Solved

Sony ISB?

Posted on 2006-07-09
4
1,244 Views
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Trying to help my brother-in-law streamline his Sony Vaio laptop (ie, bring it down to less than 40 systray icons at startup).  Unfortunately, being on the other side of the Atlantic at this time means I can't see it directly so I might be misssing something quite obvious to someone with a machine.

Out of everything on the computer, I have been able to identify it all but for one (well, two, but the second is just a matter of being uncertain if it does A or B, neither of which he wants anyways)

The sticking point for me is a program running, ISBMgr

Everything I have been able to locate myself says "This is the Sony ISB Manager" - - the fact that it is in the sony folder, and Mgr is written as such, that was my own guess before looking for it.  There are other Sony ISB components in the system as well, or related to it.

But I can not find (even on the Sony site, unless I am searching incorrectly) ANY information to even suggest what ISB may stand for.  It could be something super critical, or something super trivial (Integrated-online Service-contract Bill-viewer).  

I don't want links to "This is the ISB Manager".  I don't want "This file is important, don't delete it".  Nor "This is one component of the much larger 'Sony ISB' package...

I want something to indicate what ISB means, something that can hopefully be confirmed via Sony technical paper ("And also includes a system to let you check the status of your system-contract account, as we constantly connect to our server and check its status every 3 minutes of operation: the Integrated-online Service-contract Bill-viewer"

Thanks - hopefully I was just too exhausted by the time I was researching that entry, but other than the billing example, I've had a hard time coming up with any deacronymized candidates to attempt to verify, other than Integrated likely being a 95% probability.

0
Comment
Question by:GPrentice00
  • 2
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 62

Expert Comment

by:☠ MASQ ☠
Comment Utility
It's part of Sony's own VAIO power management system & manages internal battery power (won't work with 3rd party batteries either!)


http://www.club-vaio.sony-europe.com/clubvaio/en/search/search.jsp?query=isb&submit.x=2&submit.y=7#
0
 
LVL 6

Author Comment

by:GPrentice00
Comment Utility
That link only comes up with a search-result page, with locked entries (and bloody hard to visualize)
I do NOT believe anything I see just based on the 3-lines of a search result, because the thing hitting may be way down in a list of "Here are some other things you can take a look at" and completely NOT in context at all with the other parts showing in a title, etc.  
Could be like an EE thread, someone posts "Can't get my computer to boot" and then posts a hijack this log entry later, does that mean finding the entry "mdm.exe" in the search line result mean that mdm.exe is associated with computer boot problems?  Not trying to be contrary, just cautious.  I've seen a lot of other of the sony programs being described in more detail as being "And when I disabled that, I was able to get my 3rd party battery to work" instead of that one.

If you have access to the other side of that to see the full posting with the full context, can you please post it here, even in partial form?

Otherwise, assume we're closer:  ISB = It'sgottahave Somethingtodowith Batteries???

Thanks for understanding, M.
0
 
LVL 62

Accepted Solution

by:
☠ MASQ ☠ earned 250 total points
Comment Utility
ISB = It'sgottahave Somethingtodowith Batteries???  


Close, apparently it's 'Intelligent Sony Battery Manager' but I can find that anywhere either - Plus I've access to Sony's support site which doesn't list it although I know full well that it is on all the VAIOs as a standard utility ( - & yes the Sony forum people could well do with a lesson in designing sites for legibility!)

Eventually found this from Sony (through a backdoor search engine!)
http://tinyurl.com/kz775



But thought I'd throw in some circumstantial evidence from p'd off S420 owner
http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=20440

Outcome - yes you can delete it, may have an adverse affect on battery life.  If you're on 3rd party batteries already can only help.
0
 
LVL 6

Author Comment

by:GPrentice00
Comment Utility
It does seem to be the battery program from other circumstantial evidences as well, although a different program has also been reported to resolve issues too.

Website design and legibilty - not a big concern - but if a company is going to have an abbreviation for something, they really need to provide the phrase somewhere, even in bragging about their new feature...  We'll have to accept this and use intelligent sony battery as the ISB abbreviation, although with the caveat that it can't be found to prove.  Which makes "Insistent Sony Bloatware" and "Insurance-of-using Sony Battery" strong runner-up category contenders.


0

Featured Post

Maximize Your Threat Intelligence Reporting

Reporting is one of the most important and least talked about aspects of a world-class threat intelligence program. Here’s how to do it right.

Join & Write a Comment

Surprisingly, there is a lot to Gym battles, and I thought it would be helpful to share knowledge about all the ins and outs of this feature!
Whether you believe the “gig economy,” as it has been dubbed, is the next big economic paradigm shift (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/26/will-we-get-by-gig-economy) or an overstated trend (http://www.wsj.com/articles/proof-of-a-g…
Articles on a wide range of technology and professional topics are available on Experts Exchange. These resources are written by members, for members, and can be written about any topic you feel passionate about. Learn how to best write an article t…
Saved searches can save you time by quickly referencing commonly searched terms on any topic. Whether you are looking for questions you can answer or hoping to learn about a specific issue, a saved search can help you get the most out of your time o…

771 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

16 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now