I have a A305D and it works just fine except for the above mentioned heat issue... I've had it overheat a few times =( but I have a nice cooling unit that it sits on which keeps it nice and cool.
I recently switched from the stock bfs kernel to 220.127.116.11-pclos1.pae.bfs (i686) and can now use "cpufreq" to manage the cpu (didn't work for me using the previous kernel) and, for the most part, this machine runs cool and quiet now and I can now use the "suspend" and "hibernate" functions, which I previously could not. All peripherals seem to be working well (cam, mic, headset, USB mouse and speakers, etc)
Downside: no 3D support, or at least, it is not recognized as being 3D capable. I can only get a few desktops affects to work, using XRender. OpenGL fails and KWin goes berserk.
Strangely, I have found that my wi-fi connection drops often and then re-connects, even though connection strength is 100%. I have not had any wi-fi probs since PCLOS 2007/08 versions (laptop was new in July 2008).
Also, on boot-up, there is a message regarding an "address space collision / host bridge" and a couple other things, which seem to stem from a known (upstream) kernel bug. Excerpts from dmsg:
"Malformed early option 'acpi'
Notice: NX (Execute Disable) protection cannot be enabled: non-PAE kernel!
DMI 2.4 present.
DMI: TOSHIBA Satellite A305D/, BIOS 1.90 06/02/2009"
"ACPI: No dock devices found.
HEST: Table not found.
PCI: Using host bridge windows from ACPI; if necessary, use "pci=nocrs" and report a bug
ACPI: PCI Root Bridge [PCI0] (domain 0000 [bus 00-ff])"
"pci_root PNP0A08:00: host bridge window expanded to [mem 0xf8000000-0xffffffff]; [mem 0xfff00000-0xffffffff] ignored
pci_root PNP0A08:00: address space collision: host bridge window [mem 0x000cc000-0x000cffff] conflicts with Video ROM [mem 0x000c0000-0x000cd7ff]"
"pci 0000:00:13.5: EHCI: BIOS handoff failed (BIOS bug?) 01010001
PCI: CLS mismatch (64 != 32), using 64 bytes
pci 0000:01:05.0: Boot video device
Trying to unpack rootfs image as initramfs...
Freeing initrd memory: 5512k freed
Simple Boot Flag at 0x44 set to 0x1
apm: BIOS not found.
audit: initializing netlink socket (disabled)
type=2000 audit(1312483744.976:1): initialized
highmem bounce pool size: 64 pages"
"Console: switching to colour frame buffer device 100x37
fb0: VESA VGA frame buffer device
ERST: Table is not found!"
"usb 2-1: new low speed USB device using ohci_hcd and address 2
ata1: softreset failed (device not ready)"
I have recently checked out a number of other distros and had pretty much the same errors and when I googled some of these, I found many reports from various distros, so these are indeed upstream kernel bugs.
I also found that, when trying out distros that offered a i586 kernel that I no longer had these errors or fewer errors. However, I much prefer PCLOS overall for a variety of reasons, and which I have been using since 2005 on my main PC, backup PC, and on this Laptop since 2008.
If it is not too much trouble, I hope that the PCLOS devs might be able to add an i586 back into the mix, as it seems that, the last time this machine ran bug free was with PCLOS 2009. Beginning in 2010 it was one thing after another, many crashes and re-installs and much tweaking. Also had some probs on the main PC too since 2009. I am not bitching, just asking, and hope you will give it some consideration.
Also, I noticed that Debian repos offer some toolkits that are specific to Toshiba (firmware I think). Any chance that such might be able to be incorporated in PCLOS ?
Thanks guys and gals for all your hard work. Specs:
Laptop: TOSHIBA Satellite A305d / ATA Hitachi HTS54252 / ATI Radeon
AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-60: 2000.00MHz
Processors: AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-60
BIOS-Date: 06/02/2009 Vendor: Insyde Corp. Version: 1.90
VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS690M [Radeon X1200 Series]
O/S: PCLinuxOS 2011.6 Kernel: Linux 18.104.22.168-pclos1.pae.bfs (i686)