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10.10 with applet

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Who have problems with brightness fn keys in 10.10 ubuntu, please check if gnome brightness applet works for you (right click on gnome panel, add to panel, search brightness).

I see people still having problems with fw4x,fw5x models. I’m not much help here, because for me it just works now.

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February 12, 2011 at 01:54

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Brightness bug with dual display mode

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So I moved to Lucid. It was a pain to make fglrx work after upgrade. It somehow messed up with nvidia drivers and while Xorg was loading fglrx it was loading glx and dri extensions fron nvidia package. I fixed symlinks and installed fglrx 10.7.
Brighness control works ok while I’m on laptop without external display. But when I’m in dual display mode brightness control works only from power managmer. While using fn keys brightness popup doesn’t move.
Well, it’s time to fix a new bug.

Written by egaistek

August 5, 2010 at 01:00

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Brightness solution for Lucid from Vanio

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As previous solution was not universal as I thought, many people confirm that solution from Vanio works for them. Try it.

While I’m finally moving to 10.04 I will test both solutions later.

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August 3, 2010 at 14:59

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Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala beta

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I just want to inform you, if you have not tried it yet. Brightness control works out of the box. S1 key works, AV key does not. Headphones jack detection works. Built-in microphone does not. Web camera works in Skype.

Dmesg output when using AV key:

sony-laptop: Unknown event: 0x100 0xa1
sony-laptop: Unknown event: 0x100 0x21

I guess sony-laptop module is without our patch or just a new one. I’ll check sources when I have time.

Stay tuned.

Written by egaistek

October 3, 2009 at 08:49

Brightness patch for FW4x models

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Thanks to Olivier Grégoire for supplying DSDT.aml for FW4 model. I have updated quick brightness guide post with new patch links, take a look.

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July 20, 2009 at 23:22

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Quick brightness guide for Jaunty

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This little guide is faster an easier version of previous brightness how to. Since Jaunty already have sony-laptop patch included, we need to patch our DSDT bios table only and override default one with patched, while kernel is loading. I saw many people have problems with DSDT compiling, so I removed dsdt-error.patch patches from pack, and changed it with another line in terminal.

I have made a script which will make all what needed, you just need to select right patch for your model. Download new patches pack. Unpack it, then pop up your terminal and go into that directory, where you’ve unpacked it. There is 3 patches included dsdt-ati-fix-fw1x.patch, dsdt-ati-fix-fw2x.patch, dsdt-ati-fix-fw3x.patch. If you have FW3x(x) model, then use dsdt-ati-fix-fw3x.patch and so on for FW1x(x)/FW2x(x). Ok, you’ve made your choice, now just type this in terminal:

Ok, I have changed script and make him choose the right patch for you, just type this in terminal then:

sudo ./dsdt-patch

That’s all 🙂

Here is a source code of that script, for those who interested:

# by Anton Veretenenko
# version: 0.2


if [ ! $# -eq 0 ]
echo “Use: sudo ./dsdt-patch”

if [ ! “$isroot” == “root” ]
echo “Error: Make sure you run this script with sudo”

echo “Creating temp directory”
mkdir “/tmp/$patch_temp_dir”

if [ ! -x /usr/sbin/dmidecode ]
# if dmidecode isn’t found, let’s install it too
echo “Installing dmidecode”
apt-get install dmidecode
echo “dmidecode found”

isfw1=`dmidecode –type system | grep -i -c -P -e “Product Name: VGN-FW(1).*”`
isfw2=`dmidecode –type system | grep -i -c -P -e “Product Name: VGN-FW(2).*”`
isfw3=`dmidecode –type system | grep -i -c -P -e “Product Name: VGN-FW(3).*”`
isfw4=`dmidecode –type system | grep -i -c -P -e “Product Name: VGN-FW(4).*”`
if [ “$isfw1” == “1” ]
elif [ “$isfw2” == “1” ]
elif [ “$isfw3” == “1” ]
elif [ “$isfw4” == “1” ]
echo “Could not select the right patch for you, does it FW model? Contact me.”
rm -rfd “/tmp/$patch_temp_dir/”

if [ ! -r “$patch_file” ]
echo “Error: Could not read $patch_file file”
rm -rfd “/tmp/$patch_temp_dir/”
echo “Selected $patch_file patch for you”

cp “$patch_file” “/tmp/$patch_temp_dir/”
cd “/tmp/$patch_temp_dir”

if [ ! -x /usr/bin/iasl ]
# if iasl isn’t found, let’s install it
echo “Installing iasl”
apt-get install iasl
echo “iasl found”

if [ ! -x /usr/bin/acpidump ]
# if acpidump isn’t found, let’s install it too
echo “Installing acpidump”
apt-get install acpidump
echo “acpidump found”

if [ ! -x /usr/bin/patch ]
echo “Installing patch command”
apt-get install patch
echo “patch command found”

echo “Dumping DSDT table to DSDT.aml”
acpidump -b -t DSDT -o DSDT.aml
if [ ! $? -eq 0 ]
# if acpidump failed, show error
echo “acpidump failed”
rm -rfd “/tmp/$patch_temp_dir/”

echo “Decompiling DSDT.aml to DSDT.dsl”
iasl -d DSDT.aml
rm DSDT.aml
if [ ! $? -eq 0 ]
# if iasl failed, show error
echo “iasl failed”
rm -rfd “/tmp/$patch_temp_dir/”

echo “Patching DSDT.dsl with $patch_file”
patch < "$patch_file" if [ ! $? -eq 0 ] then # if patching failed, show error echo "$patch_file patch failed" rm -rfd "/tmp/$patch_temp_dir/" exit fi echo "Fixing _T_0 errors in DSDT.dsl" sed -i 's/_T_0/T_0/g' DSDT.dsl if [ ! $? -eq 0 ] then # if sed failed, show error echo "_T_0 fixing failed" rm -rfd "/tmp/$patch_temp_dir/" exit fi echo "Compiling patched DSDT" iasl DSDT.dsl if [ -f DSDT.aml ] then echo "Compilation successfull, updating initramfs" cp DSDT.aml /etc/initramfs-tools/ dpkg-reconfigure linux-image-`uname -r` else echo "Error: DSDT compilation error" fi # deleting temp dir rm -rfd "/tmp/$patch_temp_dir/" if [ -f /etc/initramfs-tools/DSDT.aml ] then echo "DSDT patch applied, you should reboot your system now" fi [/sourcecode]

Written by egaistek

May 28, 2009 at 03:54

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On Jaunty

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Just updated.
Brightness works out of the box if you have patched dsdt in initramfs =)
Sound works and not integrated mic.
Video/3D works with fglrx.
S1/AV and fn keys works.
I saw that usb flash/hdd drives are fast now but system load too much.

I guess I have problems with wireless, poor performance. I’ve noticed it because I’m using NFS shares through wifi, e.g. watching movies. And on Jaunty nautilus and player hangs more of a time. Something wrong there. Do you have such problems?

Written by egaistek

April 27, 2009 at 17:02

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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

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Finally a brightness How To for Vaio FW Series

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WARN: This how to is only for laptops with Ati graphics. Do not apply any changes to DSDT if you have Intel graphics.

WARN: Remember, when you update your kernel, you should remake all this again for new kernel.

WARN: DSDT update cause kernel panic during boot on 64bit kernels <= 2.6.27-9. Use noacpi option in grub to boot without DSDT.

UPD: S1/AV mode keys are enabled in new patch for sony-laptop module.

Hello there guys. Long time no updates, and here is a big one )

Thanks to Anze for pointing me to 11682 bug. I have managed to make easy howto on enabling brightness control.

First of all we need to install iasl and acpidump:

sudo apt-get install acpidump iasl

Second, download my patches (alternate link). And unpack it somewhere. Then go into that directory in your terminal.

Third, we need to patch our default DSDT table:

UPD: If you have Sony Vaio FW2xx or FW2x models, please use dsdt-error-fw21.patch and dsdt-ati-fix-fw21.patch here.

UPD: If you have Sony Vaio FW3xx or FW3x models, use dsdt-error-fw21.patch then dsdt-error.patch and then dsdt-ati-fix-fw21.patch here.

sudo acpidump -b -t DSDT -o DSDT.aml
iasl -d DSDT.aml
sudo rm DSDT.aml
patch < dsdt-error.patch
patch < dsdt-ati-fix.patch
iasl DSDT.dsl
sudo cp DSDT.aml /etc/initramfs-tools/
sudo dpkg-reconfigure linux-image-`uname -r`

Here we dumped our DSDT table and then decompilled it. Then patched with <strong>dsdt-error.patch</strong>, this patch fix wrong name ("_T_0") produced by disassembler. Without this patch we can not recompile this table back. Then we patch with <strong>dsdt-ati-fix.patch</strong>, this is the actual fix made by <strong>Zhang Rui</strong> from bugzilla, and recompile table back. And then we put our patched DSDT into initramfs, to allow kernel load it instead of original DSDT.

Fourth, we need to patch <strong>sony-laptop</strong> module to make our Fn keys for brightness work correctly:

<span style="color:#ff0000;">UPD</span>: If you have Jaunty kernel version &gt;= 2.6.28-11.36, do not do this step, this patch is included already.

Install kernel source and all packages needed for compiling it (who knows a better way to not download so many packages by build-dep? or build-essential is enough).

sudo apt-get build-dep linux-source-2.6.27
sudo apt-get install linux-source-2.6.27
cp /usr/src/linux-source-2.6.27.tar.bz2 ./
tar jxvf linux-source-2.6.27.tar.bz2
cd linux-source-2.6.27

Then put here (linux-source-2.6.27) sony-laptop.patch patch and make this:

patch -p0 < sony-laptop.patch
cd drivers/misc/
make -C /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build/ M=`pwd` modules
strip --strip-debug sony-laptop.ko
sudo install -m644 -b sony-laptop.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/misc

This will compile and install our new patched <strong>sony-laptop</strong> module.

Now we need to reboot.

After rebooting we can check if all ok:

dmesg | grep -i sony-laptop
dmesg | grep -i dsdt

We should get something like this:

[   16.045201] sony-laptop: Sony Notebook Control Driver v0.6.
[   16.190130] sony-laptop: detected Sony Vaio FW Series

and this:

[    0.000000] ACPI: DSDT BFE06010, 8016 (r1   Sony     VAIO 20080605 INTL 20051117)
[    0.044471] ACPI: Checking initramfs for custom DSDT
[    0.359780] ACPI: Found DSDT in DSDT.aml.
[    0.359785] ACPI: Override [DSDT-    VAIO], this is unsafe: tainting kernel
[    0.359793] ACPI: Table DSDT replaced by host OS

Now try to use Fn brightness keys. This should work =)

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December 4, 2008 at 12:08

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