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    vpcf115fm - no nvidia video drivers work

    I have the sony vpcf115fm core i7 laptop with the nvidia gt 330m mobile video card running Ubuntu 9.10 and have not been able to get any of the nvidia drivers working. I have tried the 195.30 and 190.53. Has anyone else had any luck with this laptop?

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    Re: vpcf115fm - no nvidia video drivers work

    I'm struggling with the same problem with a Nvidia Geforce Go 7600.
    What are your symptoms? Can you install them and do they not work? Or do you have problems installing them? If so, have a look at EnvyNG.

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    Re: vpcf115fm - no nvidia video drivers work

    The drivers install and upon reboot I get a black screen. I then have to boot up in recovery mode and restore my xorg.conf to the original using the "Vesa" drivers. Ubuntu runs fine other than the video card. Right now the max resolution I can get with the current driver is 800x600, which makes everything really big on the desktop.

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    Re: vpcf115fm - no nvidia video drivers work

    Works perfectly. I have both external and internal LCDs running.
    Use the xorg.conf below and follow the steps.

    1. Make sure you have the latest nvidia drivers installed for your kernel first.

    2. Boot into Windows. Download Phoenix EDID Designer. http://www.tucows.com/preview/329441
    Use the export function and ensure it's in RAW format.

    3. Boot into Ubuntu. Change the CustomEDID Option (See below) for /etc/X11/xorg.conf to match the path of the EDID raw file.

    4. Restart X.


    Code:
    Section "ServerLayout"
    
        Identifier     "Layout0"
        Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
        Screen      1  "Screen1" RightOf "Screen0"
        InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
        InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
        Option         "Xinerama" "1"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Files"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    
        # generated from default
        Identifier     "Mouse0"
        Driver         "mouse"
        Option         "Protocol" "auto"
        Option         "Device" "/dev/psaux"
        Option         "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
        Option         "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    
        # generated from default
        Identifier     "Keyboard0"
        Driver         "kbd"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
    
        # HorizSync source: edid, VertRefresh source: edid
        Identifier     "Monitor0"
        VendorName     "Unknown"
        ModelName      "MS_ Nvidia Default Flat Panel"
        Option         "DPMS"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
    
        # HorizSync source: unknown, VertRefresh source: unknown
        Identifier     "Monitor1"
        VendorName     "Unknown"
        ModelName      "DELL S2009W"
        Option         "DPMS"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
        Identifier     "Device0"
        Driver         "nvidia"
        VendorName     "NVIDIA Corporation"
        BoardName      "GeForce GT 330M"
        BusID          "PCI:1:0:0"
        Screen          0
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
        Identifier     "Device1"
        Driver         "nvidia"
        VendorName     "NVIDIA Corporation"
        BoardName      "GeForce GT 330M"
        BusID          "PCI:1:0:0"
        Screen          1
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
        Identifier     "Screen0"
        Device         "Device0"
        Monitor        "Monitor0"
        DefaultDepth    24
        Option         "TwinView" "0"
        Option         "ConnectedMonitor" "DFP-0,CRT"
        Option         "CustomEDID" "DFP-0:/etc/X11/sonyedid.raw"
        Option         "metamodes" "DFP-0: nvidia-auto-select +0+0"
        SubSection     "Display"
            Depth       24
        EndSubSection
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
        Identifier     "Screen1"
        Device         "Device1"
        Monitor        "Monitor1"
        DefaultDepth    24
        Option         "TwinView" "0"
        Option         "ConnectedMonitor" "DFP-0,,CRT"
        Option         "metamodes" "CRT: nvidia-auto-select +0+0"
        SubSection     "Display"
            Depth       24
        EndSubSection
    EndSection

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    Re: vpcf115fm - no nvidia video drivers work

    That worked....I changed the xorg.conf so it did not look for second device:

    Section "Monitor"

    # HorizSync source: edid, VertRefresh source: edid
    Identifier "Monitor0"
    VendorName "Unknown"
    ModelName "MS_ Nvidia Default Flat Panel"
    Option "DPMS"
    EndSection

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Device0"
    Driver "nvidia"
    VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation"
    BoardName "GeForce GT 330M"
    BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
    Screen 0
    EndSection

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Device1"
    Driver "nvidia"
    VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation"
    BoardName "GeForce GT 330M"
    BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
    Screen 1
    EndSection

    Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Screen0"
    Device "Device0"
    Monitor "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth 24
    Option "TwinView" "0"
    Option "ConnectedMonitor" "DFP-0,CRT"
    Option "CustomEDID" "DFP-0:/etc/X11/sonyedid.raw"
    Option "metamodes" "DFP-0: nvidia-auto-select +0+0"
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 24
    EndSubSection
    EndSection

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    Re: vpcf115fm - no nvidia video drivers work

    neo4228,
    So everything works? I am thinking of also getting a vcpf115fm, and I want to be sure that I can use ubuntu.
    Are you getting full resolution and color depth? Does suspend work when you close the lid? Do you know if
    the HDMI output works with this workaround?

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    Re: vpcf115fm - no nvidia video drivers work

    Quote Originally Posted by dabrue View Post
    neo4228,
    So everything works? I am thinking of also getting a vcpf115fm, and I want to be sure that I can use ubuntu.
    Are you getting full resolution and color depth? Does suspend work when you close the lid? Do you know if
    the HDMI output works with this workaround?
    Everything works for me besides the following (but they may work just great with the right config/drivers) :

    1. The internal speakers. Line out does work though. I think this is due to a missing or incorrect intel audio driver.
    2. Never tried HDMI.

    What else works :
    1. Full resolution with color depth and external monitors works perfectly. Using the latest NVidia drivers.
    2. Suspend/resume works perfectly.
    3. Full hibernate/wake works perfectly.
    4. SD port, eSata (fast!) works great too.
    5. Sound controls and brightness etc.

    This laptop is fast ! (Almost never see more than 30% CPU usage even when running VMware). The internal hard drive is the bottle neck.

    Have fun !

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    Re: vpcf115fm - no nvidia video drivers work

    Excellent, thanks for the info!

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    Re: vpcf115fm - no nvidia video drivers work

    So it looks like I got the video working all right, the advice you gave definitely did it. However, Ubuntu 9.10 does not seem to recognize the wireless card and does not claim to have a wifi device. Was there anything special that needed done for this? Other google searching so far has not turned up anything.

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    Re: vpcf115fm - no nvidia video drivers work

    Quote Originally Posted by dabrue View Post
    So it looks like I got the video working all right, the advice you gave definitely did it. However, Ubuntu 9.10 does not seem to recognize the wireless card and does not claim to have a wifi device. Was there anything special that needed done for this? Other google searching so far has not turned up anything.
    Get the latest compat-wireless drivers and follow the install instructions. The driver works great.
    http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Download/stable/

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