Sony :: Dolby Control Center

Sep 3, 2009

I installed Windows 7 64bit on my Vaio FW21L. Does anyone know where I can get Dolby Control Center to install on it?

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Sony :: Vaio Control Center

Jul 7, 2009

i have a VAIO VGN FS520B,with 760Mb RAM and 80GB harddisk.I Just format my laptop and format the recovery disk as well.

i have download all the drivers for XP PRO and installed them after the XP installation.All went fine bt i cant get the VAIO CONTROL CENTER driver from sony website.I cant use the FN,S1 and S2 buttons.thus

i cant increase/decrease/mute volume,increase/decrease brightness and change external monitor.Actually the brighness is full and the battery drains quickly

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Dell :: Studio XPS 1645 No Catalyst Control Center

Apr 18, 2010

After reading many reviews here, I finally ordered and received my Studio XPS with the RGBLED screen. I felt the reds were a little harsh so I made a few adjustments in Catalyst Control Center that seemed to help.

But I still wanted to make a few more adjustments...So before I got too deep I checked and saw there was an updated driver. So now I updated the driver and it seemed to install okay except now the Catalyst Control Center won't open.

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Dell :: M1530Can't Remove Center Control Cover

Oct 30, 2008

I've scratched mine up a bit and wouldn't mind ordering a replacement, but I wanted to try successfully removing it first before contacting Dell. I've removed the three screws as outlined in the manual, but it won't budge. Is there a particular way of pushing it out, or maybe I need to be more forceful?

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Sony :: Vaio Recovery Center

Apr 14, 2009

Firstly, I did not make my own recovery disc before i started using my new laptop. I have been using my laptop for sometimes. Lately, my laptop is running slow and also there is a possibility of virus on my laptop. I want to format my laptop and recover it to the factory setting. What should I do?

Secondly, if I create my own recovery disc now (as a backup) will it have virus on my recovery disc?

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Sony :: FW378J Recovery Center

Feb 27, 2009

Original OS of my notebook is premium home but i need to use vista business or vista ultimate. So i have installded vista ultimate version. When i try to install applications by using recovery DVDs, i was geting en error message "Error: 505: 41" and then a notification "Task failed with error: -1". I have checked the location where the tool extracts the files and found that they are in the c:windows emp folder. When i hit the ok button on the error window, all of the files are deleted automaticaly but i have opened the install log and pasted below the text in it. I suspect a problem with sony firmware extension parser(sfep) but i am not sure. I have tried to install the driver for sfep but i get a warning says that the program seems to be installed incorrectly. Then i tried to uninstall it from device manager and then install manually by browsing to the driver's .inf directory but i could not be able to do that. But somehow windows update tool has found a driver and installed it. I have checked the device list and seen the device name was listed correctly but the recovery tool keeps giving the same error.

The text in the install log of the reovery tool is shown below. It seems to be stucked at the decrypt process.......

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Sony :: Unable To Use Recovery Center Within Windows

Mar 21, 2009

I am unable to use recovery center within windows because I cannot see the buttons (next, back, cancel, etc). They are off in the corner of the window but can't scroll over to see them:

I have installed the update to v1.3.5, but it did not fix this problem. Does anyone have a screenshot of the buttons so I can get through it? I have tried tabbing and pressing "N" for next, which works sometimes but not when I need it to work. It actually resulted in UNinstalling a program that I was trying to re-install.

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Apple :: Dolby 5.1 On MacBook Pro

Jan 15, 2010

I have a MBP OSX 10.6.2

I am trying to get 5.1 to my home stereo. I have a mini toslink cable with adapter plugged in from my MBP to my home stereo. Stereo works fine. When surround is selected all audio is muted. I have tried adjusting settings in Audio/midi and everything else. all seems to be shaded. There is light at the end of the cable albeit dimmer than from my dvd player and Direct tv console.

Does my MBP have 5.1? If so am I doing something wrong? Do I need an extra sound card?

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Dell :: Studio XPS 16 (1640)Dolby Digital Through HDMI Possible?

Feb 5, 2010

So as the title states, I am wondering if it is possible to play a video with audio encoded in Dolby Digital on my laptop, pass it through to my TV via HDMI, then out via optical to my receiver. I have a friend who owns a HP business laptop with a SoundMAX sound card, but also an ATI graphics card. We are both running the Realtek ATI HDMI 2.39 drivers, I have the latest drivers from Dell for the IDT sound card on my Studio XPS 16 (1640). He says (and I've seen) he is able to do Dolby Digital this way through an option (see attachment).

However, I do not have this same "Custom" tab / option, and we are running the same driver version (at least to my knowledge). Can anyone help me in finding out if this is doable, and if so, what software (and versions) are required?

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Acer :: Aspire 2930z (Dolby Home Theater)

Mar 27, 2009

My father just bought an Acer Aspire 2930z for me, it came with Vista Home Edition in it and every thing was working cool but I wanted to install Windows Vista Ultimate, so without thinking a second, I formatted the computer and installed Vista Ultimate,

I got the drivers from web and every thing works perfect, only Small problem I am facing, the Acer Aspire 2930z comes with Dolby home theater feature, which is one of my favourite feature, bufore formatting I thought that this feature will be implemented automatically when I will install my sound driver but this is not the case, the sound is working OK but no Home theater feature "effect".

I went to net and tried to find, but have not found what i was looking for, what I have to download and install in order to have my Home Theater effect back with my play back.

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HP/Compaq :: Hdx16 Dolby Surround Sound Program

Aug 18, 2009

the dolby surround sound expander and the bass enhancer program on the bottom right in the taskbar?? well when i turn off the surround sound, it causes certain apps to sound different. for example the fingerprint reader. a successful swipe will sound muddy but with the surround sound enabled, it will become clear. this problem also conflicts with AIM and webchat, id have to turn on the surround sound to hear the person's voice clearly.

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HP/Compaq :: HP 8510p HDMI, Passthrough Dolby Digital, DTS To Amp --->

Oct 20, 2009

I have a HP 8510p (XP32) that works really fine. The only thing that I can not make it happen is that whatever I try I can not get the DD, DTS work between my laptop HDMI and my receive. I recieive only stereo (Audio HDMI OUT is selected).

Question:
1) How on earth can I get DTS/DD from my laptop HDMI when i play a mkv with DTS/DD audio?

2) If I connect the laptop to the TV via HDMI and the laptop to my amp via optical, can it make the trick? (the only problem here is that, my laptop does not have optical out, just HDMI and analog, but using a docking station i can have optical out...)

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HP/Compaq :: HDX16 Users TEMPERATURE, SPACEBAR, And DOLBY

Apr 15, 2009

Is it me or does the left side of the wrist rest get hot? the remote in the slot also gets really hot. The average temp seems to be 38-46 C. Its like 81 when playing a game or so. Even though these numbers seem normal, does anyone feel its hotter than its supposed to be. I used HWMONITOR to see the temps. Im just worried if this heat can ruin the express slot remote. and does anyone else feel the warmth from the left side?

Also, is anyone's spacebar not that responsive when hitting it towards the farthest left or right? Its really annoying when you hit it but theres no space. Other laptops are perfectly normal but the hdx16 spacebar seems loose.

Lastly, everytime i turn off the dolby sound space expander, my fingerprint reader sounds like its buzzing when it accepts a fingerprint. Some songs crackle when it's turned on as well. Try it out, it will probably happen to you. Already tried reinstalling the audio drivers and problems still occurs.

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Sony :: FW Bloatware Control

Jun 16, 2009

I have recently purchased a custom fw series from sony style. Its great, apart from the performance. I have a 2.4ghz, 320gb 5400rpm, 4gb ddr2 ram, ati 3650 model, but internet browsing seems slow compared to my sisters 2.4ghz 2gb ddr3 ram macbook unibody.

I guess this is because of all the applications on the sony. I do not do any photo/video editing stuff all I do on the laptop is internet browsing, movie watching, listen to music and do office documents.

Does anyone know what I can safely uninstall to reduce the processes number, most of the time its 98, and thereby increase the performance.

Currently windows task manager says the cpu usage is 12% and physical memory is 40%, I have no idea what that means so if someone could explain I'd be very grateful.

One final point, I have heard that new computer owners are supposed to create recovery disks?What are these and are they actually needed?

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Sony :: VPCF115FM Brightness Control

Apr 26, 2010

I just installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 on my Sony VPCF115FM laptop, and I was wondering what I need to install to get the brightness control to work. I already tried the video drivers, shared library, and notebook utilities from this site:

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But nothing seems to affect the brightness, even though I do see the brightness bar now when I press the appropriate keys.

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Sony :: Can I Control The Keyboard Backlight On New Z

May 19, 2010

the keyboard backlight goes off after about 30 seconds of non-use of the keys. The trackpad movement doesn't keep it lit.

i can re-light by touching any key, but this presents two issues:

1.) the first keystroke is entered. (i guess i can use the shift key)

2.) more important, the screen brightness seems to react to ambient light, so the keyboard's light ends up making the screen pulsate.

I couldn't find a specific reference, although hard to believe. But then again, the humongous threads are hard to search effectively.

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Sony :: Vaio FW Noise / Fan Control

Feb 25, 2009

I've recently purchased Sony Vaio FW21E (European model) and to my surprise, I find it quite noisy (contrary to what you can read in many reviews).

The first problem is HDD - I've owned 3 notebooks so far and no one had such a noisy disk. I almost thought that there is some kind of motherboard or GPU fan in there until I opened the case to confirm that the noise really comes from the HDD. It is quite unpleasant in a totally quiet room (like in the night) but I can hear it even during evenings when the room is relatively quiet. Vaio owners with Toshiba MK3252GSX disk (320GB), do you experience the same amount of noise? (On the upside, the performance is really nice compared to my older laptops, Windows Experience Index being 5.4.)

The second problem is the main fan (which I understand is the only fan on this Vaio). It is quiet for the first hour of usage or so but then it always turns on for about 5 minutes, then it's quiet for another 2-3 minutes, then it goes off again etc. etc. I really find this annoying because the fan speed is changing frequently and rapidly (i.e. from zero to high spinning, then it slowly goes down to what I would call acceptable level, then it stops rotating immediately; then it goes of for 100% again etc.)

When you combine these 2 noises, the notebook is quite unpleasant to use in quiet conditions. From the right hand side where the disk is placed, you constantly hear a whisper-like sound while from the left side, you are distracted by the main fan which tends to be turned on and off in a few minutes intervals..........

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Sony :: Brightness Control In SZ680

Mar 20, 2009

i just downgraded my sz680 to xp using the driver on sony website, i got everything to work except the brightness control, i can't use the FN key to save battery, it's always at max brightness, only 2.5 hours, i need at least 4 hours like i used to have using vista to survive on campus during the day,

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Sony :: IR Remote Control On Vaio Notebooks

Jul 15, 2009

None of the Vaio notebooks have IR Remote Control which I feel is very useful and has become standard since long in notebooks of other manufacturers, still I have not found anyone complaining about it in this forum. Does no one here miss the lack of it in their Vaios?

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Sony :: Vaio Z11Brightness Control Stops Responding

Apr 19, 2010

I am having a problem with my Vaio Z with a fresh install, relating to the automatic keyboard backlight and display backlight adjustment, and manual control of the display backlight adjustment with the Fn keys.

So from a fresh boot or reboot, automatic brightness control of both devices seems to work fine. The Fn key combos will also work correctly to control display backlight. And then seemingly at random, ambient light sensor control will freeze, and the function keys will no longer manually adjust brightness. It seems to happen regardless of which graphics setting I'm using, and it also happens even with both ambient light sensor functions turned off.

I've got all of the latest drivers and software from Sony's website installed (sans non-essentials,) so I'm not sure what could be going wrong. Both the power management and event services are running. Has anyone else had this issue, and perhaps had better luck in solving it?

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Sony :: NVidia Control Panel Color Settings Won't Stick

May 14, 2010

CW26FX - Anyone having trouble getting their video color settings to stick? I have adjusted my screen brightness/color/contrast via the NVidia Control Panel, but I periodically lose my settings. Initially there was a conflict with the VAIO Control Center - display settings there superseded whatever I did in the NVidia Control Panel. I eventually figured out how to get the NVidia Control Panel settings to stick by changing the display settings in the VAIO Control Center first - or at least I thought I did. It would work for a few reboots, but eventually I seemed to lose my settings again. So I uninstalled the VAIO Control Center hoping that would leave my NVidia Control Panel settings alone. But lo & behold I still periodically lose those settings (the NVidia Control Panel radio button "Other applications control color settings" is inexplicably selected.) Any ideas? (And yes, I hit "Apply" before closing out the NVidia Control Panel.)

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Sony :: Brightness Control And NVIDIA Driver Updates For XP Downgrade VAIO

Jul 22, 2009

One of the most troublesome consequences of downgrading your VAIO to Windows XP is not being able to adjust the screen brightness using the F5/F6 keys.

This tutorial aims to (i) resolve that issue, and (ii) retain the ability to adjust brightness when you update to the latest LaptopVideo2Go drivers. The below methods have been tested on VAIO FZ, FW, and NS laptops with NVIDIA GeForce 8X00M cards, and they are working flawlessly with the LV2G 190.15 driver.

Part 1: Enabling Fn Brightness Control

Skip this step if your brightness control is already working

In order to be able to use the brightness control on a XP-Downgraded machine, you need:

1. VAIO Event Service Hotfix (Which updates the VESConfig.ini file for the VAIO Event Service)
-> You can get this at[url].
-> If you have an FZ, you can use the VESConfig.ini I have attached

2. NVIDIA Driver with Customised nv4_disp.inf (Refer to Part 2)............

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Dell :: LCD Inside Screen Off Center?

Mar 17, 2010

Just got a new 1647, and boy do I love it.

However the screen seems to be slightly off center? What I am talking about is inside the "edge to edge glass", the screen (the pixels you see lit up), is just ever so slightly tilted.

The pixels start about a 1mm (or maybe 0.5mm) lower on the top left corner of the screen than the top right.

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Dell :: Windows 7 Webcam Center

Jan 17, 2009

i know this might not be that important but i have W7 installed on my m1530 and when i had vista i can run audio effects and video effects and control the color of my cam...but now i am not able to do that but the cam still works

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HP/Compaq :: Dv6t Keyboardoff Center

Dec 7, 2009

I just received my new dv6t quad edition. The computer is great except one thing that's driving me crazy is the keyboard. Since there is a numeric keypad on the right side, the keyboard and touchpad are not centered to the screen. I find this to feel very awkward.

Anyone else have this issue with the machine? I know the addition of the keypad is not new to this model.

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Acer :: 8930G Center And Right Speakerchannel Switched

Sep 26, 2009

I just Bought a Acer Aspire 8930G-664G32mn But when i Play a movie with 5.1 audio the voices comes from te right front speaker (touchpad side) and not from the middle.

So i went to the configuration the realtek one where you can set your speakers and test your configuration.

When i Select 5.1 when and hit test, the centerspeaker light up in the picture but the sound comes from the right, and then when the Rightspeaker lights up the sound comes from the center.

It seems like the center and rightchannel are switched, and i have search al of my configurations to change that but no luck

Are there more of you who has this problem and yet better... have anyone of you a solution, that will make me very happy.

The only other thing i can think of is that all these models not really have a center speaker but that the centersound is created from the front left and rightspeaker... But i Hope all of you can prove me wrong, and can help me with this problem.

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HP/Compaq :: Way To Boost Sound In Media Center

Jan 19, 2009

my HDX 16t via the digital TV tuner. Spectacular picture. But... I had the speakers on my notebook cranked up as high as possible, but still the football game wasn't loud enough and too hard to hear. The speakers are definitely capable of putting out more, as they do with other applications. There's something about Media Center--the volume is just not high enough. how to boost speakers in Media Center?

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Dell :: Is 's McAfee Security Center Discount Worth It

Dec 15, 2008

I've stayed away from McAfee and Norton for years, so I don't even know what an annual subscription to their virus definitions even costs anymore, BUT Dell's pushing a 1-year subscription McAfee subscription for $79, and 3-years for $99. Comparing the two makes the 3-year subscription look like a pretty good deal. Is it? Cnet seemed to like this latest release, but I don't know how much stock to put in that.

Is $99 for 3 years a good deal, and is McAfee Security Center even any good? Could I get a comparable deal buying/upgrading the subscription after purchasing the computer, or is getting it pre-installed on the Dell pretty much the only way to get it at that price?

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Dell :: Cut The Center Out Of My M1340 Edge-to-edge Plastic Screen, Its An Antiglare Beneath

Nov 7, 2009

The thing they call "edge to edge glass" which is really just plastic above an ordinary screen. The thing is, that the screen under that edge to edge plastic is a nice anti-glare screen, no kidding! You can see this if you take your laptop in sunlight and tilt it the right way.

So what's happening is you're getting the worst part of an anti-glare screen (reduced contrast ratio) plus the worst part of a glossy screen (unless you have a really pretty face).

I took the plastic thing off, cut along the black/clear border, pulled out the middle, and stuck the centerless border back on the laptop.

Result? THIS SCREEN IS FANTASTIC. Yeah ok, of course I would say that. But if you knew me, you'd know that was way out of the ordinary and really meant that THIS SCREEN IS FANTASTIC.

One thing you may not have considered is that the screen in its default position has yet another flaw, both sides of that glossy plastic thing are glossy, so some of the light coming from the screen is reflected back to the screen, and as you know light reflected onto the screen has a yellowish tint. That is my guess as to why the whites on this screen are really really white now, and the screen is much brighter. This also explains why other 300nit screens used to look so much brighter than this.

I will have more pics when I am able to charge the battery to my good camera. If anyone has any questions about removing that plastic thing I'll be happy to answer your questions, it's actually pretty easy. For those interested, here is how I did it:

1. I removed the "star" head screws, this was accomplished not with a special star head screw driver, but an ordinary flat head precision screw driver.

2. Put some paper over a hacksaw blade to avoid scratching, wedged it under the plastic near the top where the camera is, and snapped out the first of the several lock-in points on along the top edge. I proceeded to detatch the rest of the top of the screen in this way.

3. Both the left and right sides were held on mostly by adhesive, the very edge point locks in slightly, but the efforts removing these sides are focused mainly on separating the adhesive bond.

4. I pulled upward on the plastic and it came right off, there seems to be no adhesive or lock-in points on the bottom side.

5. Using the center of the screen as a test area, I tested several cutting utilities and decided on the utility knife. To my surprise, the plastic was about 1mm thick.

6. I clamped the screen down to the table, with a straight edge positioned 1mm inward of the black line, to give headroom for errors.

7. I cut along these lines, and repeated step 6 for each side, and pushed out the center to reveal the border piece that now resembled a common laptop screen enclosure border.

8. I used a medium grit sand paper to bring the cut lines to meet the black lines, and finished it off with a fine grit sand paper.

9. I applied some electrical tape to the area between the edge of the screen itself, and the edge of the laptop on the right and left sides because there was light leakage, and then popped the border back on and screwed it down.

Found the charger! Here's the high res shots. They do *some* justice to the screen quality.

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Dell :: I Cut The Center Out Of My M1340 Edge-to-edge Plastic Screen, Its An Antiglare Beneath...

Nov 7, 2009

I went insane and cut along the black-to-clear border of the m1340 screen thing. The thing they call "edge to edge glass" which is really just plastic above an ordinary screen.

The thing is, that the screen under that edge to edge plastic is a nice anti-glare screen, no kidding! You can see this if you take your laptop in sunlight and tilt it the right way.

So what's happening is you're getting the worst part of an anti-glare screen (reduced contrast ratio) plus the worst part of a glossy screen (unless you have a really pretty face).

I took the plastic thing off, cut along the black/clear border, pulled out the middle, and stuck the centerless border back on the laptop.

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