Sony's VISTA drivers are out!

Discussion in 'VAIO / Sony' started by TinyRK, Jan 31, 2007.

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  1. oyvey

    oyvey Newbie

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    First time I am posting, so sorry if this was covered already.

    I upgraded my VGN-FJ170 vaio laptop from XP to Vista Home Premium. Everything (so far) is great, with the exception to my Fn, S1 and S2 keys. My brightness is really really low and that is priority #1 for me.

    Can anyone help me out? I was on the phone with Sony "support" who informed me (after 75 minutes) that the only way to fix this is to completely wipe out my hard drive and reinstall Vista. He was not able to guarantee me that this will fix everything... and I am not into reinstalling everything over again.

    Is there any way to fix this problem? AURGH.

    Thanks in advance!

    Steve
     
  2. Mobilehavoc

    Mobilehavoc Notebook Consultant

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  3. VietNinjaXTC

    VietNinjaXTC Notebook Geek

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    If you are still having this problem...go to the Sony support site for your model and download the OS Migration driver (Vista) for the VAIO Event Services...that'll restore function to your S-buttons and Fn keys.
     
  4. VietNinjaXTC

    VietNinjaXTC Notebook Geek

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    I installed Vista as an upgrade to XP Pro on my SZ160P. Everything seems to be working...here's some of the main things I did (hopefully it helps someone here):

    1. used the VAIO Power Management update for the SZ330.
    - it still won't change power profiles automatically...but all the VAIO stuff works

    2. went to Dell.com and got the Alps touchpad drivers from the Latitude 620
    - just make sure you get the driver version 7 or higher
    - now I can scroll and everything...better than the Sony driver

    3. install VAIO Event Services update to get your S1/S2 buttons and Fn keys to work.
    - I can adjust brightness, volume, LCD, and eject my DVD drive (those are really the only ones I use)

    4. I'm using Symantec AV Corp 10.something (it's the Vista compatible one)
    - so far this is the only big brand AV I've gotten to work on mine

    5. Search google for Protector Suite 5.6.
    - uninstall the one you had from XP first!!!
    - 5.6 is better...it recognizes your swipes a lot easier.


    Issues
    1. I don't hve a CD/DVD burning program (Nero 7 and Nero Lite 7.7.5.1 don't work for me)
    2. mp3 volume in WMP is a little quieter than I remember before the upgrade
    3. no functionality for the MySafe feature in Documents.

    Nothing else major...other than those things...I'm just waiting for Sony to release the REAL Vista updates that they can finally support beyond "Install _______ driver."

    If anyone can help me with those issues listed, it would be greatly appreciated!


    Jeff
     
  5. lbohn

    lbohn Notebook Consultant

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    1. Infra Recorder - OSS goodness here: http://infrarecorder.sourceforge.net/?page_id=5
    2. Well, the audio stack in Vista is VERY different than XP, so I would guess that might be the source of difference in volume. Max volume on my FS790 seems to be greater than in XP, so go figure. :rolleyes:
    3. True Crypt - OSS goodness here: http://www.truecrypt.org/downloads.php

    True Crypt doesn't hook into the fingerprint scanner, so you wouldn't have the same functionality as My Safe (at least how I understand it to work, as the FS series doesn't have a fingerprint scanner :(). However if you are more interested in the encryption features, give True Crypt a try. Can't beat the price!

    --L.
     
  6. VietNinjaXTC

    VietNinjaXTC Notebook Geek

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    ^^ Hey, thanks for that info! I'll try those programs out tomorrow! I just love Nero...I guess I'll have to use something else until they update it for real.

    I don't know if the volume is actually lower or if I'm just def from playing Resistance so much...haha. PS3 FTW!
     
  7. dukeletoatreides

    dukeletoatreides Notebook Enthusiast

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    has anyone gotten the protector suite to store the finger prints on the chip instead of the hard drive? the only option it gives me is the second one to store on the hard drive and the first one is grayed out. Other than that, I have gotten most things working.
     
  8. Aero

    Aero PC/Mac...Whatever works! NBR Reviewer

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    Well after I broke my SZ, the replacement better and new one came with Vista (got it yesterday).

    I also only got the option of Hard Drive but chip was greyed out.

    I wonder whats up with that...so atleast no one installed their drivers wrong.
     
  9. Mobilehavoc

    Mobilehavoc Notebook Consultant

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    My understanding is that the chip used in the VAIO SZ's does not have onboard memory to store the prints...this Upek software is used for a wide variety of sensors/chips some of which probably do have onboard memory.
     
  10. vorpal

    vorpal Newbie

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    I finally have everything working on my TX850!

    To get the memory card reader working, I surfed around and found this link:
    http://www.notebookforums.com/thread170075.html

    In short, just:

    1) Download the updated TI Media Card Driver (SP33416.exe) from here:
    http://h18007.www1.hp.com/support/fi...oad/23750.html

    2) Run SP33416.exe
    Answer the prompts and proceed with install

    3) When install is done, you will have lost the permanent drive D: Memory Stick and drive E: SD/MMC. This is ok as the new driver responds to events rather than having permanent drives available and when you insert a memory card, a new drive will automatically appear.

    4) Insert your 4GB SD card and you should hear the new hardware ding sound and your 4GB card will show up as a drive. I tested with 4GB Transcend 150X SD card and it works great.

    One minor caveat is the 4GB SD card is not automatically recognized after resume from standby or hibernate. This is not that big a problem because you can just remove and insert the card and it will then be recognized.

    Before your install, you were running the Sony/TI 2.0.0.9 driver

    After your install you will be running the TI PCxx21 2.0.0.6 driver dated 7/6/2006

    ----

    This fix was for the memory card reader to be able to recognize sizes of up to 4GB. This happens to fix the no-driver issue for Vista as well.

    Works fine for my Transcend 150x 4GB and my 1GB Sony memory stick/PRO DUO.

    This is my first post but I hope this helps!
     
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