I know this stuff is old (Ubuntu 10.04 is coming soon) and probably you can find better guides online.
I just wanted to upload here some content from my old site .
FYI, I am not currently using the VAIO, but I’d like to suggest you some resources if you want to successfully install linux on your classy laptop:
- A VAIO Z (mine is model Z11MN/B) with Windows XP installed (if you have Vista or 7, you have to downgrade it before);
- An empty CD rom;
- A bunch of spare hours… And some good music 🙂
- Get and ISO image of Ubuntu 9.04 (you can choose between 32 and 64 bit versions – I personally recommend the 64 bit edition if you have 4 GB of RAM);
- Burn it onto a cd and put it in the drive;
- Reboot and follow the installation instructions;
- After having completed the full installation of Ubuntu, put the graphics switch on “SPEED” position, then reboot XP;
- Reboot again into Ubuntu and see if the small green led is on “SPEED” (otherwise, reboot again XP and retry);
- Open a terminal and type:
(this will let you log in as superuser, as the following command lines are to be executed as superuser)
cp /proc/acpi/dsdt DSDT
apt-get install iasl
iasl -d DSDT
- Now look for a line containing:
Store (0x03E8, OSYS)
- Replace it with:
Store (0x07D6, OSYS)
iasl -tc DSDT
cp DSDT.aml /etc/initramfs-tools/DSDT.aml
dpkg-reconfigure linux-image-$(uname -r)
- Now, after a reboot with XP, you’ll have just the Intel card enabled, without needing to reboot XP anymore to switch it.
After this procedure, the backlight won’t be adjustable unless you add this:
- Write on it:
xrandr –output LVDS –set BACKLIGHT_CONTROL legacy
- Save and exit from gedit;
chmod a+x /etc/init.d/mybacklight.sh
update-rc.d mybacklight.sh defaults
Still to fixup:
- F5, F6 keys won’t work for backlight adjusting, nor will the S1, S2 and DVD eject buttons;
- Other minor features are not yet supported.
References / credits:
- Shift/Reduce blog (thank you rfer!);
- NotebookReview Forum;
- How to create a startup script on Ubuntu (in Italian).