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Sony Vaio PCG-FX190

This page will tell you how I got a Sony Vaio PCG-FX190 to work with Ubuntu 10.10. It's an older laptop, I am using it because the Lord gave it to us. We wanted another laptop since one of our daughters was going to start video school. We had an even older one and I gave up on it. While putting it in the dumpster, sitting on the lid of the dumpster was this Vaio in a plastic bag with AC adapter, original manuals, CDs, etc. Praise the Lord! I upgraded the RAM to 512MB and bought a new battery, less than $60 and it works great for web and documents.

Specs:
Model PCG-FX190 (from the top of the machine) / PCG-951A (from the bottom of the machine, strange)
Video: 1400x1050, i815, video RAM is shared with machine RAM, I use 32M
Battery: PCGA-BP71
256MB, 144-pin SODIMM, SDRAM, PC100, low density (16 chip) memory module

Mostly everything works out of the box.

Video:
It's a bit difficult to install since the screen flickers without an /etc/xorg.conf file. After installing, put the attached xorg.conf in /etc/xorg.conf.

Suspend:
Download and install the following:
99quirks in /etc/pm/config.d
20imagesize in /etc/pm/sleep.d
74chvt in /etc/pm/sleep.d

Modem:
IIRC, minicom worked to get responses to ATIx commands. I didn't test as I don't have a dial-up provider nor a land line.

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20imagesize
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Pat Double,
Nov 8, 2010, 9:21 PM
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74chvt
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Pat Double,
Nov 8, 2010, 9:21 PM
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99quirks
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Pat Double,
Nov 20, 2010, 6:26 AM
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xorg.conf
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Pat Double,
Nov 6, 2010, 10:41 AM
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