Ubuntu On Sony Vaio FW Series

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HDMI Works

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Tested HDMI output with plasma today. Works great, but Xorg needs to be restarted every time you want to connect a tv with fglrx.

UPD: Sound trough HDMI works only with fglrx or radeonhd driver.

Written by egaistek

December 29, 2008 at 22:24

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  1. hiiiii.

    beautiful blog..i have the same laptop

    i want to duaal boot, can you please teach us how to install ubuntu and not lose the vista


    January 2, 2009 at 10:07

  2. To jinu

    I had to take some time to figure this out since this is the first time I have a Vista installation I don’t want to remove. I have my doubts that any tech support people I may encounter during my warranty period will support me if I don’t have the default Vista stuff on there.

    So here is a simplified summary of what I did:

    1. Use Sony software to make Recovery Disks.
    2. Use Vista Disk Management snap-in to resize/shrink the big Vista partition. I gave myself 40GB for Ubuntu, the larger Vista partition is still accessible in Ubuntu.
    3. After burning Ubuntu 8.10 amd64 .iso to a CD, boot the laptop from the CD.
    4. In the part of the Ubuntu installer where it asks about partitioning, I chose “largest contiguous free space” or something like that.

    This will install Grub bootloader and it automatically detects the Vista installation and adds it into /boot/grub/menu.lst. It also automatically added the restore partition to the list so I edited /boot/grub/menu.lst to remove it.

    Good Luck


    January 10, 2009 at 08:01

  3. Hi, I have some questions..
    How did you get working audio over hdmi?
    What alsa/pulseaudio settings?

    Now I’m using radeonhd, but with fglrx I hadn’t working audio too..
    The last thing is that I’m using x64 ubuntu 8.10 on FW11E

    I’ll be thankful if you’ll help me 😉

    BTW, great blog!


    February 11, 2009 at 04:12

    • You need to enable IEC958 switch for HDA ATI HDMI in volume control. Then select HDA ATI HDMI (ALSA) in sound preferences where you can test the sound.


      February 11, 2009 at 05:14

  4. It’s not working for me 😦


    February 12, 2009 at 06:21

  5. Does it works with fglrx for you? I mean after you set switch if it was not with fglrx.


    February 12, 2009 at 06:29

  6. With fglrx works fine. But I’ve sometimes some problems with its stability (newest, 9.1v)

    NWM, I’ll wait until hadeonhd team will release new version 😉 (I hope, with 3D rendering 😀 )


    February 13, 2009 at 05:07

  7. Try this Compiling and running radeonhd with HDMI audio support, I guess you need to change your xorg.conf.


    February 13, 2009 at 05:33

  8. Thanks a lot!
    Now working fine 🙂


    February 13, 2009 at 16:23

  9. I’m using a VGN-FW31ZJ sony vaio laptop with a dualboot (ubuntu and vista) but my hdmi out isn’t working (no video or audio). I’m new to ubuntu and linux so it’s all pretty complicated…
    Any help?


    May 26, 2009 at 19:23

  10. I have tried HDMI output with my LCD TV (sony), but everytime I plug the cable in on my sony vaio VGN-FW290 (Intel Video Card) my laptop gets frozen. Any advice?


    June 3, 2009 at 08:29

    • Do you have 64bit kernel? Seems fglrx driver fail to work correctly with xorg on 64bit system. Even fast user switch will froze the system.


      June 3, 2009 at 08:35

      • Yes, I do. Also, after my testing with the HDMI output, my laptop started getting frozen while I am only using firefox.


        June 3, 2009 at 08:42

  11. I have managed to activate the switch, and audio works via hdmi for playing movies and mp3s. However I do not get audio via HDMI for watching anything through Mozilla e.g. bbc iplayer or youtube.
    Thank you for any advice.


    June 22, 2009 at 16:10

    • Have you tried selecting Device in System->Preferences->Sound below Default Mixer Tracks?


      June 22, 2009 at 16:17

      • Yes the switch is activated and if i select HDA ATI HDMI in default mixer trackers nothing is visible below. But with the HDMI plugged, by clicking test I can hear output via the plasma fine just doesnt work with Mozilla.
        thank you


        June 22, 2009 at 17:22

  12. need help! tried to restore files. computer did not succesfully shut down. now there’s an empty,dark screen.


    June 25, 2009 at 08:43

    • I guess you already fixed it, but was the problem? Your description is completely not informative.


      July 3, 2009 at 03:13

  13. egaistek,
    Once again you provide me with a solution. Thanks!

    Question though. Is it supposed to be able to automatically detect (sound wise) when you’ve plugged in the HDMI? To get it to work, I have to manual go to the preferences and switch the option for music and movies across to ALSA HDMI setting. And then when i am finished (if i want to listen to it on my laptop only) switch it over to pulse.

    Mind you, this is only necessary (so far from my limited testing) to ‘Movie Player’. Movie player seems to be the only one that behaves, and adheres to the sound settings i’ve chosen.

    Applications that seem to take no notice;
    vlc, mplayer.

    Would be nice if, when i’ve set the sound in the preferences to ‘Autodetect’, and plugged in an HDMI output device (my tv) that Ubuntu would route the sound there, and when i unplug it, would route it back to pulse.

    However, pretty good so far! And i’m not complaining how it is working.


    August 28, 2009 at 12:25

    • You mean this https://vaioubuntu.wordpress.com/2009/07/08/hdmi-sound-output-switcher-for-pulseaudio/ ?
      Still could not control mplayer/smplayer, don’t know why. In smplayer I set output to pulseaudio but it ignores default output settings in pulseaudio.


      August 28, 2009 at 14:14

      • no actually, I meant your shorter answer above:

        “You need to enable IEC958 switch for HDA ATI HDMI in volume control. Then select HDA ATI HDMI (ALSA) in sound preferences where you can test the sound.”

        but either way, thanks!


        August 28, 2009 at 14:22

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