Installing RedHat Linux 7.0 on Sony Vaio PCG-Z505LE
This is going to be the shortest install guide for installing Linux on a Sony Vaio
laptop. That's because with the right setup, Linux install works right out of the box with
RedHat's 7.0 installation CDs.
Get into the BIOS and turn off Plug and Play (PnP). To get to the BIOS
setup, on power up press the F2 key when you see the Sony logo on screen. This brings up
the BIOS setup menu.
Insert RedHat 7.0 Install CD 1 into the CDROM drive and reboot. The CDROM drive should
be Sony's (PCGA-CD51/A is the model I had). This CDROM works via a PCMCIA card. On
rebooting, the system will boot into the Linux install program from the CD.
At the boot: prompt of the screen that comes up, type linux
ide2=0x180,0x386. The Linux installer will run through it's checks and come
up with the Linux installation screens as described in the RedHat 7.0
installation manual. Just configure things the way you like them and let the installer
do it's job and you will end up with Linux installed on your system.
After the install, I was able to bring up GNOME and was able to connect to the Internet
via the built-in Ethernet port (using my DSL connection).
Initially I used the RedHat 6.2 install CD's with the same install steps without
The laptop came with Windows ME with two partitions (C: and D:). I retained one Windows
ME partition. According to some of the other pages on linux-laptop.net, a few features do
not work right under Linux. So it helps to have Windows ME around. You can shrink the
Windows ME partition. Various pages recommended using FIPS to do this. Defrag your disk first.
Also when booting into Windows perhaps you should turn on PnP in the BIOS.
I haven't checked the working of the PCMCIA CDROM drive, the USB floppy drive, the sound
or any of the other features in the laptop under Linux. For me, being able to connect to
the Internet is sufficient. So far. I need to investigate the low power mode though. Other
pages seem to indicate some amount of problems with each of these...
I do see a lot of error messages when Linux boots up. I am yet to investigate any of
Info as reported by Windows SysInfo
Mobile Intel Pentium III 650/500MHz SpeedStep
645MHz, EPP BIOS
128MB (64MB Standard + 64 MB Upgrade)
12GB (40% C:, 60% D:)
Toshiba CD-ROM XM-7002Bc
Integrated Ethernet RJ-45
Intel 8255x-based PCI Ethernet Adapter (10/100)
Integrated V.90 modem
Conexant SoftK56 Data/Fax PCI Modem (on COM2)
PCMCIA Type I & II
12.1" XGA TFT Screen
Rage Mobility-M1 AGP. Adapter Type: Mach64.
Sony MagicGate Memory Stick media slot
Yamaha DS-XG PCI Audio Codec (WDM)
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