Ubuntu On Sony Vaio FW Series

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Moved to Intrepid

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So I have updates to 8.10 completly.

Wifi works out of box.

Fglrx installed from Hardware Drivers works. Compiz works with fglrx (but there is still a scrolling lag in Firefox, so I’m not using Combiz because of that).

Audio works (using ALSA everywhere). When you plugin headphones laptop speakers does not turn off.

I can’t make work a radeonhd driver from repos, I guess I need to compile a new one.

Edu mentioned that we can enable brightness control with radeonhd, I’m going to do that after I make radeonhd works. (checked, xbacklight does not work)

Bluetooth works (my switcher not).

My wireless mouse works (well it works anywhere 🙂

Undervolting stops working, need update for new kernel. My CPU is cool enough I guess (41C right now).UPD

I have moved back to powernowd from cpufreqd (cpu is hotter with it, maybe someone saw that too?)

I thought there will be new OpenOffice 3, but there is only 2.4, and old Firefox (3.0.3)

P.S. Tried to update another laptop today, but repos speed is too low, maybe it’s overloaded, seems people update their Ubuntu today too =)

P.P.S. I’ll update post if remember something bad =)

UPD: xbacklight does not work.

Written by egaistek

November 9, 2008 at 01:54

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Firefox scrolling lag while using Compiz

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I’m using fglrx driver now and have enabled Compiz. I’m not using smooth scrolling in Firefox but found that default Firefox scrolling is lagging in Compiz. Here is a little solution.

If you have XGL installed (xserver-xgl), go and remove it, it lags even more. Then open your xorg.conf for editing. Alt+F2 and type gksu gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf.

Find this line in device section Driver "fglrx", after this line put new lines:
Option "AccelMethod" "EXA"
Option "MigrationHeuristic" "greedy"

I have other lines too, that can help in video rendering:
Option "VideoOverlay" "on"
Option "OpenGLOverlay" "on"

Save file and then logout and login back (restart xorg server). That should help.

Written by egaistek

September 30, 2008 at 01:46

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White screen after login

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vaio white screen

If you got a white screen (or just brown background color) and no gui after you login into Ubuntu, you propably have Compiz enabled while using video driver no capable to process Compiz.

Here is workaround. You need to go into console using Ctrl+Alt+F1, then login and type DISPLAY=:0 metacity --replace (double dash here, who knows how to fix it in wordpress?). Then go back into gnome using Ctrl+Alt+F7 and you should get your gui back. Then you can install other drivers or disable Compiz in System->Preferences->Appearance on Visual Effects tab.

WARN: If you have external monitor connected and you see gui there, this is propably not your soultion. I’m going to check external monitor connection on my laptop soon.

Written by egaistek

September 21, 2008 at 23:51

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Back to Hardy

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Yes, I’ve moved to hardy, while fgrlx bug is not fixed.

Installed Hardy, then downloaded fglrx driver from ati.com and installed it too.

If you have xorg-driver-fglrx package installed, you should remove it first.

Now all works like on Intrepid, but with 3D and Compiz =)

I have Intrepid still installed on another partition, so I’ll keep watch that bug.

Written by egaistek

September 10, 2008 at 20:28

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