Windows 7 on the Sony Vaio P

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by optimistique1, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. optimistique1

    optimistique1 MDL Novice

    Jun 12, 2009
    Hi I was just wondering if anyone has tried Windows 7 on the Sony Vaio P Series. This netbook has got the dreaded Mobile Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 500 graphics card and just wondered if anyone has had any good/bad experiences with Aero?
    Many thanks
  2. GuitarHero

    GuitarHero MDL Novice

    Sep 19, 2009
    Windows 7 RTM on Sony Vaio P VGN-P699E

    I installed Windows 7 RTM on the Sony Vaio P VGN-P699E.:)

    I installed it via usb and it did not take long - 15 minutes? I barely noticed.

    The performance is really good - boots up and shuts down very quickly.

    DO NOT ENABLE AERO!!! - While aero does run, it seems to be incompatible with videos. If aero is enabled and you watch videos it BSOD's or crashes almost immediately. Even restarting it becomes difficult - when it boots up sometimes it crashes again almost instantly..

    In the visual effects if you set it to "for bestperformance" videos run quite well. (and disable aero). Do not use any of the aero themes or themes that come with windows as they automatically enable aero even if the visual settings say that it is disabled. This will also cause the above crash.

    Everything is good as long as it doesnt heat up. There is no fan, so when watching videos it heats up. When it heats up the video performance stutters and becomes unwatchable! Turning the vaio 90 degrees clockwise lets the vent point upwards so the heat escapes and performance improves (but then your screen is 90degrees clockwise).:confused:

    If Sony had just improved the cooling system or added a fan, then video performance (youtube, other flash stuff) would have been great. Amazon videos look really good too.

    I'm considering making some holes in the keyboard or base of the computer to help it ventilate, but need to find the right tools.:p

    Make sure you install the following intel driver:
    (the other ones i tried performed terribly).

    If intel came up with a better driver then I could use aero and my vaio would look awesome! Shame on intel! (i think theyre shameless).:mad:

    If Sony put more vents in then it would not heat up and performance would be great.

    I cant get the GPS to work - cant find any sattelites. The instant on thing doesnt work either. Sony hasn't yet released any drivers for win7, so I used the vista ones which refused to install (as it wasnt vista). Perhaps once sony releases updated drivers things will be great! Come one October 22nd!
  3. jojojohnson7410

    jojojohnson7410 MDL Novice

    Sep 13, 2009
    sounds awesome =]
    Have you tried installing all of the drivers using the Windows Compatibility Tool? I used the same with a Norton 360 v2.0, which originally wouldn't install on Windows 7, but made it worked out pretty well. =] If not, im pretty sure Sony will release some drivers soon!
  4. Beyo

    Beyo MDL Novice

    Sep 19, 2009
    Windows 7 on Sony Vaio VGN-NR38M

    Last night i installed Windows 7 RTM on my Sony Vaio-NR38M, Vista. I burned the ISO-Image on DVD. The installation took about 1 hour... I have a lot of data on my laptop. Until now everything works fine, no crash, no heat-up. The only problem is that there are no Windows 7- drivers for the HP-Deskjet 2200 Printer yet (and I'm sure there are others missing too...) Impossible to install the Vista- driver in this case. But I hope on oct.22 we will get them :cool:
    I will report any bad experience here. Feel free to ask me if you have questions.