Taming the T5
The panasonic T5
is a japanese exotic laptop with an absurd (15 hours claimed) battery
life weighing 2.8 lbs. Does Linux work on this laptop? The answer is
These are my notes from installing Fedora Core 8, for which most
things now work out of the box compared to the Fedora Core 5 Install. Also note Neal's Fedora Core 6 notes.
This is a summary of details which may be helpful if you decide this
is the laptop for you.
|2 USB 2.0 ports||Working||Installation via USB DVD|
|Speaker||Workaround||Intel 82810G. The snd_hda_intel module should work, but it only outputs to the headphone jack.|
|Video||Working||"Intel Corporation Mobile Integrated Graphics Controller". Uses intel driver. |
|VGA output||Working||I setup internal_display, external_display, and mirror scripts which use xrandr underneath. |
|Modem||??||Unable to test.|
|802.11||Working||Working with iwl3945. |
|Bluetooth||??||Unable to test.|
|SD card||??||Unable to test.|
|Suspend to RAM||Working||Very Fast: About 7 seconds to suspend and 3 seconds to recover.|
|Suspend to Disk||Working.||About 50 seconds to shutdown and 50 seconds to startup.|
|LCD Brightness control||Working||Install pcc-acpi-0.9 with this patch and use the brighten and darken scripts.|
|Hot buttons (Fn+F[1-10])||Not working||But functionality available via workarounds.|
- I tweaked the bios boot order so it boots off a USB CDROM
before the hard drive. The install took place via a USB DVD drive.
- I did a standard install of fedora core 8. There are a few GB of unallocated free space beyond cylinder 6903. I
did not touch it while repartitioning the main NTFS drive on the
theory that it was a windows restoration partition, and then later converted it to a swap partition.
- After the install, I setup the network and used the direction here to setup yum repositories, then I executed 'yum -y update' and rebooted.
Detailed system information
Notes from Neil on a fedora core 6 install.
Linux on a Panasonic Y5
Ubuntu on a Panasonic Y5
Linux on a Panasonic R4
Linux on Panasonic laptops
Is this a good laptop? For me the answer is "yes". There are
certain drawbacks: it doesn't have a built in CD/DVD drive and maybe
the keyboard would confuse a hunt-and-peck typist. Neither of these
bother me, so the combination of great batter life, sturdy
construction, built-in wireless and low weight is exceptional.
If you want to install linux on this machine, you probably want to
have access to an expert at the install time.
If anyone knows more about how to remove the disadvantages, please email