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Need Mobo for Sony VAIO VGN-A200 Laptop

Q: Need Mobo for Sony VAIO VGN-A200 Laptop

Hey everyone,

I am searching for (and so far have had no luck finding) a motherboard for a Sony VAIO VGN-A200 series laptop. The model number is #PCG-8R3L. If anyone can give me some ideas on where to look, please reply!



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I am working on a Sony Vaio (Rs Pcv-RS620G) with an Asus P4SD-VL motherboard, and since this motherboard was only made for Sony, I can't buy a new one. So now I need to know of a replacement that will work. The size of the current MOBO is 9.6 x 9.6 .

Please disregard the signature PC

A:Solved: Need a New Mobo fora Sony Vaio

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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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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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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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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.
Please help me out.Click to expand...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I have a friends laptop sony vaio PCG-9N1M winXP Home

1) she had a keyboard caps lock always on - could not seem to stop it however, the shift key on the right hand side of the keybpard worked ok - so she continued using the laptop like that or a while

2) she was not happy with performance and decided she would restore the laptop using the restore CD supplied - then it started crashing wth stop code 0x0..8E

3) handed to me to have a look - so I tried to recovery using custom where you reformat the harddrive and rebuild - which I have done - however, the capslock is still on and it also blue screens + i had a NTOSKRNL.EXE error - which may be due to keyboard -

4) works OK in safe mode - I set automatic restart off - now it restarted into full windows - without a caplock problem - ???? - so i restarted the PC and got a blue screen with 0x0..7F error

5) Now it reboots into windows - a window comes up saying windows has had a sever error - do i want to report to microsoft

i have not really done much else with the PC

6) did not find the model on the sony website - as i had hoped it may just need drivers
any help welcome - thanks in advance

A:sony vaio PCG-9N1M laptop

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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, 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 up to 100% now 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. I have also rebooted it with all the start up programs taken off. Please let me know if it is a possible infection or how I can resolve this. Thanks in advance

A:Sony Vaio laptop very slow

Try running RKill (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/anti-virus/rkill) then scanning again.

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I bought a Vaio laptop from a friend a few weeks ago and his windows installation was corrupted with all types of spy/malware. He couldn't find his "Rescue" cds and I'm not the greatest fan of windows to begin with, so I put Fedora 6 linux on it. Well I went out and bought a XP install cd because the laptop just isn't functional enough without windows on it I'll keep the linux for my servers and home workstation...

So... my problem is thus:

I put the cd in the drive, it says "Press any key to boot from CD..." I hit enter...

It says "Setup is Determining your System Configuration" then goes black... and it sits there for about 20 minutes before I shut it off in frustration. I've rebooted 10 times to no avail. Is windows mad because there is linux on my machine?

I'm assuming that there are proprietary drivers for the intel 915 chipset that aren't included with the XP install so its not working. If that is the case is there a place to get those drivers and implant them into the XP install??


A:Reinstalling XP SP2 Sony Vaio Laptop

Chipset drivers is not the problem . . Linux is getting in the way . . see this: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314458

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Hey guys,

I have a 4-year old Sony Vaio VGN-S460 that won't boot up. The machine was running slowly for a long while and I was about to start cleaning it up. But today when I powered it on, the VAIO logo would show up but then nothing happens. I tried F8 to go into Safe Mode but nothing happens when I press F8.

I know the problem isn't the screen nor windows since it worked yesterday. So what can I do?

Intel Pentium M 740 1.73 GHz
512 MB RAM
80 GB HD
NVidia GeForce Go 6200

A:Sony Vaio Laptop Won't Boot Up

Can you get into BIOS setup?

What kinds of problems were you having before?

Anything new installed? What was the last thing you did to the machine? Anything removed by scanners?

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Hey all,

Sony Vaio laptop version PCG-61112L
Model VPCCW17FX does not turn on. Laptop adapter light does not appear even when plugged into a power outlet. Tried using the battery, but laptop still does not start up. No noise from laptop and adapter.
Using Windows 7.

Is there something wrong with the adapter or hard drive or something else?

Is it possible to start the laptop without erasing the data/files inside?

Thanks all

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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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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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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 a Sony Vaio Vgn-s38gp Laptop that I have recently performed a recovery on to reset the system. Prior to starting this process all functions such as the inbuilt mouse, wireless etc all were working fine. Now the laptop has the software for all the functions but when I enter into device manager it is registered as a pc. It thinks that there is a usb connecting the keyboard to the system and that it doesn't have the facilities to use the wireless internet.

Is there any way to change my system back to registering as a laptop? I have had this problem in the past (many years ago when we did a system recovery then) but can't remember how we got around this.

Please help!

A:Sony Vaio Laptop thinks its a PC -plz help!

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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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I have a problem with my laptop lately. When I play games or watch youtube, it freezes. I thought it was the heat, so I took it to the service and did full cleanup and paste change. They said that all hardwares are looking fine, no physical damage, but laptop still crashes even when it's cold.Did malware and virus scan-clean, did triple ramtest check-clean, graphic overcloac test- no crashes. I went in safemode and opened 10 youtube videos and 3 games at once-works fine. Only suspicion left on my new battery charger because the old one died because of sudden electricity charge at my home so I bought some replacement "Europower XRT" model XRT90-190-47--SON. Here is my speccy.
Thanks in advance.

A:Laptop Sony Vaio freezes

Wait until it freezes, then recover and then Let's try looking at these 2 sets of reports:1)  Please run this report collecting tool (even though you may not be reporting BSOD's) so we can provide a complete analysis:  http://omgdebugging.com/bsod-inspector/When done a Notepad document will open with the name of the file and it's location.By default it'll be a .zip file located on your DesktopSimply upload the .zip file with your next post and we'll move on from there.If it doesn't work for you, then please try this:  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/576314/blue-screen-of-death-bsod-posting-instructions-windows-10-81-8-7-vista/2)  Please do the following:- open Event Viewer (run eventvwr.msc from the "Run" dialog)- expand the Custom Views category (left click on the > next to the words "Custom Views")- right click on the "Administrative Events" heading- select "Save all Events in Custom View as..."- save the file as Admin.evtx- zip up the file (right click on it, select "Send to", select "Compressed (zipped) folder")- upload it with your next post (if it's too big, then upload it to a free file-hosting service and post a link here).FYI - If we're looking for Event ID 41 errors (unexplained shutdowns), there's more info on that here:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2028504While waiting for a reply, please monitor your temps with this free utility:  http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html 

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Hello Vistax64 I need some help with my Laptop.

First a few specs stuff:
Model: Sony VAIO VGN-N365E
-Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo CPU T2450 @ 2.00GHz, 2000 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
Display Driver?:Mobile Intel(R) 945GM Express Chipset Family
RAM: 1024.00 MB
Hard Drive: 120GB

Now with some of the problems:

My system has recently been randomly turning aero off, but I haven't made any major change recently but it still decides to randomly shut off aero. I need to know how to fix this.

The laptop comes stock with 2x512MB of ram, and apparently from using it this long, from around July, I believe I would be better with 2GB of ram. I need to know how to do this.

Today I went to try to play the game FlyFF and it went find for about 20mins and then randomly my display driver crashed. It recover immediately, well as so Vista said, but my computer was stuck with this big white box over the screen and I had no choice but to power off manually because nothing worked. Now I need to know if there is anyway to have some shop or way of getting a new display driver or getting a better one, or one I can actually work with. I can't play any games grrr. Any help?

I believe thats it. Sorry I couldn't find that much info on it. There was specs on E/B but I have just E.

A:Few Issues: [Sony VAIO Laptop]

Please someone, these are very important.

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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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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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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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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'm trying to fix a laptop for a friend, but it has turned out to be a tough problem to solve and I'm not sure where to go next with it.

It's a Sony Vaio, PCG-6D2L, I can't find it on the Sony website. It's one hard drive, Hitachi Travelstar 5K80, an Intel Centrino, an ATI Mobility Radeon 9700, running XP.

The problem started when she slammed the lid down a bit too hard, now it's pretty much dead. When I turn on the power, the fans turn and the power light goes green, but that's it. The hard drive spins up for a couple of seconds, but then seems to give up and switch off again. The screen stays off, not even a flicker. I've tried connecting it to another screen through the VGA out but there was no signal coming out of it. It's also not responding to any kind of inputs as far as I can tell, i.e. pressing the lock keys doesn't illuminate the corresponding LED. No sounds come out of the speakers to indicate windows starting or anything like that.

I'm not sure what to do as I can't even see the POST or BIOS on the screen, so I'm asking for help. Anyone?

Thank you,

PS Just to add, it's outside warranty and I've already opened it up and had a look inside, so don't worry about giving 'hands-on' advice.

A:Sony Vaio dead laptop

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Hey all,

Sony Vaio laptop version PCG-61112L
Model VPCCW17FX does not turn on. Laptop adapter light does not appear even when plugged into a power outlet. Tried using the battery, but laptop still does not start up. No noise from laptop and adapter.
Using Windows 7.

Is there something wrong with the adapter or hard drive or something else?

Is it possible to start the laptop without erasing the data/files inside?

Thanks all

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Greetings - I've looked at considerable input, but can't find anything that tells me how to replace the hard drive in the subject Sony laptop. I can tell by the sound where it is, but can't figure out how to get to it. Took out all the screws, but can't pry off the back. I'm sure there are some clips I'll break.
Anyone know of a step-by-step for a person who is a step or two above a novice??

Many thanks!

A:Sony Vaio Laptop VGN-S460P

Not your exact model - but may be worth a look

This is for a VGN-SZ series


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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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I have a Sony Laptop VGN-AR730E/B running Windows Vista. I had to format and reinstall from my recovery disks but I did not install all the Vaio programs as I had my own programs that did what most of them did, only better. I did not install all of the Sony Vaio applications because they seemed to be bloatware and excessive programs at that. When I have a CD or DVD in the tray, the eject button and the sound control above it on top of the laptop that has the + and - do not work. I can open the CD/DVD tray by the little button on the side of the computer but not with the eject button on top. Everything else works fine and I have no conflicts in device manager. If someone could tell me which part of the Vaio programs controls this so that I could install it I would be most appreciative. I've posted this question on the Sony software forum but not a single reply has been made and that was over 2 weeks ago.

Thanks for all your help in advance.

A:Sony Vaio Applications on my laptop

How did you install the operating system to exclude the OEM applications?

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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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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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Hey guys. I have a Sony Vaio laptop that is about 4 years old. It's always been a good machine but I haven't been using it because it shuts off randomly for no reason and with no warning. SometimesI could use it for 3 hours doing whatever I want... Other times it shuts off like the power is cut instantly, even when I'm first booting it up before it's in use and getting hot.

I took the cover off today after looking around and the other forums with similar issues all saying it was full of dust and probably needed to be cleaned... Well as you can see, dust is not the problem.

Do you guys have any ideas?

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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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Hey guys!

New here to the forums & I could do with some assistance please!

I've been assigned the task of removing Windows XP from a brand new Sony Vaio laptop...
Reason being that some of the software required for the company will only run under Windows 2000,

I have the master discs for 2000 & the serial, and a full set of driver discs for the sonys hardware,

How do I uninstall XP from the laptop...?

PS - Does anyone know if the Windows 2000 CD will boot from the CD drive when XP is removed??


A:Removing XP from new Sony Vaio Laptop

Plz donot start 2 threads with the same problem! Reply only to the one indicated below -


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I have a Sony Vaio, FS740/W lap top, whose video will hopefully that will go into a Sharp LC big screen Model LC52L65U with a 15 pin PC input

I used the standard VGA cord that came with my LG monitor, (that I was using on my desktop which is now using digital) , and plugged it into the TV, and into the Laptop.

When I tried to switch the laptop over, the TV said the signal was incompatible. The driver is the most updated driver, version dated 6/8/2005 from Sony.

Any ideas? I was hoping I could plug in the laptop and use the big screen to teach some of the veterans here, how to access the internet. Easier to do with a big screen, if ya know what I mean.

Oh, BTW, XP home, service pack 2, intel pent' 1.73ghz, 2 gig ram


A:Solved: HELP! Sony Vaio Laptop to TV

Check the TV manual for supported resolutions. I can't find that model on Sharp's USA website.

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