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Old 06-23-2007, 04:29 PM   #1
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Sony VAIO VGNN325EW possible (in)compatibility issues?


Hi guys,

I was wondering if any of you owns a Sony VAIO N Series notebook and successfully installed Linux on it.

I'm planning to buy one and I'd like to know what to expect. Like hardware which doesn't work or special drivers you had to install, features you had to disable in order to have other features working properly and so on.

Thanks.

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Old 06-25-2007, 11:11 AM   #2
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Try these websites:
http://linux-laptop.net
http://tuxmobil.org/

for your or a similar model. Sony is NOT known to be very friendly for linux but most often it works OK.
 
Old 06-25-2007, 01:19 PM   #3
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Try these websites:
http://linux-laptop.net
http://tuxmobil.org/

for your or a similar model. Sony is NOT known to be very friendly for linux but most often it works OK.
Oh well, I've already bought it . Thanks anyway. I'll get back with more details after I'll install F7 on it.
 
Old 06-26-2007, 05:03 AM   #4
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if you have some spare time document the installation and comments / tricks and submit them to http://linux-laptop.net
http://tuxmobil.org/

In future, others may find it valuable.
 
Old 06-27-2007, 09:45 PM   #5
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I have the Sony VGN-N220E and had no problem whatsoever installing Fedora Core 6 and then Fedora 7 on it. Just had to shrink the NTFS partition and created "unallocated freespace" and installed to that. Used the "disk management tool" in Vista to shrink the partition.
 
Old 07-01-2007, 03:51 PM   #6
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Hi guys,

As promised here is my brief report on how things went.

So far I'm happy to report that everything went surprisingly fine. I've installed F7 on my laptop and also tested Ubuntu with a live cd.

In F7 I had to install the madwifi drivers and, in my case, wpa_supplicant. Ubuntu set them automatically.

Unfortunately I couldn't get the sonypi drivers to work. Were compiled, installed and configured without any problems but they won't work (no Fn keys, no lights, no ACPI). Spicctrl it's not working either (it returns the screen brightness value 0 and it won't set a new one). I tried this both on F7 and Ubuntu. I'll keep digging however for a solution.

The SD reader drivers look like they're doing their best, but still, the card won't mount. It keeps saying the /dev/mmc... doesn't exist even if it's there.

Otherwise everything else works fine.

I'll post this data also on HCL and on all the other suggested sites.

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Old 10-16-2008, 11:15 AM   #7
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If anyone is still looking

I have successfully enabled my functions keys.

I used http://gentoo-wiki.com/Sony_Vaio_VGN-G11VN primarily as an example. But it lacks certain aspects. Especially the part about canibalizing 2.6.26.

So the jest of it is that you have to use the sony code from 2.6.26 in 2.6.24 or fix the problems of upgrading to a newer kernel. Suspend and hibernate sort of work in 26 but not 24.


Hope I helped the fellow n220e owners.

We can only hope that one day Sony decides to support us out of the box.

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Old 10-16-2008, 11:56 AM   #8
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We can only hope that one day Sony decides to support us out of the box.
Sony and Linux? Riiiight! I wouldn't hold my breath. Thanks for your tips, though. Very useful.

In my case, on ubuntu gutsy the keys partially work (only the sound related ones). Ubuntu feisty is very unstable and it requires lots of "special" configurations so... I tested also the intrepid alpha version and looks quite stable and fast. Looking forward for the final version.

On the other hand, I think it's the last time I'll buy a sony laptop. 2 months after the warranty expired, the battery live dropped in about 2 weeks from 3.5 hours to 15 mins. And the sound card is sometimes moody - it can't seem to decide if both channels should work in parallel or only one . Don't wanna sound paranoid, but the coincidence is quite striking :-/
 
Old 10-18-2008, 12:20 AM   #9
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sound and such

I can confirm the battery life issues. I shut the box down and it says full charge only to boot it back up with 70-80% of capacity.

I have to dim my screen to 0, switch off wireless, throttle the cpu to 25% and put it on powersave.

I had Hardy here and it worked pretty good with exception to the brightness keys. 2.6.24 just didn't have the code to enable the keys.

intrepid looks smooth with that newer kernel which is what I need for my keys. I only tried the Kubuntu version.



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Sony and Linux? Riiiight! I wouldn't hold my breath. Thanks for your tips, though. Very useful.

In my case, on ubuntu gutsy the keys partially work (only the sound related ones). Ubuntu feisty is very unstable and it requires lots of "special" configurations so... I tested also the intrepid alpha version and looks quite stable and fast. Looking forward for the final version.

On the other hand, I think it's the last time I'll buy a sony laptop. 2 months after the warranty expired, the battery live dropped in about 2 weeks from 3.5 hours to 15 mins. And the sound card is sometimes moody - it can't seem to decide if both channels should work in parallel or only one . Don't wanna sound paranoid, but the coincidence is quite striking :-/
 
  


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