Sony :: How To Poweroff The CD Drive In Vaio Z/win7

Jan 6, 2010

I'm on windows 7 rc1 and I'm having trouble disabling the CDrom drive.

I see the icon in the tray but when i right click and power it off, it just doesnt power off...

Is there a more direct way to turn it off?

Just tryina save a bit of battery

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Sony :: Old Vaio Z: Win7 + Gaming

Apr 28, 2010

I just tried gaming with windows 7 x64 + Nvidia 9300M GS

so far, all games (Aion / Guildwars etc ) seems to have this issue of random FPS spikes

e.g. 40 fps --> 7fps --> 40fps --> 5fps .....

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Sony :: Vaio VGN-Z And Fresh Win7

Nov 14, 2009

I have just received my upgrade for my VGN-Z21WN/B (my baby, love it!)... anyway, I did a bit of research before receiving it and everywhere I read suggested to do a fresh install - so thats' what I did. It actually all went okay, and it's happily running.

I visited where I found some Win7 drivers, including:

- Bluetooth driver
- Realtek HD audio
- BIOS update for Win7
- Ethernet Driver
- Fingerprint suite
- Wireless LAN (Intel ProSet)
- nVidia graphics driver

All great , except now I am missing my FN keys. The FN keys for brightness, volume, switching display etc no longer work, and I cannot find a solution. One site I researched says to download the vista driver, but I cannot find that anywhere .. and then even people said that didn't work.

Secondly, although not a biggie, is there a VAIO Update driver?

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Sony :: Vaio Power Management In Win7

Dec 21, 2009

for those running win 7 do you have the 'cpu control' option in vaio power management?

i used to have this feature when i was running xp but its no longer listed under win7, only 'cpu fan control

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Sony :: Webcam On My Vaio After Moving To Win7

Nov 23, 2009

So after moving my Vaio FZ11SR to Win7 it can't find my camera.

Device manager got only Imaging Devices > USB Video Device which 'supposed' to be in-built Webcam i guess.

after moving to Win7 home premium (clean installation) i've downloaded and installed all drivers, utilities and updates for my series from sony site.

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Sony :: Vaio CS Win7 RTM X64 Clean Install

Sep 27, 2009

I have a Vaio VGN-CS16G/R and why is is that after installing Win7 RTM x64 and installing the necessary drivers, I DON'T see the "adjust brightness slider" on the power options? With my other laptops with the same OS, I can see that slider completely.

Also, I when I install Vaio Launcher which I got from the extracted Sony Notebook Utilities installer, it returns an error of:

" Error Number: 0x80040703
Description: Failed to find DLL function: SnyUtils.SuOpen

Setup will now terminate. "

Are there workarounds on this?

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Sony :: Can't Adjust Brightness In Win7 X64 On Vaio CS

Aug 11, 2009

I just installed Win7, sticking as much as possible to this method:
VAIO FW Clean Windows 7 Install Guide

everything's working, all FN keys, volume multimedia zoom LCD out,
all but brightness.

problem is, using the FN keys, the brightness dialog is showing, but I can't increase or decrease it. brightness does not show up on power managment nor on mobilty center. the power plans from vaio ("VAIO optimized") are showing, but still if I pull the plug screen stays on maximum brightness...

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Sony :: VAIO Z WIN7 X64 Fingerprint Driver

Dec 17, 2009

Does anyone with VAIO Z and installed with win7 x64 notice the fingerprint driver have a little problem?

See the system log after boot the system,
Log Name: System
Source: Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-PnP
Date: 2009/12/17 22:32:13
Event ID: 219
Task Category: (212)
Level: Warning
Computer: Henry-VAIO
The driver DriverWUDFRd failed to load for the device USBVID_147E&PID_10005&899163b&0&1...

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Sony :: Choosing The Right Win7 Edition For Vaio Z

Oct 25, 2009

for now it looks like Sony will not offer any possibility of Windows upgrade for machines bought before January 2009. So the only possibility will be to buy new OS from MS and install drivers by myself.

Right now, I have original Japanese Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit shipped with the nb and I'm thinking to upgrade to Win7 Ultimate 64-bit. Is it possible for me to buy just Win7 Ultimate Upgrade for $219.99 from MS Store? Is it possible to make clean install with that?

And what's the difference between OEM and regular version? I have possibility to buy OEM version for much less...but I thought OEM versions are just shipped with new computers.

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Sony :: Optical Drive Reads DVDs, But Not The Win7 Upgrade

May 8, 2010

I have a Sony VGN-AR38G.

I have upgraded the HDD and RAM 2 months ago after a hardisk failure.

Current specs as follows:
Intel Core2 CPU T7400@2.16GHz
Nvidia GeForce Go 7600 GT
2x2G RAM
2x320G HDD

Optical Drive: Mata BD-MLT UJ-210S ATA Device
In device manager it says the device is working properly.
Current driver version is 6.0.6001.18000, which should be the latest (Ver1.06)

The laptop was purchased in June 2007. Broke Dec 2009 due to hardisk failure. Then I upgraded some hardwares (HDD & RAM), reinstalled Vista Home Premium (Burnt disk) then upgraded to Win7 (Retail disk).

Then 2 weeks ago, I left it on battery only, thought it would go into hybernation when the battery drains, however I had a nasty system loss, basically all I had was the Vaio logo and BIOS info, not even F8. So had to reinstall the system. Did pretty much the same thing as before, except I did the firmware upgrade of the optical drive, which I don't recall doing the last time. Then, I'm stuck with the Win7 upgrade.

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Sony :: Driver Win7 32bit Vaio VPCEB12EG

May 10, 2010

I install window 7 32bit for Sony Vaio Model VPCEB - 12EG but i can't search driver for it. Who can give me driver for my notebook.

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Sony :: VAIO Z Win7 WEI (Windows Experience Index)

Nov 23, 2009

if anyone is willing to share their WEI result in Win7 with Vaio Z in Speed mode. Would be curious, if it'll show some differences with different CPUs, HDDs, ... You can show the additional specifics by clicking on "View and print detailed performance and system information". (Thanks NHT about the info, didn't know about that ) As the chart doesn't show, what kind of HDD you got,

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Sony :: Vaio Z Win7 Apls Pointing Driver

Nov 15, 2009

However, poking around the European Vaio link site I've found a couple of news: first an updated Graphics driver here, but also poking around (in the Originally Installed section) saw an updated Alps Pointing device driver. The version I have installed is 7.2.* while the one for the VGN-Z51XG is a 7.5.*. Downloading the driver I could see that it supports two finger browsing, pinching to zoom and a couple of other features.

Nifty I thought; however I cannot install the driver in my computer - it says "Your operating system is not supported".

Has anyone else tried this? I thought that the pointing HW in all Vaio Zs was the same? Surely Alps cannot build a driver that only works in Win 7 x64 Professional but not Ultimate?

Can someone with a Win7 x64 Professional try to install the driver and then report back with both succcess or failure?

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Sony :: Vaio Z46GD Win7 Ultimate Drivers

Dec 5, 2009

I have a sony z46gd with vista business 64bit edition.

i wanted to install win 7 so i created a new partition with the freespace and sucessfully managed to install win7 on the new partition

But now I'm trying to install the drivers from the europe sony site as pointed out in another thread , but sadly. ikeep getting the battery is not compatible error pointed in this thread

I suspect that the drivers i installed are for win7 business and not win7 ultimate

where do u find the win7 ultimate drivers for this sony vaio ?

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Sony :: Low Score Index On Win7 Graphics Card (vaio Z)

Feb 22, 2010

I'm getting a subscore of 2.3 with my nvidia card on windows7 experience index.
all the other components have an index of around 5.5.

This just doesn't sound right !

I'm using the driver supplied from sony.

also, I am feeling that everything is a bit slow (more then it should be)
anyone ?

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Sony :: Modified LV2Go 190.40 Vista/win7 32Bit Driver For VAIO

Sep 23, 2009

I moddified LV2GO nvidia 190.40 beta driver INF for VAIO notebooks. Vaio Brightness control is full working now.

I modded it for nvidia gf 9300m gs and tested on vaio vgn-cs with win vista 32bit but should be compatible with some of the newer VAIO models.

-h264 hardware GPU-decoding is supporing now (It utilizes only a few percent of the CPU)


1. If you already have an existing nVidia driver installed, uninstall it with its Uninstaller, then use Driver Sweeper to remove any remaining files/registry keys and reboot before you attempt to install this driver.

2. Overwrite the existing nv_disp.inf in 19040_win7x32.exe with my moddified v190.40 INF file.


My moddified v190.40 INF - here Reuploaded
NVIDIA driver v190.40 - here

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Sony :: Vaio SZ 4 Series Fan Replacement And Wifi + Processor Upgrade (Win7 + Ubuntu Feedback)

Nov 25, 2009

I had replaced mobo on my dead SZ 4 series (don't ask why) and couldn't stop there since I was in the move thus consequently contemplated about possible upgrades. For now I settled for fan, WLAN card and CPU upgrade. If it works well, I might install SSD also.

1.Fan Modification

As you all proud SZ owners know, fan is very noisy on this machines so it made me think if there is any possible modification to reduce the noise. Since the BIOS is controlling it there is not much to do on the RPM part (in win at least, but more on that later) I settled for a fan and fan casing swap from SZ 4 to SZ 7 series.

In the photos you can see that fans, fan casings and heat-sinks are of different design. Besides design differences, voltage and the amperage are the same, 5V-300mA.

Only way was to install the fan and the casing of the SZ 7 heat-sink to my old one as one of the heat-sinks bolt bushings is off for a few millimeters.

There has to be some care exercised when prying off the fan casing, some heating was required from the aluminium side on three pins were casing is attached.

Not to be simple, the difference is also in the inlet hole. One on the SZ 7 heat-sink is bigger and off centre compared to SZ 4s. Had to do some filing there, to match it to the size of the new fan. Fan of SZ7 is not bigger, it is due to different design of the fan eye and its volutes...................

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Sony :: Sticking Hard Drive Or SSD In DVD Drive Of Vaio Z

Feb 26, 2009

who opened I believe Z and connected a hard drive to dvd drive connector while leaving dvd drive in for cosmetic reasons. Can't find this thread. Where exactly can the hard drive go? Inside the tray?

I am afraid there will be too much vibration if I put regular HD there. For this reason I would rather put there SSD but is there a way to make this a primary OS drive? Seems like last bios allows to boot from optical drive.

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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 FZ DVD Drive

Jun 20, 2009

I have a Sony Vaio FZ445 which has problems with the Otiarc DVD AD-7560. What happens is that when playing audio, the sound skips playing CDs.

I have tried all the requisite diagnostics, like checking the IDE channels to see if the mode is DMA or PIO, and installing and reinstaling the drivers and firmware updates for the drive. It still happens and looks like I need a new DVD drive. I have XP Pro and Ubuntu 9 and it does this in both OS's (which affirms my suspicion that its not a codecs or driver issue). I have also always cleaned the drive every dozen uses too.

am I limited to using only a new Sony DVD drive to replace it? and... is it easy to replace these drives oneself?

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Sony :: Blu-ray Drive- Vaio VGN-FW390

Mar 21, 2009

Will the Sony Vaio VGN-FW390 Blu-ray Disc read only drive read actual information discs? Not DVDs, but actual CDs?

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Sony :: VAIO BD Drive Malfunction

Feb 7, 2009

All of a sudden my OPTIARC BD ROM 5500A drive does not recognize when a Blu-ray movie is inserted. I try to open the drive with a movie inside and it tells me to please insert a disc and ejects the drive.

I chated with the sony analysts and they told me to (in this order after the previous solution did not work):
1. Update WinDVD player
2. Reinstall WinDVD player
3. Update WinDVD player again
4. Restore my C: drive to factory conditions
5. Reset by BIOS
6. Take my laptop to a Sony shop and pay 600 dollars to get this fixed.

Everything points to hardware malfunction, but I find it weird that in my computer the drive is identified as a DVD-RW drive, when I KNOW that it used to be identified as a BD/DVD-RW drive.

DVDs and CDs play perfectly, but it acts like nothing is inside when I put in a Blu/RAy movie. In the device manager it is identified properly as an OPTIARC BD ROM, the driver it has is the generic CD drive windows driver (Sony support said that is what it should have).

Driver: cdrom.sys
File version: 6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101/2205)

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Sony :: Vaio SR Hard Drive Upgrade

May 12, 2009

I have a Sony Vaio SR190 with a 160gb@5400 rpm hard drive. I really want to upgrade this with more capacity. I have two main questions:

1) What Hard Drive brand is the best? I was looking at the Western Digital Scorpio and the Seagate Momentus, but I want suggestions on the BEST.

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Sony :: Does The Vaio F Laptops Have A Second Hard Drive Bay?

Jan 16, 2010

so does the Vaio F have a second bay? I'd really like to throw in a SSD to boost the boot time

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Sony :: VAIO SR Upgrading Hard Drive

Oct 27, 2009

I was thinking about upgrading to a 7200 RPM hard drive for my VAIO SR190.

I'm sure this voids warranty, but in the event that you need to send the laptop to Sony, couldn't you just put the original back in and they wouldn't notice?

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Sony :: Vaio TT Hard Drive Upgrade

Apr 17, 2009

I was wondering if it was easy to crack open and upgrade the CD-ROM drive to another hard drive instead. Since customizing a TT is hellaciously expensive and the hard drives they offer are slow and not big enough -I would rather supply my own parts than what they have in stock

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Sony :: Restore C: Drive On Vaio VGN-FS980

Dec 6, 2009

I've been having some difficulty with my vaio and am thinking about doing the F10 Vaio Recovery to restore the C: Drive. I'm not all that computer savvy, and would like to know from those who have done this what to expect. How does this work? What happens? Will I have to reinstall windows along with everything else?

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Sony :: Replacing Hard Drive On A Vaio FW

Jan 30, 2009

I'm about to pull the trigger on a FW, but it has a 320GB 4200rpm. HD.

I've planned on buying a WD Scorpio Black later and the replacing it.

How complicated would that be? What I mean is, that I can do the hardware replacing and all that, but is it enough that I would do a recovery disc with the original HD inside and then replace the HD's and then just boot from the disc. Or do I need to fiddle around with the SATA drivers,

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Sony :: Vaio Fw Blueray Drive Burning

Oct 20, 2009

I just recently purchased a new sony vaio fw41e/h. And i've been using the blueray driver a lot for burning dvd's since it's capable of doing that. But since yesterday my drive just stopped burning dvd's and got no idea what might have caused it. I didn't find any errors or something when i burned my last dvd, which worked. I used the os it came with which is vista 32 bit. I don't think it's a hardware error because it can still read the dvd's but i just can't burn them. I also tried several different applications for burning, like clonecd, imgburn and nero but neither worked. For instance, when i use clonecd it just starts normally but after 30 seconds the bar raises up to 100% and just finishes and it said it couldn't burn it. for the people who wanna know what kind of drive it is, it is a mata bd-cmb uj130as.

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Sony :: Can I Replace Optical Drive In Vaio SR

Nov 28, 2009

if I can replace the optical drive in the Vaio SR590? It's a DVDRW, I want to put in Bluray. If Bluray drops in price, and I get a slim bluray drive, can I put it in the SR590? Looking at the computer, it seems the current drive's design is a bit different than a standard notebook optical drive. Seems like it will stick out a bit on the sides...

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