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What is in the Value Added Package?

Following on from the previous blog post we thought it prudent to explain in more detail what the Value Added Package actually is, what software elements it contains, and where you can get further information on each piece of software.

The Value Added Package, for Windows 7, is a single deployable software item that contains several software packages. Use of these software elements is not necessarily needed but can enhance the experience of using your Toshiba notebook, but there are a couple of components that we consider must-haves. Below is a brief description of each piece of software:-


The Value Added Package Software

System Driver

This is a must have. Once installed you will not see anything added to the Add/Remove Programs list but once installed it will provide key WMI/API commands to the system. Without the Toshiba System Driver in place you will not be able to update the BIOS or utilise other system features as the WMI/API interface between the hardware and the OS will not be present.


Flash Cards

This we consider a must have. The Flash Cards are the banner graphics that appear at the top of the screen when the Fn key is pressed. Then when one of the function keys is also pressed a toggle box appears to show what feature is being enabled or disabled.


Password Utility

The Password Utility is completely optional and if installed becomes a software entry in the Start Menu under the Toshiba folder. This piece of software allows the user to set a BIOS Power-On password and also set the Owner String (a string of 256 characters that will appear on the screen along with the “Password=” prompt at power-on).


HWSetup

HWSetup is optional and if installed becomes a software entry in the Start Menu under the Toshiba folder. This is a utility that allows certain BIOS settings to be changed from within the operating system via graphical interface. This is not a full suite of BIOS options and after the changes have been made it is usually necessary for the notebook to be restarted for them to take effect. If a Supervisor Password is set to restrict access to the BIOS then this will need to be entered before HWSetup will run.


PC Diagnostic Tool

Like HWSetup and the Password Utility the PC Diagnostic Tool is optional and if installed becomes a software entry in the Start Menu under the Toshiba folder. This tool can be used to complete a range of basic tests on the notebook hardware and also provide details of the notebook configuration itself such as serial number, part number, model name, screen resolution, operating system, BIOS version, HDD free space, etc.


Power Saver and Battery Manager

Again the Power Saver and Battery Manager are optional components but recommended. The Power Saver adds extra power management schemes and settings to the default Windows ACPI settings, whereas the Battery Manager allows you to configure the behaviour of the battery charging such that the battery will report full when it is at 80-85% charge. Not taking the battery to its maximum capacity can actually prolong the working life of the battery itself.


Selecting the Components of the Value Add Package

To install the various components of the Value Added Pack it is necessary to add the relevant switches to the end of the package name. The table below shows the various switches, so to install the System Driver and the Flash Cards the command would be: TCXXXXXX\Setup.exe /S /TSD /TFC. Please note the TCxxxxx is the folder for the extracted TC package that was downloaded.

/S This parameter has the first priority. If you don’t add the parameter, all of other parameters will become invalid; if you don’t add the other parameter, it will do nothing.
/ALL: This parameter has the second priority. If this parameter exists, all of the Sub-Components will be installed if the machine supports these Sub-Components.
/REMOVEALL This parameter has the second priority, If this parameter exists, all of the Sub-Components will be uninstalled if the machine has installed these Sub-Components.
/REMOVE If this parameter exists,you can uninstall the specified component.
/TSD TOSHIBA System Drive will be installed.
/TPU TOSHIBA Password Utility will be installed, if this machine supports this utility.
/THW TOSHIBA HWSetup will be installed, if this machine supports this utility.
/PCD TOSHIBA PC Diagnostic Tool will be installed.
/TPS TOSHIBA Power Saver and TOSHIBA Battery Manager will be installed, if this machine supports these utilities.
/TFC TOSHIBA Flash Cards will be installed.
/REMOVE /TSD TOSHIBA System Drive will be installed, if this machine installed this utility
/REMOVE /TPU TOSHIBA Password Utility will be uninstalled, ,if this machine installed this utility
/REMOVE/THW TOSHIBA HWSetup will be uninstalled, if this machine installed this utility
/REMOVE /PCD TOSHIBA PC Diagnostic Tool will be uninstalled, if this machine installed this utility
/REMOVE /TPS TOSHIBA Power Saver and TOSHIBA Battery Manager will be uninstalled, if this machine installed this utilities.
/REMOVE /TFC TOSHIBA Flash Cards will be uninstalled, if this machine installed this utility

Until the next time,

Your Toshiba B2B Consultant Team