Since the hunt for drivers has been fruitless and Linux is not an option yet, try http://www.recovery-cds.com/List/Sony-Vaio-PCG-SRX-Family-XP-Restore-Recovery-CD-Disk.htm
Hello everyone, I hope I can find some advice here as I'm at my wits end. I bought the above laptop off ebay recently and it was awesome but it was running XP and had a few little glitches. I don't like XP and, after checking out the Sony support and seeing that there were drivers for W2K I installed that instead. That was the start of things. Half the drivers didn't work, including the jog dial, hotkeys, power panel and internal WAN. So I did a system restore with the CDs and ended up back at XP where everything worked again- except for the wireless. It gives the dreaded "this device cannot start - code 10" and an exclamation mark in device manager. There's also a unknown device that keeps appearing called "network controller" which the system can't find any software for. There's a fix on the Sony site here for it which allows me to uninstall it but it returns after every boot.
I've been tracking down solutions for nearly a week and they generally involve uninstalling drivers or disabling devices which might be conflicting. None of this works for me. Before I originally reverted to W2K I copied all of the driver files off XP as a precaution. I have tried these, I have tried Sony's original ones. I have downloaded and installed every upgrade from the support site - TWICE.
Nothing makes the wireless work. It is an ORiNOCO Wireless LAN Mini PCI Card or a Sony PCWA-C100 Wireless PC Card, if you prefer, they are the saem thing.
Anyway, I have rebooted so many times I'm seeing XP progress bars in my sleep! I have even tried tracking down other manufacturer's software and drivers and trying that. I've seen it mentioned that this problem is something to do with IRQ settings and the bios but I'm hesitant to go near that. I can't understand why its being such a problem. I bought a Sony because I thought they were good.
Any help or advice is gratefully appreciated.