notebook drivers, Win 7

Sony Vaio vgn-ar250g notebook
April 18, 2010 at 11:04:17
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate, had XP Pro MCE, Core 2 Duo@ 2GHz, 2Gb ram
I have a VAIO VGN-AR250G Notebook, and have just bought a new 250GB drive and loaded Win 7 Ultimate. But, none of the hardware buttons work: Eject, Volume, dimmer, turn Vaio light off, etc. And, the DVD is not listed in an explorer window. I have tried in vain to find support for this on the Sony site, and have been pushed-off by them--(go to MS, and ask). The original HDD had XP Pro MCE, and of course all the drivers for the hardware.
Sony had said that I could "try" to use the Vista drivers, but many are not compatible with Win 7. So, I chewed them out a bit about their lack of effort in preparing drivers for the 7 OS, and how I expect support for my $2200 laptop to be considerably more useful. (I didn't comment on their foreign accents, not Japanese, btw).
I truly hope that you can help restore full functionality to this pretty good laptop. Though I ahve had to replace the screen due to failing vertical pixel rows, and the battery soon after purchase, also the internal wireless card-- I do like the unit. If only there were a hdwe driver disc for this comp available for Win 7--I would buy it. It's hard to believe what I need doesn't exist! Thanks.

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April 18, 2010 at 12:30:05
Hello vista drivers for your laptop are here and should all work with windows 7 as Windows 7 will support all Vista-certified drivers

also its not a good idea to put an email in an open forum otherwise it will be spammed

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April 18, 2010 at 13:04:37
Thanky, Max-- I found this very site a few days before this post, and some of the drivers tell you specifically that they are not compatible with Win 7 when you try to apply them. Especially the one I needed most: Sony® Notebook Control Device Driver. I shall keep trying! Thank you for your help.

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April 18, 2010 at 15:05:09
32 bit Vista to 32 bit W7 should work as well as 64 to 64.

Might try to install anyway or install in compatibility mode.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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April 18, 2010 at 16:53:26
Thanks for the hint Jefro-- Just tried it a few minutes ago. I had XP media center edition originally, then put a drive with 7 on it. So, there is no Vista to update from, and the drivers keep telling me they are for Vista only. Alas--this is a clean 7 Ultimate install, without a hint of Vista to tag on to.
Tomorrow, I will be calling Sony by phone and hoping they care enough to have written drivers for my needs and have them available somewhere. Researching the laptops they make now, with Win 7 installed--there don't seem to be any that have the keypad deck buttons that work the internals. Eject, volume etc. Maybe they are getting away from that style. I can see why this lappy ran over 2 grand on sale! There are15 mechanical buttons on this thing, not to mention the camera, TV tuner, wireless remote control, infrared port, and bays for 2 HDDs. I'll see tomorrow what they have to say, and if there's good news, I'll share it with you good folks--maybe someone else can benefit from all this. Thanks for your reply! Scott.

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