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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.


   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)
   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


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'