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Sony VAIO VGN-C Series

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Sony VAIO VGN-C laptop. The VGN-C series is a smaller size laptop which also has great Linux compatibility.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

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Specifications

NameSony VAIO VGN-C Series
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T5500 1.66GHz
Screen13.3“ WXGA
RAM2GB
HDD160GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Network10/100 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth
Other2 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYesUse the snd-hda-intel module
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse the ipw3945 module
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested

Notes

With the native screen resolution of the VAIO VGN-C being 1280×800 you will need to use the 915resolution tool to get the display working at this resolution. For instructions on how to use the 915resolution tool can be found in the Configuring the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 & 950 guide.

Summary

It was pretty straight forward to install Linux on the Sony VAIO VGN-C. Only some minor configuration with 915resolution was required to get the laptop working well.


Discussion

mawalien, 2008/08/07 01:55

UBUNTU on VGN-C250N sux

Hi all.

Just to let you know that after installing Ubuntu 8 on this laptop, I found the following problems that HAVENT been resolved by anyone yet:

1 - Power/ACPI issue: In order to start the installation process, you need to unplug the power adapter, and run on battery only. This also applies to booting up a fully installed and updated system also. I have seen this problem mention by many other people on various forums, but a fix has not been found yet.

2 - Internal power management settings in Ubuntu are erratic + unstable. Sometimes they don't activate, leaving the system running at full kilt running on a battery, or running at half steam while plugged in.

thats about it…

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