[SONY] Newest Drivers + Windows 10 Guide

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  1. e.v.o

    e.v.o Notebook Enthusiast

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    In this thread you will find:
    • Latest drivers/software including
      • Sony Firmware Extension Parser (SFEP)
      • Sony Shared Library (SSL)
      • Sony Vaio Control Center (SVCC)
    • Windows (10) Upgrade / Installation Guide
    Sony specific drivers and software (should) work with all models and is known to work with the following series:
    • SV: SVD / SVF / SVP / SVS

    You could contribute and help each other when you report back:
    • Your series is/isn't listed and you failed/successfully updated
    • You found a new driver/software version
      • Don't report Intel/Realtek/nVIDIA/AMD drivers. You will find the latest versions here:
        • Station-Drivers (Thank you Guys so much!)
        • NecaCom
    • You found a failure, have a suggestion, imrovement or question

    Before upgrading/installing Windows:
    • Always be sure to use the latest BIOS
      • Update your Intel ME Firmware
    • Download the drivers/software
    • Always do a clean/fresh install:
      • After upgrading activate Windows 10 to reserve your license if you haven't
      • Wipe your complete disk. When did you ever used this senseless function?
        • If you ever need a recovery disk get a fresh iso off the internet
      • Never ever use the bundled recovery as it's loaded with old software/drivers/crap/etc.

    After upgrading/installing Windows:
    • Be sure to let the update process do it's thing
    • Don't forget to reboot
    • After Windows has installed all updates beginn installing drivers/software

    Drivers/Software (you should download at least the stated version: "the newer the better"):
    If you want a clean System extract the drivers wherever possible: Install via right click on the .inf-File (select Install) or do it via Device Manager.

    "Always extract. Never install. Expect you really have to."​

    If you wanna check which Sony specific versions you have installed:
    Fire up PowerShell (ISE) and execute the following codes:
    • SFEP:
      Code:
      gwmi Win32_PnPSignedDriver | select DeviceName,DriverVersion | ?{$_.devicename -like "*Sony*"}
    • SSL:
      Code:
      gc "Program Files `(x86`)\\Common Files\\Sony Shared\\Version.txt" -First 1
    • SVCC:
      Code:
      gc "Program Files `(x86`)\\Sony\\VAIO Control Center\\Version.txt" -First 1
    • Intel Chipset Drivers (had to use all three versions, seems this is caused by a bug):
      • First 10.0.27 then 10.1.1.9 then 10.1.2.9: Install
    • Intel Management Engine 11.0.0.1162: Driver Only
    • Intel HD Graphics 15.40.5.1.64.4274: Install
    • Intel Smart Connect Technology 5.0.10.2936: Driver Only (expect you are using this)
    • Intel Rapid Storage Technology 14.6.0.1029: Driver Only (read tweaks below)
    • Realtek HD Audio 6.0.1.7581: Install
    • NXP NearFieldCommunication 6.5.9.0: Install (cause of the certificate that gets installed)
    • Sony Firmware Extension Parser 8.0.2.5: Install (be sure to get at least this version!)
    • Sony Shared Library 6.3.0.07020: Install (download was taken from Vaio and repacked)
    • Optional:

    Some little tweaks (not finished yet):
    • Disable all unnessary Windows 10 services/spying features/logging (ETW, DiagLog, PerfLog, etc).
      There's a ****load of tools out there to do so. This is just consuming cycles, ram and no one needs it
    • Tweak your Intel HD Graphics Settings:
      • Display: Set the frequency to 40 Hz
      • 3D: Disable Optimal mode, MSAA, CMAA, choose Performance setting
      • Video: choose Application setting everywhere (dunno how it's called in the english version) and disable everything under Standard and Advanced tab
      • Energy: Maximum battery, Display Power Saving Technology: Max Battery
      • Options and Support: Disable Hotkeys and disable all other settings under settings

    • Vaio Pro owners with the slower Toshiba SSD (like me..) should do the following:
      • No need to install Rapid Storage software. Apply the following registry settings cause this is the only thing the software does. This disables HIPM + DIPM power saving features only on the port where the SSD is connected for better performance. This won't hurt your battery life.

        Save the following code as .reg-File and double click it:
        Code:
        Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
        
        [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\iaStorA\Parameters\Device]
        "Controller0Phy0HIPM"=dword:00000001
        "Controller0Phy0DIPM"=dword:00000001
        "Controller0Phy1HIPM"=dword:00000001
        "Controller0Phy1DIPM"=dword:00000001
        "Controller0Phy2HIPM"=dword:00000001
        "Controller0Phy2DIPM"=dword:00000001
        "Controller0Phy3HIPM"=dword:00000000
        "Controller0Phy3DIPM"=dword:00000000

      • Import these registry settings to unlock Link Power Management under Power Settings:
        Code:
        Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
        
        [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\0012ee47-9041-4b5d-9b77-535fba8b1442\0b2d69d7-a2a1-449c-9680-f91c70521c60]
        "Attributes"=dword:00000002
        
        [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\0012ee47-9041-4b5d-9b77-535fba8b1442\dab60367-53fe-4fbc-825e-521d069d2456]
        "Attributes"=dword:00000002
        Go to your Advanced Power Plan settings. There are two new options under Hard Drive:

        - AHCI Link Power Management – HIPM/DIPM
        - AHCI Link Power Management – Adaptive

        Set the first one to Active (this will disable HIPM/DIPM): This disables the power saving feature that slows down the SSD. It won't hurt your battery time.
        This tweak can be applied to every PC. Not only Sony Vaios... ;)
    • For better cooling and a less noisy fan:
      • Open your Vaio and replace the thermal paste with Liquid Metal (eg. Coollaboratory Liquid Metal Cooling Pad)
      • Apply some oil to your fan (not the coil ^^)
    • Update your ME firmware (eg.: Vaio Pro 11/13 but works for every ME-9.5-1.5):

    If anyone from Sony/Vaio reads this:
    Please help us:
    Update the BIOS.
    Update the oROMs. Unlock the settings.
    Thanks! :)

    (sry for my bad english, please correct me if anything is wrong and there is probably a lot wrong.. i hope you understand what is meant.. if anything is unclear: just ask)

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    Since the new Vaios use newer software and specific drivers i want to port them over to our Sony models (most if not everything works the same, they just rebranded it). Please help if you can! I will collect every piece of information here.

    On the official Vaio homepage (yes.. the japanese one..) they offer a Windows 10 Upgrade for the Pro 13: Windows 10 Update For Pro13. This package comes with a complete new Vaio Control Center.

    To extract only this package:
    • Execute the whole package but when you are asked for UAC conformation don't click anything (lower your UAC settings to don't use secure desktop)
    • Instead open a Explorer windows and go to (just copy the whole thing into your address bar:
      Code:
      %ProgramData%\VAIO Corporation\VAIO Packaging Manager\PackagingTemp\{6F4DB5FD-33B9-415C-B588-D7867F03D1F7}\Data\
    • Copy the VAIOControlCenter_1_3_0_07310 folder to your desktop
    • Press No on the UAC thing
    Latest Sony Vaio Control Center: 6.4.6.03190
    Latest Vaio Control Center: 1.3.0.07310

    If you want to open/extract those new VAIO files:
    • Open it with a HexEditor.
    • Change "ExtractPathByUser=0" to "ExtractPathByUser=1"
    • Change for "UseVAIOCheck=1" to "UseVAIOCheck=0"
    The installation itself gets checked and handled via VAIOCheck.dll. Extracted Installations can be found in %temp%.
     
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2015
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    Succesfully upgradet ME firmware! Thank you. :)
     
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    Are you sure that the latest versions of these are backwards compatible with older models? My VPCZ1 is 5 years old; there are people on this forum with models that are even older.
     
  5. e.v.o

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    Are you sure you are using the latest SFEP and SSL versions? I also updated and everything is working. Be sure to use SFEP 8.0.2.5 and SSL 6.3.0. You can check the installed versions with powershell:
    SFEP:
    Code:
    gwmi Win32_PnPSignedDriver | select DeviceName,DriverVersion | ?{$_.devicename -like "*Sony*"}
    SSL:
    Code:
    gc "Program Files `(x86`)\\Common Files\\Sony Shared\\Version.txt" -First 1
    SVCC:
    Code:
    gc "Program Files `(x86`)\\Sony\\VAIO Control Center\\Version.txt" -First 1
    If you are already using them then it must have something to do with the upgrade path of your SVCC. I started with installing 6.4.0.10210, upgrading to 6.4.5.11140 and then upgrading to 6.4.6.03190.

    Regarding the drivers/software (also SFEP/SSL/SVCC), they are generic: "If it installs it'll work"
    Just try the latest SFEP/SSL/SVCC versions and report back. Since i can't test it, i and every other Vaio owner would like to know if it works. Guessing if something is/isn't working never helped find an answer ;)
     
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2015
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    @e.v.o. first, thanks for this!

    I was looking at this link: https://esupport.sony.com/US/p/mode...te_id=1&region_id=1&tab=download#/downloadTab

    Seems that Sony removed all the drivers, and instructs to use Windows Update instead, so, seems that on Windows 10 1511 there is no need to manually install the Intel drivers.

    Other funny things I noticed:
    • The Intel SATA/AHCI driver is the same version Windows Update provides.
    • The SFEP version provided is 8.0.2.3, that is an old one.
    • The VCC version 6.4 acknowledges the removal of some functions:
      • Removes the multi-touch gesture function
      • Removes the X-reality feature
      • Removes the Sony Sound Effect function
    • There is an Intel Smart Connect removal tool. Sony says that is not supported under Windows 10, but the funny thing is that my (almost) clean installation of Windows 10 detected and installed the driver.
     
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    @Somnio

    I think you got something wrong: Driver != Software. So if the SCT (Smart Connect Technology) drivers get's installed it doesn't has anything to do with the software. Only after installing the software under Windows you are able to use this feature. Since Windows 10 doesn't support this feature the software won't get installed but Windows Update provides the driver for the hardware "module".

    I would also not recommend to use the VCC.
     
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    Somnio Notebook Consultant

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    Hi @e.v.o. Yes, you're right. The uninstaller that Sony provides, specifically says "software". My bad.

    About VCC, on my SVP1321 Vaio Update recommended to install 6.2, that it's what I'm using now. I'm really using only the adaptive brightness and battery care functions. The amount of background process troubles me, but they are using ~0.04 CPU sometimes, and the helper service is always 0 CPU usage, so, I believe is not harm to leave them there. But, yeah, if you are not going to use a particular feature, better remove it.
     
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    Pls, can you help me with ratling noise from fan? I tried to lubricate fan, but when put oil on silver dot in midle fan wont soak oil? Do i need to make hole in silver center or something else? It ratling when i move and tilt laptop, only stops ratling when on table...
     
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    It is a fairly complicated job. You have to remove the motherboard, take the heatsink off, separate the plastic fan cover from the heatsink by breaking off the melted tabs, and then the fan can be lifted off the base. Now you can get in and clean the hole where the shaft goes, then lubricate the shaft and reassemble. The fan blades are brittle and break fairly easily, so be careful. I have done this about 10 times and haven't broken a blade yet. The plastic fan cover then has to be held in place using strong adhesive tape.
     
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