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Sony Vaio CW2

Introduction

Installation on that model is not really easy due to lak of support of the graphic card…

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Specifications

NameSony Vaio CW2
ProcessorIntel i3-330M, i5-430M, i5-520M : 2 core (i3) or 2 core with Hyperthread (i5)
Screen14” TFT (1366×768)
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce 310M
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD320GB or 500GB - 5400rpm
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
Blu-Ray Drive
Network10/100/1000
Atheros Wifi link AR9285

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes Blueray not tested
GraphicsYes works out of the box with nvidia drivers 256.44 or higher. With previous driver versions see http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=8748678&postcount=16 for all the procedure to make it work !
not supported at all with Nouveau driver → blacklist the module
HDMINot tested
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessJust works running out of the box but with big performances issues in 2.6.32, works a little better in 2.6.33, there is some patch here ( https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/network-manager/+bug/535222 ) but not tried yet
BluetoothYes
USBYes
FirewireYes
Card ReaderYes
MemoryStick HG Duo Reader NO not detected on kernel 2.6.32 neither with 2.6.33
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
WebcamYes recognized as “uname”, but works out of the box

Notes

2 main troubles i encountered when installing that laptop :
- conflict with nouveau driver with lucid lynx backport (add blacklist nouveau in your /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf *before* install nvidia proprietary driver)
- athk9 module as stability and performance issues see : https://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=14980 for more info. It is usable, but not comfortable !

Summary

Globally, this is not too hard to install that laptop considering 90% of the material is recognized out of the box. The main ugly thing is graphic card because of the lack of support in the nvidia driver and in nouveau. the second thing is wifi with the lack of stability, but it works for day to day web surfing…

Every other parts is working out of the box !


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sony_vaio_cw2.txt · Last modified: 2010/10/11 14:02 (external edit)
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