I was downgrading a sony vaio operating system from vista to xp..whenever I would install a window xp cd it would say cannot find fixed disk. But when I log to vista or run vista the hard disk is there. what could be the problem. please email me for answers email@example.com
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You MUST use a full version of XP because Vista has different MBR Master Boot record that Upgrade ver XP does not recognize I have downgraded 3 laptops this way and had no trouble when asked what you want to do " Install repair etc " press the D key for delete then the L to delete the F key for format and format as NTFS quick
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You can either try to spam the F12 button upon start-up to directly select which device to boot from, or either F4 or Delete are the typical keys used to get into the BIOS and you can change the boot order from there to automatically select a CD drive device if it ever detects one.
If you want to get the correct drivers I would suggest using "Driverpack Solutions" it is what I use. It is a large program that needs a Torrent client to download, but it is worth it. You will need a blank DVD to put it on. Or you can unzip it and put it on a 4 GB flash drive.
Congratulation for user of Sony VAIO VGN-FZ11M model: PCG-381M laptop because now they can install windows 7 professional 32bit and use webcam. Sony official website doesn't provide the drivers for windows 7 but if you install VISA drivers, it will work fine except webcam (as might be you knew). But you don't worry and download webcam drivers from this link and install it:- http://www.4shared.com/file/suPq7WFc/SODCAM-12842500-US.html or http://www.megaupload.com/?d=T8EFFQYQ
Check the audio device in the Control Panel - System - Hardware - Device Manager is working and enabled. If not then re-install the audio driver.
You can download the device drivers from the Sony WEB site. Select your model notebook and the Windows XP or Vista drivers you require.
Please click on this link to the Sony support WEB site :- http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/select-system.pl?PRODTYPE=1,24,72&DIRECTOR=DRIVER If the sound driver is OK then check if the MUTE has been selected and check the volume level, is it set to a low level?