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Windows 7: FN keys

11 May 2009   #1

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FN keys

Hi

I have a sony vaio laptop, just installed Windows 7, but the FN keys doesn't work to adjust lights/sound as normally. How do I solve this? Sony doesn't offer support on this!

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11 May 2009   #2

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cstassen View Post
Hi

I have a sony vaio laptop, just installed Windows 7, but the FN keys doesn't work to adjust lights/sound as normally. How do I solve this? Sony doesn't offer support on this!
Hi Cstassen,

Im not sure the exact package name but you need to download and install the software and drivers for your laptop from the Sony website before the FN key is able to provide this functionality

Steven
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11 May 2009   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you, but I don't know if that package exists - and if so, what the name of it is? Could anyone help??
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11 May 2009   #4

Windows 7 Build 7229 x64
 
 

Sony eSupport - Electronics - Select Your Model

Put in your model number there and it should walk you through the rest.
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11 May 2009   #5

Windows 7
 
 

I have been to that site, and inputted my model number (VGN-Z540), but i don't really see the driver I need?
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12 May 2009   #6

Main OS: Windows 7 64 bit, Secondary: Vista 32 bit
 
 

hi mate,

im using a vaio too and i managed to get the fn keys working. My model is the FW21E and sony only provides 32 bit drivers, so i actually installed drivers from a different model, one that has 64 bit drivers and it works! What u need to install is Sony Shared Library, Sony/Notebook Utilities, VAIO Event Service, and i think Sony Firmware Extension Parser.

If ucan find those on their website ur set. But note, the order u install them is VERY important.

Take a look at this guide:

VAIO FW Clean Windows 7 Install Guide - Notebook Forums and Laptop Discussion
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12 May 2009   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Hmm, that came a lot closer, but I still didn't manage to find the right packages. Given that I have windows 7, should I find a model that has 64bit drivers? Should the model be "as close as possible" to VGN-Z540? Anyone have a suggestion?

A side note if anyone bothers to answer: I now have windows 7, but can I then use 64 bit programs? How does the difference between 32 and 64 play in, is it a hardware or a software issue?
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12 May 2009   #8

Main OS: Windows 7 64 bit, Secondary: Vista 32 bit
 
 

Well u havent made any reference to whether ur running 32 bit or 64 bit windows 7. If the later, then i would suggest u find another model close to yours with 64 bit drivers. I know that in my series of vaio, the hardware is similar in all vaio fw. Thats why the drivers installed successfully...

if u do find the the drivers, which im sure u will, then remember to extract the installers from the packages using Universal Extractor. Doing this bypasses the check to see if the drivers are for the right model (since they wont be).

Hope things work out!! Pm me if u need any help

To answer ur question, u can only use 64 bit programs only if ur running the 64 bit version of Windows 7, otherwise no u cant. It is mainly an architecture difference in how the CPU handles data...thats all i know lol.
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12 May 2009   #9

Windows 7
 
 

Okay, I have 32 bit. So how should I go about it now that my own model's drivers couldn't be installed?? (I tried following the page you showed me, but the first driver to be installed, Sony Shared..., couldn't be installed as it was only for Vista)???
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12 May 2009   #10

Main OS: Windows 7 64 bit, Secondary: Vista 32 bit
 
 

Hmm it didnt work? Thats strange, did u extract the installer using Universal Extractor?
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