Has anybody been able to get the Vaio Smart Network tool working on Windows 7? I'm using 2.2 but the UI is completely messed up and it doesnt work.
I need to enable the wireless devices in my laptop
The problem is that the sony vaio network manager is poorly written. The problem in my case is caused because of the fact that it does not detect the firmware parser device and therefore does not build a proper UI
Follow this exactly!!! Especially the driver for the "unknown device" is very important.
If you cannot find the files specified in that blog entry (if they have been removed in the future... contact me I have backup)
Once this is done the network utility will work fine... but you might have to toggle the hardware wireless on/off button sometimes to get the HSDPA module to be enabled... it really does work now...just not properly.
I didn't have any luck with the links above. Instead I downloaded the SmartWi Connection Utility (Sprint) software from the US support site on my UK Vaio VGN-TZ21WN. I downloaded here and just chose the model VGN-TZ398U/XC. Once that was installed I could turn on the WWAN and use the GlobeTrotter software to connect using a vodafone SIM
Sony sure don't make it easy, but it worked in the end. Took me a whole day to figure this out and set it up, but it was worth doing because Windows 7 runs well on this tiny and incredibly useful little machine. Hope this helps someone else.
Make sure you have a SIM card installed and the wireless switch switched to ON.
From a fresh Windows 7 installation, download these drivers from Sony Support: (http://www.sony.co.uk/support/en/product/vgn-p19wn) 7UPG_Alps Bluetooth driver, 7UPG_Ethernet Driver (Marvell), 7UPG_Graphics Driver (Intel) - NA, 7UPG_Wireless LAN Driver (Atheros), 7UPG_Wireless LAN Driver (Intel), 7UPG_Audio Driver (Realtek).
Install the following in this sequence:
In Smart Network, make sure you switch off everything but the GPS and the Wireless WAN (cellular).
Then uninstall these programs in this sequence:
Restart and reinstall these in the original sequence, restarting when prompted to do so:
Make sure the Globetrotter is set as your WAN Connection Manager in Sony Smart Network. You'll need your network's APN settings. The cellular network connection is quite fast, almost as quick as my 3G Dongle.
Test the GPS with Visual GPS; connect the COM port that's labelled GPS Command not Control. You'll need an area clear of walls, trees, clouds and large soggy animals to get a fix because Visual GPS doesn't seem to utilise A-GPS in addition to GPS and it doesn't pick up much of a signal. In fact, my external bluetooth receiver paired with the Sony P is much faster in getting a fix. The added advantange being you can site the external bluetooth receiver in the best location for a signal.
This website won't let me post too many direct links so you'll have to hunt them down on the Sony Support website and back them up because they will eventually disappear.
Don't install the Battery Checker if you want to use a third party battery.
Install the rest of the Sony software.
Run Sony Update.