Sony Vaio VPCEB39FJ

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Hardware configuration

  • Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 460 @ 2.53GHz
  • 4GB(2GB×2)RAM
  • 120GB SSD SATA (changed from HDD 500GB 5400rpm)
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 15.5" display with 1366×768 resolution
  • LAN 10/100/1000BASE-T
  • Atheros Wireless Network Adapter IEEE802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • USB2.0×3,eSATA/USB×1,eSATA×1,D-sub15pin,HDMI×1,mini-jack×1
  • Express Card slot x 1
  • SD card slotx1,Sony card slotx1
  • Size(W×D×H)329×228.5×27.6~31.5mm
  • Weight 2.7kg


PCI, USB buses and devices

Resolving of device ID's to names

Printout of lspci -nn:

root #lspci -nn
00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Core Processor DRAM Controller [8086:0044] (rev 02)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:0046] (rev 02)
00:16.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset HECI Controller [8086:3b64] (rev 06)
00:1a.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller [8086:3b3c] (rev 05)
00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio [8086:3b56] (rev 05)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 1 [8086:3b42] (rev 05)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 2 [8086:3b44] (rev 05)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 3 [8086:3b46] (rev 05)
00:1c.5 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 6 [8086:3b4c] (rev 05)
00:1d.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller [8086:3b34] (rev 05)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev a5)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation Mobile 5 Series Chipset LPC Interface Controller [8086:3b09] (rev 05)
00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset 4 port SATA AHCI Controller [8086:3b29] (rev 05)
00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset SMBus Controller [8086:3b30] (rev 05)
00:1f.6 Signal processing controller [1180]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Thermal Subsystem [8086:3b32] (rev 05)
02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) [168c:002b] (rev 01)
03:00.0 SD Host controller [0805]: Ricoh Co Ltd MMC/SD Host Controller [1180:e822]
03:00.1 System peripheral [0880]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5U2xx (R5U230 / R5U231 / R5U241) [Memory Stick Host Controller] [1180:e230]
03:00.4 SD Host controller [0805]: Ricoh Co Ltd MMC/SD Host Controller [1180:e822]
04:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Yukon Optima 88E8059 [PCIe Gigabit Ethernet Controller with AVB] [11ab:4381] (rev 11)
3f:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture Generic Non-core Registers [8086:2c62] (rev 02)
3f:00.1 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture System Address Decoder [8086:2d01] (rev 02)
3f:02.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Link 0 [8086:2d10] (rev 02)
3f:02.1 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation 1st Generation Core Processor QPI Physical 0 [8086:2d11] (rev 02)
3f:02.2 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation 1st Generation Core Processor Reserved [8086:2d12] (rev 02)
3f:02.3 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation 1st Generation Core Processor Reserved [8086:2d13] (rev 02)

Kernel drivers handling

Printout of lspci -kk:

root #lspci -kk
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor DRAM Controller (rev 02)
	Subsystem: Sony Corporation Device 9071
	Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)
	Subsystem: Sony Corporation Device 9071
	Kernel driver in use: i915
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset HECI Controller (rev 06)
	Subsystem: Sony Corporation Device 9071
	Kernel driver in use: mei_me
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 05)
	Subsystem: Sony Corporation Device 9071
	Kernel driver in use: ehci-pci
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio (rev 05)
	Subsystem: Sony Corporation Device 9071
	Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel
	Kernel modules: snd_hda_intel
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 05)
	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
	Kernel modules: shpchp
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev 05)
	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
	Kernel modules: shpchp
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev 05)
	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
	Kernel modules: shpchp
00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 6 (rev 05)
	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
	Kernel modules: shpchp
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 05)
	Subsystem: Sony Corporation Device 9071
	Kernel driver in use: ehci-pci
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev a5)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 5 Series Chipset LPC Interface Controller (rev 05)
	Subsystem: Sony Corporation Device 9071
	Kernel driver in use: lpc_ich
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset 4 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 05)
	Subsystem: Sony Corporation Device 9071
	Kernel driver in use: ahci
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset SMBus Controller (rev 05)
	Subsystem: Sony Corporation Device 9071
00:1f.6 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Thermal Subsystem (rev 05)
	Subsystem: Sony Corporation Device 9071
	Kernel driver in use: intel ips
02:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
	Subsystem: Foxconn International, Inc. T77H126.00 802.11bgn Wireless Half-size Mini PCIe Card
	Kernel driver in use: ath9k
	Kernel modules: ath9k
03:00.0 SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd MMC/SD Host Controller
	Subsystem: Sony Corporation Device 9071
	Kernel driver in use: sdhci-pci
03:00.1 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5U2xx (R5U230 / R5U231 / R5U241) [Memory Stick Host Controller]
	Subsystem: Sony Corporation Device 9071
03:00.4 SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd MMC/SD Host Controller
	Subsystem: Sony Corporation Device 9071
	Kernel driver in use: sdhci-pci
04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Yukon Optima 88E8059 [PCIe Gigabit Ethernet Controller with AVB] (rev 11)
	Subsystem: Sony Corporation Device 9071
	Kernel driver in use: sky2
3f:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture Generic Non-core Registers (rev 02)
	Subsystem: Sony Corporation Device 9071
3f:00.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture System Address Decoder (rev 02)
	Subsystem: Sony Corporation Device 9071
3f:02.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Link 0 (rev 02)
	Subsystem: Sony Corporation Device 9071
3f:02.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 1st Generation Core Processor QPI Physical 0 (rev 02)
	Subsystem: Sony Corporation Device 9071
3f:02.2 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 1st Generation Core Processor Reserved (rev 02)
	Subsystem: Sony Corporation Device 9071
3f:02.3 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 1st Generation Core Processor Reserved (rev 02)
	Subsystem: Sony Corporation Device 9071


List USB devices

Printout of lsusb (no external devices connected):

root #lsusb
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 192f:0916 Avago Technologies, Pte. 
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0020 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 054c:02e1 Sony Corp. FeliCa S330 [PaSoRi]
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0c45:6464 Microdia 
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0020 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

The status of modules in the Linux Kernel

Printout of lsmod (builtin devices, no external devices connected):

root #lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by
nf_conntrack_irc        3483  0 
nf_conntrack_tftp       3777  0 
nf_conntrack_h323      37132  0 
ts_kmp                  1639  5 
nf_conntrack_amanda     2261  0 
nf_conntrack_netlink    19743  0 
nfnetlink               4800  1 nf_conntrack_netlink
nf_conntrack_proto_udplite     3319  0 
nf_conntrack_ftp        6063  0 
nf_conntrack_sane       3980  0 
nf_conntrack_proto_sctp     7373  0 
nf_conntrack_pptp       3675  0 
nf_conntrack_proto_gre     3596  1 nf_conntrack_pptp
nf_conntrack_sip       18149  0 
nf_conntrack_netbios_ns     1005  0 
nf_conntrack_broadcast     1085  1 nf_conntrack_netbios_ns
iptable_mangle          1400  0 
xt_tcpudp               2255  24 
nf_conntrack_ipv4      10989  33 
nf_defrag_ipv4          1283  1 nf_conntrack_ipv4
xt_multiport            1542  16 
xt_conntrack            2793  33 
nf_conntrack           59236  16 nf_conntrack_netbios_ns,nf_conntrack_proto_gre,nf_conntrack_proto_udplite,xt_conntrack,nf_conntrack_amanda,nf_conntrack_proto_sctp,nf_conntrack_netlink,nf_conntrack_broadcast,nf_conntrack_ftp,nf_conntrack_irc,nf_conntrack_sip,nf_conntrack_h323,nf_conntrack_ipv4,nf_conntrack_pptp,nf_conntrack_sane,nf_conntrack_tftp
iptable_filter          1304  1 
ip_tables              13715  2 iptable_filter,iptable_mangle
x_tables               13936  6 ip_tables,xt_tcpudp,xt_conntrack,xt_multiport,iptable_filter,iptable_mangle
binfmt_misc             5926  1 
snd_hda_codec_hdmi     32343  1 
microcode               7660  0 
snd_hda_codec_realtek    48738  1 
snd_hda_codec_generic    40105  1 snd_hda_codec_realtek
ath9k                  62660  0 
ath9k_common           17829  1 ath9k
snd_hda_intel          17056  4 
ath9k_hw              362833  2 ath9k_common,ath9k
snd_hda_controller     13792  1 snd_hda_intel
ath                    16848  3 ath9k_common,ath9k,ath9k_hw
snd_hda_codec          68182  5 snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_generic,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_controller
snd_hwdep               5171  1 snd_hda_codec
snd_pcm                63611  4 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_controller
snd_timer              16089  1 snd_pcm
snd                    48999  15 snd_hwdep,snd_timer,snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_pcm,snd_hda_codec_generic,snd_hda_codec,snd_hda_intel
shpchp                 21769  0 
xts                     2759  0 
aes_x86_64              7263  4 
cbc                     2472  0 
nfs                   102981  0 
lockd                  52774  1 nfs
grace                   1570  1 lockd
sunrpc                152697  2 nfs,lockd
sx8                    10860  0 
mptsas                 32954  0 
scsi_transport_sas     21430  1 mptsas
mptfc                  10205  0 
scsi_transport_fc      39461  1 mptfc
mptspi                 11267  0 
scsi_transport_spi     17449  1 mptspi
mptscsih               16097  3 mptfc,mptsas,mptspi
mptbase                54487  4 mptfc,mptsas,mptspi,mptscsih

Bluetooth

Configure Bluetooth by following instructions found in the Bluetooth article.

Laptop sound on TV with HDMI cable

Pavucontrol

Emerge the media-sound/pavucontrol utility if laptop has a sound output problem with HDMI cable, it helps to configure sound through HDMI cable.

Kernel configuration

To build a custom kernel configuration, it is helpful to get output with console: lspci -nn (lsusb) and lspci -k. Use any bootable Linux LiveCD for that. There is [vendor id:device id] (for example, see lspci -nn above, 00:16.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset HECI Controller [8086:3b64]) and kernel driver (for example, see lspci -kk above, Kernel driver in use: mei_me ) information. It is easy to find which kernel modules need to be set with [vendor id:device id] and kernel driver. Use search in Internet or kernel documentation.

Troubleshooting

Graphics card. Problem with 100% brightness after reboot

How to install graphics driver described (see, Gen5) in the Intel article.

Laptop does not remember brightness, after rebooting it sets brightness to 100%

Workaround

Install xbacklight (for xf86-video-intel only):

root #emerge --ask x11-apps/xbacklight

or acpilight (Modern replacement which uses kernel interfaces)

root #emerge --ask sys-power/acpilight

Create udev rule to save brightness

FILE /etc/udev/rules.d/91-backlight.rulesudev event to save brightness
# Storing brightness
ACTION=="change", SUBSYSTEM=="backlight", RUN+="/bin/sh /etc/backlight.sh"

Create scripts to save and restore actual brightness:

FILE /etc/backlight.shScript to save brightness
#!/bin/sh
#It saves actual backlight percentage to /etc/backlight
brightness=`cat /sys/class/backlight/acpi_video0/actual_brightness`
brightness_max=`cat /sys/class/backlight/acpi_video0/max_brightness`
brightness_out=$(((100000/brightness_max*brightness+500)/1000))
echo $brightness_out > /etc/backlight

This script need to be added to startup, for example /bin/sh /home/user/Scripts/brightness.sh, run it as user:

FILE /home/user/Scripts/brightness.shScript to restore brightness on startup
#!/bin/sh
brightness=`cat /etc/backlight`
xbacklight -set $brightness

Apply udev 91-backlight.rules with:

root #udevadm control -R

Read-only SD-Card

It found that sometimes SD-card with non-locked switch recognized as read-only after it inserted [1]

Workaround

Install [Hdparm]]. Use console commands to remove read-only attribute before mounting sd-card partition:

root #emerge --ask hdparm
root #hdparm -r 0 /dev/mmcblk0
root #hdparm -r 0 /dev/mmcblk0p1

For example, the following script remounts a SD-card as read-write (rw). You need to correct mount_options and xuser (user name) to adapt the script for your needs. It needs to run script after sd-card mounted. udisks-glue can be used to start this script automatically.

FILE sdcard-mount-fixChanging sdcard mount from RO to RW
#!/bin/sh
export PATH=/bin:/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin
sdcard=`mount | grep mmcblk0p1`
if ! grep -q mmcblk0p1 <<< "$sdcard" ;then
	exit 0
fi
if grep -q rw <<< "$sdcard" ;then
	exit 0
fi
logger -i "$sdcard"
logger -i "Fixing that sdcard mounted as read-only"	
cd /dev/disk/by-uuid/
for entry in *
do
  linktext=`readlink $entry` 
  if  /bin/grep -q mmcblk0p1 <<< "$linktext" ;then
		hdparm -r 0 /dev/mmcblk0 2&>1 >/dev/null
		hdparm -r 0 /dev/mmcblk0p1 2&>1 >/dev/null
		xuser="tester"
		mount_options="nodev,nosuid,uid=1000,gid=100,shortname=mixed,dmask=0077,utf8=1,showexec,flush,uhelper=udisks2"
		mount -o remount,rw,$mount_options /dev/mmcblk0p1 /run/media/$xuser/$entry
		mountresult=`mount | grep mmcblk0p1`
		logger -i "sdcard mounted as $mountresult"
  fi 
done

VAIO key (Vendor key) does not work

VAIO key has keycode 360. X does not support keycodes are greater than 255.

Workaround 1

It needs to remap VAIO key to make it works with XFCE (probably Gnome, KDE) to bind it in order to start script or application with VAIO key.

Create /etc/udev/hwdb.d/61-keyboard-local.hwdb:

FILE /etc/udev/hwdb.d/61-keyboard-local.hwdbEvent creation for VAIO key
# sony-laptop driver
keyboard:name:Sony Vaio Keys:dmi:bvn*:bvr*:bd*:svnSony*:pn*
 KEYBOARD_KEY_3b=prog4                                  # VAIO

Apply it with:

root #udevadm hwdb --update
root #udevadm control --reload

Then reboot the PC.

Workaround 2

Other method is to edit include/uapi/linux/input-event-codes.h kernel file. It needs to change KEY_VENDOR keycode from 360 (0x168) to keycode with value less than 255.

Example, swiping KEY_CHAT and KEY_VENDOR:

Create /usr/src/linux/input-event-codes.h.patch:

FILE /usr/src/linux/input-event-codes.h.patchKEY_VENDOR patch
--- a/include/uapi/linux/input-event-codes.h	2016-01-11 08:01:32.000000000 +0900
+++ b/include/uapi/linux/input-event-codes.h	2016-07-03 18:19:38.370012319 +0900
@@ -289,7 +289,7 @@
 #define KEY_SOUND		213
 #define KEY_QUESTION		214
 #define KEY_EMAIL		215
-#define KEY_CHAT		216
+#define KEY_VENDOR		216
 #define KEY_SEARCH		217
 #define KEY_CONNECT		218
 #define KEY_FINANCE		219	/* AL Checkbook/Finance */
@@ -425,7 +425,7 @@
 #define KEY_OPTION		0x165
 #define KEY_INFO		0x166	/* AL OEM Features/Tips/Tutorial */
 #define KEY_TIME		0x167
-#define KEY_VENDOR		0x168
+#define KEY_CHAT		0x168
 #define KEY_ARCHIVE		0x169
 #define KEY_PROGRAM		0x16a	/* Media Select Program Guide */
 #define KEY_CHANNEL		0x16b

Apply it with:

root #cd /usr/src/linux
root #patch -p1 < input-event-codes.h.patch

Then recompile kernel, reboot PC.