Sony Vaio + Fedora 13 works perfectly – BIOS needs hack

Finally Sony Vaio Z 13.3 Series problem with Fedora 13 Fixed, but need to hack bios for this, but which Graphics card need to change for Static instead of Dynamic. (laptop has hybrid GPU).

To work it properly you need to hack BIOS of your laptop as explained HERE. I used following steps, it is easy and state forward, but there is RISK (so please take care).

Downloads (on Windows machine):

1) advanced_menu.zip – Script to Convert simple Bios -> Adav

2) Flashit tool (Download from: http://www.sendspace.com/file/aplu0n)

3)UNetbootin – Create Bootable disk with freeDos

4) Portable Python – to run Advance_menu.py script

Todo:

1) Install Portable Python on USB Drive

2) copy Flashit to USB Drive

3) copy advanced_menu.py to USB Drive -> <PortablePython_1.1_py2.6.1>/App/

Steps: (NOTE: if get any error anywhere, please don’t go forward and try to ask question in forum here)

1) Use UNetbootin to Download & install FreeDos (~4MB)

2) Copy files as said in TODO

3) Reboot and Boot to ‘Free Dos Live CD’ option

4) run commands

$A:>B:

$B:> flashit.exe dump.rom /g

5) Reboot your machine in Windows

6) Copy dump.rom to USBDrive/PortablePython_1.1_py2.6.1/App/

6) open ‘cmd’ and goto USB’s Portable Python Directory (USB Dirve/PortablePython_1.1_py2.6.1/App)

7) run command

python advanced_menu.py dump.rom new.rom

8) reboot your machine and boot from USB Drive with FreeDOS option

9) run command as following

A:>B:

B:>flashit.exe new.rom /f

10) Computer will automatically rebooted and press F2 to goto bios

11) Setting in BIOS is following:

F2->BIOS->Advanced->Peripheral Config.->VGA Switching Policy: Auto (Change to “Static”).

Now boot in Fedora, remove ‘nomodeset’ option in kernel at boot time.

I got 1600×900 resolution with Nvidia 330M (which detected properly), with kernel-2.6.34.5-44.fc13.x86_64

Few bugs fixed are Nvidia

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How to boot Meeo with Fedora / Windows…

After installing windows and Fedora 13, I installed Meego, which was actually mistake as Meego is not able to read ‘ext4’ parition (fedora use ext4 for boot also) and if you try to boot it, it is not grub.conf entry to add.

Finally I tried to use ‘rescue’ disk and run ‘grub-install /dev/sda’ to reset MBR for Fedora. With MBR, my grub.conf (/etc/grub.conf) is

title Fedora (2.6.33.6-147.2.4.fc13.i686)
root (hd0,6)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.33.6-147.2.4.fc13.i686 ro root=UUID=f509255f-e169-4830-8d0b-030ad757a3fe rd_NO_LUKS rd_NO_LVM rd_NO_MD rd_NO_DM LANG=pa_IN.UTF-8 KEYBOARDTYPE=pc KEYTABLE=us rhgb quiet
initrd /boot/initramfs-2.6.33.6-147.2.4.fc13.i686.img
title MeeGo
rootnoverify (hd0,4)
chainloader +1
title Windows 7
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

Now if select Meego then Meego Boot menu appear  and meego is working fine.

So, if you want to install Meego with any other linux, install as following:

1) Windows (if you want)

2) Meego

3) then Fedora or any other Linux (which can detect Meego Boot loader).

Lenovo s10-3 – Bios Update problem…

While got Lenovo s10-3, it was Intel Atom N475 CPU, 1Ghz DDR3   RAM, with 160GB Hard disk, 10 inches display with 1024×600. It cost 18000INR with Free Mouse, Nettop Bag, 2GB Pen drive, Headphone with speakers.

Lenovo Ideapad S10-3

Installed Windows 7 with usb DVD drive, Updated driver, but there was BIOS Update on Driver Page, while updating that, system got rebooted and not booted again. By pressing Power button, only Power LED glow, but nothing on Screen. Went back to dealer, asked about issue. He talked with technical support, and kept netboot with him to send to service Center (that is only solution, if your BIOS get corrupted). Good news was that, same day it got repaired and I am working on it now.

What Service Center did – Changed Motherboard, because Serial Number on Nettop’s body is old, but BIOS is showing new S/N.

That is my life, in which BIOS problem occurered, while updating BIOS. So, If you need to update BIOS, please take care, download from Vendors site, read instruction carefully, and Update only if you are facing problems. and Yes Important thing ‘Check if prodcut is under warranty’ otherwise it is just like replace motherbord for Laptop/Desktop.