Ubuntu On Sony Vaio FW Series

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Hey guys, do you have something specific not working in Hardy? on these laptops, I can investigate and write a solution then.

I will write more material about Intrepid after it’s final release.

Written by egaistek

October 12, 2008 at 06:51

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  1. I had everything working great in hardy except for the fn keys, brightness, and suspend. When I swiched to Intrepid beta the suspend problem was fixed (except hibernate), but there was still a problem with brightness, fn keys, 3D acceleration, Alsa sound.

    Have you found a solution for the hardy problems?


    October 13, 2008 at 02:43

  2. brightness the problem, yeah =(
    and part of fn and multimedia keys.

    We have to code some drivers I guess %)


    October 14, 2008 at 10:33

  3. Ha I guess we have to get started then. Do you know if any other linux distribution works better for vaios? Have you every tried debian on the FW?


    October 14, 2008 at 12:35

  4. I have tried openSUSE which have the same problem with fglrx as Interpid and can not start xorg even on live cd. And tried Fedora 9.. problems same as Ubuntu.

    Ubuntu based on Debian so it should be the same.


    October 14, 2008 at 13:09

  5. hey guys,

    im getting the vaio FW in december.. and i use linux mint. does anyone else use it? i know it’s ubuntu based.

    1- are there any problems with the MIC? because as soon as i installed linux on my dell XP, the mic plug stopped working.. i had to resort to using a USB cam/mic to talk using skype.

    2- whilst using skype, can you watch Youtube videos (or any other flash stream) ??? because i cannot do that with linux mint for some reason.


    October 20, 2008 at 05:55

  6. Yea, there are problem with mic, it’s not working.

    I’m always on skype, and youtube works.


    October 20, 2008 at 11:26

  7. about skype and flash, try to select Alsa everywhere in sound preferences.


    October 20, 2008 at 11:27

  8. so you’re saying the MIC doesnt work…. is that also the case with your vista/xp (if you double-boot) ????

    if you install ubuntu… will that make the mic not work on vista as well? (because thats the problem i have not with my dell)

    is that the case for the viao FW ?


    October 21, 2008 at 16:39

  9. Nope, in windows mic is working ok after installing ubuntu.

    It’s a hardware related problem, and it’s not depends on OS installed.


    October 21, 2008 at 17:44

  10. thank you egaistek 🙂


    October 22, 2008 at 01:09

  11. Hi, try installing the packages xbacklight and xrandr to manage the level of brightness. You need also the driver radeonhd.
    I have a sony vaio FW 11j and can change the brigthness after doing that with the gnome applet. This blog is very helpful.
    Sorry for my English ant thanks for the blog.

    PD:I’m using Intrepid


    November 7, 2008 at 00:17

  12. Thanks for the info Edu, I’ll try it too.


    November 7, 2008 at 00:42

  13. […] mentioned that we can enable brightness control with radeonhd, I’m going to do that after I make […]

  14. well, xbacklight does not work too.


    November 9, 2008 at 04:14

  15. Hello!
    I still have a few pressing problems with my VAIO and they drive me nuts.

    a) My DVD is not recognised anymore. It is really frustrating. If I boot from CD everything is ok, if I boot from hard drive it times out. It is all pre-init so the options are really limited and the kernel is not an issue. I’ve put post on ubuntu forums and no cigar:


    Does anybody have similar problems? Does anybody have a DVD (rather than BD) drive that works ok?

    b) Every now and then it goes into this crazy mode when kernel starts to loop with a broken driver and then my syslog starts growing like mad and 1 cpu is 100% full with syslogd and dd. Anyboyd else experience something like that?

    c) I get random freezes from waking from sleep, everyh 5-7 times it wouldn’t wake (ie freeze on wake, occasionally I can ssh into to and reboot, occasionally not)

    d) of course, brightness is still an issue.

    All in all, this is my least stable ubuntu box at the moment (and I have 5 more). 😦


    November 21, 2008 at 23:47

  16. Sleep mode always the issue with laptops.
    I’m not using sleep mode and have not issues you have got with dvd drive. I can even write dvds now, because my older vaio is not able to write it on Ubuntu releases after Feisty.


    November 22, 2008 at 00:09

  17. The problem with the DVD drive is that there needs to be a CD in the drive when the machine is booted for Ubuntu to recognize the drive.

    If you boot with an empty drive tray then there is no CD-RW/DVD drive listed in the ‘places’ bar.

    Intrepid Newb

    January 21, 2009 at 17:17

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