The Sony Vaio PCG-F430 is a laptop PC, apparently made in the late 1990s or early 2000s. It is obsolete for most purposes.
- CPU: Intel 450 MHz Pentium III
- Display: 14.1" 1024 x 768 LCD Active Matrix
- Graphics: 1280 x 1024 x 8 bits, 1024 x 768 x 24 bits ...
- Memory: up to 256 MB
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I'm starting here by just transcribing some notes I wrote down while hunting for various drivers on the web; I'm still looking for the modem driver, and if I find it I'll post the how-to.
One caveat about the hardware: make sure all the screws are back in place on the back of the unit before moving (lifting/lowering) the display-top; my unit developed problems with spontaneously powering off when the lid is flexed, and I think it came from some of the screws not being in place, which may have allowed the system board to develop a hairline crack. (Later, these problems seemed to go away, sometime after the screws were tightened.)
At power-up, makes "Sony sound" but not as loud as F350 does.
- kubuntu 6.06 (Dapper) seems to have fixed the problems mentioned below, both in the LiveCD and the installed version. Modem still not supported.
- The kubuntu 5.10 (Breezy) LiveCD works well enough; the display, sound card, battery manager, and PCMCIA bus all work (finding network cards that will work, especially wireless ones, is another issue; see wireless network cards in Linux. Some of the fixed-height dialogues in the Control Center are too large for the available pixels, and the ok/cancel buttons drop below the edge of the screen. (It's possible that this can be fixed by changing the font size, but that technique did not work when I tried it quickly.) The modem does not seem to be supported, however; /dev/modem does not appear, and none of the system configuration utilities seem to detect a modem.
The one driver I had serious difficulty finding when trying to install Windows 98 on this model was the modem driver; see #Modem for more details. I think I had to hunt a bit for the sound and video, but they were both available.
- Display: NeoMagic Magic Media 256AV 128 bit 2.5 meg
- Sound: Yamaha DS-XG (used by F4xx series)
- From the device manager:
- disk drives:
- HITACHI_DK23AA-60 (the factory hard drive?)
- TOSHIBA DVD-ROM SD-C2202 (yes, a Toshiba inside a Sony)
- SONY NOTEBOOK CONTROL DEVICE
- SONY PROGRAMMABLE I/O CONTROL DEVICE
- INTEL(R) 82371AB/EB PCI Bus Master IDE Controller
- Sony CXD3222 OHCI i.LINK(IEEE1394) PCI Host Controller
- IrDA Fast Infrared Port
- uses irenum.sys, nscirda.sys
- HCF 56K Modem (see #Modem)
- disk drives:
- windows\system32\drivers\hcf_msft.sys, modem.sys
- Ebay auction says: IFX-86 or 1-676-063-11 (part number?), compatible with PCG-F370, -F390, -F420, -F430, -F450, -F480, -F490, -F490K, -F520
- another source says: IFX-86 = A-8056-484-A, but this appears to be a video card, not a modem