Hoary installation report on Sony VGN-S3XP

Matt Zimmerman mdz at ubuntu.com
Thu Mar 31 14:48:20 CST 2005

On Thu, Mar 31, 2005 at 10:20:44PM +0200, Ondřej Surý wrote:
> my new Vaio arrived today so after backing up recovery partion I
> inserted Hoary install CD.

Which version?  Hoary has not been released yet, so there are several
pre-release versions (a new one every day, in fact).

> * 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.

Please file a bug in Bugzilla, Package: pcmcia-cs.

> * 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?).

It probably should, yes.  Please file a bug in Bugzilla (Package:
base-installer, Severity: enhancement).

> * 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

This is working fine here.  The error being received is EINVAL ("Invalid

Is this a completely default install, or did you make changes to it?  In
particular, are you using the default kernel?

I have exactly the same device that you do:

mine:  0000:02:02.0 Network controller: Intel Corp. PRO/Wireless 2200BG (rev 05)

yours: 0000:06:0b.0 Network controller: Intel Corp. PRO/Wireless 2200BG (rev 05)

> * 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

We'll be updating the ALSA subsystem after the Hoary release.

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

Can you be more specific?

 - mdz

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