My new Sony Vaio VPCZ11


Yesterday in the morning I got my new notebook – it’s a nice Sony Z 11 :). That one includes an i5, nvidia 330M, 6Gb memory, and 192Gb SSD (three with 64Gb).

First thing i did was to remove the includes windows 7. Next step was to install the current kubuntu 10.04 – that part was a bit troublesome but it’s working by now. Here a small howto to get it running (thanks to Frederik Questier):

  1. Download the current Kubuntu alternate installer and burn it to a cd or create  a bootable usb stick with the “usb-creator-kde”
  2. goto the bios and enable “show raid information”
  3. reboot the system and remove the raid
  4. start the setup (setup your partitions as you like)
  5. when you try to boot your system change the grub commandline from “quiet splash” to “nomodeset i8042.nopnp” (as far as i know to deactivate the intel graphics and enable the touchpad)
    nomodset is not to deactivate the intel graphics but to prevent black screens.
  6. add the repositories:

    deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/kernel-ppa/pre-proposed/ubuntu  karmic main

    deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/kernel-ppa/pre-proposed/ubuntu karmic main

    and install an older kernel with:

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install linux-image-2.6.31-20-generic linux-backports-modules-karmic-generic linux-backports-modules-2.6.31-20-generic linux-headers-2.6.31-20-generic linux-backports-modules-alsa-2.6.31-20-generic

  7. Kill the current X Server to install the latest Nvidia Driver. Download it from http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
  8. Update the Grub 2 Settings (/etc/defaults/grub) and change the line to: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”nomodeset i8042.nopnp”
  9. You can also change the GRUB_DEFAULT to (for me it was 4) the right entry of your Kernel
  10. Update the grub configuration with update-grub

Thats it for me 🙂

Now i have a running System including: Full HD Resulution + VGA (haven’t tested HDMI yet), Sound, CD/DVD Drive, WLan, LAN and Backlight of the Keyboard 🙂

7 thoughts on “My new Sony Vaio VPCZ11

  1. Hey Michael,

    What about the Stamina feature? I’m thinking about buying this great machine. But I may still wait till the Linux support is seamless.


  2. It’s not working for me, but it seems to be working with 2.6.35 kernel (not yet final).

    Once it’s final and I’ve more time to play around I will try it out.

    BTW: it is a great machine! If you look at any other notebook/monitor everything seems way to big and pixelated.


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