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    Default Sony VPC-Z11 - Frequently Asked Questions

    You have read all this never-ending threads about the new Z11 and you are not quite sure what all this stuff means to you? Read on!

    UPDATE: Hybrid grahpics drivers available (190.24/2021 and 260.63/2022). See 23.

    1. Question: I have read an article about the i7 using way more power than the i5. Should I stick with the i5?
    Answer: The rumors about i7 using significant more power have been proven wrong. Intel has confirmed that the i7 will have just a slightly increased power consumption (according to the higher clock speed), which will result in a slightly decreased battery life (in terms of minutes).

    2. Question: Is the large capacity battery either heavier or bulkier than the standard?
    Answer: Both. See this thread for detailed information and part numbers.

    3. Question: Will the SSD wear out quickly and will I suffer from performance degradation and stuttering?
    Answer: Usually it won't and you won't. Read this thread for further information.

    4. Question: Do the SSDs support TRIM?
    Answer: Yes they do, but the (drivers for the) RAID controller don't. This means that there is no TRIM support for the built-in SSD yet. As soon as there is TRIM support for the Intel RAID drivers (which is expected) there will be TRIM support for the built-in SSD.

    5. Question: Oh my gosh - no TRIM - i'm doomed.
    Answer: No you aren't. The SSD has an internal mechanism (garbage collection) to maintain performance which seems to work pretty good.

    6a. Question: I do not even know what TRIM is.
    Answer: Don't worry. In case you do, read this article.

    6b. Question: Are there any tweaks for the SSD to improve / maintain performance and lifetime?
    Answer: See this thread.

    7. Question: Will I get dual, triple or quad RAID?
    Answer: It depends on the overall capacity and the place you have ordered your notebook. See this thread.

    8. Question: I need more storage. Can i replace the optical drive to add another SSD / HDD?
    Answer: Yes, you can - with some limitations. See this and this thread.

    9. Question: So this won't work for me. Can i at least upgrade the built-in SSD?
    Answer: Yes, you can - but only with another Sony SSD. They use a proprietary form factor and connector and there aren't any known third-party drives that fit. You can get the drives (besides other replacement parts) via Sony Parts or your local Sony service provider. Be aware that you have to disassemble the notebook to replace the SSD.

    10. Question: Can I upgrade the memory by myself?
    Answer: Yes, you can - there are two memory slots available which can be accessed without disassembling the notebook. Be aware that your 4 GB memory might be either 1 x 4 GB or 2 x 2 GB; in the latter case you will have to replace both modules to get 8 GB. For tested modules see this thread.

    11. Question: Where can i find the advanced options in the BIOS menu?
    Answer: You have to reflash a modified BIOS to access the advanced options. See this thread for detailed information.

    12. Question: Is there USB3 support? Will we see it somewhen?
    Answer: There is currently no USB3 support out of the box. If you need USB3 connectivity you have to get an USB3 ExpressCard adapter. Nobody knows if and when there will be USB3 support - but you should not expect it within the next year.

    13. Question: I have found some defect / dead pixels on my screen. Is there anything I can do?
    Answer: Sony states that displays having less or equal than 7 (1600 x 900 displays) resp. 10 (1920 x 1080 displays) dead pixels cannot be seen as 'defect', i.e. they are not covered by warranty and they won't be replaced. You can try to fix the pixels by yourself, return your notebook within the deadline for returning goods or try to find an individual agreement with Sony (unlikely). However there are very few reports about dead pixels, so you do not have to expect having dead pixels when buying this notebook.

    14. Question: Why does my TPM not work?
    Answer: Models pre-Z13 sold in the US do not have a TPM (Z13 do), but there are models with TPMs available in other countries (Europe for example). The US models do have at least a socket for a TPM on-board, but there is no known working solution for user-added TPMs by now.

    15. Question: Can I use multitouch gestures with the built-in touchpad?
    Answer: Yes, you can by using Synaptics multitouch drivers (in case you did a fresh install) and/or two-finger-scroll.

    16. Question: Can i run Linux on this notebook?
    Answer: Yes, you can. Except brightness control using the hotkeys everything should work fine. See this thread for more details.

    17. Question: Will the palmrest wear out quickly? I have even seen pictures on that.
    Answer: Usually it won't - at least not more quickly than any other palmrests out there. The complaints you have heard are mostly due to exceptional use.

    18. Question: I'm still unsure about this wear out stuff - what can I do?
    Answer: Get some kind of protective cover. The most mentioned product here is a DIY set from BestSkinsEver, which has to be custom made to fit the notebook itself and the palmrests. You can find a step through guide on how to apply them here. You can find custom-tailored covers for example here.

    19. Question: I'm looking for a case for my Z and I'm not sure if the chosen one fits. Can you recommend one?
    Answer: See the sleeves, bags and cases thread.

    20. Question: How do i remove those nasty stickers?
    Answer: Just pull them off gently by using something that won't scratch (fingernails, dental floss) and use the sticker itself to remove the adhesive left behind. The definition of "won't scratch" of course contains "pressure" and "intensity". Never ever use some kind of abrasive or an eraser for example. It might also help to warm the stickers a little bit using a hairdryer. You'll find some guidance here or here.

    21. Question: Is the fan really that annoying?
    Answer: It depends on your definition of 'annoying'. Most people don't find it that nasty - others can't live with the slight noise you can hear. You won't find it out for yourself without trying it.

    22. Question: Will there be a refresh within the next ... months?
    Answer: There is was minor refresh in mid june (Z12), but no hardware changes, just different preconfigured models and additional CTO options. There was another refresh in end sep (Z13) with updated CPU options. Likely there might be a refresh within the next 3 to 6 months and no 'new' Z within the next 36 months, but keep in mind that these numbers might turn out to be completely wrong.

    23. Question: Where can i find updated graphics card drivers supporting hybrid graphics?
    Answer: With the release of the Z13 the drivers got updated to 190.24 / 2021. In addiontion, there are community-build 260.63 / 2022 drivers, which can be considere fully working for most users. You can find further information in this thread.

    24. Question: Where can i find updated graphics card drivers to have Optimus support? Will there ever be working drivers?
    Answer: There aren't any fully working drivers yet. But you can support the efforts in creating one by joining this thread. The Z11 complies with all the hardware requirements for Optimus, so - yes, we might see Optimus support somewhen.

    25. Question Are there any differences in the chassis material used for the various color options (especially premium carbon fiber)?
    Answer: No. The premium carbon fiber is still plastic. The only difference you're paying for is the finish.

    26. Question Is there an recommended installation order when doing a clean install?
    Answer: Yes, follow this thread.

    27. Question Are there any disassembly guides?
    Answer: Yes, follow this thread.

    Question: I think the answer to one of your questions is just not correct. Should I tease you for that?
    Answer: You can if want to, but it would be better to post what you think is correct so i can update this article.

    Question: I'm reading the same stupid question over and over again in one of the other threads. I wish it would be listed somewhere.
    Answer: Just post it (preferably including the answer) here so i can update this article.

    Question: Must have been a hard time to find out all that stuff. You are awesome!
    Answer: I'm just collecting and summarising. I do not claim any credit to all the stuff written here. There are a lot of people trying to work out stuff - these are the awesome guys you should thank. I'm sorry that i do not list them here, because as soon as you start to you are going to forget someone and i do not want someone to feel offended.
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    Default re: Sony VPC-Z11 - Frequently Asked Questions

    Excellent post. A sticky for sure

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    Default re: Sony VPC-Z11 - Frequently Asked Questions

    yuppers, thumbs up & +1, added to my faves ^^


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    Default re: Sony VPC-Z11 - Frequently Asked Questions

    Mind if I ask a question?

    How long does Sony refresh the Z model and how long for a complete revision?

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    Default re: Sony VPC-Z11 - Frequently Asked Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by exe163 View Post
    How long does Sony refresh the Z model and how long for a complete revision?
    There are no facts on that, just rumors. Summing them up: there might be a refresh within the next 3 to 6 months, and a complete new revision in about 36 months (heavily depending on technology leaps).

    In my humble opinion you won't see any refresh worth mentioning as long as there is still no competition and the notebook sells that good.

    But maybe we can get more profound facts on that.

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    Default re: Sony VPC-Z11 - Frequently Asked Questions

    On the sticker removal item, fingernails CAN and DO cause scratches in the plastic.

    Best course of action is to pick at the sticker itself and keep from "digging" into the plastic to get the stickers off. You can remove any left over goop with the sticker itself.
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    Default re: Sony VPC-Z11 - Frequently Asked Questions

    On the sticker removal item, fingernails CAN and DO cause scratches in the plastic.

    Best course of action is to pick at the sticker itself and keep from "digging" into the plastic to get the stickers off. You can remove any left over goop with the sticker itself.
    Alternatively, get an hair dryer and blow till surface is warm then pill of slowly. It gonna be prefect
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    Default re: Sony VPC-Z11 - Frequently Asked Questions

    Anyway, this is a good post for newbie like me to understand. +1 Rep.
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