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Old 08-05-2012, 05:48 PM
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Default Win 8 RTM on Vaio P

Win 8 Enterprise detects Vaio p and installs driver automatically. One unknown device driver is missing. Although window update has one sony driver, it is not for that unknown device.

FN key works except brightness.

CPU idle remains 1%-3%, open an IE window 40-50% ,
Ram 30% without any program running.
MSE antivirus is not required because win8 has built-in already.












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Old 08-06-2012, 02:02 PM
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Default Re: Win 8 RTM on Vaio P

The unknown device is SFEP (Sony Firmware Programmable Extension), latest driver version is 8.1.0.2 If I remember correctly, you can find it with a quick google search.

To make all of the FN keys work, download and install the following:

Vaio Shared Library
Vaio Event Service

while you 're at it, d/l and install Vaio Control Center & Vaio Power Management.

I will post the latest working versions soon. They can be installed by extracting the downloaded files from Sony's website with Universal Extractor. You just have to run setup.exe in Windows 7 compatibility mode.

Right now, Win 8 works perfectly on the P.
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Old 08-06-2012, 02:15 PM
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Default Re: Win 8 RTM on Vaio P

Sony, like most companies, pretty much stops updating the downloads section of their website for older models. Most of the drivers and utilities posted on Sony's website for the Vaio P date back to 2009.

One can easily find the latest drivers for each hardware component online. Finding which versions of Sony's notebook utilities work on the P is another matter entirely.

Here's a list of the Sony software required to get Fn keys, HDD protection etc. working on the Vaio P along with the latest version that works on said model:

Sony Shared Library: 5.10.0.12150
Setting Utility Series: 5.2.0.14250
Vaio Event Service: 5.3.0.05310
Vaio Power Management: 5.0.0.11300
Vaio Control Center: 4.3.0.05310

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Old 08-09-2012, 05:07 AM
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Sony, like most companies, pretty much stops updating the downloads section of their website for older models. Most of the drivers and utilities posted on Sony's website for the Vaio P date back to 2009.

One can easily find the latest drivers for each hardware component online. Finding which versions of Sony's notebook utilities work on the P is another matter entirely.

Here's a list of the Sony software required to get Fn keys, HDD protection etc. working on the Vaio P along with the latest version that works on said model:

Sony Shared Library: 5.10.0.12150
Setting Utility Series: 5.2.0.14250
Vaio Event Service: 5.3.0.05310
Vaio Power Management: 5.0.0.11300
Vaio Control Center: 4.3.0.05310
Thank you silencer51.
Sony has too many confusing driver names.
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Old 08-09-2012, 05:14 AM
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Default Re: Win 8 RTM on Vaio P

Indeed they do.

small update: the latest SFEP driver ('Uknown Device' after fresh Win7/Win8 installation) is 8.0.2.3.
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:12 PM
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Default Re: Win 8 RTM on Vaio P

By default does it have a GMA 500 display driver installed? Or is it using the generic driver?

Does this install ok (should give you working brightness):
http://www.pocketables.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11326

How fluid are Metro transition effects with this driver?
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:03 AM
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The stock driver is generic.

The EMGD 1.14 driver works fine, 720p fullscreen plays perfectly with DXVA (haven't tried 1080p yet).

The Metro transitions are faster than the PR but still not fluid. Either way I always disable all visual extras on the P.
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Old 08-12-2012, 02:36 AM
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Default Re: Win 8 RTM on Vaio P

Nice, looking forward to trying it out. My work is a Volume Licence customer so I will get hold of it this Monday I think.
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Old 08-12-2012, 04:03 AM
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Default Re: Win 8 RTM on Vaio P

So far, the only bug I've encountered is the same one I had with the RP: when running WEI assessment tests, the P BSOD's during the Media Encoding test. The culprit is the EMGD driver. Let's hope Intel releases a new version soon!

I'm impressed with Windows 8 - it's definitely faster than 7 in pretty much everything.

P.S. I should point out that for h264 playback I'm using CoreAVC with Media Player Classic HC. However I think that even MPC-HC's built-in DXVA decoder can handle 720p in fullscreen mode, I'll test and report back findings.
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:32 AM
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I found that atom CPU works load never goes over 50% and ram usage also never goes over 50% in windows 8 Enterprise (90days trial). Is it the task manager display problem or there is some limitation of atom cpu in win8?

FYI: someone asked similar question.
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...8-610897c3933e

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Old 11-11-2012, 07:33 PM
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Default Re: Win 8 RTM on Vaio P

after installed the Win8, pretty smooth at least from my view, impressive.
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:19 PM
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Default Re: Win 8 RTM on Vaio P

So, since you've been using win 8 for over a month now on the P, how is it? I want to switch from seven to xp on my P31 (1.86ghz 1st gen P with 2gb ram, France), but maybe I ought to give 8 a try! My problem is 7 is waaaay too slow. The computer is almost unusable.
You managed to get the FN brightness keys working? That's a problem I encountered with my first P (running Vista...) when I installed XP on it.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:50 AM
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So, since you've been using win 8 for over a month now on the P, how is it? I want to switch from seven to xp on my P31 (1.86ghz 1st gen P with 2gb ram, France), but maybe I ought to give 8 a try! My problem is 7 is waaaay too slow. The computer is almost unusable.
You managed to get the FN brightness keys working? That's a problem I encountered with my first P (running Vista...) when I installed XP on it.
I reinstalled win8 pro version. It is faster than win8 enterprise RTM 60 days version.

Win8 on Vaio P overall is faster than win7. It is worth to upgrade. Win8 on/off is faster than win7. Win8 removed all win7 fancy effects which let vaio p run faster. After you installed win8 pro, the first thing is to uninstall all unnecessary apps. I removed all apps except weather apps.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:44 AM
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Default Re: Win 8 RTM on Vaio P

Used my P for the 1'st time in 6 weeks last night, and found it painfully slow (compared to my Dell E6220)...

Needless to say, the reported observations of Win 8 (in this thread), has resulted in my "taking the plunge" for the Pro version.

Thanks to all for your leg-work and info.

Much Appreciated!

Edit:
Definitely faster. Best $40 upgrade this unit can have... Loaded Classis Shell, works like a charm (and still looks like XP)

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Old 02-24-2013, 08:11 AM
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Used my P for the 1'st time in 6 weeks last night, and found it painfully slow (compared to my Dell E6220)...

Needless to say, the reported observations of Win 8 (in this thread), has resulted in my "taking the plunge" for the Pro version.

Thanks to all for your leg-work and info.

Much Appreciated!

Edit:
Definitely faster. Best $40 upgrade this unit can have... Loaded Classis Shell, works like a charm (and still looks like XP)
Haha. Enjoy. I bought my win8 pro key for just $16 with Mircosoft promotion code.

Microsoft has already released Surface pro. Although Surface pro is very powerful, vaio p is still my best notebook. Vaio P does not have fans but surface has two fans. If surface pro removed its fans, I will replace my vaio p.
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