Guide to installing W7(64) on Vaio VGN Z

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  1. ThreeD

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    you can use both guides. There is a simple point here:

    1. First you install ALL drivers for Z (all those exclamation marks under Device Manager). I didn't follow order too much.

    2. When installing utilities first you install Sony Firmware Extension Parser and then Sony Programmable IO Control. Then Sony Shared Library Rest you follow from either thread

    I have VGN-Z590 with W7 64bit. Everything working fine, Fn keys in both modes, all buttons (S1,S2,eject, Speed-Stamina switch) and HDMI output without any issue (both video and audio)

    Most of the drivers I have downloaded from Z890 support page, although some from Z690/Z790

    SmartWi driver, I took some old version, as it does remember my WiFi/ BT setting, contrary to new one that switch off everything upon boot. No big issues, you can always install older version later on.


    The same procedure I have used for reinstalling Vista Business 32bit (originally shipped) year and a half ago (and everything was working just fine).


    EDIT:

    Few days ago my friend had similar issues with its Z520 (W7 64 bit). Fn keys would not work after Speed-Stamina switching, brightness wouldn't work at all in Speed mode, S buttons missing from Control Panel... total mess.

    What we did was the following (in the order below):

    1. Install Firmware Parser v8.0.1.2
    2. Sony Programmable I/O v8.0.1.1
    3. Sony Shared Library v5.4.05200
    4. Settings Utility v5.0.1.10300
    5. Vaio Event Service v5.0.3.05060
    6. Vaio Control Center v4.0.0.07130
    7. VAIO Power Management v4.0.0.08240 (got it from UK site)


    Please note that some of these apps will first UNINSTALL current version, so you need to install it again (like first time - uninstall, second time - install).

    I did not restarted laptop until we finished all 7 steps above. Once completed, restart and voila - everything working as a charm.

    Due to my experience many users have issue because they install Sony Notebook Utility (having most of these apps in one package, like bundle). For some reason this is the culprit. Installing Sony apps separately as per list above resolves the issue.

    Please let me know if this procedure worked for you as well.

    Cheers,
    Miki
     
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    Hi all,

    I have followed the steps to the installation multiple times for my VGN-Z11VN - multiple times on my own, another time with this guide. I reach the same problematic situation time and time again:

    When I switch from Stamina to Speed, the display flashes - as expected - but then the desktop is compressed to half width, with some distortion on the right side. With a normal CRT I would think about a frequency issue, but how is that possible with an LCD screen?

    Has anyone every come across this problem? How could I approach this? I am tired of not being able to use the Speed mode.

    Thanks in advance and best regards,
    Sven
     
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    I guess you didn't upgrade to the latest BIOS version right?
     
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    My Win 7 64-bit install on my VGN-Z570N started crashing on me every time it went to sleep, or was waking up from sleep, so I just did a clean install.

    Windows "Action Center" keeps popping up in my tray and says the drivers for the Sony Firmware Extension Parser and the Sony Programmable IO Control Device are not installed.

    However, they show up fine in the Control Panel which says they are working properly.

    Sony's site for this model does not list these drivers under Windows 7.

    Since everything seems to be working, I'm hesitant to try to install the Vista drivers...I suspect that may be what caused my problems in the first place.

    Anybody else experience this?

    Are there drivers that are confirmed to work for these two items on the first Gen Z's with Windows 7 64-bit?
     
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    You can install drivers from any VGN-Z...I would recommend you to check some of those latest VGN-Z models for drivers...
     
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    Tried that (believe it was the drivers for the Z870).

    Received an error prompt that those drivers were not for my computer during the install.
     
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    You need to UniExtract them first, to remove Sony's version check...
     
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    I'm sorry...can you clarify how to remove Sony's version check?
     
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    Sure, use UniExtract to extract the actual driver or driver installer from a Sony Installer, then install like you're used to with normal drivers.
     
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