Linux on the Sony Vaio VGN-S260

Mike Shade
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Last updated September 19, 2005


I purchased my Sony Vaio VGN-S260 in December of 2004. My intent was to install a distribution of Linux suitable for use as an internet client, multimedia center, and various other day to day tasks. I wanted prolonged battery life, with a higher powered mobile processor and a good amount of RAM. This document serves to outline information relevant to installing and configuring all the devices standard on this light laptop.

The hardware specifics are as follows:

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Reference files:
My xorg.conf
Kernel config file for linux-2.6.11.7 on the Vaio S260.
power.sh A quick 'n dirty power management script utilizing ACPI and spicctrl.
Kernel 2.6.11.8 now running on my Vaio. No changes necessary.

I should note that these steps will work on most of the VGN-S series Vaios. Sony hasn't changed much of the basic hardware through the revisions. The latest models use nVidia graphics adapters instead of the ATI Radeon Mobility series, and previous models use ipw2100 (wireless-b) instead of the Intel 2200B/G the newer models include.

My main concerns were setting up wireless support, 3D acceleration, and powersaving features of Intel's speedstep processor design. I chose Slackware 10.0 as the initial distro, but have been through several others, including Ubuntu, Gentoo, Suse 9.2 and now Slackware 10.1. Nothing too dramatic was required on any of these distros to achieve functionality from the important devices. I have not tried to use Firewire, Bluetooth, or the Sony Memory Stick as I have no hardware which utilizes these functions.


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