Ubuntu On Sony Vaio FW Series

Tips & Tricks related to Sony Vaio FW series laptops

64bit and brightness

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Well there is a problem. I’ve installed 64bit version to another partition, dit a DSDT patch and after reboot, I’ve got kernel panic while loading new DSDT from initramfs. Ubuntu still can be loaded with noacpi option to delete patched DSDT.

So there is no solution for brightness for amd64 kernel yet. I have some thoughts about it, stay tuned.

The brightness how to updated with new warning.

UPD: Seems works for most people =) Can someone with fw11 confirm that it works or not?

UPD2: Works on 2.6.27-11.

Written by egaistek

January 7, 2009 at 02:05

Posted in Vaio

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  1. Strange – It worked fine for me when we were working through the FW2x problems.

    I’ve switched back to 32bit now, but it was all fine before that.


    January 7, 2009 at 03:00

  2. Maybe it’s on newer kernels, I’ve tested on 2.6.27-7 and 2.6.27-9.


    January 7, 2009 at 03:07

  3. I mean panic is on newer kernels. Which one you’ve had on 64bit?


    January 7, 2009 at 03:08

  4. Thanks so much for making this site. I just wanted to report that the brightness howto works fine for my Ubuntu 64-bit. I didn’t get any kernel panic or anything and first reboot into Gnome, the Fn+F5 and Fn+F6 keys now control brightness even showing the on-screen display.

    My laptop is a VGN-FW285D and some more details follow.


    $ uname -a
    Linux ubuntu-laptop 2.6.27-9-generic #1 SMP Thu Nov 20 22:15:32 UTC 2008 x86_64 GNU/Linux

    $ cat /etc/issue
    Ubuntu 8.10 \n \l

    $ dmesg | grep -i dsdt
    [ 0.000000] ACPI: DSDT 9DF06010, 8182 (r1 Sony VAIO 20080725 INTL 20051117)
    [ 0.008761] ACPI: Checking initramfs for custom DSDT
    [ 0.344610] ACPI: Found DSDT in DSDT.aml.
    [ 0.344615] ACPI: Override [DSDT- VAIO], this is unsafe: tainting kernel
    [ 0.344621] ACPI: Table DSDT replaced by host OS
    [ 0.344624] ACPI: DSDT 00000000, 7973 (r1 Sony VAIO 20080725 INTL 20061109)
    [ 0.344628] ACPI: DSDT override uses original SSDTs unless “acpi_no_auto_ssdt”
    [ 0.501119] ACPI: EC: Look up EC in DSDT


    Thanks again!


    January 7, 2009 at 05:27

  5. I’m running an FW290 with 64bit Ubuntu and the old patch (prior to AV and S1 keys) and it works fine. Don’t know if that helps at all.


    January 7, 2009 at 05:54

  6. on my vaio fw21m with ubuntu 64bit kernel 2.6.27-9 it works great!
    Thank you!!!


    January 7, 2009 at 06:06

  7. I too am running 64bit Kubuntu. It worked fine with 2.6.27-11 and I am now running a custom kernel (optimized for Core2) and it works perfectly on that as well.


    January 8, 2009 at 07:26

  8. Hi,

    I have a Sony vaio VGN-FW11L, this method work fine for my vaio with noacpi.

    fn keys, S1 and AV MODE buttons respond with xev.

    Linux 2.6.27-9-generic #1 SMP Thu Nov 20 22:15:32 UTC 2008 x86_64 GNU/Linux



    January 9, 2009 at 04:13

    • richard, sure noacpi should not to be used every-time but just to make Ubuntu boot and delete DSDT. If it works for you without noacpi, it’s all fine.


      January 10, 2009 at 20:28

  9. I don’t need noacpi option, sorry.


    January 9, 2009 at 04:36

  10. Brightness and S1/AV working fine here, VGN-FW290

    uname -a
    Linux peter-laptop 2.6.27-9-generic #1 SMP Thu Nov 20 22:15:32 UTC 2008 x86_64 GNU/Linux

    Intrepid Newb

    January 9, 2009 at 12:57

  11. works fine with me on a sony fw21z and ubuntu 8.10 64 bit. brightness works with OSD. but no reaction when pressing S1/AV.


    January 16, 2009 at 18:39

  12. guys, when you get the Fn keys to work, does the power management work also? or does it stop working?


    January 29, 2009 at 22:31

    • hass, it works even without Fn keys. Why do you think that Fn keys are related to power management?


      January 30, 2009 at 14:42

  13. hi, thanks, works on fw11m too


    April 14, 2009 at 02:34

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