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Windows 7: My Sony laptop is behaving strange


10 Sep 2013   #91

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You may need Boot External Device enabled to boot the flash stick. Can we also see the RAID controller settings?

You cannot boot from the external, it needs to be a USB stick with HDD set first to boot in BIOS, then trigger stick by name using Sony F12 one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.

What is this stick for? Did you write memtest to it? Using what method? It would not have said to write it to an external HD so that's just wasting time. Why not ask if in doubt?

The keyboard needs to be disabled to use a USB one. Did you try disabling in Device Manager after loading the USB keyboard's driver? Then try the USB keyboard and the on-screen keyboard to compare.

I would also want to know what the 3 devices in error in Dev Mgr are. It's possible the Fingerprint sensor sets things haywire until it is installed, so install it from the Sony Support Downloads webpage. Then trace the other two devices using Hardware Identification to provide their drivers from the same place.

The non-genuine error can be triggered by problems with re-imaging, drive letter slippage which may be similar to RAID issues.

Is this install the one you did to the single HD after disabling RAID and the other HD? Is it at all stable. Please again describe the symptoms perfectly.

Get a reading on the HD now by installing CrystalDiskInfo - Software - Crystal Dew World. Enable the other HD to see if it reads it too showing tabs for each.
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I have been struggling getting anything from sony to install on my laptop. I can download stuff it goes to extract then seems to lock up the screen then after a while disappears.Sony : VGN-AW31XY/Q updates | Download updates for VGN-AW31XY/Q. Im looking at latest downloads then windows 7. should I be looking in Preinstalled Drivers and Utilities for windows vista should I



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10 Sep 2013   #92
Microsoft MVP

 

Confirm all Windows Updates are done.

Post screenshot of Device Manager.

What Sony crap are you wanting back to defeat purposd of clean reinstall.
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10 Sep 2013   #93

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Confirm all Windows Updates are done.

Post screenshot of Device Manager.

What Sony crap are you wanting back to defeat purposd of clean reinstall.
I may have misunderstood one of ur earlier posts about any missing drivers.I thought you meant from Sony. There must be something wrong as my windows experience is very low when it it used to be about 6 with all the rubbish on. Its the graphics that seem the problem.
I have only one item flagged by device manager now and I think it might be the finger print reader which was why I was on the Sony site and I thought I might need Vaio update installing for Sony's own harware.My Sony laptop is behaving strange-south-staffordshire-20130910-00096.jpg

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Towards the end of updating it seemed very slow to download and install


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11 Sep 2013   #94
Microsoft MVP

 

Which Optional Updates are queued besides Language Packs?

Did you take notice of which group of Updates caused any slowdown? This is one of the suggestions in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to pinpoint any group of Updates or Program causing issues if possible.

If you're confident it performed better before a group of Updates then System Restore to before the problem began and reinstall the UPdates in smaller groups or singly to isolate the Update.

Have you fully tested the HD and RAM? I just got back from abroad and have several dozen cases to work on so won't have time to re-read your thread for a day or two, so please refresh my memory about whether you tested yours.
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11 Sep 2013   #95

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Which Optional Updates are queued besides Language Packs?

Did you take notice of which group of Updates caused any slowdown? This is one of the suggestions in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to pinpoint any group of Updates or Program causing issues if possible.

If you're confident it performed better before a group of Updates then System Restore to before the problem began and reinstall the UPdates in smaller groups or singly to isolate the Update.

Have you fully tested the HD and RAM? I just got back from abroad and have several dozen cases to work on so won't have time to re-read your thread for a day or two, so please refresh my memory about whether you tested yours.
since the downloads have finished and installed I would say speed is fine. I found the missing driver was for a Ricoh Memory Stick Controller, which is now installed. The windows experience score is very low which I think is due to the graphics drivers as its set up as a Standard VGA Graphics Adapter, when its actually a nVidia GeForce 9600M GT. I have downloaded the driver from nVidia but it wont replace the old Microsoft one.
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11 Sep 2013   #96
Microsoft MVP

 

Standard VGA is only a placeholder driver and should not be used except as a last resort.

Are you sure you enabled Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3)
Then checked for UPdates to completion?

If no Display driver was delivered then you need to import it from the Support Downloads webpage for your PC. This is the driver I'm finding for VGN-AW31XY/Q: Download, rightclick the .exe to Run as Admin.
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11 Sep 2013   #97

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Standard VGA is only a placeholder driver and should not be used except as a last resort.

Are you sure you enabled Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3)
Then checked for UPdates to completion?

If no Display driver was delivered then you need to import it from the Support Downloads webpage for your PC. This is the driver I'm finding for VGN-AW31XY/Q: Download, rightclick the .exe to Run as Admin.
Greg after ur post 92 I was gob smacked when the link you sent me to was the Sony site, but it did the trick and I'm bk to 5.9 on the the windows experience. I was trying to get my driver from nVidia. Yes I enabled Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update and ive just checked and its still enabled.What I want to do now is all Users data to go to the E drive not C drive which is the current setting
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11 Sep 2013   #98
Microsoft MVP

 

That's why it specifies in the tutorial to import any drivers missing after all Updates are done from the PC model's Support Downloads webpage, not the NVidia one. OEMs often modify these.
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13 Sep 2013   #99

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
That's why it specifies in the tutorial to import any drivers missing after all Updates are done from the PC model's Support Downloads webpage, not the NVidia one. OEMs often modify these.
I have learned alot here and Im making use of the tutorials posted and Im going to be a regular on here. Maybe with the experience Im gaining and from the mistakes I have made I can help others. Im away this weekend so wont be able to do anything on that machine. The new keyboard should be here soon so I can see if that works ok.
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16 Sep 2013   #100

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have now fitted the new keyboard which has fixed the original fault. I have managed to set the user folders to go to the E drive as default instead of C drive using option 2 of the tutorial as option 1 went very wrong, but was easily solved by creating a new user profile for myself then following option 2 and finally deleting my old profile that was messed up. Yet I followed option 1 to the letter. I think it was when I copied my user folder to the E drive that it went wrong as 5 files could not be copied and I had to click ignore then followed the rest of the tutorial which failed to make E drive the default location for my user folders. Option 2 was best for me any how as I wanted any other users folders to go to the same drive, which option 2 does.
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