Hi: This information may be useful to you as it apears to unpack any set of disks from Sony, you will need the specific drivers for your machine that should be available from Sony or some other source.
How I made "clean install" of Windows XP on GRX
* I have installed clean Win XP Professional (corporate version, which does
not require activation) and all drivers & software from recovery CDs on two
GRX laptops. With a bit of tweaking they run like kittens.
Original config was:
1. GRX500CTO (1.6GHz, 512MB, 30GB, WinXP Pro)
2. GRX560 (1.6GHz, 512MB, 30GB, WinXP Home)
"Clean Install" procedure
After installing clean XP Pro, from your Microsoft CD, install audio, modem,
touchpad, video, lcd drivers from "Driver Recovery CD". For your GRX to work
properly you still need to install following applications (in below order):
Sony Utilities DLL (ftp://ftp.ita.sel.sony.com/ccpg/pc/SOP140KNFJ.EXE
Sony Shared Library for XP (from "Driver Recovery CD"
(below applications from "Application Recovery CDs")
Sony Notebook Setup
JogDial Utility + Jog GUI Plug-In CJ
Sony MPEG Decoder Library
Extracting Applications from "Application Recovery CDs".
Well, the trick is to extract all applications from sony.pac archives on
"Application Recovery CDs" #1 and #2. For that you'll need to copy
CD:\image\SONY.PAC and unpacking utility kcap.exe
) to directory on your HDD.
On C: disk make folder "sony". Copy \image\SONY.PAC from "Application
Recovery CD #1" and kcap.exe to C:\sony. Open Command Prompt set path to
C:\sony type command "kcap sony.pac c:\sony". All programs will be extracted
to C:\sony with meaningless folder names like "0133101.SNC ... 0129801.SUC"
for each application. To see which application is in each folder open in
notepad file \bin\SONYINSTALL1.INI on "Application Recovery CD #1". There
you will find, for each application, something like:
[Common Solutions for Support Agent]
text=Common Solutions for Support Agent
prompt=Insert your VAIO Application Recovery CD Disk # 1
Where "[Common Solutions for Support Agent]" contains application name and
"cmd=0129801.SUC\Setup.exe" contains folder name it is extracted to. So,
just rename folder "0129801.SUC" to "Common Solutions for Support Agent".
After renaming all folders replace C:\sony\SONY.PAC with \image\SONY.PAC
from "Application Recovery CD #2" and repeat above extraction procedure for
It is very important to install WinDVD as it adds MPEG codecs. Without these
codecs there is a problem with low audio volume during DVD playback.
There should not be any problems installing drivers and software provided
with WinXP Home edition on to WinXP Pro.
Unfortunately your COMBO DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive (Sony CRX810E) is RPC-2 (region
locked drive). So, "Region Killer" utility comes in handy if you want to
watch DVD without any region restrictions. You can download it at
If you want to play DVD to your TV via "A/V out" connection I recommend
using PowerDVD. Connect your TV as extension to your desktop with resolution
1024 X 768. Don't forget to set PAL or NTSC.
As for tweaks ... Well, most valuable tweak I have to date, for owners of
systems with at least 512MB RAM, is to disable page file and XP interface.
Right-Click on "My Computer"->"Properties"->"Advanced"->"Performance,
Settings". In "Visual Effects" tab choose "Adjust for best performance" and
in "Advanced" tab choose "Virtual memory, Change", "No paging file", "Set".
Now restart your PC. On a long run I will appreciate more good performance
rather than "pretty picture".
I still prefer Win2000 interface, so to change it go to "User
Accounts"->"Change the way users log on or off", unselect all.
Other tweaks are on http://www.tweakxp.com
and a very useful site explaining
services on http://www.blkviper.com/WinXP/service411.htm.
Additional Info and observations
Adobe Premiere is in "Video Editing Software" folder.
On "Application Recovery CD"
"Sony Utilities DLL" is called "Sony Utilities Library"
But it is better idea to download new versions of drivers and utilities from
If you plan to use DV install "DV Shared Library"
Apparently "Application Recovery CD" version G111.0 will auto-run on any XP
installation, so you might not need to manually extract applications as
Thanks to: *Rix