Ubuntu On Sony Vaio FW Series

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New fglrx for X.Org 7.4

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ATI Catalyst 8.11 is out. Just installed it and testing.

Written by egaistek

November 14, 2008 at 22:03

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  1. hey man,

    sOo.. how is it so far? 🙂 what can this driver do? what’s it good for?

    all the best,



    November 15, 2008 at 08:21

  2. Well, CPU is much cooler, battery life is longer, 3D acceleration (to use with Compiz or games). And possibly HDMI output?

    This driver is an official driver from ATI.


    November 15, 2008 at 14:32

  3. I’ve put my eyes on this new baby. I’d love to use it mainly with ubuntu and since I’m an animator with Blender/Maya. How is 3D performance especially in Blender ?

    Thanks a lot


    November 27, 2008 at 21:59

  4. hi man,

    we havent heard from you in a while 🙂 how are things going? 🙂 love your blog. keep it up


    November 30, 2008 at 01:45

  5. Yea, I’m just thinking what to do next =) Maybe I should try to use suspend/hibernate etc, there is always issues =)


    November 30, 2008 at 03:00

  6. Gianmichele, well I don’t use 3D apps, but I guess it should just a little bit slower than in Windows.


    November 30, 2008 at 03:02

  7. Hi guys!

    I’ve finally managed to get my brightness working properly! And all the buttons!

    You can download the replacement kernel here:


    It has a hacked sony-laptop module that recognises FW model and a replacement DSDT that I managed to get working after some work from the DSDT replacement of bug 11682 of ACPI. It works with my FW in the sense that Fn-F5/6 truly change brightness, together with an OSD display. It also survives sleep. I am not sure how general this is and whether it works on other FW models (mine is FW 290N). If the kernel freezes on boot, then you have the same problem that I had and you need to recompile the kernel yourself for you particular DSDT…

    The bad news is that acpi developers think that this is a sony bug and will not fix it in their tree. And I don’t think sony will fix it either…


    December 1, 2008 at 10:03

  8. hehe, the same as for my older vaio laptop )
    DSDT can be loaded from /boot and you do not need to recompile kernel.

    Thanks for the info, we should try this out and write a howto )


    December 1, 2008 at 10:24

  9. Awesome. Yes that would be great, Im sick of being forced to use vista. I couldnt use ubuntu because of the lack of Fn keys and brightness so if this works then I will be very happy.


    December 3, 2008 at 07:10

  10. Hi,

    Have you managed to compile latest ATI drivers for Ubuntu 8.04?

    When I execute:

    sudo ./ati-driver-installer-8-11-x86.x86_64.run –buildandinstallpkg Ubuntu/8.04

    I get the following error:

    Unable to resolve can’t parse dependency ooobasis30-en_us-res

    It seems to be some kind of problem with openoffice… but I don’t know exactly why and I don’t want to uninstall openoffice from my computer.



    December 9, 2008 at 04:57

  11. Well, I have not got any problems. Seems you have OO 3 installed and this cause problems, maybe wait for some fix.


    December 9, 2008 at 05:43

  12. Hi egaistek,

    My laptop is vaio FW11M and ATI 3400.

    I finally managed to generate Ubuntu installing following this thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=313432

    Afer installing I still have 300 fps… really slow and really disappointing…

    Which configuration do you have? I have the device enabled under Hardware Controllers. After installing the new driver my catalist control center disappered so I cannot tune driver… I think I’ll try previous driver versions…

    I also tried installing driver through envyng and got no luck.

    Do you have any ideas?


    December 10, 2008 at 18:46

  13. josepcoves I have now 60 fps in glxgears =) and installed the package from Ati site, just run it (but uninstall driver packages from ubuntu before).

    I think fps is locked there, dunno why, maybe it’s powersave mode etc.


    December 12, 2008 at 06:10

  14. Can anyone please help. I have catalyst version 2.6 on the fw140D Ati 3400 card.

    Everytime I go to fullscreen audio or video I get an error black screen some writing which then disappears and then I just get a black screen and the computer is unresponsive and I have to just restart the computer.

    when I play videos I sometimes just get a black screen but audio and have to restart the video in order to see antyhing within the video player.
    I am a newbie to ubuntu and I have tried upgrading the catalyst but I still got the same error on fullscreen.
    The error message is imposible to write down as it appears so briefly.
    Are there any plugins I am missing and help is appreciated.


    June 21, 2009 at 02:22

    • You better install the last drivers from ati web site first.
      I never get playback error like yours, can only suggest a player and settings.
      I’m using SMPlayer, in preferences I set gl2 for video output driver and in catalyst control center I set “wait for vertical refresh” (it’s under 3d, more settings) to “always on”. It helps get off video tearing.
      Possibly you have visual effects on, I saw some bug reports on launchpad relative to this, try to turn it off.


      June 21, 2009 at 02:39

  15. Thank you I installed the drivers again and have turned visual effects to normal and off and it seems to have done the trick.
    I also did the 3d settings.
    Thank you for your help much appreciated.


    June 22, 2009 at 17:18

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