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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Sony VAIO Z laptop.

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.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Sony Vaio Z. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Sony Vaio Z page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Sony Vaio Z specifications page.

NameSony VAIO Z
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
PlatformIntel Centrino 2
Screen13.1“ WXGA or WXGA+ Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB DDR3 1066
HDDUp to 320GB HDD or 2x64GB SSD
Optical DriveDVD or BD
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce 9300M GS with 128/256MB and Intel GMA X4500HD
NetworkEthernet, Intel 5100AGN 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Tested withUbuntu 8.10
Optical DriveWorks
Graphicskind of works
SoundWorksStill unable to get microphone working
ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderPartialy works SD card reader working out of the box Magic gate not yet tested
ExpressCard SlotWorks Work with an Option GT Express
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
Webcamworks Blue screen with kopete works with aMSN and skype


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Lorriekal, 2016/11/25 18:54

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It is the most popular software for internet-marketing.
Thanks you.

Denys (dpcat237), 2010/10/26 07:20

I have Sony Vaio Z (VPCZ11C5E) and here ( I explain how I resolved (thanks to another people too) this problem :))

MIichel Bouchet, 2010/09/23 04:16

This is is interesting information.

I have a Sony Vaio VGN-Z92JS.
I am now trying to get the driver NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-256.53 work on Debian, but I still can't.

kumpa, 2010/06/25 16:52


i am in trouble. i have vpcz1 (2010,q1,quad,ssd,intel/nvidia gpu) and failed to install ubuntu by following every manual i could find. After i dismantled raid i still couldnt boot ubuntu after completing installation. Any tips ?

abc, 2010/06/25 20:11

Same here. It's a real shame because the vpcz11c5e (4*64GB ssd, 1920*1050, raid 0, intel/nvidia gpu, 6GB RAM) would fly like a rocket and be a great pleasure to use with Ubuntu 10.04 (a fantastic release that worked perfectly on my previous Vaio, a vgn-z56vg).
I would welcome any news/release that gives hope of a future version or patched disc that will “just work” and install correctly/run off the CD.
So… stuck with Windows 7, for now.

watz, 2010/07/01 22:15


got same problem here. You can install Ubuntu 10.04 on the VAIO VPCZ11C5E with the Alternate CD.

After the reboot, you have to change your loading linux boot line in Grub.
Add the options “nomodeset i8042.nopnp text” Otherwise the switch to framebuffer will kill your console and without the i8042.nopnp option your touchpad won't work.
“text” will force Ubuntu to the text console without starting X/GDM.

Then log in as root and create a xorg.conf in /etc/X11 using the driver “vesa”. Don't define any “BUS” statements!
That will give you at least X with 1024×768 resolution. You can then remove the “text” option from the boot command line.

The Ubuntu NVDIA drivers won't work. Same with the “intel” drivers, which will result into a kernel oops.

You can try the latest NVIDIA Driver binaries from the NVIDIA website (256.x). The module will compile and also load. But when it comes to start X the NVIDIA driver will complain about “unable to load vbios” in syslog.

It is really a shame not to implement proper ACPI tables in the BIOS. That really sucks, SONY! I also watched out for new BIOS releases! Now you can download a new BIOS release BIOS - R2074C3. What does it fix? The processing of the BIOS password is changed. THX SONY!

tobioetiker, 2010/07/23 23:05

same problem … any success in the mean time ?

tester, 2010/05/03 10:45

I see, this is an old thread, however, I managed to install the latest Ubuntu 10.04 on my Vaio Z690J, among other things fingerprint reader works as well, graphic card switching doesn't work as I wish it could (not like native system on Windows 7 for instance)…oh I run the thingy through wubi install anyways…

oncle jules, 2010/05/09 12:26

If you have more information to do a proper installation of Linux with the graphic interface working, I am interested in. I am trying to install Mandriva 2010 and I do not succeed with the nVidia card.
thxBold Text

Ron, 2009/01/26 16:30

I just recently purchase a Sony Vaio Z and was thinking of installing linux. My concern was getting most hardware to work but eventually it will change in a due time. My question is, are you installing linux in dual boot with windows or full linux install?

xion.luhnis, 2009/01/12 18:42

The new launchpad webpage is on
It has been moved and is no more a subgroup of ubuntu-laptop.

Ben2K, 2009/12/19 19:48

This group seems to be dead. Are there any active groups for Z-Series owners?

fuchikoma28, 2008/12/15 00:18

Hi when y have more time i will try to fix more things, and post the results here. And if someone knows other posts or threads about this laptop please post the links here or send me an email, or if someone knows how to fix more things please contact me too

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