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       toshset - manipulate bios and hardware settings of Toshiba laptops




       Toshset  ia  a command-line tool to allow access to much of the Toshiba hardware interface
       developed by Jonathan Buzzard. It can do things like set the hard  drive  spin-down  time,
       turn off the display and set the fan speed.

       Credit  for  the difficult task of reverse-engineering the Toshiba hardware interface goes
       to Jonathan Buzzard.  A link for Jonathan's tools is

       All options are listed by running toshset with no arguments.

       If an argument option is specified as the ``-'' character, stdin is read for that  option.
       This is particularly convenient when setting the owner string.

       The  method used for access to the laptop hardware is given by the the HCI/SCI access mode
       query field. This should be kernel or direct. The kernel method  requires  kernel  support
       and  it  is  the  only  access method supported for ACPI kernels. If ACPI is not used this
       package does not require a special kernel module. Also, it is highly likely that this tool
       will  work  under different flavors of *NIX. As a result of this design consideration, and
       because of my own desire that not every user  be  able  to  change  my  laptop's  hardware
       settings,  the  user  must  have  read/write  permission to /dev/toshiba in order for this
       program to run properly.

   Toggle Options:
       -l     toggle long query in which the assocated command-line option is printed  with  each
              queried feature.

       -fast  run  in fast mode: a startup check is skipped, and values are not queried after the
              are set. On machines for which ioctl is slow, this can speed toshset up by up to  a
              factor of 2/5.

       -v     toggle verbose mode in which normally silent messages are printed.

   Query Options:
       -q  [glob]
              query features specified by glob (all features if glob omitted). The glob string is
              sandwiched between asterisks, so specifying -q bat will query  all  features  whose
              names  contain  the  ``bat''  substring. If no glob is given, then all features are

   Feature Options:
       Valid settings for features can be listed by omitting the argument. The  current  list  of
       feature options is

       -b  <off|on>
              enable/disable system beep

       -lcd <setting>
              set lcd brightness.

       -inten <setting>
              set lcd brightness. Not all models support both -lcd and -inten.

       -pow <setting>
              set power-up mode

       -vol <0-4>
              set beep volume. Note that this controls the modem volume for my PCMCIA modem.

       -hdd <num>
              number of minutes until disk spindown

       -dstretch <off|on>
              enable/disable display stretch

       -d <num>
              number of minutes until display auto-off

       -c <method>
              set cooling method

       -bs <setting>
              set battery-save mode

       -bl <off|on>
              control lcd backlight

       -bluetooth <off|on>
              power-up + attach internal bluetooth device, or shutdown.

       -fan <setting>
              control fan

       -video <int|ext|both|tv|mode5|mode6|mode7>
              set display device for video: internal lcd, external monitor, or tv-out

       -cpu <slow|fast>
              set CPU speed

       -cpucache <off|on>
              enable/disable CPU cache

       -sleep <off|on>
              enable/disable CPU sleep mode

       -balarm <off|on>
              enable/disable battery alarm

       -palarm <off|on>
              enable/disable lid-closed alarm

       -walarm <dis|HH:MM[/everyday|DD/MM[/YYYY]]>
              set time/date to wake

       -ppower <off|on>
              enable/disable annoying feature of powering-off computer when lid is closed.

       -parallel <mode>
              set parallel port mode

       -autooff <num>
              number of minutes of idle time until system auto-off

       -ostring <owner string>
              set  owner  string.  This  string is displayed at boot or resume time, if a user or
              supervisor password is set.

              set or clear the user password. Toshset must be run on  the  console  for  this  to
              work.  The password should be entered when the prompt is displayed. If the password
              is currently set, entering it will clear the password.

              set the supervisor password. See the docs for -upasswd.

              USB legacy mode: enable/disable using an USB mouse as  it  would  be  a  PS/2  one,
              without the need to install a USB driver.

       -3g    power-up + attach internal 3g modem device, or shutdown.

              USB  FDD  emulation  mode:  is almost the same of the previous one for a floppy. It
              enables the use of an USB floppy  as  it  would  be  attached  to  an  internal  FD
              controller (for booting etc.)

       -lan   Enables/disables internal LAN controller.

              enable/disable startup sound logo.

              startup logo mode (picture or animation>.

              enable/disable the display's transreflective mode.

              Features  may also be set by specifying the (zero-offset) index of the option. e.g.
              toshset -cpu 0 sets the cpu speed to slow.


       Many features are locked and can not  be  changed  when  the  battery  save  mode  is  not
       ``user.''  Since I only have one laptop, I can't test this utility on other hardware. User
       feedback in this regard is helpful. Some features do not work on my laptop  and  they  may
       work on your's, and visa-versa.

       Toshset  requires  an experimental version of the toshiba_acpi kernel module with an ACPI-
       enabled kernel.


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       Copyright © 2002-8 Charles D. Schwieters
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