SonyVaioFS8900

Current Issues

  • 3D Acceleration status is unknown
    • Although the nvidia drivers install correctly and work, and 3D acceleration is reported to be working, I am not sure it actually is working. glxgears runs slowly (where as on my PC's with nVidia graphics cards it is very very fast). Planet Penguin Racer / Tux Racer does however work (although it is a tiny bit sluggish). Games work within Windows on the same laptop. glxinfo reports that 3D acceleration works. DVD's work (they did not work in Breezy).
  • Second monitor causes problems
    • The laptop has an external monitor port. With the nvidia drivers the system starts normally and X loads normally, but after that things start to go wrong. X will restart correct if required, but switching to a virtual terminal leaves you at a blank screen and no way of returning to X. Upon asking the machine to shut down the machine switches to a blank screen. By chance I noticed that if you plug in an external monitor after the system has booted you can see the shutdown process as the system shuts down on the external monitor.
    • When starting with an external monitor connected the laptop only works via the external monitor, and the external monitor is given the specifications of the LCD monitor and hence looks warped and not all of the desktop can be seen. When shutting down the colour becomes inverted for a few seconds, and then returns to normal.
  • Sound Mixer has two devices, one of which does not work
    • Two sound devices show up, only the "Realtek ALC260 (OSS mixer)" device, not the "HDA Intel (ALSA mixer)" works in controlling sound.
  • GNOME Sound controls don't work
    • The keyboard shortcuts in GNOME for muting and changing the volume do not actually change the sound volume coming from the speakers, whatever mixer I set in volume control.
  • Power Manager shuts the system down when it should not
    • In Dapper (unlike earlier releases) the Power Manager correct determines the battery charge percentage remaining, however it still guesses only "3 minutes" or "1 minute" left and determines the battery is critically low (when it is not). With the feature of shutting down when low turned on the system shuts down, when it does not need to.

Hardware details

in Dapper (current stable)?

in Edgy (current development)?

Installation works?

Untested

Untested

Hardware Information

Screen & Monitors

Device

Works?

Bug #

in Dapper (current stable)?

in Edgy (current development)?

Screen

Works

Untested

Correct resolution?

Yes, 1200x800

Untested

Correct refresh rate?

Yes

Untested

3D Acceleration

Not known

Untested

External monitor works?

Yes and No (see above)

Untested

External monitor - mirrors

Untested

Untested

External monitor - extend desktop

Untested

Untested

Power Management

Battery detected?

Yes

Untested

Hibernates?

Yes

Untested

Sleep

Yes

Untested

Dim monitor on battery

Yes

Untested

Blank monitor on inactivity

Yes

Untested

Lid Close

Untested

Yes

Cpu frequency scaling

Yes

Untested

Sound

Sound works?

Yes

Untested

Correct volume?

Yes

Untested

Hardware volume switch

No

Untested

Headphone jack

Yes

Untested

Mic jack

Untested

Untested

Networking

Wired NIC

Works

Untested

Wireless NIC

Works

Untested

PCMCIA NIC

N/A

Untested

Firewire

Untested

Untested

Bluetooth

N/A

Untested

Modem

Untested

Untested

Infrared

N/A

Untested

Touchpad & Mice

Touchpad

Untested

Untested

Touchpad - Doubletap = double click

Works

Untested

Touchpad - Scroll down side

Works

Untested

Touchpad - turned off while typing

Untested

Untested

External mouse - USB

Works

Untested

External mouse - Serial

N.A

Untested

Docking Station/Port Replicator

AC through replicator

Untested

Untested

USB

Untested

Untested

Serial

Untested

Untested

Parallel

Untested

Untested

External Monitor - VGA

Untested

Untested

External Monitor - DVI

Untested

Untested

Modem

Untested

Untested

NIC

Untested

Untested

PS/2

Untested

Untested

Additional Hardware

Fingerprint reader

Untested

Untested

CD/DVD drive

Untested

Untested

PCMCIA cards

Untested

Untested

Parallel Ports

Untested

Untested

Card reader(s)

Untested

Untested

Function and other keys

Fn key

Operation

Keycode

Works?

Bug #

in Dapper (current stable)?

in Edgy (current development)?

+ Space

Untested

Untested

+ Esc

Untested

Untested

+ F1

Untested

Untested

+ F2

Mute

Does not work

Untested

+ F3

Volume down

Does not work

Untested

+ F4

Volume up

Does not work

Untested

+ F5

Brightness down

Does not work

Untested

+ F6

Brightness up

Does not work

Untested

+ F7

External monitor mode

Does not work

Untested

+ F8

Untested

Untested

+ F9

Untested

Untested

+ F10

Zoom

Does not work

Untested

+ F11

Untested

Untested

+ F12

Hibernate

Does not work

Untested

+ ArrowUp

Untested

Untested

+ ArrowDown

Untested

Untested

+ ArrowRight

Untested

Untested

+ ArrowLeft

Untested

Untested

+ PgUp

Untested

Untested

+ PgDown

Untested

Untested

Other special keys

Key

Operation

Keycode

Works?

Bug #

in Dapper (current stable)?

in Edgy (current development)?

Key

Untested

Untested

Notes

This is an FS8900 built to my desired specifications. Of note is that the graphics card is a GeForce 6400 Go TurboCache with 128MB of memory. lspci however does not recognize the type of nVidia card. Presumably because it is a "Go" card the 3D acceleration does not work and the card is not known. Indeed, the all-in-one Windows driver does not work either under Windows, only the Sony supplied driver does.


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LaptopTestingTeam/Old/SonyVaioFS8900 (last edited 2010-02-24 14:44:57 by primes2h)