Sony VGN-A 197XP? (Re: Laptop recommendations?)

Josef Karthauser joe at
Fri Oct 1 03:56:32 PDT 2004

Because I'm a mug, and that they look nice, I'm considering a new Vaio.
The model that has me wetting myself in anticipation is that VGN-A
197XP, which has a 1.8GHz centrino with a 2mb cache, a 17" 1920x1200
screen and an 80gb harddrive.  It's lovely.

The big question is how well does FreeBSD run on it?  I absolutely need
to have suspend/resume support as it only has a single battery with a
life of around 2.5 hours (no second battery slot :().

Has anyone tried FreeBSD on anything like this?  What's the chances that
the wireless 802.11g and bluetooth will work?


p.s. we could really do with a laptop supported web page.  Anyone?
Josef Karthauser (joe at
FreeBSD (cvs meister, admin and hacker)
Physics Particle Theory (student)
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