Sony :: Downgrading To XP And Brightness Settings For Newer Models

Mar 25, 2009

I've been busy downgrading my FW31ZJ (european model) to windows XP SP3.

I have found and installed the drivers for all components and things went smoothly, up until the point where I wanted to get my Fn-keys working.

This is where I got stuck initially and after much forum lurking I found the right Sony utilities to install, the order to install them in and so on (it is all on this forum).

Basicly you need the following components for your machine.

- Sony Firmware Extension Parser driver
- Sony Programmable I/O Controller driver
- Sony Shared Library
- Sony Utility DLL
- Sony Utility Settings
- Vaio Event Service

You also might have to copy the VESConfig.ini from the original Vista install.

I read here that for most this has worked well and offered full fn-keys functionality under XP. Unfortunately I'm not of you...

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Sony :: Vaio NS255 -- Newer Line Of NS

Jan 27, 2009

Has anyone had experience with the NS255 (or even the NS235 or NS290) that came out at the very end of last year? I've read some reviews that say the older NS135 and NS190 are average at best, but can't find any reviews on the newer 2xx line. Here are the specs I've found on the NS255:

Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 2.00 GHz Processor
2MB L2 Cache, 800MHz Bus speed
4096 MB DDR2 (PC2-6400) RAM Max: 4GB
250 GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive
15.4" WXGA (1280 x 800) LCD XBRITE-ECO Display
Built-in 1.3 Megapixel Webcamera and Microphone
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3430 with up to 2040MB Shared Video Memory
DVDĪR/RW Drive with Double Layer
Intel WiFi Link 5100AGN 802.11a/b/g/n
10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet LAN
Built-in Memory Stickģ Standard/Duo PRO with MagicGateô Card Reader
Built-in Secure Digital (SD) memory card slot
ExpressCard 34 Slot
Connections: 4 x USB 2.0, IEEE 1394, Microphone-in, VGA, RJ-11 (Modem), RJ-45
Approximate Unit Dimensions: 14.18" (W) x 1.5" (H) x 10.63" (D)
Approximate Unit Weight: 6.4 Pounds

I'm not pleased with the lack of HDMI (my TV does not have VGA input) and Bluetooth but I suppose I could get by with S-video.

I'm set on a 15.4" screen and my needs are Web surfing, video over web, MS Office (lots of Word, Powerpoint, and Excel), light-moderate picture/video editing, light gaming (kids games), Skype, and video chat. I've run the FAQ under a different thread, but just trying to get some thoughts on this model.

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Dell :: How Many Brightness Settings Does Your LCD Have

Feb 13, 2009

I am trying to detemine whether I have an LED WUXGA screen and i got some good info from jet757f in another thread that said that LED screens have 15 brightness steps and that CCFL have only 7 brightness steps.


screen resolution:
# of brightness settings:
panel model:

screen resolution: 1920 x 1200
# of brightness settings: 15
panel model: LGD0135

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HP SleekBook 15 Display :: Cannot Change Brightness Neither With F2 And F3 Keys Nor In Settings

Apr 14, 2014

I can't change my laptop brightness neither with F2 and F3 keys nor in the settings. I have already updated all my drivers but still have no response when adjusting brightness. I have an hp pavilion sleekbook 15

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Sony :: Disabling Bluetooth In Z Or Other Models?

Mar 8, 2009

I want to disable bluetooth, like how I do it with my dell, in the dell, I just go into control panel => bluetooth devices => bluetooth settings,

and then on the first tab, there's an option to "show system tray icon" and "disable bluetooth adapter".. when the system tray icon is enabled, I can right click on the icon and select "disable bluetooth adapter

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Sony :: Prepping Core I7 Models Yet?

Sep 23, 2009

Since Intel has released it's latest mobile CPU's, can we expect any new Sony models?


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Sony :: FZ Series, Downgrading To XP

Jun 20, 2009

i have bought a VGN-FZ11M i have xp with sata drivers now the only think i have to do is to download the fz11 drivers form the ftp path and i will be ok?

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Sony :: Vaio Z46 Versus Z45 (Asian Models)

Sep 4, 2009

Anyone knows if there is a big difference between the Z46 with Intel P9700 and Z45 with Intel P8800?

Would speed and heat be noticeably greater with the P9700 processor?

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HP Envy 15t-u000 Display :: No Longer Able To Change Brightness With Function Keys As Well As From Battery Settings

Sep 6, 2014

I have had my laptop for a couple of weeks. I am no longer able to change the brightness with f2/f3 as well as from battery settings.  
Model:HP ENVY 15t-u000 x360 CTO Convertible PC

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Sony :: Maximum Resolution & Screen Size Of All Models

Mar 5, 2010

P.....8"......1600 x 768
W....10.1"..1366 x 768
X.....11.1"..1366 x 768
Z.....13.1"..1600 x 900..*1920 x 1080 (*hoping someday available in US!)
Y.....13.3"..1366 x 768
CW..14".....1366 x 768
E.....15.5"..1366 x 768
NW..15.5"..1366 x 768
F.....16.4"..1600 x 900..1920 x 1080

Couldn't find a comparison chart of this, so I made one just for reference.

I'm set on getting a 1080p display in my next laptop and so far, Sony has the best choices! This is coming from someone who has purchased or influenced the purchase of about 17-18 Dell laptops.

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Sony :: Any New Models On The Horizon (VAIO Summer Refresh)

May 16, 2009

I have been waiting for the Vaio Z to be refreshed with a new and improved graphics card, i was hoping by the summer as other pc makers are doing this. Do you think Sony will use the new ATI 4000 series or the new nvidia series? Will it get refreshed by the summer?

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Sony :: How To Control Keyboard Backlight,power Light Etc On Vaio Z 2010 SSD Models

Apr 8, 2010

1. How do I control the duration for which the backlight keyboard lights are on.

2. The ambient light detector keeps dimming and brightening my screen when in a complete dark room. How to fix this?

3. How to turn on or off the green power light button?

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Apple :: Newer Macbook Slower Than Old One

Apr 12, 2010

I switched from a Macbook 4,1
2.0ghz 800mhz FSB with 2gb of RAM (667mhz) x3100 to a newer macbook 5,1, same specs but 1066mhz FSB and the new nvidia card.

I used the migration assistant tool to transfer all account,settings and files to the new mac.

My computer seems to lag more when opening Word, Excel, Powerpoint 2008 and having multiple tabs on firefox and ichat,, and icalendar open.

My old computer did not lag this much, only a bit when opening one of the office suites but not while switching.

Shouldn't my newer computer with a faster bus speed be performing better?

Does the fact that I migrated settings and stuff affect performance? (same reason a clean install is better than an upgrade?)

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Dell :: Is Replacing My 2 Year Old XPS M1530 With A Newer Model?

Mar 1, 2010

I have a 2 year old xps m1530 WITH the 4 year complete care package. After having a service tech come to my house NUMEROUS times to repair and replace the motherboard fo various problems, Dell has agreed to replace my XPS. Because the XPS m1530 is discontinued they said it would be a comparable model??? Has anyone had a replacement recently, and if so which model did you receive. I am mostly concerned about which video card I will get. I do alot of gaming on my laptop and currently have an Nvidia 8600. Now that Dell is using ATI, which card SHOULD I expect to get?

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Apple :: Does The Newer White Macbooks Discolor - Are They Easily Scratched

Jan 1, 2009

I really want to buy a black one as I prefer a matte finish and it wouldn't discolor, but I want it new and I cannot find any here in Canada, so I will have to buy a white one. This is going to be my very first mac and to me it's a lot of money... I hope it will be worth it (I'm a little nervous about the switch) .

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Dell Inspiron 6400 :: Upgrading BIOS To Newer Version

Apr 28, 2013

I have a Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop and it is currently running with the A12 BIOS version.

I notice that there are several newer versions available... A14, A15 & A17

Since the details of the A14 version indicate that it includes an "Intel CPU microcode update", must I FIRST UPGRADE with this A14 version before I THEN upgrade with the latest A17 version, or by simply upgrading directly with the A17 version, will this also include all previous updates, including the Intel CPU microcode update...

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Lenovo X Series ThinkPad :: Newer X240 - Battery Reads Good But Won't Charge

Oct 13, 2014

I have a ThinkPad x240 that is about 2 months old running Windows 7. Everything has been working great until this morning.   I was on vacation and did not use my laptop for a week or so.   When I plugged it into my docking station this morning, I noticed that the battery was reading 0% charged and was not charging.  
Lenovo Power Management showed that the battery is in good shape
Lenovo Power Management showed that there was "no activity" - not charging
Lenovo Power Management showed no battery #1 - battery # 2 installed but not charging.

Troublshooting so far
Tried charging with external power supply outside of docking station - No Change
Removed battery, powered unit up and removed all Battery items in Device Manager
Reinstalled battery and powered unitup - No change
Removed and reinstalled the Lenovo Power Management and Driver / rebooted - No change

Current state: No Power Management software on the laptop - just using the Microsoft stuff (Still not charging). What else I should be trying / checking? 

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Acer Aspire 5745G :: Black Screen When Restart After Update Newer BIOS Files

Mar 9, 2015

Acer aspire 5745G, everything was working fine until i tired to update newer bios files, but my laptop restarted and now when i try to turn the laptop on, nothing happens and nothing appears at all, only the power button is flashing, so i googled it a little bit and i found out that i need to download a BIOS files and unzip them to my formated USB, i did that but nothing happens when i try to hold FN button + Esc ......

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Lenovo X Series ThinkPad :: Trackpoint Middle Scrolling Button Doesn't Work For Some Of Newer Applications

Nov 27, 2007

The trackpoint middle scrolling button doesn't work for some of the newer applications such as ITunes, the newest versions of Picasa, Windows Live Mail, Safari, and Windows Live Writer.

Below is a fix applicable to all Windows OS's. The location of the edited file may vary so look in the Device Manager under trackpoint driver details to find driver locations.

The file must be edited as an administrator in Vista and Windows 7. To do this, at the programs box type in notepad and on the notpad program in the menu right click and select, "Run as Administrator."

In Win7 x64 it is located at: (edit with Notepad run as Administrator).

c:Program FilesLenovoTrackpoint p4table.dat

; Google Picasa

; Windows Live Mail

; Windows Live Writer

; Apple ITunes

; Apple Safari

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Dell :: On What Models Does The E6400 Fit

May 3, 2010

I have a new spare keyboard for my e6400. I need to sell it and was wondering what other models would it fit. e6500 and e4300 maybe?..

what would be an honest price?

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Dell :: SXPS16, Latter Models Not So Hot?

Sep 29, 2009

I'm wondering if I am the only one, but I had 2 SXPS16, an original and a replacement,

both were shipped with A08 bios, both seemed pretty hot to the touch like everyone talked about (still not unbearable, just a little uncomfortable) but this new one that was shipped with A10 bios seems way more manageable,

so manageable i don't even think about heat anymore, in fact it has been on my lap for the past hour and a half and no more hot than my 3 year old toshiba

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Acer :: MXM Models And Cards

Jul 4, 2009

you've probably heard it told to you time and time and time again, that there is no way to upgrade a dedicated GPU on a notebook.

But as an Acer owner, you may very well be among the lucky few who CAN upgrade their GPU, since Acer has used the MXM standard on its notebooks for quite some time now.

(For a primer on what MXM is, go have a look at the best resource online for MXM.)

But if your system came with any Intel GMA, it cannot be upgraded. NO EXCEPTIONS.

This topic will list which notebooks are CONFIRMED to be MXM-capable, as well as what slot they have, and what cards they were originally sold with (consider those safe upgrades). Any successful new-card upgrades will be linked to alongside the model.

A later post will document all the MXM cards that Acer has issued - although it's possible to use cards from other vendors, it's safest and more likely to be compatible if you stick with an Acer issue.............................

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Acer :: Downgrading To XP

Mar 11, 2009

my laptop is an Acer I assumed I could just drop the question here. So, I got an Extensa 4630-4922 and it comes with -sigh- Vista. You all know how problematic is Vista, and just the UAC ticks me off to the point of smashing the laptop on the floor. After thinking about it for a while I made up my mind and decided to downgrade to XP. Now, the thing is that I have no idea how to do it. I downloaded a copy of XP off the internet and I don't know what to do with it, and most importantly I don't know where to get the necessary drivers to make XP function. So, I just want to know if there is any guide, preferably a step-by-step one, that can guide me through the installation and set-up of XP on my laptop?

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Dell :: Any Other Models Similar To E6400 ?

Jul 3, 2009

Matte + bright(300 cd/m2) scren

13 to 15 inch screen size

similar power consumption > long battery life

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Acer :: 6 Cell Aspire One Models

Mar 13, 2009

I can never find any in Ireland/UK/Europe. Which models in specific carry the 6 cell battery.

Would it be at all cost effective to get a cheap Aspire One and a seperate battery?

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Acer :: 'G' And 'Z' Suffix In Aspire Models

Mar 18, 2009

I noticed that some of the Aspire model numbers come suffixed with 'G' and 'Z', such as 4930G and 2920Z.

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HP/Compaq :: Which Models Have Serial Port

Dec 10, 2009

I've been checking (and hoping) to find a laptop with built-in serial port on HP's website but couldn't find any (with intel cpu).

Are there any current or past (last year) models with serial port at 15".

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Sony :: P-Series Brightness Key..

Feb 4, 2009

I'm almost done, but I'm very stuck on the brightness key..
I have install most of the Vaio things using the guide from Z-series Clean install

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Sony :: SR Fn+F5/F6 Brightness In Windows 7

Mar 7, 2009

I just tried out the Windows 7 beta on my SR 220J/B and everything seems to work great except for the Fn+F5/F6 brightness controls.

Win7 seemed to work well out of the box, and I've installed the Alps and Synaptics drivers, along with the Upek fingerprint software (btw, I can't log in to Windows using my fingerprint, even though the log-in screen has the fingerprint icon...). I also installed "Vaio Event Service 2 ( -- All OS" from the Drivers & Software post, and the volume/mute Fn key controls work, but not the brightness.

How can I get Fn+F5/F6 to work?

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Sony :: Brightness FN Keys

Nov 24, 2009

I have upgraded to W7 pro, ran the companion DVD and everything is good except the FN brightness key (also changing brightness in W7 itself) they don't work.

I have been to the website and down loaded apparently the correct utility settings driver for W7 Pro 32-bit (at least it says on the website its compatable) and when I try to run it, it says it's for Vista only.


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