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bigbrovar
December 5th, 2007, 09:45 PM
My last lappy was a gateway Mt6821 160gb 2 gb ram core2 duo 1.6 intel GMA 945 although the system worked 100% with Ubuntu out of the box.. but i felt the system was not sway enough for Ubuntu so i sold it and went to get a sony vaio fz21e 160gb hdd,2gb ram,nvidia 8400 etc.. now i cant get brightness to work,fn does not work, compiz performance is very slow on the system.. and all of my multimedia keys dont work.. right now am feeling very down :( i just wanted a cool system to run Ubuntu on.. but now i feel like a sucker.. please i would appreciate any help on how i can tackle some of these problems.. thanks

Depressed Man
December 5th, 2007, 10:17 PM
You probably need the Nvidia drivers, for Compiz (and to get the brightness control working). If you search for Sony VAIO on these forums you'll usually find the fixes (I have one myself but it's Intel Integrated).

As for multimedia keys I have no clue, mine doesn't come with any and I'm still waiting for the S1 and S2 buttons as well as Fn to work. Though be sure to post your information in the huge Sony VAIO thread where Intuitive Nipple asks for your DMESG messages or something like that. He's working on that issue.

n3tfury
December 6th, 2007, 12:48 AM
ouch, watch the language.

-grubby
December 6th, 2007, 12:50 AM
well maybe you should think before you buy...I certainly do. Of course, you can always post your problems in the appropriate forums.

lancest
December 6th, 2007, 01:35 AM
Good luck, keep trying. IMHO Because many Ubuntu users are still using Windows they forget to research Linux compatibility before buying.

urukrama
December 6th, 2007, 02:08 AM
See if your laptop is mentioned on www.linux-on-laptops.com (http://www.linux-on-laptops.com/). If it is, you might find info on how to get things working better.

kopinux
December 6th, 2007, 03:09 AM
you may feel down for now, but if you make it work for ubuntu, you might see a glimpse of nirvana.

PurposeOfReason
December 6th, 2007, 03:11 AM
I have a FZ145E, so being the same series, I can help a bit. Of course my graphics are integrated, but you should be able to fix that with restricted drivers.

bigbrovar
December 6th, 2007, 11:33 AM
well maybe you should think before you buy...I certainly do. Of course, you can always post your problems in the appropriate forums.


Good luck, keep trying. IMHO Because many Ubuntu users are still using Windows they forget to research Linux compatibility before buying.

Funny i did a lot of research before buying the system.. i checked all the hardware and was sure there all worked with linux... i went for nvidia bcus i thought it the best Graphic card for running compiz, that was why i didnt buy an ATI, or Intel .. i wanted something that would run compiz smoothly.. in fact compatibility informed my choice of laptops..although i didn't really do a research on line to see if the particular system ran well on Linux.. i thought since most of the drivers ,nvidia,intel wireless card,etc all work on Linux then i wouldn't have a problem.. and infact i don't have much of a problem cus everything from sound to compiz to my dvd drive worked.. only the fn,brightness and the multimedia keys aren't.. and its not just a Linux problem.. even pple who downgraded their system form vista to xp are having exactly the same problems..


you may feel down for now, but if you make it work for Ubuntu, you might see a glimpse of nirvana.

am not really down.. on the contrary .. i love the challenge..cus solving problems on linux help me know more about the OS since am too lazy to do research on my own.. but the problems force me research and that helps me to learn...since Ubuntu is my default OS i don't have a choice..



I have a FZ145E, so being the same series, I can help a bit. Of course my graphics are integrated, but you should be able to fix that with restricted drivers.
thanks bro .. i would surely need ur help so lets get started.. which restricted driver do u i could use?

bigbrovar
December 6th, 2007, 11:38 AM
See if your laptop is mentioned on www.linux-on-laptops.com (http://www.linux-on-laptops.com/). If it is, you might find info on how to get things working better.

its not mentioned but i saw fz18m which is quite close to fz21e that i use.. the bad new is that the page is i a language i dont understand http://www.frank17.it/linux/fz18m.htm

n3tfury
December 6th, 2007, 11:46 AM
well maybe you should think before you buy...I certainly do. Of course, you can always post your problems in the appropriate forums.

must. refrain.

PurposeOfReason
December 6th, 2007, 05:18 PM
Which restricted driver? There should only be one in the options. . .

If not, third post in this thread. I'd read this whole thread actually as their model is almost exactly the same as yours.
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=486861&highlight=vgn-fz+headphone

igknighted
December 6th, 2007, 05:57 PM
the function keys are usually ACPI calls. I think there's a package for Vaio laptop functions, you might look for that. Actually most brands have a package with various laptop functions. You might get screen brightness working this way. As for the other hotkeys (esp multimedia keys) try mapping them with the keyboard shortcuts app in the settings->preferences menu.

EDIT: Your "old" toshiba was a beast of a computer (probably faster than my desktop... and I can run the latest games at playable rates still). Intel's graphics are by far the most linux friendly, and as you said, everything worked. I will grant that Vaio's look quite slick, but it's hard to imagine replacing a computer like your old one.

Depressed Man
December 6th, 2007, 07:38 PM
I'll post link to the threads you should look at soon. Sorry I can't do it right now, as I'm balancing papers, studying for finals, and social events (Maryland basketball game for example).

It may look like all is lost, but VAIOs aren't that bad with Linux, it just requires a little user work to get the extra things working (webcam, card readers, etc..)

bigbrovar
December 9th, 2007, 12:41 PM
Thanks for all the replies and sorry my response is coming late.. i have been out of internet coverage for some times now.. i only get access to the net on weekends when am home from camp.. am currently working out a solution-but i must say that am not having a swell time with my new system.. just last night i found out that sound doesn't work when i connect to an external speaker .. only the laptop speaker works.. pls if any body can help me with a link to a guide / or give suggestions i would be very glad ..cus this problem is driving me to Windows just because i want to listen to my musics thru my external speakers.. and from my signature u can see that windows as been a hellish experience for me.. also been a founding member of my Ubuntu user group in Nigeria .. its actually embarrassing.. when a new user comes for help only to see me using windoze.. :( .. any help would be appreciated..

mips
December 9th, 2007, 01:37 PM
Wait until you have support issues with Sony, thats going to be fun and games. I will not touch Sony with a ten foot pole. They look pretty but thats where it ends.

Depressed Man
December 9th, 2007, 06:05 PM
If you have problems with the FN (function) keys look here. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=309533&highlight=sony+vaio

Though if you have a FE series laptop like mine you have to wait to the .23 kernal

For your Nvidia brightness control problem
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=451781&highlight=sony+vaio

What were your other problems again? (haven't found the speaker issue myself.. so I don't know anything about that). And I apologize for my slow response, like I said. I'm busy juggling papers and finals till next Tuesday.

bigbrovar
December 9th, 2007, 08:48 PM
Depressed Man
Re: Ditched Gateway for Sony Vaio
If you have problems with the FN (function) keys look here. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...ight=sony+vaio

Though if you have a FE series laptop like mine you have to wait to the .23 kernal

For your Nvidia brightness control problem
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...ight=sony+vaio

What were your other problems again? (haven't found the speaker issue myself.. so I don't know anything about that). And I apologize for my slow response, like I said. I'm busy juggling papers and finals till next Tuesday.
thanks mate u are appreciated i would follow up the link u provided.. about the sound .. i have not tested if it worked but i tried this link http://linuxtechie.wordpress.com/2007/10/19/getting-intel-ich8-family-rev-3-sound-card-to-work-in-gutsy/

like i said i have not tested it with an external speaker but u could try it to see if it would work for u.. cheers

NB the other problem i had was my multimedia keys wecam and card reader.. thanks for the help

PurposeOfReason
December 9th, 2007, 09:09 PM
For your sound, go to post two. That's what I did, reboot, and it all worked perfect.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=624072

bigbrovar
December 9th, 2007, 09:21 PM
thanks mahn am checking out the link this very mo..

bigbrovar
December 9th, 2007, 09:32 PM
IT WORKED ! IT WORKED !! IT WORKED !!! IT WORKED !!! .. The sound issue has been solved after i followed the followed the instructions on link
http://linuxtechie.wordpress.com/2007/10/19/getting-intel-ich8-family-rev-3-sound-card-to-work-in-gutsy/ and Whala the sound issue became a thing of the past.. now one less tthing to worry about.. my problems now are just the brightness and the multimedia keys... thanks to everybody that has helped .. u probably would never know how much your reply mean to me .. :guitar: time to PLAY SOME COLDPALY :guitar:

bigbrovar
December 10th, 2007, 02:17 AM
another breakthrough .. multi media key is finally working .. although its past mid night and am outside my school cafe alone and cold.. i wont give up till i get to my nirvana.. any help would be appreciated .. my only problem now is getting brightness to work

Depressed Man
December 10th, 2007, 05:28 AM
The Nvidia brightness control thread I linked you to doesn't work? That's odd.

I didn't have the speaker problem myself (surprisingly..most things worked on my laptop after I installed Gutsy).

For the webcam (MotionEye). It depends on the manufacturer though. It's usually Ricoh.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=289836&highlight=Sony+VAIO

There's a thread for the card reader too but I'll have to look for it later. Mine just worked for me once I installed.