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Hardware issues on Dynabook

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Hello there!

I'm new here...and just willing to install Mint on my Toshiba laptop Satellite P70A with intel Core i7-4700MQ @ 2.40GHz processor and 16GB ram currently running Windows 10 Home without any hardware issues. I just tried Linux Mint 21 Vanessa Cinnamon on live cd mode and noticed some issues:

1.I can't control the keyboard backlight from the control panel or the physical keys which works fine on Win 10. It has 3 options on/off/on keypress but nothing worked on the live session. And also some other function keys like touchpad toggle and aeroplane mode are not working)

2.And I was unable to turn on bluetooth. When I clicked the icon on the right of the panel it opened a bluetooth manager and asked to turn on the bluetooth. When I pressed turn on both the manager window and the icon on the panel were both gone. I tried to open the manager through control panel but nothing happened. The wifi works fine btw (Qualcomm Atheros AR956x Wireless Network Adapter)

3.And this device have 2 gpus (Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M) and I'd like to know how I can know which gpu is curently used and how to switch between them. And I am wondering how these two work on Win10 (both or one at a time? I can see activity graphs for both of them in task manager but have only intel graphic control panel on desktop right click menu)

4.And I'd like to know how I can monitor the GPUs and disk activities on mint which are not available in the resource monitor ( something equivalent to resmon on Windows maybe)

5.Plus, on windows I can use many gestures on the touchpad ( like 3 finger tap/swipe on all for directions, four finger tap which have different function) but on mint I can use only 2 finger tap and scrolling options and the scrolling is not as smooth as on windows. And I've noticed on windows it runs a service named Synaptic Touchpad Enhancements. Is there any ways to get back the full touchpad functionality on mint?

So those are the issues so far and I believe they are fixable and I'm looking forward to install linux mint on my laptop soon because I hate the lack of customizability, high but useless resource usage, endless updates and many more on windows 10. On the other hand I LOVE OPEN SOURCE.
and I like to know whether I have chosen the best version and DE that suits my device )

If you need further information please ask and I'll respond asap
Thanks for your replies in advance! :)
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Re: Hardware issues on Dynabook

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viewtopic.php?f=17&t=83444
particularly item 5. To post terminal output read this:
viewtopic.php?f=42&t=364929&p=2119362&h ... l#p2119362
Homebrew i5-8400+GTX1080 Cinnamon 19.0, 4 x Thinkpad T430 Cinnamon 20.1, 2 x i7-3632 , i5-3320, i5-3210, Thinkpad T60 19.0 Mate
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Re: Hardware issues on Dynabook

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System:
  Kernel: 5.15.0-41-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.2.0
    Desktop: Cinnamon 5.4.8 tk: GTK 3.24.33 wm: Mutter vt: 7 dm: LightDM 1.30.0
    Distro: Linux Mint 21 Vanessa base: Ubuntu 22.04 jammy
Machine:
  Type: Laptop System: Toshiba product: Satellite P70-A
    Mobo: Type2 - Board Vendor Name1 model: Type2 - Board Product Name1
    v: Type2 - Board Version serial: <superuser required> UEFI: Insyde v: 1.40
    date: 09/18/2013
CPU:
  Info: quad core model: Intel Core i7-4700MQ bits: 64 type: MT MCP
    smt: enabled arch: Haswell rev: 3 cache: L1: 256 KiB L2: 1024 KiB L3: 6 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 798 high: 800 min/max: 800/2400 cores: 1: 798 2: 799
    3: 798 4: 799 5: 798 6: 798 7: 798 8: 800 bogomips: 38314
  Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
Graphics:
  Device-1: Intel 4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics vendor: Toshiba
    driver: i915 v: kernel ports: active: eDP-1 empty: HDMI-A-1,VGA-1
  Device-2: NVIDIA GK208M [GeForce GT 740M] vendor: Toshiba driver: nouveau
    v: kernel pcie: speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 8 
  Device-3: Lite-On TOSHIBA Web Camera - HD type: USB driver: uvcvideo
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 1.21.1.3 driver: X: loaded: modesetting
    unloaded: fbdev,vesa gpu: i915 display-ID: :0 screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1600x900 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 423x238mm (16.7x9.4")
    s-diag: 485mm (19.1")
  Monitor-1: eDP-1 model: Chi Mei Innolux res: 1600x900 hz: 60 dpi: 106
    size: 382x215mm (15.0x8.5") diag: 448mm (17.6") modes: 1600x900
  OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel HD Graphics 4600 (HSW GT2)
    v: 4.6 Mesa 22.0.1 compat-v: 3.1 direct render: Yes
Audio:
  Device-1: Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor HD Audio
    vendor: Toshiba driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:03.0
    chip-ID: 8086:0c0c class-ID: 0403
  Device-2: Intel 8 Series/C220 Series High Definition Audio
    vendor: Toshiba driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
    chip-ID: 8086:8c20 class-ID: 0403
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.15.0-41-generic running: yes
  Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 15.99.1 running: yes
  Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.48 running: yes
Network:
  Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter
    vendor: Lite-On driver: ath9k v: kernel pcie: speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1
     IF: wlp7s0 state: down mac: <filter>
  Device-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR8161 Gigabit Ethernet vendor: Toshiba
    driver: alx v: kernel pcie: speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 
  IF: enp13s0 state: down mac: <filter>
  Device-3: Huawei Broadband stick type: USB
    driver: cdc_ether,option,option1,usb-storage 
  IF: wwx0250f3000000 state: down mac: <filter>
  IF-ID-1: ppp0 state: unknown speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: N/A
Bluetooth:
  Device-1: Toshiba type: USB driver: N/A bus-ID: 3-7:6 chip-ID: 0930:0220
    class-ID: e001

Swap:
  Alert: No swap data was found.
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 50.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nouveau temp: 47.0 C
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Repos:
  Packages: apt: 2078
  No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list
  Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list
    1: deb http://packages.linuxmint.com vanessa main upstream import backport
    2: deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu jammy main restricted universe multiverse
    3: deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu jammy-updates main restricted universe multiverse
    4: deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu jammy-backports main restricted universe multiverse
    5: deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ jammy-security main restricted universe multiverse
Info:
  Processes: 266 Uptime: 34m wakeups: 1 Memory: 15.4 GiB
  used: 1.79 GiB (11.6%) Init: systemd v: 249 runlevel: 5 Compilers:
  gcc: 11.2.0 alt: 11 Shell: Bash v: 5.1.16 running-in: gnome-terminal
  inxi: 3.3.13
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Re: Hardware issues on Dynabook

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AndyMH wrote:
Tue Nov 08, 2022 11:00 am
viewtopic.php?f=17&t=83444
What do you suggest here...
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Re: Hardware issues on Dynabook

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grayman wrote:
Wed Nov 23, 2022 7:49 am
What do you suggest here...
You did not supply the full data so we do not know if the information is from an LM21 install or from an LM21 live session.

The repo list appears to indicate it is from an LM21 install? If my guess is correct, please open Update Manager and run all the updates. Your system is not running the most recent kernel, Cinnamon version, Xorg version, Mesa version, and bluetooth software version and probably a lot of other code as well.

I also suggest you check to make sure your system is running the most recent BIOS/UEFI version. BIOS/UEFI versions can affect some of the items you mentioned.

In order to be able to do switching with the GPUs, you will want to install the proprietary Nvidia driver. However, one can only do that on the installed system so you need to let us know if Linux Mint is installed or the data was just from a live session.
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Re: Hardware issues on Dynabook

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I have not installed the OS on my device yet and the data above are from a live session. I needed to assure everything works smooth and fine before installing mint over current OS and I guess that's a main reason why you offer a live cd option ?? And it turns out there are some issues...
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Re: Hardware issues on Dynabook

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grayman wrote:
Tue Nov 08, 2022 5:19 am

I'm new here...and just willing to install Mint on my Toshiba laptop Satellite P70A with intel Core i7-4700MQ @ 2.40GHz processor and 16GB ram currently running Windows 10 Home without any hardware issues. I just tried Linux Mint 21 Vanessa Cinnamon on live cd mode and noticed some issues:
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grayman wrote:
Thu Nov 24, 2022 9:28 am
I have not installed the OS on my device yet and the data above are from a live session.
You did not provide the complete information which would let us know the data was from a live session. You decided to remove some of the information for some unknown reason.

Nvidia drivers are proprietary and for legal reasons are not provided on the live CD. Therefore you can not have the same options in the live session as you can on the installed version. One needs to reboot to complete the installation of Nvidia drivers and rebooting is not possible with a live session. Once you get Nvidia drivers installed, there is an applet which can tell you the GPU in use and let you switch GPUs.

The data you posted is showing no Bluetooth driver installed. Without a driver loaded, Bluetooth can not work. I am not familiar with your laptop to know what driver might be needed.

Linux Mint is not an open-source clone of Windows so expecting us to understand what you have on Windows to know if the same thing is possible on Linux Mint is something those of us who do not have your laptop model or Windows are unlikely to be able to answer. This is a user forum where users help other users.
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