

    As this laptop comes with only one USB 2.0 port and two USB 3.0 ports, I found useful to disable USB 3.0 in BIOS is order to make it behave like USB 2.0.

  • No Intel HD graphic: I was hoping that I could use i7 built-in HD 4000 GPU with Intel open-source drivers for general usage and saving battery life, but I was wrong. This time it's Toshibas bad idea to make graphic non-switchable, so laptop can only use AMD graphic, not i7s one. Be careful if you intend to buy Toshiba laptops and want to have both GPUs as it seams that this is theirs general practice.

  • Fglrx drivers: I managed to make it working by installing fglrx from repository. It seams that fglrx package wasn't compatibile with this kernel or X (I don't really know for sure) but fglrx-updates package did the trick. So:

    sudo apt-get install fglrx-updates fglrx-amdcccle-updates
    

    and don't forget to

    sudo aticonfig --initial
    

    and reboot.

    After this process, I got scared because whole screen was tearing hard and was really unusable. Fortunately, this fixed it. Open amdcccle and in Display options -> Tear free enable Tear Free Desktop to reduce tearing. Also, In 3D -> More settings put Wait for vertical refresh to Always on.

    If everything was OK fglrxinfo should give you

  • Brightness: With default open-source drivers, brightness changing didn't worked, but with fglrx working everything was ok.

Also, in case someone is interested, I've added 4GB RAM more and changed built-in HDD for SDD. Laptop performances are quite impressive and one feels more productive in such fast enviroment - it boots in Ubuntu for ~6 seconds.

Only bigger downside, with missing Intel HD graphics, is low battery life. Best result was almost 2h with low display brightness and using only terminals and Firefox.

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