Here's a screenshot to whet your appetities
As of 2003/12/25 sony's vaio u-series are one of the smallest
complete laptops on the market (unfortunately was only available in the
japanese market). Much like its bigger brother the picturebook c1
series, the u1 has no internal removable media. If you shelled out the
extra cash for the bootable floppy or cd/dvd drive, then installing a
new os is mostly straightfowrard.
The Sony U-series are the smallest PC laptops currently
around. Only marketed in Japan, these vaios have found their way
across the world via travelers and importers. Like the larger
picturebook c1 series, the u series has no internal optical media (no
cd or dvd drive). As of 2003/12/25, there are three models
in the series:
This page was originally focused on installing Debian over the network via PXE. I've moved all that to it's own page Netbooting the U1which will hopefully get you up and running in no time. This should also be useful if you find yourself with a completely unbootable system.
This could just be an isolated problem, but the rubber caps wear
out very quickly when they are unprotected. For whatever reason, 2 of
my caps started to get mushy in as many weeks. When the cap starts to
break down, the normally very sensitive pointer becomes difficult to
move around. It may be possible the oils on your skin will speed up the
breakdown of the rubber caps. At least, this seems to be the case
I went down to the local craft store and bought a pack of 1/2" round
Velcro tabs. They come with and without glue on the back, I
recommend getting them without as the adhesive they come with is very
messy and will probably not hold well. A roll of thin 1/2"
3M brand double sided tape is what I use to affix the tabs directly over the rubber Mouse/Pointer Caps. This works great as both a preventative method to keep your caps in good shape as well as rejuvinating old worn-out caps. Change the double sided tape every few weeks for best responsiveness results.
Originally i was using a bit of heavy clear plastic and some thread,
and i put together a little protective slip cover for the caps. These
worked well and prevented damage to the rubber. But they were
useless on already worn out caps and would break when i least expected.
Then I moved on to cutting out circles of velcro tape. The stiff backing of the velcro, along with the traction provided by the hook-side was a great plus. I could carry a few rounds in case of emergency, and even better, allowed me to use my worn out caps as if they were new.
Personally, I recommend you do this, there doesn't seem to be any ready source for replacement caps, and fighting with the pointer isn't worth the pocket change in materials and time involved in making the covers.
None of the patching that used to be necessary is needed anymore. 2.6.0 supports everything out of the box. Most of the packages in testing and unstable are already using the new acpi interface and life is good.
the debian acpid package includes Joey Hess's example ac power event handler in /usr/share/doc/acpid/examples/. he uses a picturebook, so it's all set to use vaio bits and just need to be edited to taste of power conservation. you can find this here if you're not a debian user.
The more you have compiled into the kernel as opposed to loading as a module, the smoother your hibernation experiences will be. of particular note is sonypi:
the stock sjog uses system() to launch programs from the menus. what ends up happening is the spawned applications keep /dev/sonypi open for no reason, and removing the module while these programs are running is impossible.
by compiling the sonypi driver into the kernel, it doesnt matter what keeps the device open (even tho sjog should really be fixed)
with sonypi compiled in, you don't have to kill sjog (see above), which means you don't have top worry about running sjog as the correct user upon resume.
Toss the following hdparm options into a startup script to get some
extra performance out of the slow drive:
hdparm -A1 -c1 -d1 -X69 -m16 -u1 /dev/hda
you may want to put this in your earliets startup scripts
My kernel parameters:
the first linux u1 site i found, in japanese, has great info. by Naoki Yamaya
another great u1 site. by Steve Brown
a good site with info on the vaio c1 picturebook series (much is applicable to the u1/3 series)
toshiba page with info on the 1.8" hd in the pcg-u1
accessories for sale