My discoveries on Vaio Z’s Hybrid Graphics

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  1. failure13

    failure13 Notebook Geek

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    MY TEMPORARY FIX OF SCREEN FLICKER ON OLD VGN-Z


    First you will need to install drivers in the right order, to get everything working.
    Please, before installation make sure that switch is on SPEED mode, and also that network switch is on.
    Notice that you will have to reboot after each installation of each driver, and can not check in process if switch, volume or brightness is working, until you will install everything - don't touch switches, or whole process can go wrong and introduce some unwanted bugs or issues.

    Installation order:
    1. Install R2170M3 BIOS (recommended) or higher, if you want.
    2. Clean install Win 7 x64, disable UAC (or install all the next steps as administrator),
    install SP1 (if you need it), reboot.
    3. Go to Windows updates, update every driver that's in there except Intel / Nvidia driver.
    ---Must (at least for my model) are:
    ---1) Sony corporation - Input - Sony Firmware Extension Parser Device
    ---2) Sony corporation - Other hardware - Sony Programmable I/O Control Device
    4. Sony_Shared_Library_5.4_5.4.0.05200
    5. Setting_Utility_Series_5.0_5.0.0.07300
    6. VAIO_Event_Service_5.0_5.0.0.07010
    7. VAIO_Control_Center_4.0_4.0.0.06120
    8. VAIO_Power_Management_4.0_4.0.0.08240
    9. VAIO_Smart_Network_3.0_3.0.0.09080
    10. Memory card reader writer driver Ricoh MS # SD
    11. Install ! new ! Andrew's NVIDIA 263.08 - Intel 2020, reboot (do NOT use reg with enableGoldOnHybrid, it's already applyed)
    12. Go to Nvidia control panel - Change resolution - Customize - Create custom resolution - Accept agreement - open Timing dialog - Choose standard - CVT, apply and reboot.

    Drivers are fully signed, so forget about test mode.

    Working (even after switching to STAMINA and then back to SPEED):
    OpenCL
    CUDA
    PhysX (can see in GPU-Z only if enabled to be processed by videocard in nvidia cpl, but it's anyway working).
    DirectCompute
    --------------------------------
    Switch between cards
    Brightness on STAMINA and SPEED
    !!!!!! No Flickers (include fullscreen applications / games) !!!!!
    Lower temperatures and noise

    THIS FIX WON'T FULLY WORK WITH ANY OTHER VIDEO DRIVER​

    Please note that if in games you're using not only native resolution - you will have to repeat creating custom resolution step for any resolution you want to use without flickers.

    This drivers are fully tested by me, numerous times (include this build), on Win 7 x64, each time i was making clean installation between new builds, so everything should work at least on old VGN-Z with 1600x900 screen and 9300MGS 256Mb, i'm 100% sure.
    This clean installation scheme will 100% guarantee the result of everything working, but it's not must as Andrew said.
    Though i have personal experience of not working Switch / Brightness / OpenCL after non clean installations.

    Simple update procedure: Uninstall - Restart - Restart (yes, 2nd restart is MUST) - Driver sweeper - Restart - Install new one.

    This is not complete solution yet, but it will help you all meanwhile.
    Our perfectionist minds are not completely satisfied yet with flicker solution, but it is working solution.

    Thanks to Andrew for amazing work, i was waiting this moment for years!

    You can find more information and links in this Andrew's post
    here
     
  2. ryanmetalman1

    ryanmetalman1 Newbie

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    Thank you good Sirs!! Your hard work is greatly appreciated! This with Windows 8 will surely make my laptop feel brand new again.
     
  3. anytimer

    anytimer Notebook Virtuoso

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    Thanks, Andrew08, for your hard work and perseverance in creating this driver. :thumbsup: Thanks, too, to failure13 for bugging Andrew08 until he did. ;) :D

    EDIT: yes, you will have some issues if you have previously installed a newer driver (e.g. if you were trying Optimus on hybrid graphics and installed the latest drivers). The installer normally doesn't overwrite newer files with older ones, so you end up with a mess of old files and new. Clean the files copied to your system by the old driver (use NFR - Nasty File Remover or Driver sweeper to get rid of all traces of the previously installed driver).
     
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    Ryam BaCo Newbie

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    [edit, edit]
    i adressed the issue of switching between stamina and speed mentioned below. when no external monitor (using a vga-cable) is connected everything works like a charm. even switching after sleep mode works! nevertheless i can only access my external monitor when stamina mode is enabled. is it possible that speed mode is only checking the hdmi-port (since hdmi is only available when being in speed mode) for external devices or something? [edit(-madness)] started up the nvidia control panel and came up with the information that when switched to speed my gpu only supports one monitor. now i can use my external monitor but not my laptop monitor, which is currently no big deal, but somehow weird.

    [edit]
    okay, got it working. thanks to anytimer for his hint! i'd recommend adding this hint to the installation guide. unfortunately the switching between stamina and speed (i can switch from speed to stamina but not vice versa, laptop is always booting with lights on stamina even when the switch is turned to speed) occurs to be broken now, but i guess that is because i didn't perform a clean install. will do this the next few days and report if everything is working. but nevertheless a big thank you to all of you! :)


    hey there,

    unfortunately i wasn't able to install the drivers. the installation exits during installing the display drivers. i checked for log files and came up with:

    sig: Key = nvmvsz.inf
    sig: FilePath = h:\backup\sony\porno-gfx\display.driver\nvmvsz.inf
    sig: Catalog = h:\backup\sony\porno-gfx\display.driver\NVMVSZ.CAT
    ! sig: Verifying file against specific (valid) catalog failed! (0x80096002)
    ! sig: Error 0x80096002: The certificate for the signer of the message is invalid or not found.

    at least i think that this is the problem. i'm running windows 8 64bit on a sony vaio vgn-z41md/b (geforce 9300 with 129 mb and intel chipset). i did not perform a clean install, i just removed the old drivers with driver sweeper. i also tried to install in test mode, but with no luck :(
     
  5. failure13

    failure13 Notebook Geek

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    a lot of people posted that it actually works with windows 8, but I never tried them personally so i can't comment on this.
     
  7. anytimer

    anytimer Notebook Virtuoso

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    There are some issues with Windows 8 fast start feature that mess up the switching. It seems that when you shut down Windows 8, it saves the drivers etc. that are currently in use, so that it can restore them quickly on reboot. Unfortunately for us hybrid graphics users, we need the entire graphics driver to be reloaded on startup, not just the parts that were in use when we shut down. Restarting does not have this problem, so until this gets fixed, just restart and everything will be fine. Or you can disable fast start.
     
  8. Mvbittencourt

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    Dear failure13

    I've followed all the steps above, but I wasn't able to install the drivers. the installation exits during installing the display drivers.

    Any other solutions ?

    Tks
     
  9. reykjavi

    reykjavi Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hey!

    Thanks for the efforts you contributed, that's amazing! I have VGN-Z11 (1600x900) and Win8. I'm glad to confirm the updated driver is ok so far.
    For those who can't install it (as did I in the beginning) - here is the way I did. Actually I don't know what exactly helped. So, I restarted the OS in the driver enforcement mode (Win+I, Power menu, click restart with the Shift key pressed, choose advanced settings - don't remember the exact name, sorry. After the restart begins, the option list will be shown. Hit F7) and started the installer as Administrator. By doing so, you'll be told that driver is not signed instead of the total failure. Confirm the further installation and you'll get the driver installed. Restart.

    Cheers!
     
  10. failure13

    failure13 Notebook Geek

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    Mvbittencourt
    As reykjavi already mentioned - you should either install as administrator, either disable UAC totally (i was doing it so constantly, that even forgot to write about it, sorry. Already fixed in the list)
    If you'll install it as administrator it should work, without signing and anything like safe mode / driver enforcement mode.
     
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