Windows® XP Drivers for Sony® VAIO Z Series
Windows XP Drivers for Sony VAIO Z Series laptops
Sony VAIO Z Series is a pretty handy laptop from Sony. This series lives up to the fame that Sony has, especially in the areas of graphics and videos. Universal Extractor that comes with the Sony laptop has all that is required to install the drivers. However, it is very useful to know how to install specific drivers. Today we shall go through some suggestions on drivers for those who are using Sony VAIO Z Series with Windows XP operating system.
We shall concentrate on four common driver issues:
- Synaptics Touchpad Driver
- Audio Driver
- Utilities Driver
- Conexact Modem Driver
Synaptics Touchpad Driver
ALPS Synaptics touchpad driver can give you some trouble on Sony VAIO laptops. The first thing is to ensure that the device is running in the default settings. To do so you need to open the “Orientation Tab” on “Mouse Properties” from the Control Panel of your Windows XP OS. If the setting is default and still the device is not working, one of the tasks you can do is to use the latest driver software available from Sony’s web site. Moreover, you may need to update the BIOS driver also on your laptop.
The audio driver that comes with the Universal Extractor of Sony is sufficient for making the audio device work in the Sony VAIO Z Series. But one thing to remember is to install it in a proper order after you have installed MS UAA driver. This driver deals with the Microsoft Audio Bus device and therefore is an essential component in the audio system of the laptop. Once the MS UAA is installed, the audio driver of Universal Extractor should work fine.
Sony includes drivers required to run the Function (Fn) and shortcut keys on your keyboard. These drivers are available in Sony’s notebook utilities file that is available from their e-support page. But one needs to take care before installing the utilities driver because these require to be installed in a certain order. The essential drivers are SNYUtils (essential DLLs), SUS (utility services), VES (event services) and VPM (power management). First the SNYUtils and Shared DLLs are to be installed in that order. After restarting the laptop, the rest of the drivers are to be installed in the following order--SUS, VES and VPM. Among the other drivers, some useful ones are HDD protection and Battery Care. But these drivers can be installed in any order.
Conexact Modem Driver
Conexant Modem should not be installed from Device Manager of Control Panel, but the driver should be directly installed from the setup wizard of the installation software.