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Old 04-02-2010, 04:22 AM   #1
Inquisitive Alex
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Linux on Sony VPC-F11M1E


Hello. I am going to by Sony Vaio VPC-F11M1E or VPC-F11M1R laptop. Specification can be found
here and here
Will Linux work on any of these laptops? Maybe someone already tried?

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Old 04-02-2010, 08:42 AM   #2
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Hi,
I'm currently using a VPC-F11C5E, that is quite the same. I installed successfully Debian testing but there is a problem on GPU driver.
Default xorg driver works only @800x600 and Nvidia has not released driver for GT330M yet.
Serching in internet I found someone who has got this card working by getting some additional info from Windows installation, but it seems to be someway not stable.
This was the situation until last month.
Now I'm working with my new VAIO using Debian in Virtualbox on a Windows 7 system, while waiting for Nvidia Linux drivers.
 
Old 04-02-2010, 09:00 AM   #3
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Thank you for answer.
And what about other features (sound, camera, tochpad, wifi, bluetooth and etc)?

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Old 04-16-2010, 04:25 AM   #4
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Hello,
after installation sound and touchpad were ok.
I've seen in dmesg that WiFi chipset has been found without problems but I did not try to configure wifi network.
And I did not use bluetooth or camera since without NVidia driver it was useless.

As I wrote in my previous post now I'm using Linux in VirtualBox in Windows 7... so I've stopped test.
Maybe in the meanwhile NVidia released drivers fro GT330M for Linux.
 
Old 06-08-2010, 01:52 AM   #5
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Sony Vaio VPC-F11M1E linux

Hi Alex,
I have kubuntu 10.4 running on a Sony Vaio VPC-F11M1E. I'm still in the process of configuring it but so far it looks all good. I haven't sound running yet though. It is still early in the process.
Mo
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Hello. I am going to by Sony Vaio VPC-F11M1E or VPC-F11M1R laptop. Specification can be found
here and here
Will Linux work on any of these laptops? Maybe someone already tried?
 
Old 06-08-2010, 11:01 AM   #6
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I have a sony VPCF11C5E running ubuntu 10.04

Working: Everything I need except the touchpad can't be configured (it works though, as a mouse).Webcam, sound, wireless, all OK.

I haven't used the built-in mic, there may be problems with it.

I had some initial problems with the NVIDIA driver and getting the VTs to work, but all is fine now.

This was a very useful website: http://code.google.com/p/vaio-f11-linux with many solutions to the few problems these laptops have running linux and I strongly suggest you take a look at it.
 
Old 06-08-2010, 11:06 AM   #7
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I have a sony VPCF11C5E running ubuntu 10.04

Working: Everything I need except the touchpad can't be configured (it works though, as a mouse).Webcam, sound, wireless, all OK.

I haven't used the built-in mic, there may be problems with it.

I had some initial problems with the NVIDIA driver and getting the VTs to work, but all is fine now.

This was a very useful website: http://code.google.com/p/vaio-f11-linux with many solutions to the few problems these laptops have running linux and I strongly suggest you take a look at it.
To expand a bit on the internal mic not working...I have a CS110E Vaio, that had mic problems. I posted a solution in the "Success Stories" forum here, should be able to search for it. Had to change the device type, and it all worked.
 
  


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