I bought a used sony vaio which did not have sound drivers thinking it would be easy enough to get them - wrong. Apparently this Vaio and XP SP2 have issues. Sony say go to Microsoft, Microsoft say go to Yamaha but the driver Microsoft say to get does not work. Nothing comes up with a yellow mark in the hardware section on lappie. I have a new drive and installing XP with SP1, installed all the original drivers that sony lists for my model/OP system and all the updates. I can't get into the set-up because there is a bios password. The previous owner removed all the restore points so can't try that one. I did think about going into set-up to see if system could be restored to factory settings from there but there is a bios password
2nd problem is the USB's - all 3 are not working. There are no driver issues showing, computer says they are working fine etc. I have tried deleting USB's etc and they were automatically reinstalled but still don't work.
Have thought about buying recovery discs or even a different OP (not 98, tried that already but gave up) -
You have to open the notebook and remove the CMOS BATTERY for a minute. replace the battery, and all the settings will be as set by the manufacturer.
for the case of USB, first you have to remove the BIOS password and have a chance to enter the set up page. when you are in there, check the USB option and it will obvious be DISABLE. enable the option and you will enjoy the presence of your notebook.
ATTENTION: BE CAREFULL WHEN OPENING FOR THE CMOS BATTERY.
For your USB issue, boot into safe mode (press F8 before you see the Windows boot logo) and uninstall EVERY entry for USB in the device manager. When that's done right click in device manager and 'scan for new hardware'. Once the drivers re-install, try plugging in a thumb drive to see it it is recognized. If it is, you're all done. If not we'll have to move on to something else.
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Pl check the whether all driver from OEM have been installed including MB and try to reinstall the driver it should work fine. or reinstall the SP2 for win XP. then install the OEM driver again, this should work, else there might be hardware problem.
There is no easy answer for this type of question, unfortunately. The best I can do is offer some advice. While installing XP is always possible, and most of the time preferred by the user, not all of the hardware will work every time with every computer. That's just a disclaimer. I think this thread may be useful to you: http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=128804
Go to the Sony web-site and select "Service & Support" => "Drivers and Software". Enter in the model vaio that you have and download the latest Sound driver. Install that and you should get your sound back.