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Topic # 61675 21-May-2010 07:44
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Hi All

I've downgraded a Sony Vaio Z series VPCZ117GGX to Windows XP Pro but I can not find any Drivers for the Hot Keys (FN).
Also having issues when I put in a Sony data card it doesnt recognise it but it does recognise external card readers.
Does anyone know where I can get drivers for these.
I've searched esupport.sony.com

Computer Specs can be located at http://www.techdomain.co.nz/store/Details.asp?ProductID=368267
Had to down grade for work purposes from Windows 7 Ultimate

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  Reply # 332763 21-May-2010 08:28
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Why not just stay with windows 7 and use virtual XP to run any non-compatible applications?




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  Reply # 332789 21-May-2010 09:53
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it's 2010, with Windows 7 and VT-x on that Sony VAIO Z, there's no reason not using Virtual PC and XP Mode.




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  Reply # 332845 21-May-2010 11:24
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Its not my choice not to use Windows 7 or XP Virtual,
The person wants the whole company standard including his Laptop and he makes the rules

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  Reply # 332877 21-May-2010 12:16
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Pretty sure that Sony were one of the first vendors to stop providing XP driver support for new machines - and this was relatively early on in the Vista OS cycle.

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  Reply # 332909 21-May-2010 13:06
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chiefie: it's 2010, with Windows 7 and VT-x on that Sony VAIO Z, there's no reason not using Virtual PC and XP Mode.


+1 totally agree.  Windows 7 can do it all.

Slightly off topic, but when is Windows XP support ending for good? 

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  Reply # 332945 21-May-2010 14:04
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Here's a list of Microsoft Windows Life-cycle policy: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/lifecycle/default.mspx (which seems to be out of date)

Then found this link here: http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/

And you definitely won't find XP driver for this 2010 VAIO Z model. They don't support it.

You may have to find its hardward components and drivers yourself and in hope you can hack it all together to make it work.

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  Reply # 332947 21-May-2010 14:07
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Cheers Chiefie

Did actually find some Windows XP Drivers about an hour ago for Sony but can not see anything for the Hot Keys (FN)

http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-list.pl?mdl=VPCZ11GGX&SelectOS=7 


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  Reply # 332988 21-May-2010 15:09
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Probably it is classed as Notebook Control and Utilities?

I just noticed... the driver list you got there is for VPCZ11GGX not the "117"!!!

When searching for VPCZ117GGX, none is found.




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  Reply # 332994 21-May-2010 15:16
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Ah!! After drilling into Sony Australia (as VPCZ117GGX is not available in NZ) and here's what I found: http://www.sony.com.au/support/download/product/vpcz117gg




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