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My time at the Starbuck’s this afternoon was very well spent as I took the time to check everywhere for a Vista audio driver from Fujitsu that was a later version number than the one on the Fujitsu support site.  The only driver Fujitsu has published […]

My time at the Starbuck’s this afternoon was very well spent as I took the time to check everywhere for a Vista audio driver from Fujitsu that was a later version number than the one on the Fujitsu support site.  The only driver Fujitsu has published on the US support site is 5274 and they still haven’t updated it even though every P1610 owner is reporting the same problems with the Vista audio system that I have reported.

New Vista audio driver

I decided to have a look at the Fujitsu Singapore support site and guess what I discovered?  The only audio driver posted on that site is version 5290, clearly a later version than the one on the US site.  I downloaded and installed it and it works!  The playback volume is now as loud as it was under XP and more importantly both the headphone jack and the internal microphone works too.  I do find that as soon as I start an application (like Skype) that grabs the microphone it immediately mutes it but if I keep the microphone control panel applet open I can unmute it and the mic level is adequate and a test Skype voice mail I left for Kevin worked perfectly.  At least Kevin said it sounded perfect and I recorded it in the noisiest `Starbuck’s on the planet.  This is great news and alleviates the last real problem I had under Vista.  I would love to hear the upgrade experience from anyone who gives this new driver a shot.

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  1. This is great news. I was starting to loose confidence about selling my p1510D and buying the p1610. I need the audio mike capabilities. Please let us know how voice recognition works when you get a chance to test it under vista.

    Steve

  2. Chris Magnusson Saturday, February 17, 2007

    On a similar note, when I had the bluetooth module installed on my Canadian Tecra M4, the only place I could find drivers that worked properly with it was the Toshiba Europe site.

  3. I unfortunately did not have the success you found with the Singapore drivers. My sound is still muted on playback using the sticky notes or the sound recorder.

    I downloaded and installed 5290. Restarted and then went to Sound/Recording/Configure and selected Array for my mic as I am using the built-in. After saying the Peter pickle pen thing it either says it couldn’t hear me but when I try it a second time it claims my mic is set-up properly.

    When I record into sticknotes I can hear my voice but ever so faintly and I have to slap the 1610 up against my head to even hear that.

    I guess I’m not the pioneer type as I thought. Between this sound thing and my navigation scroll ability lost in IE, I am wishing I had just purchased the P1610 with Vista from the factory.

    Any suggestions?

  4. Out of curiosity why is the p1610 Vista Capable and not Vista Ready? Microsoft says Vista Premium and Ultimate needs a 1 GHz processor, 1GB memory, 40gb hard drive with 15gb of available space, 128mb graphics memory. Doesn’t the p1610 have all of this?

  5. Frank, I’m not sure but maybe because the P1610 doesn’t have dedicated graphics.

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