Ubuntu Lucid Lynx on Toshiba nb 200 slow/no boot

I just upgraded to Ubuntu Lucid Lynx and just found that with the provided kernel the boot is incredibly long (more than 5 minutes).
After a bit of upgrading to the last-last kernel available to date (2.6.22-32) with no aid, I decided to have a look around and see what other people were experiencing.

Seems that the problem is know on the Ubuntu Forum.  To fix it, press F2 and enter in the Bios. Then change the SATA Controller Mode, it’s probably set to AHCI, so set it to Compatibility (thanks Lechien73).

It worked for me and now I boot from grub to the Os in 15 secs.


  1. michel says:

    wow, thanks. Had the same problem this site came up as the first Google Query. Thumbs up!

  2. michel says:

    BTW have you managed to get your sound working with the ASLA drivers?

  3. d. says:

    Glad you solved. It was very frustrating at first having that netbook (which was very fast on Karmic) so slow at boot.
    For the sound, I didn’t try, as I use mainly on the go and with headphones.
    I know it has been solved (see http://www.linlap.com/wiki/toshiba+nb200) with a kernel patch
    but I didn’t have the time to try (and frankly I have to say that the speaker audio quality is awful. But it’s a very good netbook otherwise)
    If I have news with the sound on lucid , please let me know

  4. Don says:

    I wanted to say thanks as well. We have Toshiba NB305 that was having the same problem. Your fix worked on it also. Now to continue the battle with sleep/wake problem (goes to sleep, but never really wakes up.) :-)

    1. d. says:

      @Don: sleep/wake on me works quite well. Or maybe you mean Hibernate?

  5. Don says:

    @d: When I close the lid and then later reopen it, the screen never comes back. There are signs that things happen, but I stay on a black screen. I think it is doing a Suspend to memory or possibly to disk.

  6. dingus says:

    I love you man!! :D

    I first thought my harddrive were dying.

  7. Anax says:

    Wonderful tip; my netbook is alive again! Thanks.

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  9. Forid says:

    Thank you! This worked great!!!

  10. d. says:

    I’m glad this post is helping so many people. I’ve got still to understand why this came out with the Lucid relase anyhow….

  11. some dude says:

    incredible. serached google, clicked first link, solved the problem.
    i love you and the internetz

  12. d. says:

    glad the humble post saved you some time!

  13. Manic says:

    Nice, I had the same problem.
    Is there a solution for sound problem?
    I have sound on headphones, but not on integrated speakers.

    1. d. says:

      Presently I use meego 1.1 on that notebook and the sound works.
      I know it should work on ubuntu too, but I didn’t have the chance to work out how to.

  14. Paul says:

    Saved my bacon on this one – changed to compatibility and booted straight into Ubuntu. Thanks!

    1. d. says:

      Glad it helped. Still failing to grasp why Toshiba did not make this the default setting.

  15. tuomo says:

    Thanks! That advice was awesome. Now I can setup Ubuntu to my mother in law…

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