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Sony VAIO VGN-TXN Series


This is a guide to running Linux with the Sony VAIO VGN-TXN series laptop. This is a very small laptop with some good internal specifications.

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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NameSony VAIO VGN-TXN Series
ProcessorIntel Core Solo U1400 1.2GHz (1.33GHz in TXN27N)
Screen11.1“ WXGA
RAM1GB (2GB in TXN27N)
HDD80GB (100 in TXN27N)
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Card ReaderTexas Instruments 5-in-1 Multimedia Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD)
Network10/100 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11a/b/g Wireless, Bluetooth
Fingerprint Reader0483:2016 SGS Thomson Microelectronics Fingerprint Reader
Other2 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
SoundYesUse the snd-hda-intel module
WirelessYesUse ipw3945 module
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderYesUse tifm_sd, listed “experimental” in 2.6.22
Fingerprint ReaderNoDrivers exist, but Sony used custom firmware


The VGN-TXN's screen uses a native resolution of 1366×768 but because of how the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 functions this resolution would need to be configured first with the 915reolution tool. You can see how to do this by following our Configuring the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 & 950 guide.

Unfortunately, most of the special buttons are software controlled, so scripting is needed to make use of the volume/mute, wireless mode, screen brightness, and VGA-out butons.


This small size laptop works really well with Linux. The Sony VAIO VGN-TXN was able to install Linux easily with only some minor setup work required.


vaio on linux, 2012/12/03 18:18


works out of the box in GNU/Linux Ubuntu 12.10


~ 56 FPS

be careful: ethernet interface is in eth0 and wifi card in eth1 (not in wlanX) ⇒ I configured this with wicd-preferences (not tested on network manager)

not working:

mute, volume controls,… buttons of the vaio.

Only works the wifi/bluetooth on/off switch

I don't know if they are broken. It's an old and used laptop, but it doesn't matter…

[ Extra note (independent on OS) Works without battery inserted. ]

Evgeni, 2011/12/04 19:37

Everything works absolutely perfect! (Exept the finger print reader - don't need it)
In fact, my Sony TXN15P got “second life” after long time suffering with “slow death” onboard Windows XP.
Ubuntu 11.10 is runnung really FAST on it!
Highly reccomended!

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