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    No xserver on Sony Vaio Pro 13

    On a week old Vaio (svp132a1cm) I managed to install Kubuntu 13.04 alongside Windows 8 (disabling secure boot, setting the bios to legacy and running boot-repair after the install).

    Grub works, it starts Windows and it starts Linux though not without editing the entry. I have to delete the gfxmode entry and add nomodeset as a kernel parameter. Otherwise Linux stops booting with the message
    Code:
    fb conflicting fb hw usage inteldrmfb vs efi vga - removing generic driver
    But the edited entry only offers a login on the standard ttys, the xserver doesn't start.

    When I compare the X.org logfile of the installed system and the one on the install stick I fiind that this line
    Code:
    config/udev: Adding drm device (/dev/dri/card0)
    is missing on the installed system. In fact there isn't even a directory /dev/dri

    lspci says
    Code:
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
        Subsystem: Sony Corporation Device 90b6
        Flags: fast devsel, IRQ 16
        Memory at f7000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4M]
        Memory at e0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
        I/O ports at f000 [size=64]
        Expansion ROM at <unassigned> [disabled]
        Capabilities: [90] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit-
        Capabilities: [d0] Power Management version 2
        Capabilities: [a4] PCI Advanced Features
    Any hints?

    Thanks.

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    Re: No xserver on Sony Vaio Pro 13

    Kubuntu 13.10 solves all mentioned problems (apart from wifi) and allows a UEFI install from the stick. But for some reason grub now doesn't boot Windows 8 and simply restarts.

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    [Solved] Re: No xserver on Sony Vaio Pro 13

    For some reason grub installed a bootmgfw.efi that wasn't working. But there was a backup file
    Code:
    /boot/efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bkpbootmgfw.efi
    Renaming a copy of this file to bootmgfw.efi and running update-grub solved the problem.

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    Re: No xserver on Sony Vaio Pro 13

    Hi, I am considering to buy the same laptop and wanted to see how you are getting on with it. I will not bual boot and usually use Debian rather than Ubuntu but would be interested in your overall experience with this laptop. Is everything else working for you?

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: No xserver on Sony Vaio Pro 13

    Hi,

    it's not my laptop, I installed Ubuntu for someone else. Next week I'll probably learn more on how it works. I'll let you know. But you should probably try it with Debian testing (jessie) and a current kernel. (Ubuntu 13.10 uses Linux 3.10, iirc). Wifi still doesn't work but you could temporarily use one of the small usb-wifi-sticks.

    Regards.

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    Re: No xserver on Sony Vaio Pro 13

    Most things seem to work - at least I haven't heard anything to the contrary. Only exception (apart from wifi): It's not possible to watch films: mplayer and dragonplayer only play the audio and show a green screen.

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    Re: No xserver on Sony Vaio Pro 13

    How about VLC?

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