Initial info only - more info when available


This document describes experiences with running Linux on a Sony PCG-GR214MP

This page was started a few hours after I got the first machine, and developed as I learnt more. As soon as it was working sufficiently, it was taken back by its user, so I no longer have access to the machine (unless it happens to be on the internet, which is rare).

This report is listed at TuxMobil - Linux on laptops, notebooks, PDAs and mobile phones under Sony

Overall Description

Initial system Load

RedHat 7.2 network Load

The system came with WXP on a single partition using the half of the disk (although it used less than 1GB) and our supplier had test loaded RH 7.2. I used PQMagic to reduce it to 4110.4MB.

As I didn't have a floppy, and someone had just burned a RH 7.2 CD, I used that. I did a custom install, partitioned the disk as required, and asked just for Laptop and Network.

Machine capabilities

XFree86 - ATI Radeon Mobility M6 LW rev 0 (LY AGP 0x4c59 16M)

The ATI Radeon module appears not to work if the machine is booted with `vga=791'.

After the user had been using WXP for a while, he came back reporting that X would not start. The logs showed `(EE) RADEON(0): Failed to detect the panel size.' so the VESA driver was used instead.


apm appears not to work.

It always reports `AC on-line, no system battery', and `apm -s' causes it to stop, but it will not restart, requiring a reset (small hole in base).

The battery lasts about 100 minutes, but should do better with working APM.

Ethernet - eepro100

PCMCIA/CardBus - Dual RL5c476 II

Disc - HITACHI_DK23CA-20 20GB/2MB

Using UDMA5 it manages 21MB/s.


This appears as a normal CD, but also (using ide-scsi) as SCSI 0,0,0,0
# cdrecord -v -inq
Cdrecord 1.10 (i686-pc-linux-gnu) Copyright (C) 1995-2001 Jörg Schilling
TOC Type: 1 = CD-ROM
scsidev: '0,0,0'
scsibus: 0 target: 0 lun: 0
Linux sg driver version: 3.1.19
Using libscg version 'schily-0.5'
atapi: 1
Device type : Removable CD-ROM
Version : 0
Response Format: 2
Capabilities :
Vendor_info : 'MATSHITA'
Identifikation : 'UJDA710 '
Revision : '1.50'
Device seems to be: Generic mmc CD-RW.

USB - Triple Intel UHCI

IEEE 1394 Firewire - not tried

Memory Stick - not tried

Jog Dial - Not Usable

WinModem - not tried

Piete Brooks 2005-05-02