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12.04 Precise Pangolin on Vaio FW

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Updated some time ago. Moved back to Unity from Gnome Shell (there was bugs in Unity in previous releases). Brightness and keys works correctly.

And some time ago I moved from fglrx drivers to open-source drivers. Now hd video works pretty good, no glitches in Unity compizing.

A while ago I did a hardware DIY upgrade, I added SSD to existing HDD, so I now have 2 drives installed. SSD for fast loading and slow apps like Java, Eclipse etc. Pretty fast now.

I will defenetly make a post about SSD+HDD upgrade with pictures in near feature =)

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May 28, 2012 at 21:56

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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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ATI Catalyst 10.2 (fglrx) warning

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With dual monitor setup you have invisible mouse cursor on laptop screen 🙂

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February 22, 2010 at 13:12

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HDMI/VGA display detection

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Does anybody knows how to detect second display before Xorg or GDM loads? I’m always moving between home with second display (through hdmi) and another places with just my laptop screen 🙂

Why am I asking. Ok I can enable second display in Catalyst Control Center (CCC), but for applying changes I need to re-login. Next I need to enable Xinerama and re-login again. Now I have two working displays. Next I move somewhere without additional display, boot my laptop. It boots to login screen with wrong resolution (1280), I login, disable Xinerama, re-login, disable second display, change resolution back (without re-login). That’s too m uch moves to enable/disable second display. Oh I forgot to mention, it’s all about FGLRX of course. XrandR does not work with Xinerama enabled. I guess radeonhd should work ok, but I need performance.

Here is what I want. Just before login screen appears system should check if second display connected and load appropriate configuration for Xorg.

I know how to detect it after GDM loads Xorg, and I’ll post a solution soon when I test it. But I want a better way out.

Stay tuned.

Written by egaistek

November 28, 2009 at 18:47

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New sony-laptop brightness control

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I’m thinking on updating this module with another brightness control which does not require DSDT patching.

It’s based on changing hardware registers on Ati card and work with radeonhd and fglrx drivers only. Worth it or not, what do you think guys?

It’s possibly would not work with power manager, only with fn keys and maybe without onscreen osd 🙂

If someone have laptop with fullhd screen, I would like to test this method with you, because you have another Ati card.

Written by egaistek

January 7, 2009 at 15:58

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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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