VPCZ114GX

Sony Data Sheet for VPCZ114GX (warning: PDF)

Hardware

- intel i5-520M (2.40GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.93GHz)
- integrated graphic card: intel HM57 Express graphic
- discreet graphic card: NVIDIA GeForce GT330M (CUDA hybrid graphics)
- 192GB Solid State Drive SATA
- 8GB ram(Max)
- wifi
- bluetooth
- webcam 0.3 Mp
- 3ea usb 2.0 ports
- screen size 13.1"
- backlit display (1600x900)
- backlit keyboard
- 9 cell battery

Linux distribution

- Ubuntu 11.04 kernel: 2.6.38-11-generic-pae
- Ubuntu 12.04 kernel: 3.2.0-24-generic

Installation process

  1. (optional) Install custom Advanced BIOS to be able to use the Hybrid Graphics Switch in Ubuntu.
  2. Install Ubuntu 11.04 as normal but select /dev/mapper/isw_dgjgchief_Volume0 for GRUB installation to ensure booting.
  3. If you will be using the proprietary NVIDIA graphics driver, the machine may hang during startup when it's installed. To work around this, set 'APIC - IO APIC Mode' to 'Disabled' in the 'Advanced', 'ACPI Table/Features Control' menu of the BIOS (access the BIOS by hitting the F2 key on startup).

What works out of the box

- intel graphics with normal visual effects (compiz)
- wireless
- network
- webcam
- usb ports
- backlit keyboard
- VGA out on an Acer AL1716 monitor 1280x1024 (works with NVIDIA driver as well)
- suspend [stamina]
- most of function keys (audio ctrl, *brightness ctrl, external output)

Not tested

- bluetooth
- hdmi
- suspend
- hibernate
- sony magic gate
- SD card reader
- express card reader

Pending issues

- Hybrid graphics auto-switching functionality not available yet
- Brightness controls don't work [speed]
- Touchpad stops responding at times. See here for a workaround.

Comments

- lspci / dmidecode output
- (Fixed after update) For Ubuntu 12.04 Beta boot bug fix, see here
- For Ubuntu 12.04 no-sound through speakers but through headphones workaround + bug, see here