Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 900 Issues

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Wonderman, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. Wonderman

    Wonderman Guest

    I have a Sony laptop ( 2 years old ). Sont is not supporting it for Vista
    but through trial and error I have gotten everything to work except the VGA
    ouput. It runs through the first boot screens bu no joy after that. I have
    installed all the same or similar drivers from Sony for machines similar and
    still nothing.

    Iwas wondering if there was any experiens out there as to how to get this to
    work ? I'm wondering if an Intel driver moght do the trick ?
    Also the Sony drivers for on screen volume and video dont work either.
    Might be model # specific ?
    Wonderman, Aug 12, 2007
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    JW Guest

    JW, Aug 12, 2007
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    Wonderman Guest

    Thanks. I hunted around for a link like that and came up dry.

    I'm wondering if the VGA output is a function of the Intel driver or the
    system chip ?
    Wonderman, Aug 12, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    What is the Model Name|Number of your Sony Laptop? For example, VGN-A790.
    dean-dean, Aug 12, 2007
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    Wonderman Guest

    VGN-FS640/W I have used some drivers from the VGN-FS640 that has the
    same specs.
    Wonderman, Aug 13, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    In Device Manager, expand Display Adapters. Is the device called Standard
    VGA Graphics Card, or is it showing something else?

    As to your sound driver, you can download the latest one For Vista here:

    Obtain the download for "Vista Driver(32/64 bits) Driver only (Executable
    file)", version R1.72. Once downloaded, right-click on Vista_R172a.exe,
    choose Properties, and click on Unblock. Then right-click on that file
    again, and choose Run as Administrator. If the installation wizard asks if
    you want remove your previous driver, say yes. Restart the computer, then,
    if the new driver is not installed, or if Windows' generic driver is
    installed, then run Vista_R172a.exe, as Administrator, one more time.
    dean-dean, Aug 13, 2007
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    Wonderman Guest

    Thnaks on Sound Driver. I had installed it fromthe Sony site with somewhat
    decentresults. Will revert back and follow your instrucitons.

    Device manager reports TWO Mobile Intel ( 915 chipset...900 ) Need to get
    video out the VGA port or its back to XP for me due to business use for

    This was a clean install of Vista Home Premium. It previously had Standard
    Graphics etc.
    Wonderman, Aug 13, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    I forgot to mention in my previous post, that when you click on Unblock, be
    sure to click on Apply, then OK.

    Your Intel Wireless Network driver is here: Vista* Home Premium, 32-bit version&lang=eng

    Download Right-click,
    choose Properties, then click on Unblock (Apply, OK). Extract the files,
    then right-click on DPInst32.EXE, and choose Run as Administrator.

    The important drivers from here, for Vista, are these. This should get your
    FN buttons, sound buttons, screen signals, etc., working:

    VAIO® Event Services Update 01/30/2007

    Sony® Shared Library Update 01/30/2007

    VAIO® TV Tuner Library Update 01/30/2007

    Sony® Utilities DLL Update 01/30/2007

    Sony® Battery Check Utility Update 01/30/2007

    Setting Utility Series Update 02/14/2007 (the earlier-dated one is a more
    recent version than the later-dated one, don't ask me why)

    Sony® Notebook Control Device Driver 03/16/2007

    Microsoft® Update KB935333 04/19/2007

    Sony® Programmable I/O Control Device Driver 05/22/2007

    The driver you should use for your Display is the Intel one provided on the
    Vista Installation, according to Intel. In other words, the correct driver
    is not one you should download (there isn't one for Vista). I'm not sure
    what to make of the fact that you have two drivers listed under Display
    adapters. The correct one would be Mobile Intel 915GM...(Microsoft
    Corporation). From the info from Intel's website: "Included on Windows
    Vista installation DVD 14.17 (Build 4656)". I would uninstall both, and
    start over, updating it to the correct one, by picking it from the list in
    Device Manager.
    dean-dean, Aug 13, 2007
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    Wonderman Guest

    Thank You -

    I wanted to get back to the Vista graphics driver and went through the Intel
    web site looking for a removal tool for their updated software from Sony
    that I installed. Nothing there. It is not listed separately in control
    panel - programs either. I'm sure just deleting the two incidences ( I
    think there are two due to one for the LCD and one for the VGA output ) will
    casue them to be reinstalled during a hardware search / reboot.
    Wonderman, Aug 13, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    Well, by updating them in Device Manager I meant that, on the Driver tab,
    choose Update Driver. Then choose "Browse
    my computer for driver software." Then Choose "Let me pick from a list of
    device drivers on my computer." It should then show the compatible choices.
    If not, you can un-check "Show compatible hardware", looking under Intel as
    the Manufacturer (but choosing ones with Microsoft in parentheses; those are
    the ones that came pre-installed from the disk). If you choose Mobile Intel
    915GM...(Microsoft Corporation), perhaps the "correct pair" will follow suit
    automatically. At least that's how it usually works with VGA output, in my
    experience. Note, too that Sony recommends the notebook utility drivers be
    installed before dealing with the Video driver, probably so that all the
    resource ducks are all in a row, and any calls to the BIOS that those
    utilities might employ are engaged.
    dean-dean, Aug 13, 2007
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    Wonderman Guest

    I’m happy to report that the laptop is fully functional in all respects. I
    downloaded and successfully installed all the files for the other machine
    ( FS640 s. my FS 640/w ) and everything works perfectly!

    Hard to believe Sony does not list this machine as being Vista capable and
    they don’t support it either ! I went from 512 t a gig memory and up to a
    5400 rpm drive. Runs much better and faster.

    I cant thank you enough for your patient and detailed responses !
    Wonderman, Aug 13, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    I'm glad to hear your laptop is now functional. Speaking from experience,
    with a Sony laptop myself, Sony wasn't exactly on top of it providing Vista
    drivers early in the game. In your case, it looks like they are skipping it
    altogether for your model. It's good, though, you were able to "borrow" the
    drivers and utilities from VGN-FS640. I borrowed a few from other models
    myself, when the installer allowed me to do so. This also requires a bit of
    investigation as to whether the downloads are totally appropriate for your
    hardware, or your laptop model, etc. As it turned out, all the ones I need
    are now under my model name; just a little tardy.

    If possible, keep your drivers like Sound and Wireless Connection updated
    from the original manufacture (keep an eye on those links, and check for
    updates occasionally). Sony updates these 3rd party hardware drives as
    little as possible, if ever. As to your Display, however, it doesn't appear
    that that will ever be an option, unless it's through Windows Update.
    Caution: don't install other optional drivers from Windows Update, because
    the "update" may well downgrade your driver, or cause it to not work at all.

    One more of your drivers, Intel® PRO/100 VE Network Connection Driver,
    appears to be here: (Unblock, Run as
    Admin, etc.).
    dean-dean, Aug 13, 2007
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    Wonderman Guest

    I have edited the Windows update service to not update hardware.

    Interestingly though in running update after the Sony files the graphics
    driver updates\d again as well as the audio. Device Manager shows
    everything is a proprietary driver. Even the Memory Stick Driver !
    Wonderman, Aug 13, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    Yes, Device Manger will show the actual manufacturer of the Device. But
    this is where it gets tricky. Does the Manufacturer supply the driver for
    the device, or does the Manufacturer supply the driver to the Computer
    Manufacturer (in your case, Sony). One example being " Alps Pointing-device
    for VAIO", made by Alps, but supplied to Sony. Or your Memory Card reader is
    probably another example (I use my Sony-supplied XP driver for this, which
    works. Normally, though, avoid XP drivers on Vista. This "Texas Instruments
    PCI7420 Integrated FlashMedia Controller", on my computer,
    just seems to be an exception to that rule). Sometimes, both sources make
    it available, sometimes not. Of course, Sony has a few of it's own entries
    in Device Manager, in which case Sony must be the source of the driver. In
    the case of Display adapters, Sony has pretty much left it to Microsoft to
    supply the Vista driver for older versions of laptops.

    As to your Sound driver For Realtek High Definition Audio, which I also use,
    Device Manager should show the Version as, dated 7/18/2007. This
    is one driver you do not want from Windows Update (along with Network
    adapters), or from Sony...
    dean-dean, Aug 13, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    Re-reading your post, I suppose it would be okay to update the Display
    adapter from Windows Update, since you are using the "Microsoft Corporation"
    driver for that particular device, if the Update is recently dated. If you
    do so, take note of the version number for the driver you have now, and
    compare it to the version number you have after the Update. If the driver's
    version is lower, or if it doesn't pan out for whatever reason, you can
    always choose to Roll Back the Driver in Device Manager, on the Driver tab.
    dean-dean, Aug 13, 2007
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    Wonderman Guest

    Sony seems to have fallen on hard times just about the time they would have
    had to invest a bit in Vista. Much to my chagrin they are out of the
    desktop business at the same time too.

    IE - I have a two year old desktop with their Gigapocket recorder. Same
    situation as this laptop. They told me they werent going to support it in
    Vista yet the XP driver works just fine.

    I am a bit of a purist in that I do clean installs and run into these issues
    now and then.
    Wonderman, Aug 14, 2007
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