Downgrading Toshiba A205-S4617 Vista to XP -- User Interface Drivers for keyboard and webcam needed

Hi experts,

EE simple search with "toshiba A205 downgrade Vista XP drivers" yielded 4 hits. They were no help.

I have successfully installed XP SP3 on a laptop of Toshiba model A205-S4617 which was originally shipped with Vista preinstalled. It is a Dual Boot, so I am able to use Vista too.

I have successfully installed ALL the drivers that are related to the hardware and there are no Yellow Question Marks in Device Manager.

However, I am missing the drivers for --

1. Keyboard that work with the Function key
2. the customised User interface for Webcam
3. other keyboard Multimedia Keys that work in Vista.

Below are screenshots of the Utilities in Vista,

Toshiba does not officially support downgrading so I am out of luck here.

While in XP trying to install Vista driver utilities; it seems as if installing but do not work or cause hangs with incomplete installations,

I have heard that similar utilities for older laptops from toshiba (that came with XP before Vista was released) are there that would work well with this one but can't find one.

Help as always is greatly appreciated.

Ravi.
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medveddCommented:
Try to download drivers for European Satellite 200 from

http://eu.computers.toshiba-europe.com/innovation/home/
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B HCommented:
here's the webcam driver:
http://www.opendrivers.com/driver/239739/toshiba-satellite-p200%28pspb6-pspb3%29-chicony-webcam-driver-1.7.147.0628-windows-xp-free-download.html

also, if you can go run a free web scan at www.driveragent.com, and post the url of the scan that would give more exact info for the buttons.  it doesn't have anything to do with the keyboard, but some 'toshiba valuadded' thing.

otherwise, go into the details in device manager and get the vendor id and device id
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Ravi AgrawalAuthor Commented:
@medvedd
Your link takes me nowhere or is it something I am missing....
 
@bryon44035v3
webcam driver works like a charm, thanks for the direct link.
Function sticky key driver installs without errors but no luck (can't see any traces of its installation)
Buttons Play / Pause, Stop , Previous, Next are working (did not try them before) in Windows Media Player, Power Button works too. Internet / Music Gallery Button... I don't know how to assign it. Will have to see what happens when I press them in Vista.
FingerPrint Reader... I had it already (vista drivers worked in it).
Any other links?
Ravi.
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Ravi AgrawalAuthor Commented:
@medvedd
Sorry, I owe you an appology. But the answer was very broad & I had to chose a laptop model in the A200 series too (there were a lot of them), tried a few and then gave up.
Above comment that I posted to you was directed at comment id http:#a28560055
Ravi.
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B HCommented:
so the internet / music buttons are the only things not working at this time?

this should let you customize the button actions:
http://support1.toshiba-tro.de/tedd-files2/0/ctrls-en-20070809112007.zip

toshiba "assist" is the default thing that gets launched by one of those buttons:
http://support1.toshiba-tro.de/tedd-files2/0/assist-en-20070809110930.zip
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Ravi AgrawalAuthor Commented:
Thanks!!
I can get Toshiba Assist utility to customize the Internet & Multimedia Keys but the keys don't work. I guess it could be something in between which I am missing.
You got me wrong with everything working, The keyboard utility is the thing which I require most & that I don't have. It is called Card Space in Vista & I miss it a lot. --- See 3rd Image in Question.
Sticky Fn keys turned out to be a totally different thing which I guessed to be the above keyboard utlility.
Thank you so much for your kind help to get me at least this far.
Ravi.

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Ravi AgrawalAuthor Commented:

Driver Agent Scan was little help. I have most of the latest drivers and everything is working fine from hardware point of view; except from the Toshiba value add stuff as rightly pointed out by you.
Ravi,

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Ravi AgrawalAuthor Commented:
Sorry, I read the Toshiba Manual.

The Music Player / Multimedia Icon is for use for playing CDs / DVDs when the Laptop is switched Off. Cool, huh!

So that dispenses another issue.

Only thing that needs to be looked into finally is the Utility that comes down on the screen when you press the Fn key in Windows.

Ravi.
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B HCommented:
i dont think you're going to get that top bar in XP, that software was written for vista and i dont think XP is even capable of understanding how it works.  someone would have to create a program like that specifically for XP
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Ravi AgrawalAuthor Commented:
I don't care about the Topbar; at least the Functions for Brightness which are controlled with the Fn key combinations should work.

Or is there another way of adjusting the Screen Brightness...

Ravi.
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B HCommented:
you can control the brightness by the Fn keys.  sometimes the newer laptops reverse the F keys, meaning, pressing F6 or F7 do the brightness, and Fn+F6 will do the "real" F6.  this option can be controlled in bios itself.

brightness can be controlled by those keys (f5, f6, with or without Fn depending on settings)

you can also control brightness in the toshiba power controlls utility (in the control panel).  in there you can set how bright to make the screen based on how much battery is left.

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Ravi AgrawalAuthor Commented:
No luck with http:#a28674151

There is no option in Bios relating to screen Brightness. No Option present in Control Panel regarding Brightness in Toshiba Controls.

No combination of F5 F6 or F7 works to adjust the brightness.

Guess I'll have to live with it.

Toshiba would have some sort of utility to control such basic features in XP. I could try installing that & seeing if that helps.

Ravi.
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B HCommented:
Brightness isn't in bios, the option for how you want the Fn key to work is

Control panel, toshiba power, adjust power profile, will let you specify percentages of brightness based on how much battery is left
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Ravi AgrawalAuthor Commented:
No option for Fn key in Bios.
No option for Toshiba Power in control Panel but I have Toshiba Controls which does not give such option.
Images attached in zip format.
Ravi.

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B HCommented:
this will add the 'toshiba power saver' icon into your control panel

http://support1.toshiba-tro.de/tedd-files2/0/pwrsav-en-20070809120344.zip
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Ravi AgrawalAuthor Commented:
Power Saver installed ok. But when I try to open it, I get an Error as per the image attached.
I am logged in with admininstrator account priviliges and have rebooted the laptop after installing the toshiba power save utility.
I may be getting on your nerves to keep this question lingering but well you see some problem or the other and this beast won't obey. Thanks for the kind help so far.
Ravi.

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Ravi AgrawalAuthor Commented:
Yes, congratulations on your Master's Cert. in Windows Xp.
Ravi.
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B HCommented:
thanks :) the t-shirt is on its way

i'm not annoyed, i just want to help... but i drove for 10 hours yesterday and wasn't around

i'm confident that i answered your stated question, BUT, i'll stick around here and answer more for you until you're satisfied with the machine

as it turns out, you did install the power saver just fine, but for your model we also need the "power saver DRIVER" which is here:
(will require a reboot even if it doesnt say so)
http://support1.toshiba-tro.de/tedd-files2/0/pwrsav-en-20071218090838.zip
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Ravi AgrawalAuthor Commented:
Still no luck after installing drivers, being greeted with the same stupid error.

Ravi.
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B HCommented:
you rebooted after installing the driver right?
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Ravi AgrawalAuthor Commented:
Yes, very much :-(
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Ravi AgrawalAuthor Commented:
This thread has become too long, so I'm closing it. Please don't mind the grade I've given but you were a really really great help so far.

Ravi.
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Ravi AgrawalAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much.
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Ravi AgrawalAuthor Commented:
Lol:

Finally the hunt is over. Of course, the brightness function keys don't work but I managed to adjust my screen brightness with the following utililty: Desktop Lighter 1.3(its free).

http://www.filetransit.com/download.php?id=75378

Found help on another forum via google:
http://asianfanatics.net/forum/topic/625427-adjusting-the-brightness-on-my-toshiba-laptop/

Quoted:--
"Well since your laptop uses Intel GPU you should have a Intel Video Card  control panel. I can't be bothered booting my laptop up at this moment  so i can't give you the specific tool.
 
 It comes with the video card driver i believe.
 
 I think you can get into the options through:
 
 - Right clicking desktop (Personalize for Vista or Properties for XP)
 - In XP you'll need to select the settings tab
 - Click advance
 - See if there is a tab with like Intel something where you can open the  Intel control panel for the video card.
 
 You can adjust gamma, brightness and contrast there.
 
 I found a site here with some pictures and its own methods to access it  (short cut key):"


A screenshot of where I managed to get the brightness setting in my Display drivers is attached-

Ravi.


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Ravi AgrawalAuthor Commented:
hotkeys for adjusting brightness with Desktop Lighter 1.3 are Ctrl+< & Ctrl+>

Congratulations on your Guru Certificate, pal.You are doing great work.

Ravi.
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