Sony :: Enable VT (Virtualization) On The VAIO Series

May 5, 2009

As you are very well aware... attempts at enabling hardware VT by 'hacking' the Insyde H2O EFI bios have not gone very far. While these has been success (kudos to Igor Levicki for pursuing it) with the other series of VAIO, the Z series has not been hackable till date and thus one of the most important and supported/advertised feature of the included Intel processors (P8400, P8600, P8700, P9500 and P9600 -> All Supporting VT as indicated by their official Intel pages 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)

Microsoft has just release Windows 7 RC (the best version of Windows, as claimed by some of the most popular blogs in the world) and one major feature in its toolset is the Windows XP Mode [url] and it is clearly indicated by Microsoft in their download page (Windows Virtual PC: Download) that for this important software compatability feature to work, hardware VT must be enabled and supported by the computer.

Since hardware VT is a feature of the Intel processors, us VAIO owners do not see Sony's logic in disabling it entirely without giving the owners of the machine any choice to enable it at a later time. Even if it is a unsupported feature as far as Sony goes, why cripple it? Why not have an option in the bios which would allow users to enable it by themshelves?

We hope that Sony listens to us and releases a bios update which either:Enables VT by default.Gives a option in the BIOS to enable it.This affects almost the entire lineup of laptops (not sure about desktops) in the VAIO series. Sony stands to loose nothing but rather gain another feature in its cap for being pro consumer and listening to the needs.

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Sony :: How To Enable Virtualization VT-X On VAIO Z Laptops Finally

Jan 23, 2009

I have bought a Vaio VGN-Z21XN/B laptop. I have installed Windows Server 2008 64-bit on it, but I would like to inform me how to enable Virtualization.

Has anyone tried enabling Virtualization on Z series?

UPDATE- 19th July

How to enable VT-X on a Z laptop
see discussion from post 7# on
Use at your own risk
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Acer :: Want To Enable In Bios The Virtualization Technology

Apr 26, 2010

I want to enable in bios the Virtualization Technology but there is no option for that.

Is there any way to do it?

Any alternative bios?

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Sony :: Enable VT-X On Z Series

Jul 19, 2009

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Acer :: Laptop With Phoenix BIOS: Enable Virtualization (Test Machine: Aspire 9420)

Mar 8, 2010

Since 2 years ago, I owned an Acer Aspire 9420. It is a 17" laptop with Intel CPU (Intel C2D T5600). According to Intel website, T5600 processor have Intel Virtualization Technology. However, for unknown reason, there is no option to turn ON Virtualization in the BIOS. Even Acer doesn't provide BIOS update that support this feature. My works involved VMware simulation & this prevent me from running 64 bit guest OS. Since buying another laptop seems not worth at all & Acer Aspire 9420 is a strong laptop to do heavy job, I'm determine, what ever it takes, I will enable Virtualization on this laptop.

For the past 2 years, I have working hard to achieve my objective. I has search & search in the internet and I found a couple of article about hacking the BIOS to enable Virtualization. This is a few forum's threads & articles I found:-

Code:
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Sony :: Vaio FW Virtualization Disabled

Oct 28, 2009

I am thinking of buying a Sony Vaio FW since Windows 7 is now pre-installed. However, I had heard that virtualization was disabled by Sony.

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Sony :: Vaio Z & Intel X 9100 & Virtualization Info

Mar 15, 2009

It's me and my crazy mods again After fitting second SSD to my Vaio Z (instead of optical drive), i got hold of Intel's X9100 ES from E-Bay...

Stepping is QBDW - for those interested.

So, after a hour or so of fitting everything in (mostly spent on opening the Z) it was ready for testing.

First results? Not very nice - X9100 ES I got has lowest VID of 1.0V (, I should have asked the seller for this before) Also, 3.0 GHz VID is outrageously high (1.225V) - so, during the first tests it was shown that almost immediately the CPU resorts to throttling (temp. gets to 105C) - completely useless .....

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Sony :: Vaio ZGN-Z690 Shows Virtualization Technology (VT)

May 13, 2009

I ran Intels Processor Identification Tool, and it shows VT as enabled. I haven't installed VMWare yet, but I will shortly. Also, I haven't updated my Bios, but the VGN-Z690 bios update might be a possible solution for other(just a wild guess, I have no way of varifying).

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Sony :: Vaio TZ GPS, How Can I Enable It

Feb 13, 2009

I have a tz-370n and it has a built-in sprint wwan card. I know if I activate sprint the gps will turn on, but isnt there a way to do this without activating sprint? I would love to use the tz as a gps unit in my car but alas I don't want to shell out the extra cash for wwan access too.

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Acer :: VT Hardware Virtualization In Travelmate 8000 Series

Sep 10, 2009

i'm searching for a notebook, and so far, the Acer TravelMate 8471-944G32N Timeline seems to be exactly what i need. however, i really have to have a notebook that supports hardware virtualization/intel VT. the CPU does support this, but i've failed to find info on the web whether the mainboard and BIOS support this feature too on the notebook. acer support hasn't managed to deliver me an answer in three tries now.

so, is anyone here who knows the answer or who owns one of these notebooks (or a similar one) and can try it out?

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Sony :: Howto Enable VT On Vaio Z *tested*H2 Bios Hack

Oct 5, 2009

I`m very happy to have found a way to enable VT.

If you doenst know what VT is - YOU DONT NEED IT ^^

At first i was a little bit afraid, to take the risk to hack the Bios, but finally i take it.

Not only VT works now fine, also the advanced Bios Setup Screen, let me finetune everything i ever dream from. You could tweak many things, dont do there anything, if you doent know what you do.

Ok, back to Topic:

After some Internetresearch i found this link:

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Please follow the instructions exactly. I have do also the same reverse for testing - you could go back, if you want.

But: with every Bios tweaking - you lose your warranty.

Here my Statement on this Blog. PLEASE, look there there if your Model is supportet - FIRST.....................

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Sony :: (Old) VAIO Z BD Drive Fit In (New) VAIO Z Series

Mar 27, 2010

I'm wondering if the Blu-ray optical drive (Panasonic UJ-232A) of the (old) VAIO Z series will be able to fit into the (new) VAIO Z series? I would really appreciate it if anyone is able to answer my question.

The reason I'm asking is because I'm seriously thinking of selling my VAIO Z690 & just buying the base Sony VAIO Z (VPCZ112GX/S). I may just be able to afford that base model & the icing on the cake will definitely be the UJ-232A drive being able to fit into the (new) VAIO Z series & work.

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Sony :: Vaio S Series

May 17, 2010

I recently bought a Sony Vaio VPCS117GGB.
Specs: Core i5 520, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, Geforce 310, 2Kgs.

Coming from a Macbook Pro this laptop is quite similar to the unibody macbooks (except the size and battery life). However there are a few annoyances with this Sony.

1) When i close the lid the notebook goes to sleep, however when I open the lid, unless I press any button, windows does not wake up. Is there a way to enable this .....

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Sony :: New Vaio EC Series

Feb 3, 2010

I found this on a turkish website. I dont know any turkish but it looks like the specs on the new vaio VPC-EC series.

Quote:

SONY VAIO VPCEC1M1E/WI NOTEBOOK

İŞLEMCİ
Intel Core 1333 MHz 2.13 GHz. 3 MB Cache Bellek i3-330M İşlemci

RAM
4 GB DDR3 1066 Mhz (Max.8 GB) Ram

SABIT DISK
HDD
500 GB SATA (5400 Rpm) HDD

İŞLETİM SİSTEMİ
Microsoft Windows® 7 Home Premium İng-Tr (64 Bit)

OPTİK SÜRÜCÜ
DVD-RW Double Layer....................

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Sony :: Vaio S Series CTO

Mar 7, 2010

Finally pulled the trigger on a Vaio S Series CTO from SonyStyle Japan. I had a limited budget ($1500), and with the really poor dollar/yen exchange rate right now, couldn't load it up like I wanted.

Still, looking forward to the expected delivery date of late March. Here's what I got for $1,630:

- Core i5-540M (2.53GHz)
- SSD 128GB
- Windows 7 Ultimate (Need this to switch the Japanese OS to English)
- 2GB RAM (DDR3 1066) (Skimped here to keep the initial price down. Will probably add more later.)
- Intel Integrated Graphics (Don't do any gaming)
- DVD Super Multi-Drive (Optical Read/Write DVD Drive)
- 3-yr. Basic Warranty.....

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Sony :: HDD In Vaio Z Series

Mar 16, 2010

The new Sony Vaio Z series only comes with SSD option for North America. Is there anyway to either replace the SSD with a HDD or to add a HDD after purchase? I need plenty of internal storage and even the 255GB SDD option in Z116GX/S will be insufficient.

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Sony :: Vaio F Series

Feb 2, 2010

what is the battery life like for the Core i7 F series laptops? Also, do they happen to have USB 3.0?

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Sony :: Vaio Y And S Series

Jan 22, 2010

I believe Sony has launched two new series, Y and S. What’s the difference between both of them?

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Sony :: NEW: Vaio NW Series

Jun 19, 2009

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Sony :: New Vaio EA Series Is Out

Mar 16, 2010

I'm not sure if anybody noticed, but Sony almost silently released new E type - EA.

It got 14" screen with LED backlight and 1600x900 resolution, i3-330M Processor, ATI HD 5145 Graphic card, 4GB RAM and colorful combination like EB.

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Sony :: New VAIO GS Series

Jan 14, 2009

Looks like the successor of VAIO G. And no, it won't be cheap

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Sony :: Vaio X-series

Oct 25, 2009

does anyone have or can find additional info on Sony Vaio X-series? it's scheduled to launch really soon sometimes next month but there's not much info on it other than initial specs and showoff pics. what i'm specifically asking for is the the HD form factor (1.8" or 2.5"?) and how many free memory slots? since it comes standard with a 64gb SSD, my assumption is that it can only take 1.8" form factor since sony most likely would not put a full blown SSD into something like this for two reasons: 1) chassis is too thin to fit a standard 2.5" drive, and 2) will run on the intel atom platform and as far as i know, all atom platforms are limited to SATA1 interface, which the transfer rates are caped at around 120mb/s read. it would be a waste to put a nice SSD in there with this limitation of SATA1.

from the pics, this thing is sexy as hell being so thin, small, and light. the biggest turn-off is that it will be chugging along on an atom processor. seriously... the ULV's are out now and sony will still be putting atoms in this? what sort of makes up for that is that it comes with a built in GPS and 3G connection. how i see this X-series is that it's only one glorified sexy netbook with tons of features for $1300. if they would only replace the atom with a ULV chip, i would buy this thing at almost any cost. if anyone finds any detailed info about this notebook,

specs i found:
- Intel® Atom™ Processor Z550 (2GHz)
- US15W chipset..............

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Sony :: Vaio CW Or Vaio E Series

Mar 22, 2010

Am planning to get a sony laptop for me. The design simply rocks I am getting mixed reviews about cw and E series. But i made up my mind to get one.

My budget is aroung 40000rupees. Thats around 800$. So suggest me a better one between these two for occasional moderate and less(mosltly) demanding games. I dont care whether its 14 or 15 inch.

Am looking at lower end versions of both the models.

Only difference is CW uses Nvidia Geforce 310 and the E series uses some Radeon 5000 series one. CW has 14 inch screen whereas E series has a 15.5 inch screen. In the models which i am looking at both have matte finish and both has WXGA:1366 x 768 VAIO Display.

which one should i go for. whether the screen quality will be on par to Inspiron one atleast? ( I dont need HD).

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Sony :: Vaio F11 Or Vaio E Series

Apr 9, 2010

im planning on using the laptop for videos, photoshop and a bit of gaming, maybe even a bit more gaming :-)

The Vaio F Series only has 330M Nvidia Graphics Card with i7QM and up to 8GB of Ram and up to 256GB SSD.

The E Series has ATI 5650 (a less powerful version, reduced clock speed) combined with a i5 520M with up to 6Gb of Ram and up to 500GB of HDD ? Why can i not choose SSD ?

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Sony :: New VAIO B Series (refresh Of BZ)

Jan 20, 2010

Not announced officially yet, but take a look here at the German sonystyle:

https://www.sonystyle.de/SonyStyle/V...C/B-Serie-15-4

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Sony :: Vaio Z Series Won't Take Windows 7

Oct 20, 2009

I have a Sony Vaio Z790J. I recently tried to install Windows 7 x64 (from msdn) onto my Vaio. It always gets through the install but the second time it reboots (when it tries to start the services, etc) I go straight to a BSOD.

I tried changing ACHI, RAID, IDE, none of those make a difference. Has anyone seen this? Of course I blasted my backup partition too so I can't restore Vista x64. Nice move on my behalf

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Sony :: Vaio F Series I7 Processor

May 2, 2010

I just got a new sony vaio F-series with the new i7, it was really fast, took me about 2 minutes to get to startup screen and log in. But all of sudden after two weeks it started to slow down

( I didn't download much, and I scanned with both avg and adaware and no viruses or problems found).

Also, my gadgets instead of appearing on the sidebar like normal appear in the middle of the screen randomly.. I am extremely pissed because I have heard such good review

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Sony :: New Vaio Z11 Series Owner

Mar 31, 2010

I just received my new Vaio Z11 laptop a few days ago. I'm very satisfied with my purchase as it's my first ultra portable laptop. I have the i7-620M version with the 1920x1080 screen and 256GB SSD (4x64gb).

I have a few concerns though:

First, Is it safe that I make a clean install of W7? My Drive came with a single C Drive partition but I'd like to partition my drive into C and D drives. Are there specific tools to use for SSD's?

Second thing is regarding the Fingerprint Scan. I have been able to apply it on Windows Logon, and have also set it for Power On mode, but unfortunately when I turn on my laptop it doesn't ask me for the finger print it only does that at the Windows Logon screen. I have checked the bios and saw nothing that has Enable finger print or something of that sort, there was just a clear finger print option.

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Sony :: Vaio FW Customized Series

Jul 10, 2009

This is the 1st time I'm gonna buy a laptop.

I have few questions for Vaio FW series:

1/ where to get manuals and detailed specs ?

2/ Does Sony deliver a CD with all needed drivers ....

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Sony :: When Will The Vaio S Series CTO Avail In The US

Feb 8, 2010

Also, what graphics card is this model being paired with in other countries that already have the CTO available.

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Sony :: VAIO P Series Wallpapers

Jan 25, 2009

I am looking for Sony VAIO P series wallpapers. there is suppose to be 5 of them.

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Sony :: No Vaio E-Series Owners Yet

Mar 10, 2010

No vaio E-series official owner yet @ NBR ? Is it available for delivery or not ? And one biggest flaw I can see is there is NO OPTION FOR FHD 1080p at Sony USA site

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Sony :: Vaio Z Series And 8GB Support

Mar 20, 2010

how to upgrade my VGN-Z36GD to 8GB.

I've read through the thread "How to make 1st to 3rd Generations of Vaio Z support 8GB" and there are some promising leads there especially from ZugZug an Sniper_Sung but the thread kind of abruptly ends without a clear resolution.

Another thread indicates that the victory was celebrated too early and the 8GB doesn't exactly work.

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Sony :: Installing Ssd In Vaio NS Series

Sep 15, 2009

I have a Solid State drive, which I would like to install in my Vaio VGN-NS30E, I cannot find a teardown guide anywhere,

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Sony :: 3GB Vs 4GB Performance On VAio Z Series

Apr 25, 2009

I know that Z-series has dual channel memory controller so does that mean 4GB performance is way better than 3GB? and did anyone check the performance difference between 3GB and 4GB on vaio Z.

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Sony :: Which Current Vaio Series Are M.I.J.

Jun 15, 2009

I just noticed the S.R. is M.I.C. & what I figured it eventually replaced (with a couple of generations in b/t I suspect), my S from years ago is M.I.J. I see Z's are M.I.J. Any others? BIgger sizes, 14", 15" etc.?

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Sony :: Vaio E Series VPCEB14EN

Mar 10, 2010

I saw a very affordable Vaio Laptop at Sony's site and it's specifications are

Vaio E Series VPCEB14EN
Intel® Core™ i3-330M processor 2.13 GHz
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Basic 64-bit (English Version)
320 GB (Serial ATA, 5400 rpm)
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5470 Graphics (512 MB DDR3 SDRAM)
Ram 3 GB DDR3 SDRAMI want to buy it but before purchasing it,
I want to ask questions.

Can I run good games like Stalker trilogy , Crysis, Mercenaries 2, Rainbow Six Vegas series, FarCry2etc.?

And what about designing ?

In Desktops like now I'm using, I can draw freely and easily with mouse in Photoshop and Flash. If I have a mouse Can I do the same with This Vaio ? is the screen big enough for drawing etc. ? and the keyboard in this one is good enough for programming ?

I want to use this laptop 2-3 years or even more if it does work....flawlessly.

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Sony :: Upgrade Vaio Z-Series

Apr 4, 2009

Does anyone have pictures or instructions to upgrade Z series wireless network card?

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Sony :: Vaio Z11 Series RAM Upgrade

Mar 30, 2010

I know that many of us have been seeking an inexpensive third-party RAM upgrade for our new Vaio Zs. Fortunately, I've found a great solution. Not only does this module use precisely the same RAM ICs as the currently shipping Vaio Z11 8GB machines, those RAMs just happen to be manufactured by the world's largest DRAM manufacturer (by far), Samsung. This module has been tested for over a week, and it has truly been a completely stable solution. Plus, I don't suppose that it'll hurt to point out that this is the least expensive 4GB DDR3-1066 SO-DIMM module that I can find in the United States right now! Moreover, it's sold by a very reputable vendor, whom I trust - EWiz.com (they're still making the transition from their old name, SuperBiiz). They've got great prices, ship fast, and stand behind what they sell - no, I have nothing whatsoever to do with them, other than being a customer.

Rock-solid RAM that's the cheapest, too! For details behind all the testing that allowed me to finally post this, see this thread (which started off as a look into RAM speeds on the new Vaio Zs). To pick these up, check out the Super Talent 4GB DDR3-1066 Samsung Chip Notebook Module at EWiz.com - literally priced below any other 4GB DDR3-1066 SO-DIMM on Pricewatch, as of 3/30/2010!

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Sony :: Virtualization

Sep 29, 2009

I'm thinking of purchasing an FW series laption. I called Sony technical support to ask if Win 7 can run XP compatibility mode, which as I understand it requires hardware virtualization to be enabled. The support technician said: "Recently we attended a brief training session about this. We were told that XP virtualization would run on Win 7, but you have to download a virtualization program from Microsoft." Does that statement make sense? Regarding this program you download, is this idea consistent with running XP compatibility mode as you guys understand that?

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