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VAIO GR214MP - Drivers don't work with XP SP2

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) -

Any help would be greatly appreciated

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    Jenny Jan 15, 2008

    UPDATE: I tried the other driver - no joy with that. Also tried the safe mode and uninstalling USB - again no luck. Probably be the weekend before I try the CMOS trick. If just removing it doesn't work (fingers crossed it's not soldered) then I will shove it in a bag in the freezer for a couple of days - that worked with a Compaq lol.

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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.


LET ME KNOW WHERE YOU WILL REACH IN THIS.

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From what I can tell the audio chipset for that laptop is AC'97 compliant SoundMax ADI, not Yamaha. I would try this driver pack for a different model VAIO:

http://www.opendrivers.com/driver/236797/sony-vgn-x505zp-notebook-adi-soundmax-audio-driver-5.12.1.3559-030903-windows-xp-free-download.html

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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