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Windows 7: Sony Vaio VGN-AR730E drivers help!!

21 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Sony Vaio VGN-AR730E drivers help!!

I purchased an upgrade to Windows 7 Professional a few months ago and I re-installed Vista because I could not get the drivers to work. So I started researching again after the downgrade and decided to re-install Windows 7 again. Since it has been a while since I researched I can't find the forum that I was looking at with the answer.

My main issue is my multimedia function keys, volume, eject, mute, S1, S2 and the FN button to change brightness do not work. It recognizes all the devices even the CD drive but I cannot get it to eject properly without the whole bobby pin trick. I remember that I have to downloadl the old drivers for vista but will it work?

I installed the Shared Library and the Utilities but the only thing I got to work was the volume and mute buttons. Unforunately I started getting error messages about my battery not being compatible with my laptop, I don't know why because it's the OEM battery. Is there certain ones I have to download and any certain order? I saw a couple other forums ( not the one I was originally planning to follow) but they were for Win XP. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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22 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Sony eSupport - VGN-AR730E - Software Updates & Drivers On the sony site it has a full list of vista drivers for your laptop. They however don't denote if they are for 32 or 64 bit. My suggestion would be to try installing the drivers off the site in vista compatibility mode Compatibility Mode And see from their what hardware your still having trouble with. Their are plenty of threads with issues with these laptops and the function keys We can address one at a time once we see what success you have with the vista drivers first, Welcome to seven forums you've come to the best place to try and resolve these issues their are a lot of very intelligent members that can help. Fabe
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22 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by prodigy803 View Post
Is there certain ones I have to download and any certain order?
1. Sony Shared library

2. Setting utility series

3. Vaio Event service

4. Vaio Control center

You can get the from here - ftp://ftp.vaio-link.com/PUB/VAIO/WIN7UPGRADE/

Make sure to uninstall what you have on now, install in the above order, and reboot as required. It worked for me on mine, so may for you on yours.
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24 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7
 
 

How do you un-install these drivers? In Vista you could see them in the Install/Uninstall programs window but on windows 7 (well mine anyway, not sure about anyone else) it doesn't show up. I'm trying to scour the files in the C drive but I don't know what to delete. I want to delete the old one so there isn't any clashing with the other version. Do I need to be in safe mode also? Thanks.
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24 Jan 2010   #5

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Go to Device Manager.


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24 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7
 
 

I must sound like an idiot but which ones do I delete? I'm not sure how to identify which drivers go with which devices. I don't want to guess and just delete random ones. I've been going through each one and I have no idea how you can tell.
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24 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The only one really you shouldn't see is the shared library, you said you can't see the others in control panel which sounds strange, as they showed for me, but if not, just run the installers, as they may uninstall the previous versions, and reboot when required.
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31 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7
 
 

I've been trying to get it to work but every time I try to install the Shared Library it goes through the installation but the progress bar disappears. It doesn't give a completed window or a status of wth is going on. It just adds a couple of icons on my desktop. After, I try to install a couple things but it still doesn't eject anything. the sound works though. I suppose it's because the shared lib didnt install correctly.

I installed them all using the compatibility mode without un-installing because I dont know which drivers to uninstall... It doesn't really say shared lib on it so wth am I suppose to do? I also didn't check any of the boxes in the properties tab. If that helps any...
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31 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by prodigy803 View Post
It just adds a couple of icons on my desktop.
Shared library shouldn't do that.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by prodigy803 View Post
I installed them all using the compatibility mode
If you downloaded them from ftp://ftp.vaio-link.com/PUB/VAIO/WIN7UPGRADE/, there's no need to use compatibility mode, as they are Windows 7 drivers.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by prodigy803 View Post
If that helps any...
Not really, because if you installed them you should be able to see them in add/remove programs, except for shared library. It's a bit of a mess to be honest, so bar a "clean install", not sure how to advise you.
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31 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7
 
 

Not to sure myself. I did do a clean install and the only thing different that I did was clicking important updates only instead of recommended settings... would that be why my drivers wont show up in the install/uninstall window?

Im just trying to sort out my options w.o. having to reinstall again...
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