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My discoveries on Vaio Z’s Hybrid Graphics

Discussion in 'Sony' started by Nautis, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. Andrew08

    Andrew08 Notebook Evangelist

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    Glad to help.

    For all:
    I just tried 263.15 with Intel 2266 and it's working well in my VPCZ1
    I am uploading Nvidia 263.15 - Intel 2266 for VPCZ1 in 2 parts this may take 5 - 6 hours. I will pass it for testers first, if no complain i pass it for public.
     
  2. Andrew08

    Andrew08 Notebook Evangelist

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    Description:
    Code:
    This is the latest working hybrid graphic driver.
    The inf is build by me with help from Nautis.
    26314 from nvidia works very well.
    2266 is the last build that work perfectly and 2281 works with some errors.
    Nvidia 26130 from microsoft is the last build from microsoft that included 3 hybrid graphic files.
    installation windows vista and 7:
    Code:
    1. select speed mode
    2. boot safe mode for windows 7
    3. uninstall sony driver
    4. reboot to normal mode
    5. install my signed driver (you will get warning this is normal)
    6. restart
    
    installation windows 8:
    Code:
    check my signature
    
    Supported Notebook:
    Code:
    Sony Vaio VPCZ1
    Sony Vaio VGNZ
    
    FAQ & Troubleshooting:
    Code:
    Q: how to permanently enable test mode?
    A: Open a command prompt as an admin and type:
    1."bcdedit -set loadoptions DISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS"
    2."bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING ON"
    
    Q: how to revert back from permanent test mode?
    A: Open a command prompt as an admin and type:
    1. "bcdedit /deletevalue loadoptions"
    2. "bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING OFF"
    
    Q: How to sign driver?
    A: look at the first page.
    
    Q: How to uninstall the driver?
    A: This is the best way to uninstall:
    1. Boot windows in safe mode using 'F8' button while booting
    2. Select admin account
    3. Open programs and features.
    4. Look at Nvidia driver and double click.
    5. Restart.
    
    Q: I am using optimus driver, how do I install hybrid graphic driver?
    A: You will need to uninstall optimus first
    
    Q: I am using dedicated driver and having intel graphic disabled, how do I install hybrid graphic driver?
    A: you will need to uninstall nvidia enable back both graphic card, then you can install hybrid graphic driver
    
    Q: VPCZ1 shows weird resolution during startup, If you check driver manager you'll find 2 warning sign(an exclamation mark inside a triangle)
    A: have you sign the driver and run your computer in test mode?
    
    Q: I am installing the driver without having the old hybrid graphic driver uninstalled, now I am having black screen?
    A: you need to wait 2 minutes, press keyboard 'down arrow' key and press 'enter'.
    If you are lucky enough the screen will come back. And you just need to sign the driver.
    But if you are not lucky then you need to uninstall the driver from safe mode, and install the driver again.
    
    Q: I have my hybrid graphic driver installed but I can't see nvidia graphic and the control panel doesn't work
    A: this happen because you installed hybrid graphic driver in stamina mode, you will need to uninstall and restart before installing
    
    Q: I installed hybrid graphic driver and experience lag in first boot, is this normal?
    A: this is not normal, you will need to uninstall and restart your computer before installing new one
    
    Q: will Special Features 1 and Special Features 2 available in package?
    A: no, it will be available in .inf so you only need to change the .inf
    
    Q: when will Special Features 1 and Special Features 2 .inf available?
    A: available with all package except Nvidia 26315 - 2266 Megaupload, because this driver failed to work.
    
    Q: how do i use rotate display?
    A: go to control panel > display > adjust resolution > rotate
    
    Q: will cuda reload after changing back from intel to nvidia?
    A: cuda will not reload, but if it reload you will get cuda memory leakage and you will have to reinstall your driver.
    
    Q: where is Nvidia 26315 - Intel 2266 Megaupload package?
    A: since it failed to work, it is deleted but not from the source. 26x NBR stats(39x megaupload).
    
    Q: how to get signed custom hybrid graphic driver?
    A: use intel catalog instead of nvidia.
    
    Q: so do i need to be in test mode to try signed driver
    A: no you don't need to be in test mode because it is signed
    
    Q: i used your signed driver but windows detected that your driver are not signed
    A: this happens because your computer detected 2202 driver before installing my hybrid graphic, please reinstall.
    
    Q: i can see a lot of bars before changing from nvidia to intel with 26314 2281
    A: this only happened to 2281 please choose 2266 instead.
    
    Q: i get bsod while loading
    A: go to safe mode with networking and uninstall my hybrid graphic and reinstall.
    
    Q: how to go to safe mode
    A: press F8 before you see windows logo.
    
    Q: where is the Nvidia 26314 - Intel 2266 Megaupload
    A: Discontinued since signed version is out. latest stats 52 NBR
    
    Q: where is the VGNZ Nvidia 26308 - Intel 1994 beta signed Megaupload
    A: Discontinued since it is not working. latest stats 16 NBR
    
    Q: where is the VGNZ Nvidia 26308 - Intel 1994 beta 2 signed Megaupload
    A: Discontinued since it is not working. latest stats 17 NBR
    
    Q: where is the VGNZ Nvidia 26314 - Intel 2281 signed Megaupload
    A: Discontinued since it is not working. latest stats 5 NBR
    
    Q: where is the latest VPCZ Nvidia 26314 - Intel 2281
    A: Discontinued.
    
    Q: how many downloads are there in total?
    A: 103,000+
    
    Q: where are the special features?
    A: Discontinued. Will be documented later.
    
    Q: what are the special features?
    A: Standard Features:
    -rotation disabled
    -hybrid ui disabled
    --transition timer off
    --taskbar graphic card selector off
    --manage blocking program on(off due to hybrid ui off)
    -vpcz1 default color
    
    Special Features 1:
    -rotation disabled
    -hybrid ui enabled
    --transition timer off
    --taskbar graphic card selector off
    --manage blocking program on
    -vpcz1 default color
    
    Special Features 2:
    -rotation enabled
    -hybrid ui enabled
    --transition timer off
    --taskbar graphic card selector off
    --manage blocking program on
    -vpcz1 default color
    
    Q: will you make special features available again?
    A: yes, if requested.
    
    ignore the following line
    
    if you want unsigned driver and you are currently using SONY Hybrid graphic driver:
    1. Make your computer run in test mode(look from faq)
    2. restart
    3. Switch to speed mode(Nvidia)
    4. uninstall sony hybrid graphic driver
    5. restart
    6. install the new hybrid graphic select advance, tick perform clean install.
    7. sign the driver.
    8. restart.
    
    old
    Installation from old hybrid graphic:
    if you want unsigned driver and if you are from Nautis Hybrid graphic driver:
    1. make sure your power button function is to shutdown your computer
    2. Make sure you are in test mode
    3. Switch to speed mode(Nvidia)
    4. Uninstall the old hybrid graphic
    5. your computer will end up with some bsod(please use a stopwatch and time exactly 3 minutes)
    6. press the power button(shutting down)
    7. power on again
    8. Install the new hybrid graphic select advance, tick perform clean install. 
    9. Sign the driver
    
    latest available driver
    Code:
    latest working for hybrid graphic
    Intel 2266 for intel hd graphic and second generation sandy bridge.
    Intel 2281 for intel hd graphic and gma 4500
    Nvidia 26314 from gainward
    Nvidia 26130 from microsoft
    Nvidia 26308 1994 from dell.
    Intel 2020 from msi 
    
    Current Status:

    Hybrid graphic driver "Nvidia 26314 - Intel 2266 signed" is up (don't need to sign), Special features 1 and 2 included in packages.

    New VGNZ Hybrid graphic driver "VGNZ Nvidia 26308 - Intel 2020 signed" is up (don't need to sign), Special features 1 and 2 not included in packages. For flickers issue:failure13's post

    Special Thanks:
    Code:
    Nautis for inf modification help
    Killerzac for advice using intel catalog and 2281
    samurri for the mirror.
    and all others who have contributed but the nickname not listed
    failure13 for helping to test out 26308 2020 and his support
     

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  3. Mesenzio

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    Thanks a lot Andrew08! Hope this is going to work nicely!
     
  4. PHils

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    I would like to test it. Perhaps it solved my problem with my Dell 2711 Problem...
     
  5. Andrew08

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    This driver is only for Sony Vaio vpc-z1.
    Means the driver will not work for vostro 3700 without modification, I don't know about dell 2711. But definitely not for it.
     
  6. PHils

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    I think there is a little missunderstanding ;) I have a Vaio VPCZ11 with a dell 2711 monitor on the end which is driving me crazy, because the vaio didn't really accept the 2560x1440 resolution via DVI.
     
  7. Chluz

    Chluz Notebook Guru

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    Wouldn't mind testing it either. I have noticed some problems with prior drivers (263.09 nvidia) when docking the z in stamina mode on z dock. The laptop screen starts flickering like crazy as the laptop tries to change to DVI out. I'll message you my email.

    Thanks !
     
  8. xen2

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    Just checked today (only had nSight 1.51 and 1.5 DL was broken few days ago): parallel nsight works fine with 1.5 and NV 263.00 + Intel 2202.

    Also, today I tried to make an updated hybrid driver with 267.05 but unfortunately it didn't work (same issue, could switch one time from NV=>Intel, but impossible to go back).

    Has anyone successfully made a driver 264+ work? I am not sure weither it's simply not supported/tested anymore in new drivers (as optimus replaced it), or if it is a bug, or simply some registry values to tweak (might be hard to do until one manufacturer release 264+ packaged hybrid driver so we can check what is needed).

    Any idea?
     
  9. failure13

    failure13 Notebook Geek

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    I'm very curious for a half of an year already...
    Someone tell me, is there any fully WORKING drivers for VGN-Z11VRN?
    With nvidia 2xx series drivers, cuda, physx etc...

    I know that vpcz are coll, no doubts...
    But don't let other users down please, we're still alive here :D

    thx
     
  10. Andrew08

    Andrew08 Notebook Evangelist

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    I am sorry, well I can't tell that you have enough experience since your post is not ±50 and it's very dangerous to install hybrid graphic driver without experience, please wait until it is out.

    I still have 1 more registry tweak to try end of this week. Everyone is working hard to get this done, but it is still very impossible to upgrade intel to 2291.

    Don't worry about VGN Z, I got a e-mail from Nautis dated Feb 22, 2011.

     

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