This is sort of a mini report and several cries for help so bear with me, heh.
I have installed Linux Mint 4.0 KDE on my laptop, a Toshiba Satellite A200. It mostly works, but not being a Linux guru I've been unable to fix the ugly blemishes that remain. Googling around and other threads have helped some, but not fully. So...
* all the system functionality that I've poked at seems too work smoothly. Nice OS, guys. It certainly is much more responsive and efficient than the painful slowly grinding Vista I had before (particularly slow as soon as you add something sizable to the bare bones it comes with; also, don't even get me started about Ready Boost - not even with a SSD in the card slot was it worth it, in fact the damn thing kept trashing horribly back and forth on many occasions).
* wifi, being one of those cursed Atheros AR5007EG cards, didn't work out of the box. I figured out that a madwifi patch would do the trick, and following http://madwifi.org/ticket/1679
, got it working without any further problems.
* suspend to disk works, but boy is it ugly. The screen goes through all manner of strings of colorful symbols and blocks. The video on this thing is a Mobile Intel 945 Express, which worked perfectly in any other regard. However, on one occasion the suspend to disk failed, as it couldn't dismount my Lexar ExpressCard SSD, and it just locked the screen instead of suspending. (By the way, what file system should I be using on this SSD? It went ext3 by default, and my googling of ext3 vs xfs vs etc etc hasn't provided me with any hard clues about which is best where for laptops, even less so for a ssd vs a hd.)
* suspend to RAM failed miserably, causing the system to just log me out and back to the login screen (not even to the locked screen login).
* the sound doesn't work at all. The advice on that thread that is close down here in this same subforum didn't help. The sound in this thing is a Realtek High Definition. Sliding the volume wheel produces the changing slider onscreen, but no output through either the onboard speakers or the headphones plug.
* brightness control is a mystery to me. It seems to work for the powersave settings, but I can't find any specific control or applet to adjust it at my whim. Not sure if this isn't just me getting lost in the sea of endless configuration submenus or what.
Please throw links, sensible instructions to follow, or anything else that relates to my particular kind of laptop and solving these issues. I imagine you may need more hard information, so just ask (and probably tell me how to get it out of the console!) and I'll gladly provide. Thanks in advance...