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Sony Vaio X


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For full specifications see the Sony Vaio X specifications page.

NameSony Vaio X
ProcessorIntel Atom Z550 processor : 2.0 GHz, 533MHz FSB, 512KB On-Die L2 Cache
Screen11.1“ WXGA (1366×768)
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 500
RAMUp to 2GB
Optical DriveNo
802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

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EthernetNot Tested
WirelessNot Tested
BluetoothNot Tested
USBNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested


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Christian Thompson, 2014/11/02 01:09

I have just installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on the Sony Vaio X.

Out of the box, the system was functional, but slow due to the graphics. I did some googling and found how to disable some of the desktop effects which definitely speeded things up. Basically, anything with transparency will be painfully slow. Unfortunately, the transparency and effect with the desktop search/lens could not be disabled, but otherwise everything was fine.

I ended up installing Gnome Metacity DM and it runs so much better - highly recommended.

I still have two problems, one minor, and one major:

1) I cannot control the screen brightness. Not a big deal, but the battery will run out faster. I will keep searching on this one.

2) Sound playback is incredibly choppy - I cannot watch YouTube videos, or play MP3 files. Hopefully, I will find some workaround.

But, if you only want surf the web, do light word processing, and have something super light to take on holiday it's a great little laptop.

Christian Thompson, 2014/11/02 11:57


I got the screen brightness controls to work by using the method found here:

I edited grub and added the line about acpi_brightness=vendor and all is well.

Don't forget to do sudo grub-update afterwards and reboot.

Now to fix the sound…

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