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fallguy
Level 7

Sony Viao Any Parental Controls Useless "Splashtop Quick Start Button"

Sony Viao (NW series at least) have a quick boot feature for access to the internet without fireing up your operating system. Hit the special quick access button and away you go.

Guess what, if it is a computer for your child you cant even turn the button off or set it with a password. It resides on your motherboard any parental controls mcafee or otherwise are useless. The system for the quick access is by devicevm and is called splashtop.

Help, anyone know how to control this, keep in mind this runs straight off the motherboard and windows is not fired up.

Regards

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exbrit
Level 21

Re: Sony Viao Any Parental Controls Useless "Splashtop Quick Start Button"

Not sure whether or not this will help but in my desktop BIOS I can switch a similar feature on or off.  With ASUS motherboards it's called Express Gate and to me it's just a nuisance as it prolongs the boot time considerably, so I turned it off.

That will be your best hope I think because there is no way for software to provide protection in a pre-boot stage.

Try accessing the BIOS and checking for such a feature - usually under the Tools tab.

This may help: http://www.ehow.com/how_4761693_access-bios-sony-vaio-laptops.html

Whilst in the BIOS I suggest you password-protect it - usually do-able under the Security tab.

Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 12/4/09 2:24 PM
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fallguy
Level 7

Re: Sony Viao Any Parental Controls Useless "Splashtop Quick Start Button"

Wise you are, try this will I.

Post back if try over weekend do I.

Sorry could not resist in posting like this could I. Think Alex Trebek is the father of Yoda do I.

Thanks a ton!

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exbrit
Level 21

Re: Sony Viao Any Parental Controls Useless "Splashtop Quick Start Button"

ROTFL...well he is older than God I believe.  Mind you, I can't talk.  Recently at the King Tut exhibit I was asked if I was a relative of the deceased.

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fallguy
Level 7

Re: Sony Viao Any Parental Controls Useless "Splashtop Quick Start Button"

No luck in Bios (AMI Bios, R1120Y4) (Vaio VGN-NW235F). Bios is very limited, can set user password and machine password thats about it. Another forum suggested trying to find file splash.sys and or plash.000 then edit names of or delete/remove but found no such files.

Sony tier 2 support sopposedly working on in San Diego then will call me back as they suspect other customer may not like this feature if they have kids as well.

Regards.

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exbrit
Level 21

Re: Sony Viao Any Parental Controls Useless "Splashtop Quick Start Button"

fallguy wrote:

No luck in Bios (AMI Bios, R1120Y4) (Vaio VGN-NW235F). Bios is very limited, can set user password and machine password thats about it. Another forum suggested trying to find file splash.sys and or plash.000 then edit names of or delete/remove but found no such files.

Sony tier 2 support sopposedly working on in San Diego then will call me back as they suspect other customer may not like this feature if they have kids as well.

Regards.

So Sony have admitted to a mistake?  Amazing!   For once it appears McAfee is off the hook, or at least I trust they are.  Good luck.  In my BIOS it's the Supervisor password that's important as that controls access to the BIOS anyway.  Then of course in the OS password protect all the users including the hidden Administrator.

Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 24/12/09 6:36:15 EST AM
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