Hoary installation report on Sony VGN-S3XP

Ondřej Surý ondrej at sury.org
Thu Mar 31 14:20:44 CST 2005


my new Vaio arrived today so after backing up recovery partion I
inserted Hoary install CD.  There was few problems along a path to have
Ubuntu running.

* You have to disable pcmcia (hw-detect/start_pcmcia=false)
  If you don't machine will hang, display will go blank and power
  down is only solution.

* At first boot you should switch to recovery mode and uninstall
pcmcia-cs package. (Shouldn't it be disabled automagickaly if you
disable pcmcia at install time?).

* nv video driver works, but sometimes color map is corrupted, can be
fixed by going to console and back

* nvidia driver doesn't work at all, new Fabio's packages fixed that.

* ipw2200 driver is unable to load firmware.  this is upstream issue,
because even newer driver (1.0.2) has same problem, error message is:
ipw2200: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200/2915 Network Driver, 0.19
ipw2200: Copyright(c) 2003-2004 Intel Corporation
ACPI: PCI interrupt 0000:06:0b.0[A] -> GSI 22 (level, low) -> IRQ 22
ipw2200: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
ipw2200: Unable to load ucode
ipw2200: Unable to load firmware: 0xFFFFFFEA
ipw2200: failed to register network device
ipw2200: probe of 0000:06:0b.0 failed with error -5

* sound doesn't work at all, according to some page[1] found on internet
you need latest alsa drivers (even those in 2.6.11.x doesn't work)
1. http://vip-net.org/gentoo_sony_vaio_s3xp.txt

* there are some strange messages during boot, some of them are related
to the fact, that notebook has SATA and DVD+-RW is hda...

Other then these small glitches I am very happy with rest :-)

0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. Mobile Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
0000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. Mobile Memory Controller Hub PCI Express Port (rev 03)
0000:00:1b.0 0403: Intel Corp. 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 03)
0000:00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 03)
0000:00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 03)
0000:00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 03)
0000:00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 03)
0000:00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 03)
0000:00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801 PCI Bridge (rev d3)
0000:00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82801FBM (ICH6M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 03)
0000:00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) IDE Controller (rev 03)
0000:00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801FBM (ICH6M) SATA Controller (rev 03)
0000:00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corp. 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
0000:01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 0167 (rev a1)
0000:06:05.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI7420 CardBus Controller
0000:06:05.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments PCI7x20 1394a-2000 OHCI Two-Port PHY/Link-Layer Controller
0000:06:05.3 Unknown mass storage controller: Texas Instruments PCI7420/PCI7620 Dual Socket CardBus and Smart Card Cont. w/ 1394a-2000 OHCI Two-Port  PHY/Link-Layer Cont. an
0000:06:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corp.: Unknown device 1068 (rev 03)
0000:06:0b.0 Network controller: Intel Corp. PRO/Wireless 2200BG (rev 05)

Ondřej Surý <ondrej at sury.org>

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