Tiny Vaio Laptop

Notes on my Sony VAIO PCG-SRX87 laptop, purchased in 2002.

By Hal Canary, 2004-04-28 17:07:07 (link)


Linux Installation Insturctions.


It looks like someone was able to install linux on thier Vaio SRX87. Now I don't know if I need to go to the effort of duplicating that effort, considering that I am relativly happy with things the way things are. I'll probably give it a try sometime in the future.


In 2003, I installed RedHat 9 on the srx87 with little problems. Some of the hardware is not detected, and the USB kernel module gives a stream of errors.

Hardware Notes


  1. Step 1: Try to install as normal with latest RedHat Distro (8.0). This failed. The installer was unable to find the FireWire CD-ROM, although it would boot off of the CD-ROM.
  2. Next, I tried copying the installer files onto the harddrive. This failed. The installer was unable to find the drivers for the hard drive.
  3. Now, I need to go find the appropriate drivers for the hard drive.
Processor Interl Pentium III Mobile (850 MHz)
Modem Conexant-Ambit SoftK56 Data,Fax ICH Modem
IDE Controller Intel 82801BA Bus Master
Hard Disk HITACHI_DK23DA-20
USB Intel 82801BA/BAM USB Universal Host Controller
Pointing Device Alps Pointing Device
Keyboard Standard 101/102 Key PS/2 Keyboard
PCMCIA Ricoh R/RL/RT/RC/5C475(II), RC520 or Compatable CardBus Controller
Firewire Controller Texas Instruments OHCI COmplieant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
External DVD-ROM Sony i.LINK DVD-ROM Drive IEEE SBP2 Device.
Wireless Texas Instruments PCI-1410 CardBus Controller
ORiNOCO Wireless LAN MiniPCI Card
Ethernet Intel PRO/100 Network Connection
Video Card Intel 82815 Graphics Controller
LCD Screen Sony Notebook LCD (1024x768)
Audio Yamaha AC-XG Audio Device