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Old 01-01-2011, 07:35 AM   #1
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Sony laptop USB 3.0 Host Controller device driver needed for Slax live CD

For years I have used a Slax live CD on a laptop to clone internal HDDs to USB HDDs.
I recently purchased a Sony VPCF136FM laptop with Intel Core i7 CPU. It apparently has USB 3.0 ports. The problem is the USB ports are dead with Slax. There is a USB devise driver available for Windows 7 from Sony but nothing for Linux operating systems. Can this driver be ported to Linux? It is an exacutable (XXX.exe). The chip for the USB Host is from Renesas Electronics (no help there, either). Where can I find a device driver to use with Slax and how would I install it? Any help will be much appreciated.
Old 01-01-2011, 07:53 AM   #2
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Hi, welcome to LQ,

I'd suppose you'll need at least a far more recent kernel (now it's afaik for slax 6.1.2). I don't know if slax will meet your requirements with such brandnew hardware.

I'd instead recommend to look for a recent Live-distribution, maybe the installer-CD of Arch or Slackware. They give you by default the option to use the commandline (what you obviously want to do).

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Here is some information about USB 3.0 in the Linux kernel.

This article is dated over a year ago when USB 3.0 was predicted to be included in the 2.6.31 kernel.

I'm sure that there is more recent information available.
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Try the Slax Remix
its based on slackware current and kernel
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