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How to disable VAIO's original battery check.

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Published on Aug 2, 2009

This is how to disable that annoying message that every vaio says whenever they want, even when using a original battery (as you can see, i'm using the original battery that came with my computer).
"The installed battery may not be properly connected to the computer or may not be compatible with the computer. Click "OK" to enter Hibernate mode, and remove and reinsert the battery."
There is a software that sony installs in the system to check the battery model and bitch if it thinks that there is something wrong with the battery. It's called ISBMgr.exe, finishing that process disables the notification in the current session, but if we restart the computer, the pop-up will be there again.
To completely disable that annoyance, look in the registry, it's very easy to find in HKLM\SW\MS\Win\CurrentVersion\Run. Or just type "isbmgr" in the search box and delete the key related.

Why this happens?
In the vaio world, everything is proprietary and model-locked, that means non-standard computers and non-standard methods of checking if any software or hardware that you try to run on your vaio computer, is authorized by Sony to run on your particular model.
For example, after you unbox and start to use your new vaio, everything works seamlessly, all keys work, the FN+F6 combination works also, the S1 and AV MODE keys runs their commands. When you have a problem and need to reinstall the entire system, you found that the S1 keys doesn´t work anymore, the display is always at full brightness, the battery isn't recognized anymore and on some models you can't even eject the dvd tray.
That's because the FN+ key combination uses a non-standard method of working, through a proprietary SONY driver that isn't available to download from the website for your model and current OS. If you try to download the driver for some other similar model, the installer refuses to continue because your model differs (VGN-NR350-FH against VGN-NR350-E for example).
The brightness control uses also a sony driver, impossible to download, install and get it working, you need to get third party applications (and consider yourself lucky if you find one for YOUR particular model). Other brands controls the brightness directly by hardware, a micro-controller intercept the FN+BrightUP and takes the action, transparent to the software/OS.
For this stupid annoyances that sony puts in their users and customers, go f**k yourself sony. At least for me, this is my first and LAST VAIO product that i'll ever buy from sony.
Besides that, in my city, there isn't any sony repair center, not even a call center, no toll-free number. The support number is a long-distance call number and they CHARGE $$$ for the recovery DVD's.
HP/compaq sends the recovery DVD's directly to your home at no charge (but those are even more shitty computers), the only thing you have to do is ask for them in a support chat session (not available for sony vaios).

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