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Drivers Windows XP For VGN-NR110E/S

Discussion in 'Sony' started by lflopez79, Nov 20, 2007.

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  1. lflopez79

    lflopez79 Newbie

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    I wonder if someone knows where can i get drivers for this laptop, i need to install Windows XP Professional.
     
  2. sammyzhr

    sammyzhr Newbie

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    Hi
    I downgraded my Sony Vaio VGNFZ240E from Vista to XP. I need help with various drivers like camera, audio device etc., How do I get it? Please help me.

    Sammy
     
  3. amdma2003

    amdma2003 Newbie

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    Hey, did you already install Windows XP to the Sony NR110E? Because I'm having trouble installing it to the SATA hard drive, and currently I have no operating system, and I also erased the recovery partition.
     
  4. Duckfart

    Duckfart Notebook Evangelist

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    Try here:
    http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-list.pl?mdl=VGNFZ240E&LOC=3

    They are the original so it may not work properly with your FZ.
     
  5. amdma2003

    amdma2003 Newbie

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    Has anyone got Windows XP installed onto the Vaio Laptop? I need help finding and using the drivers for when XP installs.
     
  6. aady

    aady Newbie

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    Hey, even i am having the same problem with VGN_NR110E .I have Windows Vista preinstalled on it.

    I am unable to load WindowsXp on my vaio, It says "hard drive" not found.
    When i called Sony support, they say that there is no DOWNGRADE option for this laptop. WTF????????????

    Please help me out
    Thanks
     
  7. amdma2003

    amdma2003 Newbie

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    Yea, apparently Windows XP does not support installation to SATA hard drives, and you have to load them from a floppy drive.

    You're going to have to use Vista, or if you're like me, and formatted the laptop, you can use Ubuntu 7.10, but you have to install the wireless card manually.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=512828

    Afterwards, you can use VirtualBox or Wine to install or run WindowsXP.
     
  8. aady

    aady Newbie

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    I am very poor at Linux commands, so i am not i ll be able to get everything working or not..............
    anyways Thanks for the info....

    Please let me know if u have any alternate way to install XP on sony vaio

    thanks
     
  9. roadyforlife

    roadyforlife Newbie

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    Hey,

    I'm having the exact same problem with the vgn-nr110e trying to downgrade from vista to xp. So there is no floppy disk, but does any know if we can use a flash drive to load the SATA drivers? And where do we get that SATA driver, i went to the sony site and the only one close to it is motherboard driver. Does that inlcude the SATA?

    -Kent
     
  10. amdma2003

    amdma2003 Newbie

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    Nope, I tried using a USB flash drive, and it does not work. The drivers for the VAIO chipset is located here:
    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/filter_results.aspx?strTypes=all&ProductID=2800&OSFullName=Windows*+XP+Professional&lang=eng&strOSs=44&submit=Go%21

    It is number 8 on the list.
    However I have not yet tested it out if it works.
    Again, you must use a floppy.

    Sorry if its not much help...I'm currently using Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy, and its pretty nice. You could try it out if you wish. I highly recommend it.

    Also check out CloneZilla if you wish to backup your current hard disk.
     
  11. mobius9

    mobius9 Newbie

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    hi guys, windows xp isn't impossible. I've got my copy right now with everything running besides the HD audio modem. For the SATA problem, you don't need a floppy disk either. I'll post back everything and host the driver files in a bit. :)
     
  12. Lemonade727

    Lemonade727 Notebook Enthusiast

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    That would be great if you could place the driver files in a .zip file or something and upload it. The main thing I'm worried about not working is the wireless network card. If you got this running then a how-to and files would be greatly appreciated as Vista = Bleh with the X3100.
     
  13. mobius9

    mobius9 Newbie

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    awesome news, after poking around on the internet and reading other forums about downgrading sony's, I came across a page on sony asia's site that was specifically for downgrading XP. They didn't have any of the NR series, interestingly enough though, they had VGN-N series labeled. I took a look at it, and it seems to me that the hardware driver set is identical with the exception of the audio driver. I will do a test install with this and let you guys know in a few hours.

    As for the SATA booting goes, there are 2 nearly identical files contained on intel matrix storage manager's driver set. The one you want to get is ICH8M Sata AHCI driver for mobile. There was a lot of confusion on this for me, but the right one is the AHCI driver.


    Here are all the files that the matrix storage manager throws on the floppy:

    http://mobius9.com/INTEL_MATRIX_FLOPPY.zip

    you will need these files to get SATA running.


    Now, I did not use my floppy drive for installation. I made my own custom install of XP. It was fairly easy.


    First, download NLite. This is a program that makes custom XP installations. It gives you the option to make your install unattended, add drivers, windows themes, or remove unwanted elements of the install. Its a great program, here's my little writeup on it.




    Install Nlite

    Insert your XP Disk into the cd drive

    Run Nlite, it will ask you where your xp installation is. Chose the drive the XP disk is in, and it should recognise it.

    Next, it will ask you where you would like to save your installation. I'd suggest making a folder on your desktop, or somewhere easy to remember.

    Next, Task Selection Screen should come up. Make sure you check Drivers, and Bootable ISO. I also like to check Unattended, so I have less work to do during the installation

    Next, you have the chance to insert the SATA Driver. Click Insert > Single Driver. From the Intel Matrix Install Floppy, chose iaahci.inf, it will open up a screen of the contraining drivers. Select the HEM/HBM SATA AHCI controller (mobile) NOT WORKSTATION/DESKTOP.

    Next, you have the options to change the default values of the XP install, you can pre-insert your serial number so you never have to type it in at installation, add desktop themes (MCE, Vista style, etc)... you can toy around with some of the settings that you're familiar with at this point.

    Next, it will build your install of windows. Click yes if it asks : do you want to start the process

    Next, the final step. You have the option to either burn your install to a disk or write it as an image file. I usually chose direct burn, as it goes straight to CD.




    I'll keep you all cued in on the installation files, and I will host them all if it works.
     
  14. belsthar

    belsthar Newbie

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    I've successfully gotten everything up and running with the exception of the wireless card, could you perhaps let me know what driver(s) you needed to get up and running on an xp install?
     
  15. mobius9

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    belsthar Newbie

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    Unfortunately, no, I'm working a step at a time, till i can get everything down. Currently, however, I have got the chipset, and video up and running
     
  17. mobius9

    mobius9 Newbie

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    the new set of drivers are a bust. even though they are the correct set, sony had model locked them so that they won't install on anything but the intended computers. Unfortunately the sony software which would control our FN keys is locked as well... if only someone had an old sony we could extract this all on!

    did the wifi driver work for you? I have the yukon lan plug driver as well.

    here's everything I have right now

    http://mobius9.com/INTEL_MATRIX_FLOPPY.zip
    http://mobius9.com/Wifi.zip
    http://mobius9.com/nr110ePACK.zip (follow 1, 2, 3.1, 3.2, 4, etc)
    http://mobius9.com/alpspointer.zip

    this should encompass everything but the dial up modem and screen brightness control.
     
  18. v.grove

    v.grove Newbie

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    I've got XP up and running on my NR110E now. I managed the graphics, Ethernet and WiFi drivers. Its all running fine.

    Having trouble finding the audio, modem and card reader/writer drivers. I had taken a screenshot of the Device properties of these components before I got rid of Vista.

    Here are details
    Audio
    Name - Realtek High Definition Audio
    Date - 12-06-2007
    Version - 6.0.1.5433

    Modem
    Name - HDAUDIO Soft V92 Data Fax Modem with SmartCP
    Date - 12-02-2007
    Version - 7.62.0.50

    Card Reader/Writer
    Name - Texas Instruments PCIxx 12 Integrated FlashMedia Controller


    Date - 23-04-2007
    Version - 2.0.0.18

    Now these drivers are for Vista, so we need older versions. Not that these won't work. They just might.....but older versions should definitely work with XP.

    Can someone help me get these please.....
     
  19. v.grove

    v.grove Newbie

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    ok, I've got the Texas Instruments Card Reader/Writer working now.

    Audio and Modem is what I need. Can someone guide me, or I'll have to switch back to Vista just because of these components.
     
  20. Lemonade727

    Lemonade727 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Might i ask how u got the card reader working? I'm trying to get everything prepared so I can do this conversion in one swoop.
     
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