Sunday, January 27th 2002
A new version of the stable version of the utilities has been released.
Hopefully I will with a new development series in the near future. This
will include the start towards hibernation under Linux, though it is
going to require running specialised kernels to work.
Monday, June 25th 2001
To celibrate the fifth aniversary of me writing my original port of the
fan.exe program to Linux I have released version 2.0 of the Toshiba Linux
utilities. I can hardly believe that it is so long since I was sitting
in the old Cobolt-60 machine room at Aberdeen General hospital doing by
Masters project in Medical Physics. When during a particularly hot and
sunny spell, I decided to try and port the program to Linux so my hands
didn't get so sweaty as I worked.
This version also adds a program to set/remove the ownerstring on
laptops that support them. For fans of Windows there is now a Windows
version of the fan program if you excuse my terible pun. It's shareware
mind you but registration is cheap. If enough of you register I might
be able to afford a new laptop and some better debugging tools than I
Saturday, May 19th 2001
Due to unforseen problems with the ISP that is handling the buzzard.org.uk
domain there may well have been problems with the website over the last three
or four days. In addition any emails that may have been sent to myself will
have either been returned with undeliverable errors or are still working their
way to me. If you have had an email return please resend it. I have not been
knocked over by a bus or stopped working on the Toshiba Utilities.
The short of it is that the ISP went into liquidation and were then taken
over. They then just cut the link and started moving everything over to
different servers. I am not really pleased with the situation and given that
renewal comes up in two months time I will be looking for alternative provides
that are more financially secure.
Monday, February 5th 2001
In case you thought that I had fallen of the edge of the earth or that
development had stopped, I have released a new version. This version has a
number of small enhancements and bug fixes see the ChangeLog for details. The
main one is a change to the warning message for all those dunderheads that
can't read the documentation and then wonder why thet get "this computer is not
There is a new utility called tbacklight which turns the LCD backlight off,
use with care as when the LCD backlight is off you can't see anything on the
screen. The bug on the Battery Options page of tuxtime-conf where option menus
stayed greyed out has now been fixed. There is also an update to the kernel
module, however all this does is add detection of the Fn key for more models.
The supplied kernel patch in the tarball is against 2.2.18 only. There is a
port to 2.4.x of the module, this was not done by myself and it will be a while
till I bring up to date with version in the tarball.
For those who are wondering what I have been doing for the last year, well
this is all done in my spare time, of which I have not had much in the last
year. On top of that I have been working on reverse engineering new stuff so I
can write more utilities/drivers in the future. This is time consuming work and
does not yield anything for you to see at this point in time. Hopefully some
exciting new utilities will be the result of this work latter this year.
However there is no timetable for it's completion so don't bother asking.
Saturday, January 29th 2000
Released a new version of the utilities. Thanks to George Betzos the version of
hotkey in this release can be made to work on all models bar the
Libretto's. Please see README.hotkey
for more information if it does not work on your laptop. This release also
see the debut proper of thotswap which allows IDE/ATAPI devices to be
swapped in the SelectBay® without a reboot if you are using a 2.2.x or
This release is getting close to the planned 2.0 stable release.
Monday, December 13th 1999
It would appear that Toshiba are having great difficulty in providing
the documentation on how to get the Machine Identication numbers from the BIOS.
I have been asking for this information now for over a year and it is becoming
something of a hassle to finishing TuxTime. I have taken another look at the
problem and have got a routine that works on a Tecra 750CDT, Tecra 780DVD and
Satellite 310CDT. It's a bit fudged at the moment but appears to
Wednesday, November 24th 1999
New shapshot with a version of TuxTime that should be quite useable on
older machines. On the newer models such as the Tecra 8000's and Satellite
4000's etc. it will have a few difficulties but should still run.
Wednesday, November 17th 1999
Added some more links to the pages and included the new Toshiba
run mailing list on the Mailing list page. There is also a new snapshot
of the Toshiba Linux Utilities. Hopefully this version should be a lot
more stable than previous versions due to improvements in the assembler
which interfaces to the SMM mode of the laptop. I am also in the process of
reworking TuxTime, see the TuxTime page for more details.
Monday, November 9th 1999
I had an email from Toshiba today and it looks like I might be getting
my hands on the documentation for the new Machine Identication
Sunday, August 29th 1999
Added a page with details of the the mailing lists related to running
Linux on a Toshiba laptop and how to subscribe to them.
Tuesday, August 10th 1999
Finally managed to get a responce from Toshiba Computer Engineering.
Though it appears that my request for information on the Machine Identification
numbers (model numbers really) each laptop has embedded in the BIOS is unlikely
to be answered anytime soon. It looks like Toshiba might end up forcing my
hand over this one.
Wednesday, June 30th 1999
It appears that Toshiba are now going to support Linux. You can find
their site here. Though it was very
slow for me. I have sent them an email with some very specific questions
on how to get hotkey working on current laptops. I wait to hear back from them
but apparently they are snowed under with email's. Please don't email Toshiba
unless you have some specific information to request.