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Sony VAIO USB problems

Discussion in 'Sony' started by crimsontwo, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. Redkeefy

    Redkeefy Newbie

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    I've also now upgraded my laptop to Windows 7 64 bit and the issue that went away with the registry patch in Vista has returned. I've even had the DVD drive being unrecognised - never had that before. Windows 7 has cured a problem where it took the laptop ages to realise that I'd plugged in my iPOD or mobile broadband and overall, W7 has transformed the perfromance and stability of the laptop but the need to continue to preiodically unplug the battery just shouldn't happen with any laptop, let alone one that is so expensive.
     
  2. michaelsonline

    michaelsonline Guest

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    Please Admin STICKY THIS THREAD, it is a common issue.
    Some people are reformatting their drives, reinstalling windows, uninstalling/reinstalling USB drivers, going nowhere, wasting lots of their own time and energy.

    The shutdown, remove battery for 10 or more seconds, Does fix the issue.
    Its a simple fix, a pain in the but still a simple fix.

    (works great on my VGNFW-180D with Win7 64bit)

    Michael
     
  3. squevie

    squevie Newbie

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    Not sure if this is your fix, but it did solve my web cam and some other usb problems....

    Click on the "start" button on the task bar and type power options, or right click on your batter icon in the task bar and get to power options from there.

    then "change advanced settings"

    for ALL your power schemes, scroll to the 6th option, "USB Settings"

    "USB selective suspend setting"

    DISABLE THAT STUFF!!!!

    Restart, and see what happens. Solved all the problems I was having with fingerprint reader not working and motion eye not working too.
     
  4. Weebleboy

    Weebleboy Guest

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    Any more progress with this issue? Think I'm seeing a similar problem with my SR5, I have an external soundcard and DJ mixer that work fine on their own, but throw a wobbly when I have them both plugged in. All worked fine on my old Toshiba laptop, and I've tried running with both W7 (64) and XP (32) on the Vaio without any luck.

    If it's a power issue will buying a powered USB hub help? What about an ExpressCard USB card?
     
  5. michaelsonline

    michaelsonline Guest

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    I just bought a patriot usb 3.0 expresscard for my vgnfw180 laptop.

    Found out it could not power the western digital external harddrive (usb 3.0) though the expresscard slot without an extra power adapter for the expresscard.

    On the side of the expresscard there is an female adapter for power input.

    I then took an extra usb hub power adapter and plugged it into the expresscard (same plug adapter) and now the harddrive works great and anything else I plug into the expresscard works fine with no issues.

    Inconvient when you just want to run off battery but oh well at least I have working usb ports now.

    Too bad S-o-n-y cannot engineer something as simple as properly powered usb ports.

    Michael

    Updated.
    (I always had the issue with usb external hard drives working for a few minutes then failing due to usb 2.0 ports not providing enough power to the hard drive, thus making the external drives useless unless they have an external power supply. Also I have issues with so much of the internal equipment being powered off the usb bus that the bluray/dvd burner fails with burning media sometimes.)

    This Thread should really be stickied as it is a very common issue with S-o-n-y Laptops.
     
  6. myuser

    myuser Newbie

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    Hi,
    Thanks so much
    your solution solved my problem and I am sure it will solve others in the future.

    God bless you
     
  7. myuser

    myuser Newbie

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    Hi,
    Thanks so much
    your solution solved my problem and I am sure it will solve others in the future.

    God bless you




     
  8. lovleyboy

    lovleyboy Newbie

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    hi i bought vpcf136fm , but battery didn't work for me please if anybody have any idea what should i do help
     
  9. maxter43

    maxter43 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Has anyone found a definitive solution or, at least, a workaround that doesn't involve turning the PC off, removing the battery and turning it on again? It works for me, but it's REALLY annoying being forced to exit an online game (or anything else, for that matter) just because Sony doesn't care about us...
     
  10. maxter43

    maxter43 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Anyone? Some days it happens at least three times on a row, as soon as Windows has booted up again the USB controller crashes again and I have to do the whole process one more time... It is really annoying, specially after posting on the official Sony forums and being completely ignored.
     
  11. techwizard

    techwizard Newbie

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    Hi all,
    I have the same problem with my USB mouse then by accident I remove the battery then replugged the mouse work normally and every time I've this problem I do the same thing and the mouse work fine.
    I don't know why that happen.

    Sadiq Al-Mohandis,
     
  12. tbNB

    tbNB Notebook Consultant

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    The solution to the USB issue is to power off the notebook, remove the ac adapter and remove the battery, push a few keys to de-energize the remaining charge.

    I've been luck and not had to to this for quite a while, but there for a while it was very frequent and for convienience, I've been running without the battery installed so i can quickly remove the power plug and not fuss with the battery compartment.

    This will clear up all USB related issues (for a while).

    As far as I know, this is a hardware issue and not resolved by the end-user as a permanent fix.
     
  13. hitachai

    hitachai Newbie

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    THIS is the correct solution. I had done the battery solution repeated times over the length of two years, and the problem still always came up. If the problem is still happening to your computer you do not have to remove the battery 10 times a day, try this instead. I have edited the quote in blue to make a little more sense. I run Windows 7 64 bit Sony Vaio VGN-FW. Below is an explanation from Microsoft of the Selective Suspend feature.

    "The USB selective suspend feature allows the hub driver to suspend an individual port without affecting the operation of the other ports on the hub. Selective suspension of USB devices is especially useful in portable computers, since it helps conserve battery power. Many devices, such as fingerprint readers and other kinds of biometric scanners, only require power intermittently. Suspending such devices, when the device is not in use, reduces overall power consumption. More importantly, any device that is not selectively suspended may prevent the USB host controller from disabling its transfer schedule, which resides in system memory. DMA transfers by the host controller to the scheduler can prevent the system's processors from entering deeper sleep states, such as C3. The Windows selective suspend behavior is different for devices operating in Windows XP and Windows Vista and later versions of Windows."
     
  14. smartguy0811

    smartguy0811 Newbie

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    I tried the battery removal and it worked perfectly for me..

    I was so frustrated with my sony motion eye camera not working suddenly that i did whatever I though could have fixed the problems.

    Unnecessarily I restored even the factory settings when just the fix was removal of battery.. I should have searched on google sooner than later.. but all is well that ends well... I even patched the registry with the zip provided here.. But I did the patch and battery removal thing at the same time. As per other people the battery removal is the one which helped them and I think solution to my problem was also battery removal..

    Many thanks to everyone for letting people know of these crazy Sony created problems and their Support wants somewhere 80+ dollars to fix this which I clearly refused this.

    Thanks...
     
  15. ljplemons

    ljplemons Newbie

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    Any advice for a non-techie who has tried removing the battery, adjusting the advanced power settings and is too afraid to download anything that will change the registry because they are scared of that?

    I am having the same problems but the 'remove battery' fix didn't fix it. For me it is my air card and also my wireless mouse. PC recognizes it's plugged in with an audible notification, provides power to them both. Even attempts to download drivers for these devices I have used for a few years now, but it's like the pc doesn't know what to do with what is plugged in to the USB port. I have 3 ports and have tried all of them on all 3 ports and have the same errors. Air card manager won't recognize the device even though the pc does (via the audible notif.), and mouse just won't work. Help?
     
  16. Aleks7

    Aleks7 Newbie

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    easy way to solve this problems -

    turn off notebook, remove battery and AC
    press power button and hold 20sec
    insert the battery and connect a charging
    turn on the computer

    this procedure deletes a static electricity and after that everything works fine!
     

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