Vaio computer brand returns without Sony's backing

By Shawn Knight
Jul 1, 2014
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  1. The Viao computer brand is once again available for purchase. Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) on Tuesday officially reintroduced the notebook line after purchasing the rights from Sony earlier this year.

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  2. Ricky Morawski

    Ricky Morawski TS Member

    Bring back MS Pro Duo!! I found this massive capacity 64MB card in the back of my drawer, I don't even know what to do with all 64MB! Suggestions? XD
  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    The only problem with VAIO laptops IMO is the fact that you cannot install drivers straight from hardware vendors (example: nVidia). I wonder if JIP has changed this.
  4. bexwhitt

    bexwhitt TS Addict Posts: 289   +55

    If that is one of the laptops they are touting with it's offset touchpad and tiny space bar, no thanks
  5. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    Hah, I had to go back and look at the image again. No thanks.
  6. „The Viao computer brand“...
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  7. Pinkie Pie

    Pinkie Pie TS Booster Posts: 62   +29

    JIP...what an unfortunate acronym for a company.
  8. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,157   +195

    vaio is for sony so I guess viao is for the jip company. :)
    kidding aside, it's a typographical error.

    smart move. less stickers. one name summarizes it all: VAIO

    one thing I notice: did the team responsible for naming sony's previous laptop series derived the name VAIO from video, audio, input, output?
    (I think I read somewhere that amd's gpu series vishera and kaveri are derived from indian epic tale characters)
  9. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 806   +270

    I have an ASUS laptop and I can't install drivers from hardware vendors also. I think it's like that for a majority of laptops.

    uninstall the drivers that Sony/Asus etc installed when you bought the dam thing and then go to etc download latest notebook driver and run the installer...

    Basicly OEMS install a custom driver they vet works well with that said driver it installs a Reg key thats basicly the hardware venders install program finds and then tells you to download from OEM... butif you uninstall OEM driver (can even use DriverSweeper) it will remove this key and the Hardware Venders driver install program then wont find the key and will install as normal,. !!!!!!!
  11. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    I have a Lenovo and it allows hardware vendor drivers to be installed. I guess it depends on the manufacturer.
  12. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 806   +270

    I guess. When I install drivers straight from AMD for graphics card my screen goes black, LED backlight goes off. I asked ASUS if they have plans to update the drivers for my laptop because the latest drivers there are from 2011, they said no.

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