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I've installed linux on this laptop, so I am just writing a review to say that it works well - if you're interested in using linux, it's easy to install on a desktop but on a laptop it's good to know in advance if it's worked before. I used Xandros Linux. A little slow, though. The laptop has also had Windows 98 and Windows 2000 on it. It's worked well with both. But on Windows 2000, using a program like Dreamweaver or Flash is overstretching it - I found it got slow, and that is despite installing more RAM, 128 MB. The knob in the centre of the keyboard works, but is a lot slower to use than a mouse, so just pop an ordinary mouse in the side. I find the screen easy to read. Under Windows, the "Low Power" warning when using the battery didn't give much time to plug it into the mains. This has got better under linux, but still can surprise. Bearing in mind that it dates back a few years now, and it's as good as you can expect from an older laptop. Would suit anyone except those who need more horsepower, eg for video. I didn't buy this from Toshiba, so cannot comment on the manuals/support.
The toshiab, as with all other models they've ever produced, are excellent.. solid... stable ... business machines. They're not the steroid injected monsters they might be and as such you can kiss this thing goodbye in terms of game play. Sure it'll do the do but not with any great flare. The HD size, processor performance, CDROM performance, screen resolution and quality all impress enough and will certainly make you consider this kit above many many others. But there really is something about it which doesn't make you WANT to just simply have one. It's hard to explain, it does it's job, it does it well. Hell if you remove the Tosh crap on there and reinstall windows from scratch it'll work even better. But to be honest, for the money I'd ditch the tosh name and get something a little cheapier and a hell of a lot more cheerfull.
I've just bought a Toshiba Satellite 4090XCDT with a Celeron processor. The verdict so far, pretty good. The machine has a great screen, is robust (I cart it around everywhere!) and the internal modem works well at home. However, it's not all comming up roses in the Toshiba Garden... My machine has a curious glitch and one I'd urge you to test for if you buy one. Basically if you hesitate for too long on a key or press too hard you get three (ttthree) letters in place of one. This is ideal for WWW. addresses but little else! It may just be my machine but please test the keyboard well in the shop if you buy one. As a final point, it has one of those little button/nodule/nob/nubbin? things that sticks out of the keyboard to control the cursor. You get used to this but you can develop what I am calling "nubbin finger" which involves a slight swelling and roughness - ooer. However, you can just plug and external mouse into the side of the machine which is how I get around it...