Install the laptop driver you want

Recently I purchased a Sony Vaio VGN-AR41S running windows vista 32bit home premium. To my surprise I discovered that the display nVidia driver was out of date, so I quickly logged onto the nVidia website and downloaded the 30MB package, once downloaded however it refused to install, the error message: Only OEM drivers can install on this notebook. Wow – in other words – only drivers provided by the laptop manufacturer, but hold on for a sec, didn’t nVidia make the individual display adapter, is this all wrong?

Months passed before Sony released a driver that was up to date, unfortunately by the time Sony released the up to date driver, it was already surpassed with yet another update, since then Sony have not released the updated version and I suspect it will be another few months before Sony catch on.

As more and more people decide to use laptops over clunky desktops, this issue will become more and more apparent when the Suppliers do not provide partner updates in an efficient manner.

If you would like to get around this however – you can help yourself and simply go to this website – http://www.laptopvideo2go.com/ and download a driver that is more up to date than the one supplied by your Supplier.

Seriously beats dealing with helpdesk support staff who will just end up frustrating you even more.

update – since the purchase of this laptop – nVidia have released 16 driver updates, and Sony have managed to incorporate 2 of these…. someone pass me a pillow to scream into….

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Sony not all fun and games…

So as per my last post, I decided to buy a new Sony Vaio VGN-AR41S….
Is this computer stylish? yes absolutely.
Does it feel good to use? Yes
Does it work? Well yes and no…. and this is why I am now not recommending Sony Vaios to anyone who wants a high performance gaming desktop replacement…

These are the problems I have faced with the Sony in the week I have had it.

1. The remote control that comes with it… used to work… Until I cleaned out the windows installation, and put on a fresh copy of windows… Now the remote does not work… and I have spent 2 days researching why it does not work… there is not a scrap of documentation on the subject on the internet (including support forums) and the 188 page manual only states the obvious like replace the batteries….

2. The enter key skips a beat every now and again… and gets stuck when you press it while typing fast…. This is one annoying factor about having a notebook PC… the keyboard is not replaceable, instead its serviceable… This means that should anything go wrong with your keyboard, like mine, on a brand new pc… then you literally have to take your notebook back… this means being without your notebook for I would guess up to a month… to have it serviced… depending on where you are in the world… for example in Czech Republic, Eastern Europe, things tend to happen here at a snail pace…

3. The SD Card reader stopped working after a clean install of windows… Which is a pitty, cause I really liked having this card reader for use with my Digital Camera… Ok so you might think I am some idiot unable to install drivers… actually not the case… the correct drivers are installed, the works…. but…. nada, not a bloody thing…

4. This is a huge concern… Its not possible to install Windows XP on the Sony Vaio VGN-AR41S. Now I want you to think about that one for a second… Not possible? What do I mean, not possible? Everything is possible right? Well… here is the thing – the Notebook was designed for use only with Vista, but I am guessing Linux would install… The problem is XP just can’t see the HDD (hard disk drive), so it simply will not install… Also even if it could install… guess what there are not enough windows XP drivers out there…. because most of the components… including the graphics card… were only meant to be used on windows vista… This is most frustrating…

5. The nVidia GeForce 8600M GT that is installed, only operatates with Sony Provided Drivers… and this means that its at the liberty of Sony to provide drivers… Not nVidia.. basically off the shelf nVidia drivers simply do not work even though the card installed is nVidia…
So already Sony is not providing the most recent driver thats available on the nVidia site.. meaning that you are limitied to the fresh off the shelf driver, that was basically the first driver written for windows Vista…

6. A fresh clean re-install did not fix all the problems… they still persisted….

7. The overal gaming experience is seriously not impressive… I think its because of the windows vista thats installed…. but I can’t be sure… infact no one could be since you can’t get XP installed on one of these babies…. Anyways… this is not a gaming PC… and if you don’t believe me… You are going to get really pissed off if you rush out and buy one… But thats your choice… I was also warned against buying one, and I bought one anyways… Main thing is that the games will run… just not as sweet as you would think…

Anyways – hope this tip helps

Acer 9920, Why I eventually just bought a Sony

I would like to thank Acer for the terrible service I have recieved from them. I really want to thank them because they prevented me from making a huge mistake, and that would be buying one of their products. After 1 month of patience with dealing with Acer, I have decided that their service really leaves a lot to be desired, thank fully I will not have to re-encounter such crap service from them again.

Am I knocking the product? No absolutely not, I did not get to recieve the product, even though I tried to purchase it many times. A laptop not in hand is a laptop I can’t comment on or review.

Despite my best efforts to purchase the Acer Aspire 9920, I found it an impossible mission for the following reasons. I only stuck it out so long because I was interested in this particular model of notebook. But I am since relieved having not purchased this oversized piece of trash.

1. Acer do not deal directly with the public, and there staff are seriously lacking in the PR department. For example – the only number listed for Acer in the country where I was trying to purchase is in fact a service division of which no one there knew the contact details for PC purchases or dispatch.
2. Acer Suppliers have an equally difficult time in getting any info out of Acer. Acer Suppliers simply can’t get it right to provide the correct info back to the client, instead they attempt to cover up the mistakes of Acer….

At one point in time I very nearly had my hands on an Acer Aspire 9920, however… it arrived to the computer shop where I ordered it… and guess what… it was broken… it did not even turn on… so now here comes the lovely suprise… it went to the service center… where it lay there for a week…. once I found out they were going to try and sell me this already broken laptop (bearing in mind its not a cheap deal) I decided to cancel the whole dealing with Acer and Co… and move on….

I am now very excited to recieve a new Sony VGN-AR51SU. I have decided to go for this PC cause…

1. Its actually a laptop… and it can go places… not just live its life at home as a desktop replacement.
2. It can fit in laptop bags not suitcases…
3. It has a proper fully compliant 1080p HD Ready LCD, not like the Aspire with a XSVGA+ which is not full HD.
4. It has a blue ray RAM. unlike the Acer… that is falsely marketed as having an HD DVD drive… but actually does not when you order it , in your country…
5. I CAN ACTUALLY GET IT…. not like the Acer which was really a waste of 1 months worth of waiting…

Please post your thoughts.