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Has anyone enabled VT on a dual core Sony Vaio Laptop?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jk2447, May 23, 2009.

  1. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Hi All,

    I've read a few threads on here now regarding virtualisation and am becoming increasingly tempted to alter my bios to enable VT. I have a Sony Vaio FZ38M, phoenix motherboard with a Intel Core Duo T8100 2.1GHz which I know supports VT but Sony in their infinite wisdom have disabled this on all but a handful of their laptops.

    My main reason for wanting to do this is to be able to use the XP mode in Windows 7. I also use my laptop to create my test labs with Virtual PC and have read you get better performance if you have VT enabled. I run Vista Ultimate 64 Bit SP1.

    Has anyone here taken the plunge and tried enabling VT?

    Cheers

    James
     
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  2. nugget
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    Usually it is disabled by default. It shouldn't be a problem to enable it. I've done it on a lot of HP laptops with no problems at all.

    EDIT: From what I've read the laptop does not support VT. Have you checked which BIOS version it has and the enabled features? Then you can check if there are later versions and compare the features. It might be necessary to update the BIOS.
     
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  3. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Cheers Nugget, just having a look now. My BIOS version is R2110J7. Nothing about VT in the BIOS. Maybe its not compatible then. I thought it was down to which CPU you have?
     
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  4. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    It is down to two things: the CPU (it should support VT) and the BIOS (this should support the CPU's features, whether explicitly or implicitly).

    If you haven't updated your BIOS, like Nuggets already said "do that". If it still doesn't work, you may want to check this thread out on another forum :oops: It may help, it may not. However any tweaks are totally down to you :)

    -Ken
     
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  5. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Thanks fellas, I'll check out upgrading my BIOS before I do anything then and see if any new options pop up in the menu. Is it normal to be scared . . . .? ha ha :blink
     
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  6. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Be afraid, be very afraid :twisted:

    -Ken
     
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  7. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Ha ha I AM! Love it though :biggrin
     
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