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Sony Vaio S4

Please feel free to contribute here -- Andrei


Contents

Introduction

This is a howto about gentoo linux on Sony Vaio VGN S580.

Install

Follow these steps:

Specs

Various hardware information about Sony VGN S580; please check to see if your laptop is close:

Kernel

Code: cat /proc/version
Linux version 2.6.15-suspend2-r8 (root@localhost) (gcc version 3.4.4 (Gentoo 3.4.4-r1, ssp-3.4.4-1.0, pie-8.7.8)) #1 Sun Apr 30 22:21:38 EEST 2006

Xorg

Networking

Interaction of componens - ifplugd, udevd, wpa_supplicat, etc - depends on version of baselayout. For stable results I recommend 1.12.* such as baselayout-1.12.0_pre19-r2

Ethernet

Detailed hardware information for Intel PRO/100 Ethernet Controller.

I am using:

Reading:

Wireless

Detailed hardware information for Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG.

I am using:

Reading:

Bluetooth

Detailed hardware information for Cambridge Silicon Radio (10).

I am using S580 with K750:

Reading:

Sound

Power Management

Various loosely - dependent power management components must be co-configured:


I use all these components in the following way:

Reading:

Sleep (Suspend to Ram)

Hibernate (Suspend to Disk)

To make suspend2 work you esentially have to go through bunch of trial and error combinations of various versions of kernels, drivers, config parameters. My working combination is listed in Software Summary.

Recommended reading:

As of 2006-05-09 suspend2 almost works:

Currently unresolved issues:

As of 2006-06-03 - funny result: I did a parallel istall of Suse 10.1 and hibernate 100% works out of the box, on AC, on battery, from terminal, from X/KDE.

This Suse uses:

Video

Card

Detailed hardware information for nVidia GeForce Go 6400.

Driver

Recommended reading:

I suggest you use nVidia driver version 1.0.8756:

Remember you need "emerge nvidia-kernel" after each kernel build.

AGP

Recommended reading:

For suspend2 to work with nvidia

Notebook Control

KDE & Sony Laptops

Kde took some steps to better integrate with various laptops FN keys, special keys, LCD controls, etc; this includes for sony in general:

KDE Control Center -> System Administration -> Sony Vaio Laptop

Proprietary S580

Predictibly, in Sony Vaio VGN S580 hardware, there are few gotchas:

Solution

To work around all this I recommend:

Unresolved

Software Summary

This is my (Andrei) working configuration as of 2006-05-09:

Note: "kernel provided ..." below means that if you use recommended kernel source and kernel config, the modules will be created by genkernel build process.

config

portage

kernel

hibernate

net

system

power

ethernet

wifi

bluetooth

notebook control

video

sound

desktop

firewall

Notes

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