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Old 11-29-2006, 10:20 AM   #1
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VAIO VGN-S5M/S: Memory stick drive & brightness control not working on Suse 10.1


Hi! I have a sony vaio laptop (VAIO VGN-S5M/S) with SUSE 10.1 installed on it. I have two issues with it:

1) I cant adjust the brightness (max by default) of the laptop. I loaded the sonypi module and there were no errors. I then tried to use kpowesave to adjust the brightness but it didn't change. I also tried 'echo 2> /proc/acpi/sony/brightness' to change the brightness but I wasn't sucessful. The surprising thing is that it worked on Ubuntu 6.0 directly using the Fn key conbination. I sincerely would love any pointer on how to solve this problem since my battery drains much faster and I find it hard to read from very bright screens.

2) My memory stick drive is not working. Is there any workaround, the tips I got seemed to be for older vaio laptops.

Thanks a lot for your help.
 
Old 11-29-2006, 10:51 AM   #2
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1) I cant adjust the brightness
In addition to the sonypi module, you need to get fsfn to make the Fn keys control brightness (&volume)
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2) My memory stick drive is not working.
My sony has a memory stick slot that is also not recognised. It is described as "MagicGate" or similar, I think it has some sort of DRM attached to it, so I just ignored it, and used an external multi-slot USB cardreader which works fine.

HTH
 
Old 11-29-2006, 11:02 AM   #3
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Thanks tredegar,fsfn - how do I get it? I have found a way to reduce the brightness of the lcd, I use a program - smartdimmer. It is really wonderful. This is the link: http://www.acc.umu.se/~erikw/program...er-0.1.tar.bz2

I hope that will help other vaio users, next is to get the memory stick to work ...
 
Old 11-30-2006, 06:34 AM   #4
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fsfn - how do I get it?
The same way that you can get most software for linux.... put fsfn linux into google, and then follow a link like this one:

http://www.linux-laptop.net/hosted/u...vgnfs315b.html

These instructions are for ubuntu, but apply equally to other distros.

But maybe smartdimmer is doing what you need already?

HTH
 
Old 12-01-2006, 03:03 AM   #5
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Wow! I have tried to use fsfn but the patched sony_acpi module (there is no fnkey file in /proc/acpi/sony) is not working well on my suse. I will just have to look for another alternative or switch to Ubuntu Thanks a lot for your support.
 
Old 01-21-2007, 04:49 AM   #6
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"there is no fnkey file in /proc/acpi/sony"

I have the same problem on FC6...

 
Old 01-24-2007, 11:00 AM   #7
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"there is no fnkey file in /proc/acpi/sony"

I have the same problem on FC6...

I didn't find it either. I eventually got everything running though, sadly that's not the case now!
 
  


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