Windows Vista on Toshiba Satellite M30 - Hardware ,Drivers -- RTM Update

Vista RTM Update

Apparently Toshiba decided not to support old M30’s for Windows Vista. Now it’s not possible to find common modules for vista. Their new driver so called “Toshiba Value Added Package” seems to work at first; however the hybernate and sleeping functions stops working after installing it. So it’s not worth to install it. Now the only thing specific to Toshiba that works is my display card and I can still get 2.0 aero score. Beside that Fn keys stopped working. Anyway my system is stable and fast, Windows Vista Power management is far better than Toshiba Powersave as well.

I just moved to Windows Vista RC1 last weekend. I installed and configured almost everything. However, there were some hardware issues after installing, and I have had a score of 1.0 which disables aero.

Graphic Card

The graphic card driver was not installed, I always use the latest Nvidia drivers from the Nvidia site, but M30’s card Geforce FX Go5200 is not supported by the latest Nvidia drivers. You need to download the latest Vista drivers from Nvidia site then mod the nv_disp.inf file in the package. Here is an explanation on how to do that on Windows XP : [GeForce FX Go5200 with latest ForceWare drivers skriker](http://fredfred.net/skriker/index.php/geforce-fx-go5200-with-latest-forceware-drivers). This still works with a little change. First you need to extract the contents of the driver file.
  1. Add two lines to [NVIDIA.Mfg.NTx86.6.0] section
    %NVIDIA_NV34.DEV_0324.1% = nv_NV3x, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0324
    %NVIDIA_NV34.DEV_0324.3% = nv_NV3x, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0324
  2. Add two lines to ; Localizable Strings section
    NVIDIA_NV34.DEV_0324.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200”
    NVIDIA_NV34.DEV_0324.3 = “NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 “
  3. Install it using the setup.exe

After doing that my score went to 2.0 which is still not high but I can see the visual goodies.

Toshiba Drivers

There is no driver for Toshiba Satellite on the download page. After a little googling I just found that Toshiba provided some drivers for Tecra series. I just tried and seems to be working for me. Toshiba’s Windows Vista beta drivers page**. **Here is the list what I have installed

  • Toshiba Common Modules version 6.04.00 Beta 1
  • Intel Chipset Driver version 8.1.0.1006(Kit9095)
  • Hotkey Utility for Display Devices version 2.9.3.0

You can find those drivers from the Vista beta drives site, I used Tecra M4 drivers but all of the models points to the same driver.

I then installed Toshiba Console from the Windows XP drivers.

Others

I tried to install Toshiba Power Saver, but it’s not working. I really liked the power manager of Windows Vista so I don’t need Power Saver at all. Infrared and SD Card drivers are not needed, because Windows Vista automatically install them.

Conclusion

I have a rating of 2. Aero is working. All Toshiba keyboard Fn keys are working including Esc through F8 except F2, so I can do stand by, monitor, brightness etc. which are everything I want from my keyboard.

Windows Vista Score