04 Nov 2010 20:21
TAGS: linux maverick sony ubuntu vaio
Recently I updated the Ubuntu I'm using on my laptop to version 10.10 (codename Maverick).
Although things work pretty good, I had to do some tricks to make it work in specific areas.
It seems tpm* modules (who knows what they are for?) break this. Putting file like this:
# With these modules loaded suspend doesn't work blacklist tpm blacklist tpm_bios blacklist tpm_tis blacklist tpm_infineon
to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-tpm.conf (and rebooting) solves the problem for me.
Brightness buttons not working
Run this code in terminal:
while true; do line=`acpi_listen | head -n 1`; if echo "$line" | grep 'sony/hotkey SPIC 00000001 00000010'; then xbacklight -dec 25 -time 0 -steps 1 smartdimmer -d fi if echo "$line" | grep 'sony/hotkey SPIC 00000001 00000011'; then xbacklight -inc 25 -time 0 -steps 1 smartdimmer -i fi done
You need to have smartdimmer and xbacklight package. The keys kind of work now (but quite lamely).
The Ubuntu font is great. I love it. It seems nouveaux driver (for nVidia card) is really good. It supports multi-monitor configuration via xrandr and other standard stuff. Unfortunately you won't get 3D effects (Compiz) with it and you'll need to install nVidia commercial drivers for it.
Consult Sony Vaio SZ Series And Linux for more (mostly old) information.