Sony Vaio VPCS12C5E

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This page is about setting up Arch Linux on the Sony Vaio VPCS12C5E laptop. It is advisable to read the article about laptops beforehand to get an idea about the topic in general.


It seems that you need at least kernel 2.36 when you have a dedicated graphics card built into your laptop. With kernels lower than that trying to boot the machine will result in a black screen, as kernel mode setting won't work. However it is possible to boot without KMS, appending "nomodeset" to the boot parameters.

At least the wlan adapter seems to work out of the box, as well as the webcam. Nothing else tested so far.

Dedicated graphics

When you've got a model providing a dedicated graphic card, you probably will need to blacklist the "intel_ips" module. You can do this by creating a file "intel_ips_blacklist.conf" within "/etc/modprobe.d/":

# echo "blacklist intel_ips" > /etc/modprobe.d/intel_ips_blacklist.conf

Afterwards you'll have to recreate your initramfs, so that this module won't be loaded in the initramfs neither, by issuing the following command:

# mkinitcpio -p linux

Further resources

So far there have been some people ran into several issues with this model (and some similiar), take a lookg at the following links: