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I have a Sony Vaio vgn-fj78gp laptop. I installed Windows 8 on it but I can not find compatible drivers for the chipset. The chipset is Intel Express 910.

I have searched for them on Intels website but found nothing.

Does anyone know where to find the driver?

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"Intel Xpress 910 chipset." is the chipset, it is not the processor. –  Hennes Apr 13 '13 at 10:49
    
The majority of Windows 7 drivers will also work on Windows 8. The first thing to try is to download and install Windows 7 drivers from Sony and then see what does and does not work. –  Mokubai Apr 13 '13 at 11:22
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Drivers for what exactly? –  David Schwartz Apr 13 '13 at 11:25
    
I am not sure what device the user is looking for drivers for. Even then this would be far to localized to a single laptop model to help very many people. –  Ramhound Apr 13 '13 at 12:31
    
The default displays drivers should work in an instance like this. –  Ramhound Apr 13 '13 at 23:38

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If you want a Display driver, you're out of luck. Windows 8 requires a WDDM driver (XP driver support is dropped) and the 910 is not WDDM 1.0 compatible.

You now get the Basic driver which is a replacement for the old VGA drivers.

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Thnx 4 rply.. Im just looking 4 dis answer.. –  Karan H. Joshi Apr 17 '13 at 6:35
  1. Go to http://esupport.sony.com
  2. Enter your model number.
  3. Get redirected to http://www.sony-asia.com/section/support
  4. Enter your model. End up here.
  5. Run up against brick wall and discover that this laptop that came out in 2006 was originally shipped with Windows XP, and that Sony provides neither Windows Vista drivers nor Windows 7 drivers. Thus, officially, Sony does not support Vista, W7, or W8 for this model laptop. This is their way of saying "Oh, you should purchase one of our NEW SHINY laptops."

So. I guess this would make your question into this.

How do I install a newer operating system on my computer hardware when it is not supported by the computer manufacturer?

First, you ensure the hardware meets or exceeds the minimum requirements of the operating system. Just putting that out there.

What Sony does provide, is a 25mb "software patch" file that you are supposed to download and install, AFTER you have installed the Operating System that is beyond Windows XP. You didn't say anything about whether or not you did this yet. Yes, I know. There isn't one listed for Windows 8. Did you try the one for Windows 7? I mean the closest version of Windows 7 that is listed as an option there on that download page at Sony Asia Support? This one, for example, for Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit?

The problem with what you want to do, however, is explained a bit by Intel here. In short, Intel hasn't tested the graphics portion of the chipset with Windows 7. So, even Intel doesn't support this discontinued chipset with Windows 7 or Windows 8.

So... why can't you find the hardware drivers for a laptop made in 2006, that support an operating system made in 2012? Because it is 6 years old, and considered to be outdated, and the hardware manufacturers do not support this particular configuration. Microsoft doesn't support any chipsets before the 945 series with Windows 8. They've got a FAQ about that.

Have you considered Linux for it?

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There is nothing new in your reply. I'm sorry but I've already done this all. And it doesn't work. –  Karan H. Joshi Apr 17 '13 at 6:27

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