How to install XP and get HSDPA on the Sony Vaio P

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If you thought the Sony Vaio P was taking over my life, you should see what it's doing to the Pocketables Forum. In just two weeks, discussion of the long and lean mini notebook has tripled forum traffic and produced some excellent tutorials as well.

First up is the joint work of Ishman and tnkgrl, whose collective efforts have produced a complete guide on installing XP on the Vaio P, including how to get WWAN and GPS working under the new operating system.

Pleased with the results yet still determined to unchain the shackles binding the WWAN radio to Verizon's network, the venerable tnkgrl then grabbed her soldering iron, hacked some software, and destroyed the EV-DO lock a few days later. Because of her ingenius work, we now have step-by-step instructions on how to workaround the missing SIM card slot and unlock HSDPA/EDGE so that the P accepts an AT&T or T-Mobile SIM card with an active data plan.

How to install XP on the Vaio P
How to enable HSDPA/EDGE on the Vaio P

Thanks, tnkgrl and Ishman!

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Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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3 thoughts on “How to install XP and get HSDPA on the Sony Vaio P

  • Avatar of Anonymous
    February 13, 2009 at 1:41 pm
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    I might actually be interested in the VAIO P, if you could install Ubuntu Linux on it and still get HSDPA/EDGE working.

    Anyone tried that yet?

    XP? Vista? Win7? Win666? No thanks…

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  • Avatar of Brian
    February 15, 2009 at 1:05 pm
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    Wow… The 3G hack + XP makes the P look much more appealing to me! Too bad Sony didn’t do something like this when it was first released :(

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