Sony Vaio Pro SVP-1x21

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This document will guide you through the process of installing Arch Linux on the 2013 Sony Vaio Pro Haswell based Ultrabook.


  • Intel Haswell Series CPU (4200U/4500U)
  • 4/8GB of DDR3 1600MHz RAM
  • 128 to 512GB SSD with read speeds over 1GB/s
  • 11/13" LED-backlit 1080p IPS screen
  • Optional touchscreen
  • Backlit keyboard
  • NFC, ambilight sensor.................................
  • Ultra low weight; around 1.1kg for the 13" model


BIOS Configuration

Get into the BIOS by pushing the assist button when the system is shut off and then hitting Start BIOS Setup. Do not try to boot from your usb key using recovery mode, instead change the boot order in the BIOS. Make the following changes:

Intel(R) AT Support System	[Disabled]
Secure Boot			[Disabled]
External Device Boot		[Enabled]
Select 1st Boot Priority	[External Device]

If you want to use the legacy boot (non-EFI), change:

Boot Mode			[Legacy]

Install media

Some users have issues booting from the USB port labeled with a lightning bolt. Use the other one to avoid problems.

Booting using UEFI



Some users are unable to get GRUB to work at all.


Works as expected.



Works as expected.



Works out of the box with Linux kernel 3.11 or newer.


Works good with the xf86-video-intel driver. For instuctions on installing and configuring, see the Intel Graphics article.


Works out of the box. As the Installation Guide suggests, install alsa-utils and follow this guide to get started.

Known issues

USB ports

Some users have reported problems with the USB port labeled with a lightning bolt. This can have something to do with the charging settings for this port in the VAIO Control Center in Windows.


There is no known way to set the maximum charge (50/80/100%) without the VAIO Control Center in Windows.


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