How to Install Sony VAIO SZ Drivers and Utilities on a Clean 32-Bit Windows XP Pro SP2-Integrated OS
If you need more help than what's provided here, watch this video before you begin, but use the updated links below rather than what's used in the video. Use Universal Extractor on Sony's installer packages (executables ending in -US/-UN/-XP), since it's always better to have full control of the installation process by running the actual setup wizard.
The first thing to install is the latest Intel chipset driver/INF Update Utility: Napa (Refresh) (info) / Santa Rosa (info). Problems with the Santa Rosa SZ6/SZ7's brightness control, sleep or SATA/IDE controller can be solved by updating the BIOS to R0122S5 (the latest Napa & Napa Refresh SZ1-SZ4 R0112N0 BIOS can be downloaded here). And if you're using AHCI, install the Intel Matrix Storage Manager AHCI drivers, preferably by slipstreaming them in your Windows installation disc with nLite.
These are compatible with any SZ version and can be installed in any order.
ALPS Touchpad - v5.5.1302.12. This version has the option to disable the touchpad when a USB mouse is inserted. Note: If your touchpad is a Synaptics model (check the hardware ID and Google the Vendor ID), download the latest XP driver here.
SONY NOTEBOOK CONTROL (FIRMWARE EXTENSION PARSER) - v18.104.22.168 - Uniextract to get the drivers.
SONY PROGRAMMABLE IO - v22.214.171.124 - Uniextract to get the drivers. Choose this option when installing this in Device Manager, then click the Have Disk... button and select the driver's inf file.
Bluetooth - Use this WIDCOMM stack if you have an Alps device with a Cambridge Silicon Radio chipset (on SZ1-SZ6 models). The installation steps are shown in the video. Be sure to rename the bt*.inf files in %windir%\inf and modify the inf to include your BT hardware ID before installing. If you have an Alps device with a Broadcom chipset (on SZ7 or later models), download the latest bluetooth stack here or here.
nVidia GFX - Latest LaptopVideo2Go driver with modified inf under SPEED mode. (I understand this hasn't been updated in a while, but you may still retain the brightness controls with updated video drivers by installing this first then updating with the latest recommended LaptopVideo2Go 32-bit XP driver. Do not clear the registry entries in between installations, however.)
Intel GFX - Use the latest GMA driver from Intel under STAMINA mode. Napa GMA 950 link or Santa Rosa GMA X3100 link
Camera - Ignore the inf edit shown in the video -- it won't work. Instead, find your camera model in this collection and make sure the hardware IDs match (shown in Device Manager).
Memory Card Reader - v126.96.36.199
Memory Card Icon Fix - link
Intel WLAN - link
Marvell Yukon Ethernet LAN - link
Infineon TPM - v188.8.131.52
UPEK Fingerprint Reader - link
Conexant 56K Modem - v7.62.00 - Do not install from the Device Manager; run the setup wizard.
Audio - MS UAA driver must be installed before the audio driver is installed. If you have a Sigmatel device (check the hardware ID and Google the Vendor ID), download and install this driver. If you have a Realtek device, download and install the latest driver here. Do not install either audio driver from the Device Manager; run their respective setup wizard.
These must be installed in a certain order for the Fn hotkeys and S buttons to work properly.
Download Sony Notebook Utilities v1.0 and use Universal Extractor to extract all the sub-utilities packaged in it. I don't recommend running Sony Notebook Utilities v1.0 directly; instead, only install the sub-utilities that are needed after you have extracted them, which are listed below. They each have their own setup wizard.
Necessary utilities inside Sony Notebook Utilities:
SNYUTILS (Sony Utilities DLL)
SUS (Setting Utility Series)
VES (VAIO Event Service) - Use this version for Napa SZs
VPM (VAIO Power Management) (temporarily stop VAIO Event Service in WinKey+R -> services.msc before installing/uninstalling) - Use this version for Napa SZs
Optional, but recommended, utilities also contained in Sony Notebook Utilities:
VCCU (VAIO Camera Capture Utility) - Use the updated version, v2.7.03.09250, contained in this package after extracting with Universal Extractor.
WSSU (Wireless Switch Setting Utility) (only if you choose not to use SmartWi)
The order in which you should install the utilities is similar to what's in the video:
- SNYUTILS (Sony Utilities DLL)
- Sony Shared Library XP
- RESTART AFTER INSTALLING SONY SHARED LIBRARY
- SUS (Setting Utility Series)
- VES (VAIO Event Service) - Use this version for Napa SZs
The rest of the utilities can be installed in any order.
Other recommended utilities:
VAIO HDD Protection (temporarily stop VAIO Event Service in WinKey+R -> services.msc before installing/uninstalling) - link
VAIO Central/VAIO Control Center - link
VAIO Battery Care (not tested; compatible with SZ6 or later models only) - link
Protector Suite QL v5.8.2 - link
SmartWi XP (adds Fn+F1 WLAN/WWAN/BT toggle; temporarily stop VAIO Event Service in WinKey+R -> services.msc before installing/uninstalling):
Important Hotfixes and Updates
-KB896256: Computers that are running Windows XP Service Pack 2 and that are equipped with multiple processors that support processor power management features may experience decreased performance [Download]
-KB909667: A Windows XP-based computer stops responding during standby or hibernation operations or when you try to use the Shut Down command [Download: Search for 'KB909667' and register to download]
-KB936929: Windows XP SP3 Standalone Update [Download]