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This is a guide to running Linux with the Sony VGN-SZ Series laptop. This should cover the the VGNSZ18GP, VGNSZ25GP, VGNSZ28GP, VGNSZ3XP VGNSZ34GP and VGNSZ38GP.
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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|Name||Sony VAIO VGN-SZ Series|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T2300 1.66GHz to T7200 2.0GHz|
|RAM||512MB to 2048MB|
|HDD||60GB to 120GB|
|Graphics||Nvidia Geforce 7400 (speed mode) or Intel i945 in stamina mode|
|Network||10/100 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||2 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Webcam, Fingerprint reader|
|Sound||Yes||Use the snd-hda-intel module|
|Ethernet||Yes||Use the sky2 module|
|Wireless||Yes||Use ipw3945 module (before kernel 2.6.22), out of the box with iwlwifi drivers|
|Bluetooth||Yes||Tested with bluetooth mouse, mobile phone (obex, internet connection)|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Firewire||Yes||work out of the box with a firewire harddrive|
|MemoryStick Duo Reader||Yes|
|Camera||Partially||Use http://www.palmix.org/r5u870-en.html driver (deprecated since kernel 2.6.30) but may work with UVC module (Not tested)|
|Thumbprint Scanner||Locked by Sony||for more details see : http://reactivated.net/fprint/wiki/Unsupported_devices#UPEK_devices_in_Sony_laptops|
For the Geforce 7400 graphic processor you can use either one of the open source nv module or proprietary 'nvidia' module from NVIDIA. For OpenGL support you will need the proprietary module.
Stamina mode can be manage with a simple startup script switching the xorg.conf for the intel chip o the nvidia chip using a simple lspci. you can get an exemple (sorry in french) here.
Stamina mode increase at least one hour of battery life, but switching between modes is available only with a complete reboot…
NOTE : That solution doesn't work at all on Centrino 2 systems (for exemple vaio Z series) or new AMD mobile platform using “discrete graphic card feature” (also called “Dynamic Hybrid Graphics System”).
You will need to use kernel version 2.6.17 or later for the ethernet controller in the SZ to function.
The webcam in the SZ works with this driver.
Note : this procedure is working with 2.6.32 kernel : http://www.slax.org/forum.php?action=view&parentID=57409
Linux support for the Sony VAIO VGN-SZ Series is quite good. The installation went through fine and hardware support is great.