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Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx on Sony Vaio

September 4, 2010

This is a guide to get your hardware configured once you have installed Ubuntu 10.04 on Vaio VPCEB14EN. I had some difficulties in getting my graphics card and sound card detected in 10.04.

Graphics card : ATI Radeon 5470

sudo apt-get install fglrx-amdcccle

Sound Card : Intel HD Audio 3400 Series with Realtek ALC269 Codec

You have to update your alsa to latest version, i.e. 1.0.23. For that please remove the existing alsa drivers. Anyways check the alsa installed in your system by

cat /proc/asound/version

If it shows a lower version, please continue with disabling the alsa to install a newer version.

sudo /sbin/alsa-utils stop

Next we need to install necessary tools to build and install a package. And compile it along with kernel headers.

sudo apt-get -y install build-essential ncurses-dev gettext xmlto libasound2-dev linux-headers-`uname -r` libncursesw5-dev

Next, download the latest alsa driver, alsa utils and alsa lib.


Then, we need to compile them. Lets do it in by untarring them into a directory.

sudo mkdir -p /usr/src/alsa
cd /usr/src/alsa
sudo tar xjf alsa-driver*
sudo tar xjf alsa-lib*
sudo tar xjf alsa-utils*

Next, we compile each of these sources by going into its directory and installing them.

sudo ./configure
sudo make
sudo make install

The above steps have to be performed for alsa-driver, alsa-lib and alsa-utils. Now everything is done. The version of alsa can be seen by

cat /proc/asound/version

Reboot the system and enjoy!!!

  1. Nice to know, you are posting what you are learning for the benefit of all.

    • Amarnath permalink

      Most often I do a lot of digging and searching to find solutions for so many problems I face while using linux. I don’t keep note of them so that I could just refer back later when its required. This time the same thing happened with me. I had got my sound working in F14 but later when I updated my kernel, it got messed up again. Finally, I ended up installing Lucid for saving my time for the academics. This is when I thought that I need to have a record of tweaks that I do.


  2. erigais permalink

    this has helped me a lot, and i think other people as well, they just didn’t leave a comment to say thanx. anyways, thank you so much 🙂

  3. erigais permalink

    got error with this 😦

    erigais@ubuntu:~$ ncurses-dev gettext xmlto libasound2-dev linux-
    ncurses-dev: command not found

    • Amarnath permalink

      I think you might have not installed ncurses-dev package. Please install it and try again.

    • Amarnath permalink

      Just now I understood what you have done. See, the command ‘sudo … ncurses-dev .. ‘ is a single command and not two different ones.

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