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How to replace harddisk for SONY VAIO laptop

Q: How to replace harddisk for SONY VAIO laptop

I have a SONY VAIO laptop with Windows XP Home version. It crashed several times during daily uses. So I tried to format the whole harddisk and reinstall Windows XP Home version. But it failed to format the harddisk. I also tried to install Windows 2000 but got the same problem. I'm thinking of that the harddisk may got damaged. If so, the question is how to replace it? I couldnot find any instructions on it.
PLEASE PLEASE help. It affected my life so much. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!


Preferred Solution: How to replace harddisk for SONY VAIO laptop

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A: How to replace harddisk for SONY VAIO laptop

check the sony website to make sure that your hdd was not a defect one that they will replace. i have a sony vaio desktop, and they are replacing many hard disk drives because they malfunction when exposed to humid or hot weather.

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I am hoping to get everyone's opinion on what to "upgrade" to from my 5 year old Sony Vaio. I work at home and use a 2nd monitor as well. I used to upgrade every few years but they dont make Vaio's anymore and I am having trouble finding a laptop with newer/better hardware to replace my aging Vaio.

My Sony Vaio VPCF127FX consists of:
- Windows 7 64bit
- Intel i7 CPU (740QM @1.73GHz)
- 8 GB RAM (full capacity)
- 500GB SSD Samsumg EVO(upgraded from original HDD)
- 16.4" screen size

I need:
- Atl east 15" screen. bigger the better

I have gone to all the local computer shops such as best buy, office depot, frys, etc but I have yet to find a laptop that is a significant upgrade to this one. I have seen some samsung laptops that look nice but aren't much faster. Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Hello can any one tell me if i can replace the oem power supply in my sony vaio pcv -rx756 if i can could you please tell me what the best kind would be to replace it with thanks for any and all help

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Hello, I need to replace a new dvd burner into sony vaio desktop comp pcv rx755(uc). I do not know how to remove the old dvd-rom and slide the new burner in. How to open the top cover of the computer case , then I may have chance to take the old dvd-rom out. I tried so many times but failed to open the top cover. Thanks..appreciated.


A:replace new dvd burner into SONY Vaio desktop PCV RX755(UC)

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Looks like I'm gonna need to replace the mobo and I need some guidance on how to remove the liquid-cooling apparatus. The heatsink has some copper tubing that carries the coolant to and from the "radiator" which is located in the higher compartment. There must be a trick to it. I have searched but cannot seem to find a manual.

Can anyone here help me with this?



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I have a Sony Vaio PCG-SR5K Laptop. How do I remove the Hard Drive. Does any one have a link to a service manual or part of, to show how this done?

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I have a Sony Vaio VGN-NR120E. I need to replace the hard disk and I have found little so far that tells me for sure how to do it or whether it is under the keyboard or accessed from the bottom.

I need specific instructions on how to replace the hard disk in this particular model.

A:Solved: How do I replace the hard disk in this Sony Vaio VGN-NR120E?

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The hard drive in my laptop just died, it was a 250gb 2.5" SATA hard drive, I'd like to replace it with a Corsair FORCE GT SATA 3, 210 GB solid state drive. Can someone tell me if this will work?

Thank you

A:Solved: Replace SATA hard drive with a SSD SATA3 in a Sony Vaio pcg-7153L

Yes, it should work. You won't get the full speed of the SSD due to the laptop's SATA controller only being SATA 2(3GB/s) but it should work and be a lot faster.

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Hi there,

I am using a Sony PD 170 DV camcorder hooked up via 4 pin firewire to a Sony Vaio laptop. I am also using Avid Composer video editing software. The problem is that I can see the video from Avid in the viewfinder but it freezes in the viewfinder even though it is playing on the computer. This is preventing me from outputting a project. Do I need a driver for this camera?


A:Sony PD 170 Camcorder & Sony Vaio Laptop

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I have recently purchased a Sony Vaio Laptop with wifi support that is inbuilt or onboard. I already have a Asus P5E3 Deluxe motherboard at my home with ram 2 gb, 9800 gtx card and a quad core processor. Now, I connect this pc with a broadband connection at home running 1mbps speed. This motherboard also has a wifi onboard connection. What I am trying to do is setup this wifi connection so that my laptop can also connect to the internet wirelessly. For this I have installed the wifi driver of Asus (something called Asus WiFi-AP @n software) and configured it with giving it a proper connection name and a password. I have successfully done all the wifi network setup wizard on the pc and it is working well. Now the problem is that, my laptop is able to find this wifi connection but after sometime it gives an error saying to troubleshoot network connection and the wifi network disappears from the laptop and again i have to search for this wifi network and the cycle continues. Similarly, when I am trying to connect my Nokia e90 mobile phone with the pc via wifi, my phone is able to pickup the wifi connection and sometimes it is able to connect to the internet and I am also able to browse different websites but sometimes it gives me a gateway time out error. So, can anyone tell me how can i connect my sony vaio laptop to the internet wirelessly by using the Asus P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @n connection? Also if possible, then please let me know how to connect my phone as well, which i... Read more

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I have a Sony Vaio laptop.
When I turn it on, the fan spins but shuts down after a few seconds, then never starts up again. It only spins at startup.
Anyone got any tips?

A:Sony Vaio Laptop Fan


The fan on a laptop will run for a few seconds until the temperature monitoring software loads, then it only runs when it gets hot enough.

Unless the laptop is overheating, you don't have a problem?

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im running windows 7 ultimate 64 bit and now all of a sudden i have no speakers or head phones connected and no sound at all ive done everything from downloading the new drivers to uninstalling it. i got nothing but a speaker with and red x thru it help

A:sony vaio laptop

Try the steps posted in this link. It says its for Windows vista; but the principles are pretty much the same for windows 7 I do believe:

Red X on speaker icon and getting error "No audio output device is - Microsoft Community

Here is also another link that should help:

Red X On Notification Tray Speaker Icon

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Hi everyone,
Need a little help please from you experts out there!!!! my partners SONY vaio laptop has died I think, it will not boot up just a black screen, when you press the on button the "light" lights up as if its going to boot but then the fan kicks in and just shuts off, I have tried doing F8 at the start but still nothing.
Has it just passed over to the big laptop world or can it be repaired without me going to a repair shop and getting ripped off because they could fob me off with anything.
Hope someone can help me please
Thanks in advance

A:Laptop SONY vaio

What is the model of this Vaio, and roughly how old is it ?
Do you get to see the BIOS screen when it starts - that's the one that says Sony Vaio or somesuch all over it - or do you not get any screen at all ?  If you do get the BIOS screen have a look and see what key it says for 'Setup'. This is usually either 'F2' or 'Delete' but it does vary. Then re-boot and press that key. If you saw the BIOS screen, this should now take you into the BIOS itself. The trackpad doesn't work in here, you need to use the arrow keys to move around. Move along the top line to 'Exit' and press 'Enter'. this will bring up a screen which among other options says 'Restore defaults and exit'. Select this one - with the arrow keys - then press 'Enter' again. This guarrantees that at least you have the system defaults set. The system will now try to re-boot. If it does, great. If not . . .
If this laptop is over three years old the battery may have died and I have known cases where a dead battery stopped a laptop starting even though plugged into the mains. Try taking the battery out and starting it just with the mains charger plugged in.
Post back and let us know how you get on with this. It may be that this Vaio is heading for its final reward but there is no doubt data on the hard drive that you may well want to recover which is not an overly difficult task.
Chris Cosgrove

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I have a sony vaio S 580. It is just 6 to 7 months old. It has been working good and all of a sudden the laptop speakers dont go off.
Even when i connect the headphones, the laptop speakers are on. my headphone works good. I checked with different headphones.
There is something wrong with the laptop. When i called sony guys, they made me reinstall my sound driver. But it didnt work. Now they want me to send my laptop to them for service which is really impossible for me as they take atleast 10 days.
10 days without a computer, is going to be a huge loss for me.
Please help me out.


kunalrajan said:

I have a sony vaio S 580. It is just 6 to 7 months old. It has been working good and all of a sudden the laptop speakers dont go off.
Even when i connect the headphones, the laptop speakers are on. my headphone works good. I checked with different headphones.
There is something wrong with the laptop. When i called sony guys, they made me reinstall my sound driver. But it didnt work. Now they want me to send my laptop to them for service which is really impossible for me as they take atleast 10 days.
10 days without a computer, is going to be a huge loss for me.
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There is a small switch inside the headphone jack that cuts off the speekers when headphones are connected. This switch is likely broken and the only way to fix it so you could get sound through headphones and not speekers would be to send it in to have the jack repaired. You could disable integrated audio and get a usb or PCMCIA sound card to use for headphones but then your internal speakers wouldn't work at all, even when headphones were disconnected.

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Im not really even sure if im in the right forum for this type question. but this afternoon i was using my Sony Vaio laptop for about 30 mins or and i left it on for about 10 or 15 more mins and when i came back it was off. First thing i thought was that the battery had died, but that idea was cancelled when i saw that the wall adaptor was plugged in also. The light on the wall adaptor comes on and is green. But the computer will not show any signs of life what so ever other than the green light on the wall adaptor. SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME !!!!!! WHAT IS WRONG?!?!?!

A:Sony Vaio Laptop Help!!!

but this afternoon i was using my Sony Vaio laptop for about 30 mins or and i left it on for about 10 or 15 more mins and when i came back it was off.Click to expand...

my first reaction to this is that it hibernated. Can you turn your computer on? You may want to post more specifics about your computer and the problem, such as OS, what you were doing before you left, what applications were open when you left, etc, etc.

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i have a sony vaio laptop VGN-FW370j with windows vista on it.
i went and brought windows 7 ultimate today ( a small shop was selling them early), i want to install it but im wondering how i will get all the drivers for my laptop back as the sony site is absolutely useless.

a fast answer would be awsome as im dreading every moment of vista


A:Sony vaio laptop

Strange, I have every driver/program for my vgn ar630e and got them all from Sonys site... You will be surprised how many windows 7 will already have. I suggest you get the drivers for your webcam. multimedia keys and you should be good to go... Let me know if you need any help...

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Ive just bought a Sony Viao laptop of ebay, and the display is messed up. The picture is small in the middle of the screen even when the computer is booting up, the actual picture is aboul half the size of the screen. ow do i get the screen to fit the entire screen - lol that makes sense.

J. Knight

A:Sony Vaio Laptop

Sounds like the power invertor for the display is dying..(common problem in notebooks) If so, your need a replacement screen invertor for that model notebook, and someone capable of replacing it.. They can commonly be found on ebay..

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I'm not sure whether the processor fan on my Sony Vaio laptop is switching on or not, the case gets very hot.

Is there some way to force it to switch on? Perhaps a setting to tell the PC to turn it on at a lower temperature?

A:Sony Vaio Laptop Fan

Usually its temperature controlled, but most laptops run the fan briefly at the beginning of the boot process. If that is not happening, perhaps it needs replacement.

There is no setting that I am aware of to force it.

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My Sony VAIO laptop will only run in Safe Mode and BIOS. I have installed every possible OS on the planet including it's own restore disks. I have done every thing I can think of shy of new RAM and CPU and HD to figure out why it does this. Please Help !!

A:Sony Vaio Laptop

Hi there!

If it runs in Safe Mode, then it's most likely caused by a software or driver issue.

In safe mode
Check "Selective Startup"
UN-CHECK "process config.sys file" (if there)
UN-CHECK "process autoexec.bat file" (if there)
UN-CHECK "Load Startup Group Items"

click apply, then OK or Close
reboot and see!

If there's a specific error message, please post it here!

Good Luck!


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Hi all. I've got this Sony Vaio laptop that I'm trying to get it to work. A friend of mine said he used it for parts, so it is missing a few hardware pieces. However, I am having problems getting it to run.

It is missing a hard drive, and the RAM pieces.

When I plug it in, the power icon works, shows a green light.

The product name is VPCF136FM, the model is PCG-81115L.

When I turn the machine on, screen doesn't turn on. It just stays black, I can hear the GPU fan turn on (It takes about 15 seconds for the GPU fan to even turn on), but no matter how long I leave the laptop on, the screen just stays black, it does nothing. I was thinking maybe the GPU was taken out, but I later learned the graphics card is basically embedded into the motherboard, so you can't remove it.

Anyone know why the screen isn't working? Or should I just throw it in the trash?

Sorry if this is in the wrong section.

A:Need Help With Sony Vaio Laptop

Without RAM it will never run. You MUST have at least one RAM module.

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I need a new power cord for my laptop. Does anyone no where I might find one? The model is VPCEB15FX. Sony store does not have them now.

A:Sony Vaio Laptop

You don't mention where you are located. Here are some possible sources for the Sony part and claimed equivalents in the USA:



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does anyone have any idea where I can get a replacement power jack for a sony vaio laptop that is 5 years old or so. I mainly use it to browse the web, and check email, (buying a new one seems impractical) and currently the power cord won't register as connected. I checked the solder points on the power jack and everything looks good. No cracks or anything. If you hold the tip of the power cord into the jack extremely tight, it will atleast flash the lights like it detects the connection. Anyone have any other thoughts?



A:Sony Vaio Laptop


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Does anyone know anything about sony vaio notebooks. I am looking at the sony vaio k37

Does anyone know of any problems with this laptop or sony vaios in general? Does anyone think its a good decision? I am an engineering major so i need one that can handle CADD and other software. I also use alkot of photoshop, flash, and html projects. Please let me know what you think.


A:Sony Vaio Laptop?

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somebody can help me to replace my old dvd drive laptop sony vaio?

A:how to replace a dvd drive laptop sony

With laptops, you almost always have to replace an internal optical drive with the same model. Either contact Sony, or look on eBay.

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I didnt know where to put this topic, but Im pretty sure its a hardware issue, so I decided to put it here.
Okay, so here's the problem: The sound worked perfectly before. Today, I had the sound muted, but I heard a feint static sound in the speakers. As I put my ear up to it, it popped and went away. The sound has not worked ever since that happened. I turned it off, took the battery out, restarted it, and still no sound. Then I uninstalled the Realtek High Definition Audio driver, restarted, waited for it to reinstall, and still nothing. After that, I did the same thing with the 4 NVIDIA High Definition Audio drivers and still nothing. THEN I checked to see if any of those 5 were out of date. They weren't, but I restarted again anyway...still nothing. Finally, I restored the system to the last restore point of May 15th, and it still doesn't output sound. This leads me to believe that its a hardware issue, but what do the tech guys think?

I should also point out that sound doesn't come out when headphones are plugged in either.

A:No sound on Sony Vaio laptop

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Sorry, wasn't sure exactly what section this problem belonged in, so i'm posting here.

I'm using my sister's Sony Vaio laptop that i decided to downgrade from vista home premium to windows XP. The first thing i should have done should've been to get all the hardware information while on vista.... but i completely forgot. I backed up my general files but not the hardware information.

Now I'm stuck with a brand new installation of windows XP and no internet because XP isn't recognizing my NIC.

I've been googling around for some hours now with nothing.

I've gone to all the main "official" Vaio Sony sites. They all ask for model or product, but for some reason my model doesn't come up anywhere i check. There is also another option to type down your serial and product key which is a 15 digit number. Whereas the first 7 digits are the serial and the 8 other digits the product key. Still it doesn't seem to be a model of any sort... No site recognizes this Vaio model for some odd reason.

Model : PCG-5K1L.

I installed service pack 3, i thought it would at least be able to detect a network card, but to no avail it couldn't.

Everest home edition has no more luck detecting.

In hardware manager the only thing detected was the 1394 firewire port.

This laptop, from what my sister said, came with no manual or other useful information; meaning none.

I'm really stumped on what else I could do. I was thinking i... Read more

A:Sony Vaio laptop problem...

Well you might want to cehck for the drivers through the site of sony. They'll surely give a link where to download it.

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I must have deleted a crucial file, if I try to start up,I get 'no operating system found'.Cannot get into safe mode to do virus check or systems restore..Put in restore disc, started to restore then said no hard disc found!? Any ideas?

A:cannot start up Sony VAIO laptop

It could be a loose power or data cable to your hard drive. Make sure they're tight. It also could be a failed hard drive, or corrupted hard drive.

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I have a noisy fan on my Sony Vaio. Sometimes it stops altogether. I am experienced at hardware, the gauarrantee has expired and Sony want an arm and a leg just to look at it. I have had the fan out and the bearing seems loose.

Does anyone know where I can obtain a replacement fan?

The fan has part numbers " Sunon GC054006 v h-8C and also has the following numbers CB.M DC 5V - 0.5W Y2K44 ZP CLE

A:Fan for Sony Vaio FG801 laptop

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I have had my Laptop over a year and I wished I had bought a DVD burner so, can I swap my cd rw to a dvd rw?

How much and can it be done?

A:Can I upgrade my sony vaio laptop from a cd-rw to a dvd -rw?

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HELLO FELLOW (sony) LAPTOP OC-ers. trying to overclock? first u need a pll and ur like WTF is a pll... you go on google and r like wot iz dish ****. you look in your laptop and u CANT FRIGGIN FIND IT... GUESS WOT... I FOUND IT. this tutorial is for u...

first... sony dont like their laptops being oc-ed so they hid settings in bios and put ur pll somewhere u will least expect it. IM running a sony vaio vgn cr14gn and if you want to oc ur sony READ THIS

1. place the laptop UPSIDE DOWN and the battery must face you... ur not touching any components so dont worry bout the battey ****... NOTE that you MAY take out the MEMORY to see more.

2. OPEN THE CASE which holds the memory as seen in figure 1. HERE

3. LOOK FOR THE RAM slots and look for the gap figure 2.
as you can see the pll is in that gap...

THATS ABOUT IT write it down... i got mine from 1.80 to 2.10 and runs as smooth as a babys bottom



oh now i have it up at 2.6

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Hi I have a few questions. I purchased my laptop about 18 months ago. Yesterday it started making weird sounds. The sounds sounded like shocks, I believe I saw some too. I feel like it heats up too fast. What should I do? It operates on Windows Vista. Thank you!!

A:Sony Vaio E Series Laptop

Moving this thread to Hardware.

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Hi friends please help me my laptop keeps getting off while working I checked web and I found the temp of my computer as follows I couldnt understand please let me whats the problem
iam not a computer literate so unable to understand please help my left side of laptop is hot air flowing what to do to cool it

A:Sony vaio laptop keeps turning off

It's not usable with those sort of temperatures and its shutting down so that the excess heat doesn't damage the laptop. It'll need cleaning out to remove dust and fluff. Quite possibly heat paste needs to be reapplied to the cpu and gpu chips. I suggest that you get a computer shop to do this for you. How much it costs will be largely down to how much work is involved in getting inside it but it shouldn't be particularly expensive. Remember that a laptop should be used on a hard flat surface.

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I'm trying to backup a Sony Vaio Laptop and cannot get it to recognise my external hard drives? So I'm thinking about buying some of these.

TDK 9.7GB DVD-RAM Rewritable Disc

Is there something I can hookup to get this laptop BACKED up?

All I see on it is a USB connector no SATA .. I'm trying to get it to see a Western Digital SATA HD thru a USB 2.0 connector. I have the BIOS all set as far as I can tell but for some reason it don't show up at all.

Maybe a IDE hard drive thru the USB?


A:Backing Up A Sony Vaio Laptop

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I have a Sony Vaio laptop VGN-S5HP/B.
When I press the power button, the power and battery LEDs flash then go off. The WLAN light flash as well.No noise (cpu fan in this case) is heard.The computer won't start then...
I have removed the battery and tried with the adapter only but the same occurs. I even changed th RAM but nothing works.
Any help is appreciated

A:Sony Vaio laptop won't start

Remove the battery and AC Adapter. Press and hold the power button for 2 minutes. Plug in the AC adapter and see if the computer turns on normally. If not, the laptop will have to be serviced

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Hey there. I have a 1 year old Sony VAIO laptop with Windows XP. It seems Windows will not load. I turn on the computer and then the screen freezes on me in the middle of loading. I restart and get this menu with safe mode, safe mode w/ networking, last working config. I can get into safe mode but nothing else works. I suspect what happened is either my dad or myself was using it and forgot to turn it off and left it on all night and that somehow caused this problem.

I asked someone for help and he suggested reinstall windows xp by booting to SONY XP cd recovery console and try a repair installation but I don't know if I have the necessary tools (or computer smarts for that matter). I don't have any SONY backup cds. I do have this cd called Windows XP Service Pack 2 but I'm told that I need a Windows XP setup cd?

I also have a lot of files on my hard drive (docs, mpegs, mp3s) and am afraid of losing it all but I have no way of backing them up now that even my cd burner doesn't seem to be working.

I'm a bit apprehensive at this point as to what to do as I'm a bit of a novice on computers. Do you think you can guide me through this? I appreciate any help.

A:Windows XP on Sony VAIO laptop won't run..


i personnaly run a sony vaio desktop pc and i think this might help

when you bought the computer did u make a recovery cd cause all vaio's have that option if you did i reccomend you do a system restore by pressing f2 or 12 i think it will recover your computer to an earlier date and then you insert the recovery disk and then you are all done--
-it sends you back to the day that you made the system disk

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The fan on my Sony Vaio VGN-FJ270 has stopped working. Can anyone directly to where I can find any instructions on how to replace the Fan?

A:Dead Fan, Sony Vaio laptop

Have a read of the service manual

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My Sony Vaio PCG-Y1L crashed recently. It was running Windows Vista Home Edition but the problem is I bought this when it was being phased out (floor model) at Office Depot back in 2006. I was never given a system restore disk or an OEM copy of the operating system. When it crashed, I used a backed up copy of Vista Ultimate that came with my old Dell and now every time I boot the laptop up it tells me I'm running a copy of Windows that isn't genuine. I want to wipe the disk clean and reinstall a legit copy of Windows -- my question is, since I have the product key that came with my laptop (and I legally purchased the laptop WITH the OS on it), can I legally install someone else's Visa Home Edition and just use my product key?

A:Sony Vaio laptop crashed

Contact Sony and get you self a set of CD's. They run about $25.00 US including shipping. It will be a Vista Home Edition as that is what came on the machine.

There was a hidden partition that is used to do System Recover, which will set it back to factory settings. But since you used a different CD to rebuild, then the recover will NOT work. The key that you have will only work with the Vista Home Edition and you have installed Vista Ultimate version.

If you get the CD from Sony, you will not need to enter the Key Code, just activate the OS.
Now if you have a Retail Vista Home Edition CD, then you can rebuild it and use the listed Key Code with it.

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Hi, I have a sony vaio laptop 'vgn-ns30es' and for the past week it has slowed down considerably. I'm not really sure what the problem could be but it is quite slow on when I'm on the internet or when I'm just using the laptop ie using Word etc. I have noticed some spikes on the CPU usage going to around 85% but can't seem to figure out whats wrong with it. I have scanned it with Mcafee and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware but this hasn't helped. Any help is much appreciated

A:Sony Vaio laptop slowing down

1) McAfee is pretty useless in my opinion. If it were my system I'd uninstall it and replace it with any other av app.

2) Which process is hogging the cpu when it spikes?

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Does anyone know where I can find out the necessary specifications for installing the correct model CPU on a Sony Vaio PCG-F680 notebook motherboard. I'd like to know so that I can perhaps find one second hand. I want to make sure that I don't get one that doesn't fit, or isn't supported by the motherboard. I'm an intermediate user, but willing to learn. I believe I need to know things like MHz, voltage (range?), .13 or .18 micron?, FSB, etc. If someone has a resource and/or knows where they can direct me, I'd be very grateful. Plus if anyone has the "hook-up" on where to buy these items at a decent price, that would be great, too!

Thanks and God Rules!

Mark Carter

A:Sony Vaio PCG-F680 laptop and CPU's

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I have an issue with the keys on my new Sony Vaio... I had surgery on my right hand, and the tendon is permanently weak... so for me the keys are too firm, working on it is painful. (I had no problem with my old Toshiba, which had a spring-keyboard.)

Is there a way to loosen the keys?

A:Sony Vaio laptop keyboard

I very much doubt it. But many laptops have a jack for an external keyboard. If you could find one you liked, even a wireless one, you could use that instead. Wireless would allow you to really manipulate the placement and angle for the most comfortable access.

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Hope someone can give me some advice, I have a Sony Vaio VGN-FW11ZU laptop and it has suddenly stopped booting Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit). It just goes to a black or green screen with only the mouse pointer showing.
I have tried pressing F8 when starting up and this gives me Advanced Boot Options. The selected option is Repair Your Computer but the enter, esc and arrow keys all fail to function. I have tried pressing shift while booting which also gets nowhere.
When I got the laptop new I created 3 recovery DVDs, inserting number 1 just brings me back to the black screen with mouse pointer.
Now I'm completely stuck, any help appreciated...I've also checked that the optical drive is first in the boot order.

A:Sony Vaio Laptop Won't Boot

I've also checked that the optical drive is first in the boot order.

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I was using my Sony Vaio laptop (FE series I think...at least 5 yrs old) on Skype with family when the laptop crashed. I pressed the on/off button to switch off the laptop and reboot but there was no response when the laptop was trying to power up. The on-off button lights up, the 3 caps lock/scroll lock, etc lights switch on and remain on, but nothing appears on screen and nothing furter appears to happen.

I've left the laptop on charge for a couple of days and retried, same outcome. I've tried starting from the power cable and no battery, same outcome.

Do you have any ideas to as to what might have happened and how I can fix it? Would my hard-drive be corrupting thus losing all the data stored? How would I be able to hook the hard-drive up to another machine and copy off all the data?


A:Sony Vaio laptop won't switch on

Hello, it looks like there is something wrong with your screen, but is it always just black even from starting? Because on start you could enter recovery mode and start the laptop in safe mode, but if it's impossible to do so, then you can try to connect your laptop to external PC if you have one. Then you will see what's going on and figure out is it a screen problem or the whole system is messed up. Good luck!

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Hi All,

Having to work on a sunday and need help downgrading a Sony VGN-AR71S to XP, I need SATA drivers or a recovery disc.

Need to Get XP on it as its been FedEx'ed out 2moro !

I know some functionality will be lost buts its going to be for an office PC so don't care.




A:HELP PLEASE - Downgrade of Sony Vaio Laptop to XP

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Hi everybody.

I'm having troubles with my cousin's laptop, which is really slow after its start. Opening a folder takes too much time, the same is with custom application such as internet browser or ordinary pdf file.

If some apps are opened, for example Skype and Firefox, switching from one app to another is really long, imo longer than it should be.

Opened internet browser: if I want to open a new tab it is not fast as normally.
Copy-pasting on this laptop is also slow.

Actually everything except starting Windows takes too much time.

I'm leaving country in two days and it would be awesome, if somebody will be interested to help us. He has only 14 years and I want to teach him via Skype which is not so pleasurable for him with this laptop.

We will be ready to fix this issue also via sharing screen, no worries about wasting your time, we will deeply appreciate any kind of help!

I have deleted temp files, all useless apps, checked apps in background.
Startup files:

Below is more information about laptop and here is also HiJackThis scan (http://pastebin.com/4UvWUj7C).

Thank you very much!

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8 Single Language, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3120M CPU @ 2.50GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 1927 Mb
Graphics Card: Microsoft Basic Render Driver, 10 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 50000 MB, Free - 18353 MB; E: Total - 199999 MB, Free ... Read more

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Happy Holidays.
This weekend I purchased a use a Sony Vaio, Model PCG-11L.
So far in looks in good conditioned. The power cord, It looks well kept.
It ower ons bot i can't get past VAIO Care Rescue Screen.

I,M am in the process of installing ti os. let Se what happens.

I wii be happy to take any ideas "ANY".

And if you can point me im the right direction od any dqcumewntation

As you might tell this is my first used notebook.

Could anyone lelp, I have to tommorrw PM to returnt. Would lke to make it wok


Hello Ralph. I don't think PCG-11L is a valid Sony model number. I believe that number refers to the chassis only. The actual model number might be something like VPCEB47GM or VGNXXXXX. This Sony eSupport link shows the common locations for model numbers.

Sony Model Numbers

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Sony VAIO Laptop with Intel® Core? i5 Processor: VPCS111FM/S


Intel® Core? i5-430M processor; 4GB DDR3 memory; DL DVD±RW/CD-RW drive; 13.3" widescreen; 500GB hard driv

What do you think of this laptop, I like the size, weight and the price seems good, at 1050 USD.

A:Sony VAIO Laptop i5 opinions

I'm sorry but Sony Notebooks are like Porche's ......... dull, boring and overpriced.

Therefore, i suggest the following:

1. Dell Inspiron
2. HP DV6
3. ASUS K42F
4. Samsung (Looks promising but bigger screen)

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