Originally Posted by Mazahaka999
I have bought a sony vaio vgn-fw11m laptop, and there is windows vista home premium x32 installed. Iwanted to install vista ultimate x64 on it but couldnt find some of the drivers for it. does anyone know where i can find them. cause im realy tired of x32 system, it works very slow and it doesnt fully use the sytem of the laptop for example i have 4gb ram but the x32 OS
can operate only 3gb... any ideas where i can find x 64 drivers?
I have the Sony VGN-CR240E, and I installed Windows 7 RC1 x64, since I wanted to see if I should buy that instead, and I can safely say that most things work flawlessly. The downloads page for your model should have all the drivers, and most other software like Webcam and specific control panel settings.
One thing to keep in mind is that some stuff takes more work to get working right, and sometimes it won't work at all. For example, even though I'm running the Windows recommended driver for my built Texas Instruments card reader, it still doesn't work, and I can't find any OEM x64 drivers. And there is a row of buttons such as Volume up/down/mute, webcam, and dim display, but Windows uses its own driver for that, so only volume controls completely work as intended.
So, rather than deleting one version of Vista and installing the other right away, I'd shrink the existing vista partition using Disk Mangement from the Management Console, then create a new partition on which to install Vista x64, then install on that, and make sure most stuff works. That way, you don't have
to stick with the x64 version.a
Now, once you install x64, download all the drivers for your computer from the Sony support site for your compter, but only download it for hardware that isn't working fully, even though Windows recogizes it (such as the webcam and mic in my case). Then, use a tool like Universal Extractor or 7zip to extract the .exe files you downloaded into the same folder, and call that folder Drivers or something similar. Then, from Device Manager, you can install drivers for that piece of unrecognized or non-functional hardware by choosing a specific location on your computer to search, and include the folder you made earlier called Drivers, and if there is a 64 bit driver in the original installer that is compatible, it should install and work as normal, though sometimes using the original .exe file is the only way to install it correctly (as in the case of my webcam), and sometimes, it won't work at all, as in the case of my card reader. Hope that helps you.
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