Bug #38316 is well and truly squashed :)

For those of you who don’t know what that means, Bug #38316 is my bug report for the hibernate function not working on my VGN-FS215E laptop.

This means that Hibernate should work perfectly on the VGN-FS laptops in the Hardy Heron Long Term Support (LTS) release of Ubuntu.. Hurrah!

I’ve also tested the Suspend feature with absolutely no problems 🙂

If you’d like to test this yourself and make sure it works for you too, you will first need to update to the Beta version of Hardy Heron. Read the update page here! You’d better hurry up though as there’s only 7 days to get them sorted out before the final version is released.

Huge thanks go to Greg Grossmeier and the rest of the Ubuntu developers for finaly kicking this bug in the nuts 🙂

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Epson RX560 Scanner..

This is just a quick tutorial to show you how to get the scanner on an Epson RX560 all in one printer working. The printer itself should work by installing it from the Gnome printer utility, so this guide is only to help you get the actual scanner part working.

First step is to make sure that your printer is plugged into the USB port on your laptop.

To next step is to download, convert and install the needed drivers.

To install the scanner drivers you will need to convert an .rpm file into a .deb file or it wont install on Ubuntu, so make sure you have Alien installed (a tool to convert .rpm to .deb). Do this by opening up a terminal and entering..

sudo apt-get install alien

Keep your terminal open because you’ll be needing it again real soon 🙂

Next you need to head over to the Avasys site here for the needed drivers.

Scroll down the page and click the circle next to Stylus Photo RX560/RX580/RX590 in the second section called – Image Scan! for Linux & Photo Image Print System Lite.

Keep scrolling down the page and choose Debian in the *Distribution* box and Others in the *Distribution version* box.

Scroll down again, fill in the answers for the Questionnaire and click on the next button to continue.

Once the next page has loaded up, scroll down one last time past the Printer Driver to the section called Scanner Driver and download the RPM package called iscan-2.11.0-1.c2.i386.rpm.

This will probably download to your desktop, so head back into your terminal and enter..

cd Desktop

and then..

sudo alien -d -c iscan-2.11.0-1.c2.i386.rpm

..to convert the .rpm file to a .deb one.

Leave it a while to convert. It should say iscan_2.11.0-2_i386.deb generated when finished.

Double click the newly created .deb file on your desktop to install with gdebi. Just click on the Install button when gdebi’s finished loading and close the program down when it’s done.

Now it’s time to clean up a little.

Back into your terminal and enter the following command to remove both of the unwanted packages as you won’t be needing them anymore..

sudo rm iscan_2.11.0-2_i386.deb iscan-2.11.0-1.c2.i386.rpm

That should be all you need to do software wise. Feel free to close the terminal now and navigate away from the download page in your web browser.

That’s it, just start up whichever program you want to use for scanning and the scanner should be found automatically.

Thanks to mabhatter on the Ubuntu Forum for the correct Alien command 🙂

Renewed Hope..

Some of you might have noticed that I haven’t updated this blog in quite some time & here’s the reason why..

I did quite a lot of bug testing prior to the final Dapper release with my Sony VAIO VGN-FS215E laptop. Unfortunately though I ended up being very disappointed with the completed release version of Dapper.

During the bug testing things really seemed to be starting to be coming together well. Suspend started to work as it should, the Hibernate function still didn’t work, but it didn’t screw up the system after a failed attempt either & a lot of the small annoying problems were on their way to be improved or completely fixed.

Then about 2 weeks before the final release of Dapper, everything just seemed to go wrong again & new bugs started to appear like crazy with every update. Needless to say that there simply wasn’t enough time left to get the bugs sorted out again before the final release date.

Devastated by the final Dapper release, I awaited the release of version Edgy.
Unfortunately this was even worse. I have never managed to get any version of Ubuntu Edgy Eft installed on this laptop. I couldn’t even get a live CD to load up on the damn thing 😦

I tried completely wiping the hard drive & starting again, I tried the alternative install CD & I went through all the forum threads but ended up with one very simple choice. I could either stick to using the less than perfect Dapper version, or I could switch to a new distribution.

I missed out the Edgy release completely & hoped that the Feisty release (due out in April) would bring with it some sort of improvements that would renew my faith in Ubuntu & the Ubuntu devs.

Ubuntu Feisty Fawn – Herd 4 beta release..

I downloaded & installed the herd 4 beta release of Feisty Fawn yesterday & all I can say about it so far is WOOT!

Not fully tested it all yet, but it seems to be fine so far & I even got AIGLX & Beryl installed/running hassle free by using the guide at wiki.beryl-project.org
I’ll make a new post with a list of the old Dapper problems & test them out one at a time with Feisty Fawn to see how it’s coming along.

Have the Ubuntu devs redeemed themselves in my eye’s with Feisty?
I guess only time will tell on that one, but it’s certainly looking promising 😀

Dapper Beta2..

As the best way to test new software is with a fresh install.. today I nuked my system (after backing up my home folder of course) :D. I downloaded & burned the Dapper Beta2 .iso & did a complete re-install on my VAIO VGN-FS215E.
I'll keep adding to this post, the things that work & don't work after a clean install. These should be the same for all the VGN-FS model of laptops, with the exception of some graphic's settings.

WORKS:

The sound output seems to work fine straight off with no problems.

The screen resolution is set correctly for the Intel 915GM graphics card @ 1280×800 60hz refresh rate. It also allows you to pick 1024×768 as another display mode. Unfortunatly.. this won't let you increase the refresh rate any higher than 60hz, so it doesn't look half as good. 3D acceleration seems to work pretty good too.

The Firewire port works with my fourth generation iPod (with click wheel) after a fresh restart, but it won't fully mount the iPod again the second time it's plugged in. Not too sure if this is an iPod problem or the ports. I'll be trying some other hardware on the port for a full test.

The Alps touchpad works more in this version of Ubuntu than any other version before. Double/Tap to click works & so does the scroll bar down the right hand side of the touchpad. Unfortunatly the touchpad is a little sensative & it sometime's registers an extra click when you take your finger off of it. (this can be improved with the mouse settings)
Sleep/suspend works, but does show up an error which flashes by way too fast to catch. Some of the hardware doesn't seem to work after coming out of sleep either.

The laptop recognizes when the power cable is plugged & unplugged into the laptop. When unplugged the screen brightness decreases to 70% (as it should to save power), & when the cables plugged back in the screen brightness increases to 100% again.

The wired & wireless adaptors work very well. They also work perfectly with the new network manager for Dapper, if you don't need a static i.p address. (Tutorial on installing this soon)

The Gnome power manager detects when the laptop's plugged & unplugged from the mains fine & adjusts the settings to the correct level.

USB ports work fine & should be able to automount just about everything.

PCMCIA works fine, but i've only tested it with one card (Wifi card).

CD/DVD drive works fine, but you might get errors reading from it & writing to it until you enable DMA. (Tutorial on this coming)

The switch to turn the wireless adaptor on/off on the front of the laptop works fine, but only with the new Dapper network manager. It can mess up your connections if you try it with the old network manager that's installed by default.

The main power button on the laptop works perfect with Ubuntu Dapper. If you press the button once, Ubuntu will display the logoff splash screen & let you choose how you want to shut your laptop down. If you press & hold the main power button in for about 2 seconds however, the laptop will take that as the command to power down & shut off completely.
DOESN'T WORK:

The sound input (external microphone) works, but only with slight messing about. (I'll post a tutorial on his shortly)

The Firewire port doesn't seem to work after a sleep/suspend. Not too sure if it's being re-initialized again or not?

The Gnome power manager, pop's up the wrong power warning messages when running on battery. It will say that you have only 9 minutes of power left, but it will also show the correct percentage of power in brackets.

The in-built Sony memory card reader (as far as I can gather) has no Linux support at all. This will not work!

The built in V.92 modem is a Winmodem. You might be able to get this working with one of the drivers that you have to pay for, but I don't think that you can do it for free.