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Sony Vaio X and Ubuntu 12.04 Precise 31/08/2012 01:57

So, here is how to install Ubuntu 12.04 on a Sony Vaio X (my model: VPCX11S1E).

With minor adjustments, the intel GMA500 video card is now working out of the box.

I don't use the built-in WWAN 3G modem but if you do you should probably keep some driver files from the Windows partition! See this post.

Working:

   LAN + WLAN
   Trackpad with edge scrolling/scroll area (no/disabled multi touch/two-finger scrolling)
   Audio/built-in speakers/microphone and camera (mic really bad though) and volume control
   Graphics with brightness (after fix below)
   USB/Bluetooth
   Suspend (works sometimes, I don't really use/test the suspend feature) 


Not working/tested:

   External VGA
   Graphics boots up with faulty resolution sometimes (including during installation). Just reboot to fix.
   WWAN 3G modem


Steps:

1. Create Ubuntu install USB (info).

2. On the USB, add the following boot options to syslinux.cfg: quiet splash console=tty1 acpi_backlight=vendor acpi_osi=Linux acer_wmi.blacklist=yes mem=1920mb

3. Install Ubuntu from USB and reboot (to a black screen).

4. Fix the black screen by dropping to console (Crtl-Alt-F1) and log in. sudo nano /etc/default/grub

  1. Change GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash console=tty1 acpi_backlight=vendor acpi_osi=Linux acer_wmi.blacklist=yes mem=1920mb"
  2. Change GRUB_GFXMODE=1366x768x32
  3. Add GRUB_GFXPAYLOAD_LINUX=1366x768x32

sudo update-grub sudo nano /etc/grub.d/01_915resolution# Add echo insmod 915resolution

  1. Add echo 915resolution 58 1366 768 32

sudo chmod a+x /etc/grub.d/01_915resolution sudo reboot

5. Fix suspend: sudo nano /etc/pm/config.d/gma500

  1. Add ADD_PARAMETERS='-quirk-vbemode-restore'