Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Sony Vaio SZ series: compatibility and enhancements

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Beans
    23

    Sony Vaio SZ series: compatibility and enhancements

    This forum for discussing laptop installation issues and available enhancements to the system. I have a Vaio VGN SZ 450 N and I trust that many of the solutions I found are applicable to the SZ series and laptops in general.

    Some of the important topics are:

    suspend/hibernate
    camera
    bluetooth
    graphics with dual card nvidia and intel
    fingerprint reader
    memory card reader
    sound and controls


    All of the above work well on my vaio after proper configuration.
    Currently I'm running Ubuntu 8.04.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Beans
    232

    Re: Sony Vaio SZ series: compatibility and enhancements

    Have you posted the "proper configuration" anywhere? I wonder whether it would apply also to the TZ series. I am hoping to get all those things to work on my TZ195N.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Beans
    1

    Re: Sony Vaio SZ series: compatibility and enhancements

    yes, i would be very interested, esspecially in:
    - how to get hibernate/suspend to work
    - installing the fingerprint software and drivers

    my model is a VGN-SZ5XN. i would appreciate sime help

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Beans
    15
    Distro
    Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

    Re: Sony Vaio SZ series: compatibility and enhancements (bluetooth problem)

    Hello!

    I have a new Vaio VGN-SZ71MN/B and, though most things work, I haven't managed to use the bluetooth. Everything seems to be ok, but neither the laptop finds my Sony Ericsson phone, nor the phone finds the laptop.

    Did anybody have the same problem and know how to fix it?

    Thanks a lot!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Beans
    23

    Re: Sony Vaio SZ series: compatibility and enhancements

    I'll try to put my configuration on a web page as soon as I get some time. In the meantime:

    If suspend/hibernate is not working, see my postings on this forum:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...+feisty&page=2

    If someone really needs it, I'll post the instructions for the fingerprint reader, however it won't help much since there are currently no applications I'm aware of that take advantage of this feature. The driver works on my PC and recognizes my finger by giving feedback on the command line. However due to the lack of applications, I can't use it to login the system or in web pages like I do in Vista. So I'm not sure if it's worth the effort for anyone to install the drivers until a suitable application exists for ubuntu. If anyone finds any application for the fingerprint reader please post it.

    For bluetooth, I installed the package bluetooth, and the bluez utils. It can search and find bluetooth devices, including my Motorola V3, transfer files and connect wireless to the internet via cell phone using GPRS and UMTS (this part requires modem configuration as well).

    Here's my bluetooth packages output:

    me@mypc:~$ dpkg -l *blue*
    Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
    | Status=Not/Installed/Config-f/Unpacked/Failed-cfg/Half-inst/t-aWait/T-pend
    |/ Err?=(none)/Hold/Reinst-required/X=both-problems (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
    ||/ Name Version Description
    +++-==============-==============-============================================
    ii bluetooth 3.26-0ubuntu6 Bluetooth stack utilities
    ii bluez-audio 3.26-0ubuntu6 Bluetooth audio support
    ii bluez-cups 3.26-0ubuntu6 Bluetooth printer driver for CUPS
    un bluez-firmware <none> (no description available)
    ii bluez-gnome 0.25-0ubuntu1 Bluetooth utilities for GNOME
    un bluez-pan <none> (no description available)
    un bluez-passkey- <none> (no description available)
    rc bluez-pin 0.30-2.1ubuntu Bluetooth PIN helper with D-BUS support
    un bluez-sdp <none> (no description available)
    ii bluez-utils 3.26-0ubuntu6 Bluetooth tools and daemons
    un gnome-bluetoot <none> (no description available)
    un gtk2-engines-l <none> (no description available)
    pn kdebluetooth <none> (no description available)
    ii libbluetooth2 3.29-0ubuntu1 Library to use the BlueZ Linux Bluetooth sta
    pn libkbluetooth0 <none> (no description available)

    you should be able to detect your device with the following command:
    $ hcitool scan
    Scanning ...
    00:01:E3:25:08:A7 Rudy's Siemens SX1
    Last edited by astadolfo3; July 12th, 2008 at 10:43 PM.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    UK
    Beans
    128

    Re: Sony Vaio SZ series: compatibility and enhancements

    I've just gotten a Sony VGN-SZ71E laptop.

    I have installed Ubuntu 8.10 on it and am glad to report that Ubuntu works well except for the following:

    Webcam - no drivers although supposely you can use the R5U870 driver from this site - http://wiki.mediati.org/R5u870 - my webcam is listed under the supported cameras list but I've not been able to compile the driver. There is a userspace driver available - R5u87x from here: http://lists.mediati.org/archives/r5...er/000053.html but as mentioned is in alpha. Again I wasn't able to compile this either. If anyone have better luck than me, please post

    LCD Brightness setting - this cannot be changed...it's set to very high and can't be reduced despite having installed the suggested tool for this - any solution? It's a huge drain on battery life.

    Graphics - Intel and Nvidia works just fine with Compiz, although after using Nvidia, I switched back to Intel, I'm not able to use Compiz anymore but this just happened so I've not looked into why yet.

    Primarily it's just the LCD brightness and the webcam that's a problem and both are needed (I'm deaf, so I do make a lot of video calls on Skype)

    Suspend - This works. But not if I close screen. I have to activate it manually via menu or Gnome-Do - it seems that Ubuntu cannot detect if I close the screen but this is a minor issue since the workaround is that I'm able to do it very fast via Gnome-Do and suspend works - so far no issues with this aspect.

    Bluetooth - Hardware is detected and present. But both of my phones isn't able to see the laptop even though it's set to present. Using the hcitool scan command, the laptop isn't able to see the phones. I don't know if the bluetooth hardware works as I don't have Vista on laptop to test.

    Apart from the above, I'm able to use the laptop for every day work etc.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Beans
    25
    Distro
    Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron

    Re: Sony Vaio SZ series: compatibility and enhancements

    You may try TJ's PPA archive to get module. Note his packages are not official. See https://launchpad.net/~intuitivenipple/+archive

    For intel graphics card, backlight control does work, but might need some settings. See bugs https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...tup/+bug/95444 and https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...22/+bug/173652. Some reports dimming for Nvidia is possible also, but i dont have one and dont know whether it work for all models.

    as for bluetooth, it worked to me after resetting that interface. It should work to "sudo hciconfig hci0 reset" command. I added parameter to usb_hci module, with reset=1 (i think, i dont write from vaio, see modinfo usb_hci for parameters, search for reset).
    add to (sudoedit) /etc/modprobe.d/sony-laptop:

    option usb_hci reset=1

    It should work then after reboot or module reload. I have another problem however. I dont use or have bluetooth device and i would like to be off to save battery, ubuntu does not easy way to turn it off, maybe because it is connected using usb.

    Suspend and hibernation does work with my intel also, nothing much special needed for it.
    --
    Petr Mensik
    XMPP/Jabber: pihhan@jabber.cipis.net

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    UK
    Beans
    128

    Re: Sony Vaio SZ series: compatibility and enhancements

    Many thanks, some good un's in there. For the webcam, I've since discovered that it's a bug where one cannot compile the r5u870 driver against the latest kernel in Ubuntu 8.10 - see bug report here - http://bugs.mediati.org/r5u870/issue31

    The bluetooth tips you've mentioned - they was a great help, I've reset it and it now works so I'll add it into the script as suggested although when I'll reboot is something else (uptime for me usually measures in days/weeks as I usually only suspend the laptop rather than shutting down).

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Mexico
    Beans
    8
    Distro
    Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn

    Re: Sony Vaio SZ series: compatibility and enhancements

    Quote Originally Posted by pihhan View Post
    It should work then after reboot or module reload. I have another problem however. I dont use or have bluetooth device and i would like to be off to save battery, ubuntu does not easy way to turn it off, maybe because it is connected using usb.

    this script turn off bluetooth (and the blue led)
    Code:
    #!/bin/bash
    echo "0" > /sys/devices/platform/sony-laptop/bluetoothpower
    it would be good to assign this script to a key-shortcup

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •