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Hello,

Anyone who is looking for a new keyboard for HTPC use might find this of use, looks pretty good smile.gif

http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/all-in-one-media-keyboard

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Hello,

Anyone who is looking for a new keyboard for HTPC use might find this of use, looks pretty good smile.gif

http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/all-in-one-media-keyboard


 

 

Excellent find, John! 

 

Thanks for sharing this with us.  I have ordered one of these from Amazon.com (USA) and I will report my pros & cons feedback to you, and this forum after giving it a good "test drive" on my Sony VAIO VGX-XL2 and VGX-XL3 systems.

 

For any of you interested, here are hyperlinks/URLs for a couple of informative videos from the Microsoft Products YouTube webpage:

 

Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard

http://youtu.be/kOxKrXdizeY

 

Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard USB Port

http://youtu.be/Oov50zCcZBE

 

And here are the Product Guide and Technical Data Sheet .PDF hyperlinks/URLs:

 

Product Guide:

http://download.microsoft.com/download/A/E/9/AE96A8F2-B778-44F6-952F-6AC466A93FAF/Microsoft%20Product%20Guide.pdf

 

Technical Data Sheet:

http://download.microsoft.com/download/C/B/1/CB1EDF17-F7C7-47B3-AC1D-5D40DB1767BB/TDS_AllinOneMediaKeyboard.pdf

 

 

Cheers!

Robert.

 

PS. Love your new avatar, John:D

 


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SELF-INFLICTED ANGST and DISAPPOINTMENT -

( WHY YOU SHOULD IGNORE the WINDOWS EXPERIENCE INDEX, and STOP FRETTING! )

 

Hello all,

 

Many of our fellow VGX-XL* system owners who have recently upgraded their systems with modern video/graphics cards, super-fast SSD primary system hard drives and the fastest Pentium D dual-core and Core 2 quad-core processors which are supported by these systems, after updating with our Mr.Big BIOS Update, have expressed confusion about the Windows Experience Index (WEI) scores they are getting. Maybe you too are one who has felt some degree of disappointment from your WEI scores. This confusion, or downright bewilderment, suggests that many of us are misinterpreting the purpose of WEI, or thinking that it is something that it is not.

 

Here's the bottom line:  Windows Experience Index (WEI) is NOT a performance benchmark of your system, .... period!

 

It is important to understand what WEI actually IS, and what it is intended to tell us. The Windows Experience Index (WEI) merely measures the relative capability of components. The WEI only runs for a short time and it does not measure the interactions of components under a software load (which is "where the rubber actually meets the road" in real-world pc use), but rather it measures the characteristics or your hardware. Thus the WEI does not measure performance of a system, but merely measures the relative hardware capabilities .... running Windows. Get it?

 

This is why the little utility is called "Windows Experience Index" rather than something like "Your PC's Performance Rating." :rolleyes:

 

A well-written article about "the WEI" can be found here, for those interested in learning more:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/e7/archive/2009/01/19/engineering-the-windows-7-windows-experience-index.aspx

 

 

In Windows Vista, the WEI scores ranged from 1.0 to 5.9. In Windows 7, the WEI range has been extended upward to 7.9. The mere fact that there is no available WEI score below 1, and no available score above 7.9 (regardless of how rudimentary or advanced the hardware you install), reflects the fact that WEI is not an open-ended linear-arithmetic score but is rather based on a set of algorithms. So rather than being disappointed with less than the improvements in your WEI scores you expect -- after you have spent a lot of money for your hardware upgrades -- I suggest that you forget all about Windows Experience Index, and instead download and run an actual performance benchmark software application ( which will lift your spirits when you compare your old hardware scores to your new, and make you feel better about your upgrades investments).

 

For this I recommend and use Passmark Software's excellent "Performance Test 8" (for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows). The utility is FREE for a 30-day evaluation, which should be long enough to cover your needs. And personally I have always felt that FREE is a pretty good price. HA! :D

 

Here's the "Performance Test 8" download URL/hyperlink:

http://www.passmark.com/download/pt_download.htm

 

Have fun, and as always ...

 

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AMD Catalyst™ 14.4 Windows® Released ...

 

Hello all,

 

For all Sony VAIO VGX-XL* owners who have upgraded our Digital Living Systems with RADEON HD5000 series or above video/graphics cards, AMD has just released its latest "CATALYST SOFTWARE SUITE 14.4" update drivers.  Following are the Release Notes and Downloads page hyperlinks/URLs :

 

 

AMD Catalyst™ 14.4 Windows® Release Notes:

http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/AMDCatalyst14-4WINReleaseNotes.aspx?sp_rid=NzI2ODU1OTQ2ODkS1&sp_mid=20664157&spMailingID=20664157&spUserID=NzI2ODU1OTQ2ODkS1&spJobID=301473298&spReportId=MzAxNDczMjk4S0

 

 

AMD Graphics Drivers and Software:

http://support.amd.com/en-us/download

 

 

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Edit: Installed Windows on to an old PS3 HDD, my Inaccessible drive was accessible in my computer so I could copy what I needed to it from it, all good.


Hello all,

I have a VGX-XL201 that I'm having a problem with and I'm hoping anyone can help me please.
After carefully running the Mr Big Bios update a few days ago Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
now boots to the tune of "Your PC has ran into a problem and needs to to restart. We're just collecting some error info, and then we'll restart for you." the message quickly vanishes to restart the PC only to display the same message and restarting again, this continues in a loop.
For a split second before restarting I saw the message "If you'd like to know more, you can search online later for this error: INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE

Booting from the Windows 8 32-bit CD allows me to select "Repair your Computer" and to Troubleshoot.
Refreshing my PC displays "The drive where windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again.

System Restore displays "System Restore did not complete successfully. Your computer's system files and settings were not changed.
Details:
Sytem Restore could not access a file. This is probably because an antivirus program is running on the computer. Temporarily disable your antivirus program and retry System Restore.
An unspecified error occurred during System Restore. (0x80070005)

I get the above message on all eight system restore points available.

Automatic Repair displays
"Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC
Log file C:\Windows\System32\Logfiles\Srt\SrtTrail.txt"

Any tips, tricks or suggestions even if it's to tell me I may as well give up would be most appreciated, Thanks
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Is this our next HTPC Media Collection library storage method?

 

 

Sony develops tech for 185 Terabyte tapes: 3,700 times more storage space than a Blu-ray disc

By James Plafke, for ExtremeTech - May 5, 2014

 

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/181560-sony-develops-tech-for-185tb-tapes-3700-times-more-storage-than-a-blu-ray-disc?utm_source=howtogeek&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

 

CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 90

 

 

185 Terabytes of storage should be just about enough, right?  :D

 

 

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SSDs Expected to Outpace HDD Storage Density -

SanDisk announces 2.5-inch 4TB SSD with 8TB in the pipeline

Written by Andre Yoskowitz, AfterDawn - 04 May, 2014 
 
 
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"We see reaching the 4TB mark as really just the beginning and expect to continue doubling the capacity every year or two, far outpacing the (storage capacity) growth for traditional HDDs,"  Manuel Martull, SanDisk's product & solutions marketing director said.
 
 
 
SanDisk announces 4TB SSD with 8TB in the pipeline
 
 
 
 

 

It's a 'brave new world'!  :)

 

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Sony forecasts another year of losses

Written by Andre Yoskowitz - AfterDawn.com - 14 May 2014

 

Sony has reported another massive loss this year, USD $1.3 billion (138 billion Japanese Yen), thanks to the write down for its sold VAIO PC business.

 

Read the article: 

http://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.cfm/2014/05/14/sony_forecasts_another_year_of_losses?utm_source=newsletterENG&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20140516

 

 

Sony forecasts another year of losses 
 

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INTEL XEON X3230 2.66GHZ QUAD CORE CPU's
[ Sorry. 260 units sold out ]

Hello everyone,

For fellow owners of Sony VAIO VGX-XL201, XL202, XL3, XL301 or XL302 model Digital Living Systems who have upgraded or plan to upgrade your system to our "Mr.Big BIOS Update Project Version 1.05 or Version 1.1", the Intel XEON X3230 2.66GHz Quad Core CPU is the fastest, best performance CPU that is supported by our updated BIOS for your systems.

This USA reseller currently has multiple working server system pull XEON X3230 CPU's for just $44.99 each with free shipping within the USA ( the seller also ships to the UK and Europe ).

This is a terrific buy. Good luck scoring one of these for your "Mr.Big BIOS Project" updated system.


Intel Xeon X3230 2.66GHZ 8M/1066/05A Quad Core CPU Processor SLACS Qty Available:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Xeon-X3230-2-66GHZ-8M-1066-05A-Quad-Core-CPU-Processor-SLACS-Qty-Available-/261479819798?pt=US_Server_CPUs_Processors&hash=ite m3ce1696a16





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Logitech TK820 Wireless All-In-One Keyboard with Built-In Touchpad

 

Hello all,

 

Here's another replacement alternative for our OEM Sony VAIO wireless keyboard. Lots of features, a VERY large touchpad and numerous programmable special hotkeys.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oegk8qlF7Jg&feature=youtu.be

 

And it also uses Logitech's nifty "unifying" USB Nano dongle receiver, which allows for multiple compatible Logitech devices to be connected to the PC with just one populated USB port:  http://www.logitech.com/en-us/promotions/6072?wt.ac=ps|6248|Unifying

 

 

 

 

 

These currently retail for approx. USD $99.00, direct from Logitech (with free shipping)

 

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/wireless-all-in-onekeyboard-tk820?WT.mc_id=AMR_DR_Q4_FY14_SERP&WT.srch=1&ci

 

 

 

... or about USD $75.00 from online retailers like Amazon (also with free shipping)

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DR9V1T0/?tag=mh0b-20&hvadid=4162003188&ref=pd_sl_8r285kfhsy_bb

 

 

 

They are also currently available "refurbished" for about USD $59.99 (with free shipping) from Meritline.

 

http://www.meritline.com/logitech-tk820-wireless-all-in-one-keyboard-with-built-in-touchpad---p-125600.aspx?strcoup=MLCKX20QNL1&dealid=7&sectionid=T1&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter140520&hq_e=el&hq_m=2884558&hq_l=23&hq_v=7b4a22c833

 

 

If any of you acquire one of these for use with your VGX-XL*, please give us your usage feedback 'pros & cons', here.

 

Cheers!

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Windows 8 will not get true Start Menu with next update, as rumored

Written by Andre Yoskowitz June 3, 2014

 

Windows 8 will not get true Start Menu with next update, as rumored
 

According to ZDnet, Microsoft will not be including a true Start Menu (as rumored) with its upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 2. The next update is expected to be released later this summer, likely in August.

Allegedly, the software giant will wait to add back a Start Menu until "Threshold," the code name for the next major Windows release (maybe called Windows 9 eventually) is released in April 2015.

It is unclear why Microsoft is delaying the feature (which was unveiled officially at BUILD), but of course it was always just a rumor to begin with that it would be part of the update. The rumored new Start Menu will be different from the familiar XP/Vista/7 menu as it will incorporate the "Metro" theme and screen concept.

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Another interesting new alternative wireless keyboard for our Sony VAIO VGX-XL* systems. And this one is illuminated and rechargeable!



Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830


http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/living-room-keyboard-k830?crid=26






Backlit keys:





This feature-rich wireless keyboard has a 33-foot (10-meter) range, a large trackpad with "gestures", and is retailing for between $75 - $99 USD, with free shipping from major online retailers, and direct from Logitech.


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VAIO PCs return after Sony closes sale of brand

Written by Andre Yoskowitz
July 3, 2014





The VAIO PC brand has returned!


Earlier this year, Sony agreed to sell the brand as it continues to focus on core products including gaming, smartphones and tablets. The willing buyer was investment fund Japan Industrial Partners. The fund specializes in acquiring assets from companies that are looking to shed unwanted or poor performing divisions to help cut costs.

As promised, the deal has closed as of July 1st, and the fund is already selling two new VAIO laptops, the Fit and Pro, both for sale in Japan.

The devices are still available through Sony's online store, although it does not have Sony branding any longer. Sony is a five percent owner of the new VAIO Corp.





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The Best SSDs

August 3, 2014 - by Nathan Edwards - the Wirecutter
http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/the-best-ssds/?utm_source=howtogeek&utm_medium=email&utm_campaig n=newsletter




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SATA AHCI on the XL 302?

Hi,

I'm new here and I am running a VGX XL 302. I just started to refresh the system a bit and changed from Vista to Win7. I have also upgraded the BIOS to the Mr.Big BIOS (which is like the stock but just adds some microcode to be able to use some newer CPUs), as I am planning to install a new CPU (Quad Core) and Gfx (7750) card soon.

In order to decrease a bit the power consumption I yesterday replaced also the old HDDs by a 500GB Samsung SSD. The migration was not as straight forward as I thought it would be as the migration tool of Samsung does not detect the RAID volume correctly (it tells that the samsung disk is source and destination...I could just see by the slightly different sizes of the disks that the corrects ones were chosen).

Anyhow it worked out well (actually my boot menu for windows did not survive and I had to generate a new one.... :-( )

But then I discovered that the BIOS does not offer me to switch SATA from RAID to AHCI. Actually the option ROM messages from RAID disappeared although in the BIOS still the option 'show' is selected.

So I have two question and may be you can help me:

a) I have read that some were able to activate AHCI on the P5BW-MB mainboard... if anybody can give me a hint how to do it, i would appreciate a lot.
b) Does Anybody have an idea what caused the RAID option ROM menu to disappear and how to fix it? (I'll try tonight to remove the backup battery..may be the NVRAM did not like me changing the disks or so)

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Hello Dirk,

If you change to (enable) ACHI in the BIOS after having already installed Windows, the OS will crash (you'll likely get a BSOD during OS boot).

There is, however, a safe registry edit method to work around this. And you definitely do want to use ACHI mode with a SSD. AHCI (advanced Host Controller Interface) allows hot-swapping, improves SSD performance, and supports the SSD-critical "TRIM" command. (Without the "TRIM" command activated, your SSD will fill up with junk fragments).

Here you go. First create a System Restore point, and then give this a try:

Step A).
1. Click the Start button on the desktop and in the "Search programs and files" box type " regedit " (without the quotes). In the popup "Programs" menu which appears, right click on "regedit.exe" and select "Run as administrator"
2. Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SYSTEM / CurrentControlset / Services
3. Open "msahci"
4. In the right field left click on "start" and go to Modify
5. In the value Data field enter "0" and click "ok" [If the value is already set to "0", AHCI is already enabled].
6. Open "iaStorV"
7. In the right field left click on "start" and go to Modify
8. In the value Data field enter "0" and click "ok" [If these values are already set to "0", AHCI is already enabled].
9. exit "regedit"
10. Reboot your VGX-XL into Windows. The OS will recognize AHCI mode and install the necessary device drivers.


Now the system needs one more reboot to complete the process.

Step B). Now, go to the 'SlimWare Utilities' website and download and install a FREE copy of their SlimDrivers utility and update your hardware drivers. Here is the URL/hyperlink: https://www.slimwareutilities.com/slimdrivers.php


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Hi Robert,


thank you very much for your reply and yes, I was aware of this.

BUT in the BIOS of the xl 302 I can't find any option to activate AHCI...

I yesterday also did a reset of the NVRAM (by removing the battery), but there is no change.

BTW: To have TRIM, you do not need to have AHCI.

fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify

carried out as admin will show you in win7 if trim is activated (DisableDeleteNotify = 0).

If not, then you can manually activate it by

fsutil behavior set DisableDeleteNotify 0

all the best

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Hello Dirk,


Are you receiving any checksum errors on booting?
In addition to pulling the CMOS battery, have you also tried a 'hard reset' of the CMOS, by shorting the jumper?
[Note: If you do this, be sure to disconnect the power cord before shorting the jumper. With power disconnected, move the jumper from pins 2-3, to pins 1-2, and then back to pins 2-3.]

Do you still have your original HDD OS/system drive setup, unaltered and still bootable?
Do I understand correctly that you had a pair of HDD's in 'RAID' for your OS/system drive?
If that RAID HDD OS/system drive setup is unaltered and still bootable, you could try a fresh migration to the new SSD, but this time using a different migration utility (not the Samsung utility) for cloning the Raided HDD OS/system drives to the new SSD.
[Note: I believe the last time I did this migration/cloning operation on one of my formerly RAID HDD pair systems to a new single drive SSD, I used 'AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition', which is FREE] :

http://download.cnet.com/AOMEI-Partition-Assistant-Standard-Edition/3000-18512_4-75118871.html

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Hi Robert,

no, I haven't tried it but I will....actually where is that jumper (I pulled the battery due to not seeing one ;-) ) ?

When the PC boots it does not show any errors at all..and after pulling the battery at least the time is gone, but now that you say this is may be this was not a sign of the NVRAM being erased ...

Regarding the migration: Why do you think it would help...actually I think the system after boot behaves like it is expected....though I agree that the Samsung migration tool is poor with regards to the RAID not getting detected correctly...but at the end it copied everything except for my boot options did not make it (I have also the 8GB patch for the 32 bit installation from unawave).

But may be it is simply the BIOS being too old and there is no AHCI option (at least in the VGX XCL forum somebody confirmed that on his BIOS there is no AHCI option neither).

On the other hand side I had a look in the Mr Big BIOS bin with a hex editor and at least there is a reference to a AHCI.bin in it.

But I am not a BIOS modder nor I intend to become one ...and also do not want to risk to brick my PC.

The performance with the SSD in IDE/RAID is still much better than the old HDDs have been... (win7 performance value of 7.4)

If the reset changes something I'll report.

Cheers

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One more thing,

I just saw on one of the BIOS modding sites the following statement about RAID:

SATA RAID alẃays enables the AHCI options.

Is this true? may be it is just again the Samsung tools fooling me (The 'magician' tells it is not in AHCI, but fails to tell the SATA settings either...similar to the RAID problem of the Migration tool)

Is there a test tool that would allow me to actually test the drive with regards to the AHCI commands?

Cheers

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>>>Hi Robert,

no, I haven't tried it but I will....actually where is that jumper (I pulled the battery due to not seeing one ;-) ) ? <<<
I'm not surprised. It's VERY tiny and tucked into a rather inconvenient location ... unless you were born with extra joints in each finger and your wrists can swivel like Universal Joints. HA!
Get out your magnifying glass, tweezers and flashlight ("torch").
With the front panel of the VGX-XL302 facing you, find the CMOS/RTC coin-cell battery and look approx. 1-1/4" toward the front of the motherboard (toward you) immediately above the 4-pin Molex power connection for the Optical drive.
You will find the white-lettered marking "CLRTC" (for 'Clear RTC' memory) next to the tiny 3-pin jumper switch. The normal position of the jumper is straddling pins 2-3.
To clear the RTC memory (reset to factory setting), unplug the power cord, then move the jumper to straddle pins 1-2, and then back to the normal position straddling pins 2-3.

>>>When the PC boots it does not show any errors at all..and after pulling the battery at least the time is gone, but now that you say this is may be this was not a sign of the NVRAM being erased ...<<<
You were probably already successful clearing the CMOS/RTC when you pulled the CMOS/RTC coin-cell battery, if you delayed reinstalling it.
And while you are messing with all this and have the lid off your case, it's a very good time to replace the coin-cell CMOS/RTC battery if it is original, or hasn't been replaced in a few years. To paraphrase the old adage: "In for a coin-cell, in for a pound."

I have been told by another member of this thread that our OEM Delta switch-mode Power Supply Units store some power in their electrolytic capacitors; enough to provide a small amount of power to the motherboard for some short period of time (if the PSU is still connected to the Molex receptacle on the motherboard).
And of course if the power cord is not pulled, then standby power is being provided to the motherboard at all times (indicated by the green LED being lighted if it is not burned out).
The safe bet, to be certain of clearing (resetting) the CMOS/RTC memory is to disconnect the power cord, and use the CLRTC jumper on the motherboard which is provided for that purpose.

>>>Regarding the migration: Why do you think it would help...actually I think the system after boot behaves like it is expected....though I agree that the Samsung migration tool is poor with regards to the RAID not getting detected correctly...but at the end it copied everything except for my boot options did not make it (I have also the 8GB patch for the 32 bit installation from unawave).

But may be it is simply the BIOS being too old and there is no AHCI option (at least in the VGX XCL forum somebody confirmed that on his BIOS there is no AHCI option neither).

On the other hand side I had a look in the Mr Big BIOS bin with a hex editor and at least there is a reference to a AHCI.bin in it.

But I am not a BIOS modder nor I intend to become one ...and also do not want to risk to brick my PC.

The performance with the SSD in IDE/RAID is still much better than the old HDDs have been... (win7 performance value of 7.4)

If the reset changes something I'll report.

Cheers

dirk<<<
Having never personally used a Samsung SSD, I haven't had occasion to try the Samsung migration utility, so I can't speak to what (if any) shortcomings it might have.
I have tried the migration/disk cloning utilities provided for other manufacturers SSD's, and I have used the 'Acronis' and the 'AOMEI' disk cloning utilities, and have found with both of the latter that a strait-forward bit-for-bit "disk cloning" procedure was always the most successful migration, for me personally, when transitioning from a 'RAID' system/OS drive pair of HDD's setup to just a single SSD system/OS drive.

This is why I suggested previously that you might want to try a do-over attempt, with a 'different' (i.e., not the proprietary Samsung) "disk cloning" utility; that is of course if you still have your unaltered, bootable HDD's 'RAID' pair to copy from, and that HDD's pair is still recognized in 'RAID' by your system (which would also confirm there is no problem in the BIOS, or system drivers (but rather a glitch/write-error in the code which migrated to your SSD).

If your old 'RAID' pair are still recognized and bootable in your system, it's possible you simply encountered a data copying/migration hiccup when writing to the SSD, which might not be repeated if you try again, but using a different "cloning" utility.

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>>>One more thing,

I just saw on one of the BIOS modding sites the following statement about RAID:

SATA RAID alẃays enables the AHCI options.

Is this true? may be it is just again the Samsung tools fooling me (The 'magician' tells it is not in AHCI, but fails to tell the SATA settings either...similar to the RAID problem of the Migration tool)

Is there a test tool that would allow me to actually test the drive with regards to the AHCI commands?

Cheers

dirk<<<
I can't speak to these questions, with confidence of being correct in my answers. Your questions do however remind me to ask if you have updated the drivers for your motherboard-integrated hardware including the chipset imbedded Intel 'RAID' controller? In addition to downloading and running the 'SlimDrivers' utility (from the URL/hyperlink I posted for you previously), I suggest also running the Intel Driver Update utility on the Intel website. Here's the URL/hyperlink for that update utility:

Intel Driver Update Utility
http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect/

Also, if you intend to reinstall your 'RAID-0' or 'RAID-1' storage HDD pair (or install three matched storage HDD's in 'RAID-5'), you will want to be sure to update the Intel matrix RST (Rapid Storage Technology) drivers for your system.


[Note: Be sure to install Intel Rapid Storage Technology RST drivers update version 11.0, or later, if you think you may want to run a matched pair of SSD's in 'RAID-0' for read/write performance. Intel RST 11.0 and later supports execution of the "TRIM" command for SSD 'RAID' volumes.
One of my USA model VGX-XL3 systems achieves a Windows Experience Index (WEI) score of '7.9' for primary hard drive, running a 'RAID-0' matched pair of OCZ Agility3 120gb SSD's as the system/OS drive. As single drives these same SSD's received a WEI score of just 7.4, so 'RAID-0' is quite a nice performance improvement.]


On the Intel website do a search for file name "STOR_Win7_XP_11.0.0.1032_PV.exe"

Search Downloads - Intel RST
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/SearchResult.aspx?lang=eng&keyword=Intel+RST

And by the way, ... have you already disabled in the BIOS the full-screen logo (boot imagery) so that you can see and monitor the boot phase text prompts, as well as access the RAID ROM interface?

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

* NOTE: Dirk, one other idea comes to mind. It occurs to me that all you really may need to do is confirm for yourself that AHCI mode is in fact already activated on your VGX-XL302.
I'm betting that it is, ...because it's activated by default on my VGX-XL2A and both VGX-XL3 systems (likely because the motherboard-integrated Intel RAID controller in the chipset prompts the loading of the RAID and AHCI support during Windows installation).

Returning to my first recommendation, about the registry editor, why don't you try using the following illustrated webpage from Windows 7 Forums as a visual prompt, and go through the process that is illustrated just for the purpose of determining the current hexadecimal DWORD values which are set for "msahci" and "iaStorV" in your registry.

If both of these DWORD values are already set as '0' (zero), then AHCI mode is already activated on your system. Here's the URL/hyperlink for the illustrated step-by-step tutorial:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/61869-ahci-enable-windows-7-vista.html?ltr=A

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Good luck, and ...


Cheers!
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Microsoft Scraps Windows 8 Major Updates. Bets The Farm On Windows 9
Aug. 8, 2014 - by Gordon Kelly - Technology Contributor, FORBES

It’s official, Windows 8 is a write-off. Sales for the operating system have been poor and now it is even starting to lose market share to Windows 7.

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For those of us who have already upgraded our VGX-XL* system video/graphics card to support 4K HDTV, here's a little appetizer to prime your salivary glands ...

Sony shows off Curved 4K HDTVs

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Sony has joined competitors in announcing large, curved 4K HDTVs for the mass market. The consumer electronics maker has unveiled 65-inch and 75-inch S90 models ...


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Hi,

I yesterday night changed my old GFX card to a 'new' HD 7750 based Club-3D low profile card (ebay 50€). Everything went smoothly and the new card provides a much better image quality at all resolutions (upscale from 720p, details at 1080p, amazing image quality at 4K). I even think the sound quality over HDMI got better.

I have just one question left: The old card has two connectors on the upper left corner. One obviously for video and another 2-pole connector. The new card just has a vga output. I now did not connect the larger one, as I don't know if it is compatible...for the small one there is no connector on the card.

What are those connectors good for (they end somehow in the area of the component video out (but to see clearly I would need to take out the tuner cards etc...), The larger is probably for component video ;-) But what is the pinning and is the connector 'industry standardized'? The small one I have no clue...

I also changed to a used quad core CPU (35€) and now all performance values are >=7.2 ;-)

All this for ~100€ (including 8GB of RAM, used 20€)...that was definitely worth it!

Also the more expensive SDD upgrade (Samsung 840 evo 500GB, 200€) makes sense...Performance index 7.7, less power consumption (to balance the better CPU and GFX).

In fact I think the power consumption for the same tasks might be even lower now. I am not gaming, But I watch blueray etc. The new GPU is much more efficient and thus I think it draws less power than the old for the same task. same ist true probably for the CPU. So even if the potential max consumption might be higher, my 'real world' consumes less...

All in all I am very happy!

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Hi,

I have little experience with the special features of the Vaio VGX XL.

One thing that gets on my nerves is the 'missing' possibility to eject disks from the blue ray by using the keyboard.

Is there any way to do so? May be through the S-key?

Please bear in mind I am a Windows newby...may be this is a silly question ;-)

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Hi,

I yesterday night changed my old GFX card to a 'new' HD 7750 based Club-3D low profile card (ebay 50€). Everything went smoothly and the new card provides a much better image quality at all resolutions (upscale from 720p, details at 1080p, amazing image quality at 4K). I even think the sound quality over HDMI got better.

I have just one question left: The old card has two connectors on the upper left corner. One obviously for video and another 2-pole connector. The new card just has a vga output. I now did not connect the larger one, as I don't know if it is compatible...for the small one there is no connector on the card.

What are those connectors good for (they end somehow in the area of the component video out (but to see clearly I would need to take out the tuner cards etc...), The larger is probably for component video ;-) But what is the pinning and is the connector 'industry standardized'? The small one I have no clue...

I also changed to a used quad core CPU (35€) and now all performance values are >=7.2 ;-)

All this for ~100€ (including 8GB of RAM, used 20€)...that was definitely worth it!

Also the more expensive SDD upgrade (Samsung 840 evo 500GB, 200€) makes sense...Performance index 7.7, less power consumption (to balance the better CPU and GFX).

In fact I think the power consumption for the same tasks might be even lower now. I am not gaming, But I watch blueray etc. The new GPU is much more efficient and thus I think it draws less power than the old for the same task. same ist true probably for the CPU. So even if the potential max consumption might be higher, my 'real world' consumes less...

All in all I am very happy!

Cheers

Dirk

RESPONSE: Hello Dirk. Those two wiring harnesses (the little black & white 2-pin, and the multi-pin) are audio pass-through interfaces from the rear audio/video I/O ports. They are not required for your new Radeon HD7750 video/graphics card, so you can just roll them up together and secure them out of the way with a plastic twist tie.
Yes, with your new hardware configuration your system now draws significantly less continuous power, and more important it produces much less waste heat needing to be ventilated out of the case. Both your new Radeon 7000 series GPU (based on AMD's .28nm lithography) and your new SSD draw fewer watts and produce less heat. This is slightly offset by the maximum TDP-95W (thermal design power) of your new Xeon or Core2 Quad processor (vs. the TDP-65W of your OEM Core2 Duo). However with the added RAM and your nearly tripled processing power of your new Quad CPU, your old VGX-XL system is now coasting at low power in normal everyday usage; which translates to cooler and more efficient operation.


NOTE: Don't recycle or dispose your old OEM Sony/Nvidia card. They have good value on the resell market (EBay, etc.) for owners wanting to restore full use of their audio/video I/O ports (for audio/video capture from external devices, and video editing, etc.)
If you have ever purchased a replacement part for one of these VGX-XL systems, it may not surprise you to know that Sony asks well over USD $500 for replacements for those OEM cards.


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Hi,

I have little experience with the special features of the Vaio VGX XL.

One thing that gets on my nerves is the 'missing' possibility to eject disks from the blue ray by using the keyboard.

Is there any way to do so? May be through the S-key?

Please bear in mind I am a Windows newby...may be this is a silly question ;-)

Cheers

Dirk

RESPONSE: There are no silly questions.
Yes, it should be technically possible to install a desktop 'eject disc' command utility/application, and then create a link (.lnk) file to start that application which one could assign to one of the three "S" keys on the OEM VAIO wireless keyboard. I have played a bit with doing just this on one of my systems which is running 64-bit Windows (and thus has the non-functional front panel eject button).
To give you a head start on pursuing this on your system, try downloading and installing some of the various free eject utilities for creating desktop eject command icons, and then read up on writing link (.lnk) files for starting applications. If you can write a .lnk file to the eject command used by one of those free eject utilities, then the assignment of that .lnk file to one of the "S" keys, using the VAIO Action Setup shortcut key assignment interface, is very simple.


Alternatively, a simpler method is just using the shortcuts already written into most if not all media applications. For instance, if you are using Windows Media Player, pressing the "Ctrl+J" keys on your wireless keyboard will eject the disc.
Regardless which media player application you choose, you should be able to Google which keyboard keys combination will work to eject a disc from that application. Some applications have a 'help' tutorial accessible in a drop-down menu which will give you a list of keyboard commands.


If you want to go for broke and try the process of assigning a "S" key, the following will help ...


Microsoft - Creating a Shortcut File:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee504680.aspx



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