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d_skillz@hotmail.com 07-02-2008 03:02 PM

Sony Vaio ACPI Issues
 
I am a new Linux user, Used to mess around the various distros, knoppix, redhat & mandrake. Using Pcs for 22 years from MSDOS & Win 3.1. I have just been using Ubuntu 8.04 Hard Herron for 2 weeks now on my Sony vaio vgn-n325e laptop and I have serious acpi problems. Machine wont shutdown without hard power-off, restarts fine, cant see battery state or ac adapter states. Please help, I have completely formatted vista, I am so impressed with the system responsiveness but need full laptop compatibility.

These are more indepth specs
Sony Vaio VGN-N325E/B or /W (Black or White)
15.4-inch widescreen display with xBrite-ECO LCD technology
Intel Pentium Core Duo T5300 @ 1.73ghz
Intel GMA 950 graphics 256MB Graphics Video RAM Memory
120gb 5400 rpm SATA hd
1gb ram
SuperMulti CD/DVD burner
2 USB Ports
1 4-pin iLink IEEE1304 Interface
802.11b/g Wireless Interface
Memory Stick Media
Secure Digital Slot
Express Card/34
VGA Output
Width 14.4 x Depth 10.5 x Height 1.2 to 1.6-inch
Weight 6.5 pounds with standard battery

storkus 07-03-2008 04:34 AM

Recent kernels have a bunch of Sony laptop-specific stuff. If Ubuntu's
stock kernel doesn't have support compiled in (and even if it does) you
may want to compile a fresh kernel from kernel.org

Mike

H_TeXMeX_H 07-03-2008 04:36 AM

Have you tried using apm instead of acpi ? You can usually turn it off if you pass this argument to the kernel when booting:
Code:

acpi=off
I have also found that on my sony laptop disabling apic may also help in some situations, that would be with:
Code:

noapic noioapic nolapic
one or a combination of those.

storkus 07-03-2008 04:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by H_TeXMeX_H (Post 3202702)
Have you tried using apm instead of acpi ? You can usually turn it off if you pass this argument to the kernel when booting:
Code:

acpi=off
I have also found that on my sony laptop disabling apic may also help in some situations, that would be with:
Code:

noapic noioapic nolapic
one or a combination of those.

Why IS it that APIC support is so spotty with the kernel?!?

Also, I didn't think modern (<2 years old or so) laptops had APM capability anymore. I know my new (made September bought December) Asus
5520-5912 dual Turion machine has no APM, for instance.

And thanks for the command, I was going to give that to him in a longer
message, but couldn't remember it before the forum kicked me off (what IS
it with this forum software and these ridiculously short timeouts?!?).

Mike

d_skillz@hotmail.com 07-03-2008 09:12 AM

Tried all of these plus various combinations including "force" but it still wont shut down. Restarts fine though. I am not able to see percentage battery left or if I am even running an AC adapter. So if you are using the laptop without the adapter it will just shutdown without any warning.

d_skillz@hotmail.com 07-03-2008 09:13 AM

PLus there also seems to be an intel ring fwh error as weel

H_TeXMeX_H 07-03-2008 02:33 PM

What commands are you using to shutdown and restart ? You say restart works but shutdown doesn't. I remember when I was running Ubuntu it did the same thing, and I had to use 'poweroff' not 'halt', I still say 'shutdown -h now' is most universal.

d_skillz@hotmail.com 07-03-2008 07:20 PM

shutdown -h and it stops running services and then leaves me at a prompt screen saying system halted, after about two minutes or so it goes blank, with the lcd light/screen still on as well as the hard disk.

H_TeXMeX_H 07-04-2008 03:45 AM

Try seeing this bug:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s....20/+bug/42160

d_skillz@hotmail.com 07-04-2008 10:12 AM

yeah, I checked it out. You see, shutting down is a problem, while evident, it is not exactly as concerning as not being able to see how much battery is left or when I am plugged into AC power. Can you help me to fix the issues in this sequence.
1) Battery and AC adapter (Power states)
2) Shutdown Problem
3) Fn Keys not working

H_TeXMeX_H 07-04-2008 12:03 PM

1) Try running this as root:
Code:

modprobe ac
modprobe battery

2) Upgrade to the latest kernel.

3) run:
Code:

modprobe sonypi

d_skillz@hotmail.com 07-04-2008 12:11 PM

modprobe ac
FATAL: Error inserting ac (/lib/modules/2.6.24-19-generic/kernel/drivers/acpi/ac.ko): No such device

modprobe battery
FATAL: Error inserting battery (/lib/modules/2.6.24-19-generic/kernel/drivers/acpi/battery.ko): No such device

modprobe sonypi
no output (nothing hapens)

I am running the latest kernel

d_skillz@hotmail.com 07-05-2008 10:36 PM

I should mention in order to install Ubuntu I had to select the option ACPI workaround otherwise it wouldn't install.

d_skillz@hotmail.com 07-05-2008 10:37 PM

I really just would like to know what my battery state is can anyone help?

H_TeXMeX_H 07-06-2008 01:18 PM

This looks like an Ubuntu specific issue, so I can't help much. However, to me it looks like the kernel and modules were not installed properly.


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