SonyVaio_VGN-FS630W

Current Issues

  • Everything works (almost). Things not yet working internal fax/modem. Machine sometimes hangs on resume from suspend-to-ram (to fix see below).

Hardware details

in Hoary?

in Breezy (current stable)?

Installation works?

Yes (See caveat below)

Hardware Information

Screen & Monitors

Device

Works?

Bug #

in Hoary?

in Breezy (current stable)?

Screen

Untested

Works (full width)

Correct resolution?

Untested

Yes

Correct refresh rate?

Untested

Yes

3D Acceleration

Untested

Yes

External monitor works?

Untested

Untested

External monitor - mirrors

Untested

Untested

External monitor - extend desktop

Untested

Untested

Power Management

Battery detected?

Untested

Yes

Hibernates?

Untested

Yes

Sleep

Untested

No (still working on it)

Dim monitor on battery

Untested

Yes

Blank monitor on inactivity

Untested

yes

Lid Close

Untested

Yes

Cpu frequency scaling

Untested

Yes

Sound

Sound works?

Untested

Yes

Correct volume?

Untested

Yes (You need to unmute front speakers)

Hardware volume switch

Untested

Yes (after compiling modified sony-acpi driver and fsfn program. see below)

Headphone jack

Untested

Yes

Mic jack

Untested

Yes

Networking

Wired NIC

Untested

Yes

Wireless NIC

Untested

Yes

PCMCIA NIC

Untested

Yes

Firewire

Untested

Untested

Bluetooth

Untested

Not Available on this model

Modem

Untested

Linuxant driver and Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy required, see below

Infrared

Untested

Untested

Touchpad & Mice

Touchpad

Untested

Yes (you have to add entries to Xorg.conf. See below)

Touchpad - Doubletap = double click

Untested

Yes

Touchpad - Scroll down side

Untested

Yes

External mouse - USB

Untested

Untested

External mouse - Serial

Untested

Untested

Docking Station/Port Replicator

AC through replicator

Untested

Untested

USB

Untested

Untested

Serial

Untested

Not available on this model

Parallel

Untested

Not available on this model

External Monitor - VGA

Untested

Untested

External Monitor - DVI

Untested

Untested

Modem

Untested

No

NIC

Untested

Yes

PS/2

Untested

Not available on this model

Additional Hardware

Fingerprint reader

Untested

N.A.

CD/DVD drive

Untested

Yes

PCMCIA cards

Untested

Yes

Parallel Ports

Untested

N.A.

Card reader(s)

Untested

N.A.

Function and other keys

Fn key

Operation

Keycode

Works?

Bug #

in Hoary?

in Breezy (current stable)?

+ Space

Untested

Untested

+ Esc

Untested

Untested

+ F1

Untested

Untested

+ F2

Untested

Mute

+ F3

Untested

Volume Down

+ F4

Untested

Volume Up

+ F5

Untested

Brightness Down

+ F6

Untested

Brightness Up

+ F7

Untested

Untested

+ F8

Untested

Untested

+ F9

Untested

Untested

+ F10

Untested

Untested

+ F11

Untested

Untested

+ F12

Untested

Hibernate (Suspend to disk)

+ 1

Untested

Untested

+ 2

Untested

Untested

Other special keys

Key

Operation

Keycode

Works?

Bug #

in Hoary?

in Breezy (current stable)?

S1

Untested

Yes (programmable)

S2

Untested

Yes (programmable)

Notes

Caveat: The installation is flawless however, Breezy will suggest a size for WinXP partition which is too small for WinXP to work, so give it an extra 2GB. Also note that Breezy will take up the rest of the disk (65GB). 30GB should be enough and will leave room for other distros/versions.

First the simplest thing you need to fix is rebooting. The machine will do a shutdown and then just hang. To fix this, add "reboot=h" at the end of your kernel line in grub. Mine is as follows:

kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.12-10-686 root=/dev/hda3 ro quiet splash reboot=h acpi_sleep=s3_bios,s3_mode

The acpi_sleep=... in the line above seems to help when waking the machine from a suspend to ram but it is still not 100% reliable.

The touchpad will work out of the box but you will not have scrolling and corner taps. Do the following:

1. Create file as sudo: sudo nano /etc/udev/alps.rules

2.Enter followng line: BUS="serio", SYSFS{description}="i8042 Aux Port", KERNEL="event?", SYMLINK="input/alps"

(The above two steps will ensure that your touchpad will not bet messed up when adding or removing a usb mouse.)

3. Now edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file to include the following:

Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier      "Configured Mouse"
        Driver          "mouse"
        Option          "CorePointer"
        Option          "Device"                "/dev/input/mice"
        Option          "Protocol"              "ImPS/2"
        Option          "Emulate3Buttons"       "true"
        Option          "ZAxisMapping"          "4 5"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier      "Synaptics Touchpad"
        Driver          "synaptics"
        Option "AlwaysCore"
        Option "Device" "/dev/input/alps"
        Option "Protocol" "event"
        Option "LeftEdge" "120"
        Option "RightEdge" "830"
        Option "TopEdge" "120"
        Option "BottomEdge" "650"
        Option "FingerLow" "14"
        Option "FingerHigh" "15"
        Option "MaxTapTime" "180"
        Option "MaxTapMove" "110"
        Option "ClickTime" "0"
        Option "EmulateMidButtonTime" "75"
        Option "VertScrollDelta" "10"
        Option "HorizScrollDelta" "0"
        Option "MinSpeed" "0.45"
        Option "MaxSpeed" "0.75"
        Option "AccelFactor" "0.020"
        Option "EdgeMotionMinSpeed" "200"
        Option "EdgeMotionMaxSpeed" "200"
        Option "UpDownScrolling" "1"
        Option "CircularScrolling" "0"
        Option "CircScrollDelta" "0.1"
        Option "CircScrollTrigger" "2"
        Option "SHMConfig" "true"
EndSection

Restart X and you will have scrolling plus single tap on the lower right hand corner will give you right click and single tap on the top right hand corner will give you middle click.

4. To make your FN keys work (brightness, volume, hibernate, S1 and S2) follow and implement instructions in the discussions in

http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-335267-postdays-0-postorder-asc-start-0.html

and

http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=88611

5. For modem to work you need to upgrade to Edgy Eft Ubuntu 6.10. Then go to http://linuxant.com and click on hsfmodem download. Use cnxinstall utility which will download, compile and install the driver. Remember to reboot after installation or else modem will not work.

SergioZanchetta/Old/SonyVaio_VGN-FS630W (last edited 2010-02-26 16:20:51 by primes2h)