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Framebuffer

The NVidia GeForce Go 7600 in this model was very gentle in order to set up a framebuffer at boot. It's the usual procedure as written in several howtos: just make sure you don't compile anything hardware specific and make sure it's compiled into the kernel. I can verify that vesafb mode 0x318 is working.

Networking

Wireless: See this guide.

Wired: Just make sure you select Intel PRO/100+ support in the kernel and you're done.

Webcam

Webcam works great with lastest "gspca" driver (gspcav1-20061216).

Bluetooth

Works fine with kernel built-in drivers, no problems.

PC Card

See this guide. The socket is yenta-compatible.

Suspend2Disk

I used a suspend2 kernel which is already patched with the suspend2 sources. I only had to remove the blacklisting of the nvidia module and it worked.

Suspend2RAM

Doesn't work yet. The display simply doesn't power up. If you have success here please let me know.

Onboard buttons and Fn keys

About the onboard buttons (S1 S2 Vol- Vol+ (un)Mute), as far as i'm concerned only the (un)Mute buttons seems to actually work. As i press any other key it doesnt appear anything, except for the Vol- button that returns a " ~ " to the console. Anything regarding these little buttons is much apreciated =D

Strangely I never had a problem wih the Fn key... I just selected the <Generic 105-key (intl)> keyboard. but as this was selected the Fn keys (or numpad equivalent) work like this:

-if you want to use the arrow keys just press Fn and the respective key, i.e:
                                       .7 = home . 8 = up . 9 = PgUp
                                       .4 = left . 5 = <nothing> . 6 = right
                                       .1 = End . 2 = down . 3 = PgDown
                      P.S: For this to happen certify that the NumLk key is DISABLED.
-if you want to use the keys as a regular keyboard numpad, just ENABLE the NumLk key and you'll be using the keyboard as if you were on windows pressing the Fn key (you'll use the value printed as blue on the key.
-to use the ScrLk key just press Fn + NumLk

P.S.S: I haven't tried (got them to work =P ) these keys yet:

  -Pause
  -Break
  -Suspend
  -Zoom
  -Brightness 
  -Display change

Volume -/+ with hotkeys

Insert the following in /usr/share/hotkeys/sony-vaio-fe.def

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<definition>
<CONFIG model="Sony Vaio FX Keyboard">
<VolUp        keycode="176" adj="2"/>
<VolDown      keycode="174" adj="2"/>
<Mute         keycode="160"/>
</CONFIG>
<contributor>
<name>Alexander Jordan</name>
<email>ajordan@spittix.de</email>
</contributor> 
</definition>

VGN-FZ19VN

This kind of vaio has a cricular button on the top-left corner for audio playback functions, this hotkey configuration file works

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<definition>
<CONFIG model="Sony Vaio FX Keyboard">
<VolUp        keycode="176" adj="2"/>
<VolDown      keycode="174" adj="2"/>
<Mute         keycode="160"/>
<PrevTrack    keycode="144" />
<Play         keycode="162" />
<Stop         keycode="164" />
<NextTrack    keycode="153" />
</CONFIG>
<contributor>
<name>Pablo yaggi</name>
<email>pyaggi at NoSpam alsurdelsur dot com</email>
</contributor>
</definition>

/etc/hotkeys.conf

Kbd=sony-vaio-fe
CDROM=/dev/cdrom

--62.101.40.46 19:13, 24 February 2007 (UTC)vip3r

Note: You may need to install 'hotkeys' : > sudo aptitude install hotkeys

Note: I don't try: http://www.pihhan.info/sony/sony-hotkeys.html

Backlight dimming

Works using smartdimmer.

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