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This document intended to help those who are happy enough to call a Sony Vaio N130G their own. This document uses the Sony Vaio VGN-FE21M page as a template.


Being a Centrino Duo notebook, the laptop uses an Intel 945GM chipset. I was able to use the i910 Linux kernel driver and the Xorg i810 driver successfully. The latest version of each are the most stable, though it will still glitch out during movie playback. While the glitch does not crash the system, after the glitch, you will no longer be able to play videos using the xv driver. A reboot fixes that problem.


Wireless: See this guide.

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


I don't use Bluetooth, so I have no way of verifying this.

Five-in-one Memory Stick Reader

lcpci reports this device as:

08:03.2 Mass storage controller: Texas Instruments 5-in-1 Multimedia Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD)

I have not had a use for this, so I cannot verify this.


I do not have firewire support, so I have not tested this. The ethernet-on-firewire module loads up, but that is also untested.


I used a suspend2 kernel which is already patched with the suspend2 sources. I removed the documented blacklisted modules, however, the system still failed to suspend.


I have not gotten this to work.

Onboard buttons and Fn keys

From original document:

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:

  -Display change

Volume -/+ with hotkeys

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

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<CONFIG model="Sony Vaio FX Keyboard">
<VolUp        keycode="176" adj="2"/>
<VolDown      keycode="174" adj="2"/>
<Mute         keycode="160"/>
<name>Alexander Jordan</name>



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

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

Backlight dimming

From original document:

Works using smartdimmer.


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