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Sony VAIO PC RSV320 Battery Problems

Q: Sony VAIO PC RSV320 Battery Problems

Low Battery Warning and replacement on SONY VAIO Desktop RSV320.

I have replaced the two 3220 type batteries twice in the past three months after never doing that the first 2 1/2 years I have owned it.
Any ideas?

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A friend of mine has a Sony Vaio. His battery although fully charged gives only 15-20minitues of usage. He then bought a new battery and it gives the same problem. HELP!

A:Sony Vaio Battery Problems

I assume you are talking about a vaio laptop???
The best thing he can do in my opinion is sell it asap and get a proper laptop.
Sony make good tv's and stereo's, but their vaio pc's and laptop's are rubbish.

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Hey guys, im not sure if this is the right section or not but oh well.

I have a sony vaio VGN-NR31J/s laptop, and i recently installed Windows 7 ultimate, it runs perfectally but im having some issues with my battery.

First problem is that i only get about 30-40 minutes maximum battery life, opposed to the 3 - 3.5 hours i had on vista.

The other problem is that it takes a whopping 5 hours to charge back up!

i have no idea whats causing these problems, i have installed the most up to date drivers for everything, installed sony vaio power management and tweaked every setting possible, but still no change.

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated, thankyou.


A:Sony Vaio battery problems.

With Lithium ion batteries, you will want to turn off sleep and hibernate and drain them once per month.

Completely drain the battery, then fully charge it.

It will help, but it may be beyond repair if you have never done this.

It can't hurt to try it.

You can also go in to advanced power options and change the settings on the battery.

Good luck. Hope this helps in some small way.

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I have the following, seemingly related problems with my Sony-Vaio laptop and Windows 7 Pro. When I go to Control Panel + Hardware & Sound + Power Options + Edit Plan Settings, I get the following error screen:
When I go to My Computer + Manage + Services + Power Service, and start the service I get the following error screen:
As a general rule, I leave the laptop plugged in. I am unable to run the laptop on battery power, with the cord unplugged. How do I correct the problem? I know that I didn't use to have this problem. Should I unplug the laptop periodically, and use the battery
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

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After my friend's laptop wouldn't run on battery power OR charge the battery I tried many "fixes."
Shockingly none worked that I found.
Only one thing worked for me to my surprise.
A last ditch effort was to open up the laptop (sony pcg-81114L) and disconnect the cmos battery for a few minutes to reset the CMOS.
To my surprise, when powered on, the battery instantly showed it was charging AND when removing the power plug the battery POWERS the laptop now! (and I'd thought I was wasting my time.)
Worked with an off brand battery also.
Many times this has saved many computers that have odd "unsolvable" things wrong with them.
Surely someone else has done this also but I haven't seen it posted anywhere to my knowledge.
Thank GOD for bringing the idea to remembrance!

A:sony vaio won't charge battery or run on battery power (CMOS BATTERY FIX!)

Hi askfault,
Do you have any information on how this fixes the battery problem? would be interested to know.

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I have a Sony Vaio laptop which i bought about a week ago.

When i unplug the adapter and the laptop switches to battery power, it drops to 90% in about 2/3 minutes.

After that the battery discharges slower. It lasts about 2 hours, surfing the internet (it advertised "up to 3").

I just wanted to know if this rapid discharge to begin with is normal and whether this is a normal battery life to expect.

Many thanks

A:Sony Vaio Battery

2 hours is not terrible, and "up to 3 hours" battery time is figure with maximum power saving settings. Unless the performance of the battery degrades I would not think that is a problem.

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Hi There

This is just a query and apologies if in the wrong forum.

I have just bought a new Sony Vaio VGN-NW20ZF/S recently with windows 7 on it. i removed mcaffee and put kaspersky 2010 suite and FM 2010 and need a quite powerful machine and the guy in the shop said this will be ok which it has, which is one of the main reasons i bought the machine.

The battery seems to take ages to charge (it is at 66% at the moment) and still has an hour and if down to 10% and takes over 2 and half to maybe 3 hrs to charge but am not sure exactly as i charge it over night when the machine is switched off. Is this normal? The battery is a 2.5 hr battery.

The battery seems to discharge quite quickly although this might be that i am using the machine and loose track of time.

i am trying "batteryBar Pro" for 30 days and it seems quite good.

Also it seems to take a wee bit longer to to load than when i first got it. Especially the VAIO GATE which takes a wee while to come up.

I have the machine connected wireless to a router and connected in a network to 2 other desktop machines (running Windows XP).

The bottom of the latop seems to get hot after an hour or 2 and wondered it that is normal,. When using it on my lap i use a book to put it on between my legs and the laptop as it is hot.


I made recovery disks when i first used the machine and they are on 3 DVD-Rs. I was wondering if i used the recovery (by prerssing F10) i think during boot to reset back to factory settings... Read more

A:Solved: Sony Vaio Battery

I made recovery disks when i first used the machine and they are on 3 DVD-Rs. I was wondering if i used the recovery (by prerssing F10) i think during boot to reset back to factory settings will this delete the hidden partition that is used for recovery or will it just erase the c drive and leave that partition?Click to expand...

It should keep the hidden partition

You have quite a few charging options on the Vaio - on of which is a low charge and set to increase battery life
I'm not next to my vaio so cant see the settings to post here - i'll have a look soon and repost

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I have a Sony VAIO VGN-230E running on Windows Vista. I recently had to replace the battery with a non-Sony one. To remedy the problem of an annoying dialog box coming up to tell me that the battery was not compatible, I did the MSCONFIG fix I found on this board. However, I now have another problem: the battery meter reads plugged in, not charging at 52%. Is the battery really not charging or is this because of the utility program I shut off?

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I just got a used 2003 Sony Vaio laptop (Model PGC-FRV27) and after cleaning up a messy hard drive, it seems to run nicely, except I can only use it while plugged in to the power adapter/charger!

I bought a new battery thinking this should be an easy solution, but no go. The battery charge light blinks, which indicates the battery is recognized and being charged-right?
I just returned the new battery to the Ebay dealer (explaining it won't take a charge) and they will only replace it with another one
I think it's a problem with some connection or other hardware issue.
Can anyone please help me with this?

>>>> I also tried increasing the memory, but it isn't being recognized either. (See seperate thread post above)....

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Hi, I'm new.. etc..

I'm the process of trying to fix a Sony Vaio PCG-FX105K, running Windows 2000.
Amongst other things, the battery doesnt seem to charge.. the diagnostic (which I assume is Sony's own) reports the battery is 0% charged, and will require 7½ hours to charge..
Only other redeeming feature, is that the battery light flashes twice every couple of seconds..

Any pointers would be appriciated

A:Sony Vaio battery problem

Hi :0

7 1/2 hours for charging indicates that the system must think that the battery needs a full charge, which could indocate a number of things

the battery charging transformer that is connected to the power supply is maybe not working properly

the connection to the battery are disconnected or connected wrong (check that the ground wire and hot lead are correct

the battery is not good and connot be charged any more ( you can check this with another battery)

one thing you can do is use a multi-tester meter to check the input (charging leads) to the battery .. this way you can see if the voltage is getting to the battery

if yes, then replace battery

if no, replace the connection to the battery
that is all I can suggest with the information given

good luck

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I have a Sony Vaio SVF15N17CXB Fit 15A Flip 2-in-1 15.5" Touchscreen Laptop.

I can run it only plugged in to the wall. The battery icon in the taskbar shows a red X and has the words "No battery is detected" when you hover over it.

I have replaced the battery 2x (one was a used battery, the other new) and it has not fixed the issue.

Any assistance is appreciated.

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Hi hope someone can help. I have done a clean install of Windows 7 Homepremium and my battery life on my Vaio TX3 has gone from 6.5 Hours to only 3 hours. I cant find the power management drivers. Also I can no longer use the keyboard hot keys to adjust the screen brightness ! thanks

A:Sony Vaio VGN-TX3 XP/L power / battery drivers

Was told today by Sony that the VGN series will not be supported with Win 7

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Hello -

I have a Sony Vaio vgn-fs760. I decided to replace the battery because I was only getting 15 - 20 minutes not connected to the AC adapter. I ordered a large capacity battery (VGP-BPL2).

I installed the battery and let it charge overnight - it still reports 100% charging when I hover in the systray. When I double click on the battery in the Power Meter, I believe that it is still showing as the old battery - clicking on refresh does nothing.

Please help.

A:Sony Vaio main battery replacement

sony charging systems has very large period of "tickle charge", that means, that battery will charge to reach designed capacity with very small amount of current(from around 80% till 100%), and this is normal. download mobile meter software, in "battery information" tab you'll see charging process of main battery in realtime. also it shows designed capacity, full charge capacity and current capacity that slowly rises.

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I can't find a way to disable battery charging in my Sony Vaio E series model. I play games and battery drains quickly if I play games on battery. For now I have removed the battery but this is not an option. Please guide me how do I disable battery charging in my laptop.
Thanks a tons in advance.

A:Diable Battery Charging in Sony Vaio

Windows 8 64 bit
Hardware : -
Core i3
2.1 GHz
512 MB Nvidia GeForce 410M

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Hi, I bought a new Sony Vaio Laptop Model SR 520G from Best Buy 10 weeks ago. It came with Win 7 Professional installed. Now I am getting the error message

"The installed battery may not be properly connected to the computer or may not be compatible with the computer. Press OK to hibernate and remove". as soon as I turn it on. It works fine if I remove the battery and run on electric power.
It will only hibernate, I cannot click anywhere else, or get past this. How do I overcome this error? Thank you.

A:Battery Problem on New Sony Vaio Laptop

I would contact the the supplier as it maybe the battery has failed.......

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sony vaio vgn-nr430e. got a replacement. It shows that there's a. battery there when I plug it in, and will power the computer when I unplug the power supply. However, my orange battery light blinks nonstop, the battery is at 80 percent but not charging, and when I turn on my computer it will not turn on unless I unplug the battery. The orange battery light lights up and remains lit until I remove the battery. It will turn on with AC power alone. Inserting the battery after turning it on induces the situation I described first- can see that battery is there, but it won't charge, and the light blinks. battery model is vgp-bps9/b. tried the file that came with it (bps9.exe) that I guess should block isbmgr.exe in some way but two more problems arise- can't find isbmgr.exe anywhere in program files, and when I run the program I was provided with I get error code 1275,Can't update BIOS, drvr phlashnt.sys has been blocked from loading

if it helps yesterday i upgraded from vista 32 to windows 7 64 bit.


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I see there is a thread from 2007 on this, that is now closed & refers to doing something scary with the MSCONFIG or something. Please can someone explain to an (almost) novice, what I need to do to make my brand new battery work on my Sony VAIO VGN-FE31Z. The message I get when I install my battery is that "The installed battery may not be properly connected to the computer or may not be compatible with the computer. Press OK to hibernate and remove". Help!! I am running Windows XP and the laptop was purchased new from Sony in September 2006.

A:Sony Vaio replacement battery incompatible

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Sony vaio replacement battery not recognized?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T7250 @ 2.00GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3061 Mb (All 4GB recognized by Vista, not BIOS)
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family, 448 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 74816 MB, Free - 10203 MB; D: Total - 870 MB, Free - 224 MB; E: Total - 1749 MB, Free - 609 MB; F: Total - 2831 MB, Free - 428 MB; G: Total - 14315 MB, Free - 3748 MB; H: Total - 74811 MB, Free - 11524 MB;
Motherboard: Sony Corporation, VAIO
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled.

got a replacement battery and a different original from a computer bought at same month when the initial one became a brick for some undetermined electrical charging problem. Initially, if the larger generic replacement stopped being recognized, I could put in the other original and the system would reset. After a night when the hibernation file was deleted (now restored), and the batteries changed, the unit has never recognized either battery. The complaint is the same as this prior : It shows that there's a battery there when I plug it in, and will power the computer when I unplug the power supply. However, my orange battery light blinks very rapidly, nonstop and the batter will discharge but not charge. Should I turn off my computer, it will not t... Read more

A:Solved: Sony Vaio battery not recognized

This problem solved by two steps:
1) replacing the ISBMgr.exe in registry with the 'Version.txt' stopped the ISBMgr file from working AND notifies me of the registry switch to be corrected later by showingup on boot, but
2) using device manager to delete Microsoft ACPI-Compliant System from the System category of devices seems to have re-initiated the entire system.

On deletion of Microsoft ACPI-Compliant System, I had to be ready to replace the video driver; all the other drivers seem to have been found automatically.

Both portable batteries now charge and are charged. The system boots by battery; operates on battery.

The system hibernates correctly after having followed instructions to rebuild hibernation file by
using an administrator command prompt, & typing:
powercfg /hibernate on
followed by a computer restart.

I also fixed the power settings to protect hibernation by following these instructions on all power settings:
•Click “Change advance power settings”
•Scroll to and expand the “Sleep” option.
•Select “Off” to the “Allow hybrid sleep” option.
•Scroll to and expand the “Power buttons and lid” option.
•Select “Hibernate” for the “Sleep button action” option. 10. Select “Hibernate” for the “Start menu power button” option.

The VAIO VGN-CR320E now uses its battery function as it should. I continue to get the text at start up for having replaced ISBMgr.exe in the registry with Version.txt. I have not yet decided to delete ... Read more

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Good morning Computer Tech guys,
I may have made a slight error switching out my power supply well first of all... I changed it out because the old one would turn the computer on randomly (me pushing the button of course). Now I put in this new battery 250 W and I get sort of clicking noise? I have read about the fan interference, but there is nothing blocking the fan and I do not think it is the hard drive or mother board itself. So should I try another power supply? Thanks again.

A:Solved: Sony Vaio Battery change

And low and behold 230 volts instead of 115 I feel like a noob

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sony vaio vgn-fs840 battery not recognized. anyone know why?

A:Sony Vaio vgn-fs840 battery not recognized

The only way to sort this out, is to install another battery. If the "new" battery is not detected, the motherboard may be bad

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I am trying to find a replacement battery for My Sony Vaio VGN-FZ 180N. I have found quite a few on ebay as seen in the below link.


However, they are all saying that the battery will not work if the computer is running windows 7. I am definitely wanting upgrade from Vista to W7. It's quite funny that each post on ebay has simple grammatical errors and all of their replies to my questions were the same.

What about this Battery: http://www.buy.com/prod/battery-for...-vgn-fz18-vgn-fz180e/q/loc/101/219129390.html

Can someone tell me if this is not going to work or there is a battery that will work with this Sony and W7. Thanks.

A:Finding a replacement Battery for a Sony VAIO VGN-FZ180E

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I have noticed since upgrading my Sony Vaio VGN-FZ180E to windows 7 the battery life is very poor. The battery was purchased off ebay and was bought to replace the original sony battery. The battery life was much better with windows vista. I remember reading about problems with the battery if upgrading to W7. However, I would rather have W7 and decrease battery life, then Vista and good battery life. Am I stuck with poor battery performance while having W7 installed or is there something I can do. Appreciate any tips

A:Poor Battery performance with Sony Vaio VGN-FZ180E


The troubleshooting section may be helpful to you.


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i just got given a replacement battery for my sony vaio VGN-CR220E, plugged it in and my computer wont recognize it and wont charge it.
a sheet of paper i got with the laptop says the battery has "microporcessor software, which calculates the battery volume during charging" and my computer says the battery is not installed on the computer
is there any way to install it?
really really need this battery to work

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I installed a new battery and it won't charge. battery light just blinks away. I have un/reinstalled battery with no change. The battery is listed as compatible to my laptop. OS is Win 7 Ultmate 64bit.

A:Solved: Sony Vaio (vgn-aw130j) battery won't charge

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I just recently upgraded my sony vaio laptop pcg-934A with windows xp and installed a wireless wlan1500 pc card. Before installing/upgrading, my battery was working fine, up to 2 hours of watching a DVD movie on it. Now, while the battery shows as 100% charged, whenever I disconnect the power cord from the laptop, the battery power instantly shows up as 10% charged within seconds and automatically shuts off. I have to replug the power cord onto the laptop in order to have power. Is it possible that the battery went bad overnight? I have been trying to figure this out for a week now and am nervous about taking the laptop to a repair shop, only to charge me $100 just to tell me to buy another $100 battery.

A:sony vaio pcg-934A laptop shuts off automatically when using battery only

Actually call afew of the shops in your area including battery vendors and ask if they can test the battery for you. Most will not charge you to do this.
Unfortunately with batteries there's no rhyme or reason to their failure, ive seen them go both ways; gradually over time and just plain dead overnite.


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Hello all,

I hope someone here can help since i have searched the web far and wide for a solution but nothing seems to work.

Okay so i will tell you what led up to this problem:

I had a friend with an Sony Vaio SVF15A1C5E who from when he bought it had windows 8.1 installed. So he came to me with windows 7 and asked if i could make a clean install with. So i did without any big problems, he had it for like 2 months and everything worked. Then he installed some shitty programs on and it went slow on him. So we had to reinstall windows just to make sure everything was gone.
So i reinstalled Windows 7 without any problems every driver seemed to work but suddenly i noticed that the battery would not charge which i found odd, so i fumbled around with the AC but nothing seemed to work. Then i tried to reinstall the driver for the AC management that was on it. Still nothing seemed to change it. Then i thought okay, i will just reinstall windows 7 once again and it should work. But sure enough it did not work. So i am stuck now and i do not know what to do.

Notice this is a laptop only 1 year old and the battery cannot be taken out so i can try those options people have come up with on other threads. Also i tried to update bios but it says that bios is fully updated. SP1 is also installed.

I really hope someone can help here. Thanks.

A:Sony Vaio wont charge battery after clean windows 7 install

Okay so now i have installed windows 8.1 on it and it does charge with it. So it is without a doubt a software problem. im still not having windows 8 on this laptop. since my friend wants windows 7 on it.

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I saw a warning about trying to replace my Sony Laptop battery...that it wouldn't work with Windows 7, but the battery sales person convinced me it would. Now I've spent all day trying to figure out a solution, and have found none.

The battery came with a driver disk which won't load cause it was for a 32 bit, mine is 64 bit.

I tried uninstalling the "Batteries > Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery" and reinstalling, but it gave me an error message saying it couldn't install.

I went to Microsoft and downloaded all the updates.

I tried this...but could not find "ISBmgr.exe" under the start up tab.

From either the Start menu or command prompt run MSCONFIG.exe
On Vista machines, Windows will prompt you for permission to continue
In the System Configuration window, click the "Startup" tab and find the item containing "ISBMgr.exe"
Uncheck the box for the "ISBMgr.exe"
Click "Ok" to save and accept the changes and restart the laptop
You may be prompted on restart that Windows is running in selective mode. Just uncheck the notification option on bottom right.
I followed a few other iterations of those above steps with battery in, battery out, and other pokie turn yourself around things and am now stuck.
The new battery does not charge even when everything is shut down and plugged in. Yet, my old battery charges fine. It just won't hold a charge for longer than 20 minutes. T... Read more

A:Sony Vaio Laptop Battery Replacement Windows 7 (Plugged in, not charging)

Is this new battery a SONY battery?
If NOT, I would take it back to where you got it, get your money and get a REALLY Sony battery.

All I can find at http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-list.pl?mdl=VGN-FZ180E&region_id=1 is Vista, no Windows 7 support.

Did you install a retail version of Windows 7 on a Vista machine?

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Hello,I have this epic piece of junk Sony Vaio laptop (brand new) that I am helping a friend set up.There are a couple of blaring problems. Things seem to freeze up at times, I can't click at certain times and the biggest issue is that the system appears to hang and/or go at an EXTREMELY low speed during certain functions.One example is Windows Update. I'm quite familiar with Windows Update on XP. I've never used Vista, but I would think it would be similar. I've never seen updates take this long, and these aren't large updates either.This screen had stayed like this for almost 10 minutes. No movement on the progress bar whatsoever. Eventually it starts up and will finish but, it takes FOREVER:http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p77/pia...76/DSC00177.jpgThere were other updates too, that were rather small (under 100 mb) that just froze for an eternity before finishing, at best going VERY slowly. I'm talking having to wait 20 minutes for updates that should have taken minutes.Some of the updates required a restart at which point I could have written a couple of novels by the time it finally booted into windows after various reboots and a strange screen I have never seen before (black, dos like screen with escalating counting numbers with file names).This computer is brand new, right out of the box from Comp USA. It looks very cool, but performs like crap. Could this be a lemon?I've never had a brand new computer act like this, yet I've never used Vista - so I'm not sure what to... Read more

A:Problems with New Sony Vaio

Being a new system, you've got to be aware of the warranty, and of the time lost attempting to fix the issues (plus any time it may be out for repair).

So, my suggestion would be to backup any information on the system and proceed with a restore of the system to factory specs.
This will tell you, in short order, if the problem is hardware based or software based (the warranty covers hardware).

If the restore doesn't fix it, this indicates that the problem is most likely in the hardware. Then, either send it in for service or exchange it for a new one (depending on the reseller's return policies).

If the restore does fix it, then there's a software issue that will have to be troubleshot if it recurs.

FWIW - my experience with Sony laptops is that they are very good computers - but every once in a while a lemon will slip through and it's a genuine pain to fix it and keep it fixed.

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Hi there

I have an old Sony Vaio laptop that i have stuck some more memory in and formatted before installing W7 ultimate. however i am having issues installing drivers for some of the hardware, specifically and most essentially the centrino wifi setup and the graphics chipset

the model is a Sony Vaio VGN-FJ3S/W that runs and intel pentium m 740 processor and Intel? 915GM centrino chipset

i've tried the sony website but its only supported driver downloads top out on windows vista and those drivers dont work

any suggestions of help much appreciated



A:Sony Vaio Problems

done some digging, seems intel havent released and drivers for this old chipset that will work with windows 7 :-(

oh well best sell the old girl then! sad times!

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First off...

When my vgn-fs920 laptop was new i had a set of speakers plugged into the front headphone jack and my brother knocked it off the bed and it broke the headphone jack on the computer. Is there anyway that can be repaired?


My ignorant brother knocks it off again last night and cracks the LCD screen...
do you know where i could get one for a fairly good price?
is it easy to replace?

A:Sony Vaio Problems...

You better keep the next laptop off your bed, or keep it away from your brother...

Phone jack is part of the motherboard $400-$700

LCD screen $1000

All this equals save for a new laptop

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2 days ago i was using computer, when i shut programs everything on desktop was gone, all files said they were empty. i did a system restore from a previous date and then they all returned. then i began receiving a message box which said center stage unable to complete. it continues to pop up, then periodically i am getting a smile in the left hand corner of screen. this has caused great difficulty with the internet. it either redirects me to the wrong pages no matter what search engine i use, or i have to click on specific site 4 to 5 times before it will actually go to the site. i have been reading different threads on internet stating that it is a problem with sony vaio. i have also purchased a new nortons virus program installed and scanned whole computer and it still has not fixed the problem, can anyone please help.

A:problems with sony vaio

Hi codfish10,

Generally I would say that it looks like a malware, but lets check a few things first before going down that road:

What exactly is that "center stage" fault, could you please provide us with the full error message and/or a screenshot of the event.

If you run the PC in Safemode (Press F8 during startup), choose "safemode with networking", does the problem persist there aswell?

What page are you being redirected to?

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New Sony Vaio VPCEB4AFD (Canada only) laptop with blu ray disc player/burner. \it plays DVDs but not copy protected blu ray discs. I have learned about AACS and ICT which may be my problem but have no idea how to get an access key or even update the current one if it even exists.

Anyone else had to fdigure this out?

A:blu ray problems on new sony vaio

Problem solved but thanks anyway

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Hello, i have been having some problems with my Sony Vaio lately.

Whenever i start it up it seems to hang at loading explorer.exe and it just shows a blank screen for about 5 minutes and then loads everything up.

The mouse touchpad and buttons are also playing up, i have to click things atleast 6 times before they will open up and the scroll on the side of the touchpad will not work. I do not think it is my something wrong with the touchpad and buttons because i plug in a mouse and it is having the same problems.

I have attached a DxDiag, thanks.

A:Sony Vaio Problems

Anyone? =)

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Hello, everyone.

I have been trying to work on my mother's Sony VAIO PCG-9B5L laptop for the past short while. The situation occurring with it has become quite frustrating, and I am not exactly sure what the problem could be. The laptop is running Windows XP Home Edition (SP2) with 512MB RAM. It uses a 1.4Ghz AMD Athlon processor.

Here is the problem: When booting the computer, a message stating "Operating System Not Found" is displayed, and nothing more. At random times it will actually boot into Windows, but after awhile the hard drive makes clicking sounds...sequentially (kind of like "click...click...click")
Unfortunately, I am unsure of what model/manufacturer hard drive the laptop has within it. I have been trying to find a good bootable floppy diagnostics utility to find out this information so that maybe I could perform a low-level format and some other tests on the drive to see if there is a problem there. I was told by many people that this could probably be fixed by doing pattern testing, read/write testing, and low-level formatting the drive.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I think that the first step would be to find a good (preferably free) bootable floppy diagnostics/information utility in order to find the name/serial number of the hard drive so that specific drive utilities from the manufacturer could be downloaded and utilized.

Thanks in advance for any help with this whatsoever. I just hope that this problem can be fixed ... Read more

A:Sony VAIO Problems...

Sounds like a dying harddrive. Some of the VAIOs actually have easily accessible HDDs from the back (usually just 4 screws and 1 back panel), you may be able to open it yourself to take a look.

Otherwise if it's still in Warrenty, you can try contacting Sony.

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(I hope I spelt that right!).

Could someone tell me, on the Sony vaios' are the usb ports (on the back) connected directly to the main board? As I am wondering if it is possible to repair or replace them?

Any help much appreciated.

A:sony vaio usb problems

that depends on your model. most vaios use integrated USB than is built right into the motherboard. other models have a pci card installed.

sony vaios are terrible computers, especially from the standpoint of assembly and component choices. so don't be surprised if you finally get the stupid case open and find that you can't do anything about the problem.

perhaps more detailed information of your problems would help...

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Sony Vaio vgn-fj270 hard drive went bad, friends computer and when she got the blue screen of death she wanted to save some stuff so after going online and researching she entered msconfig and did something to the boot.ini, now I have purchased a new hard drive for her and installed it, put in the Windows XP Home disc, formatted the new drive and finished step one of the os install, when the computer restarts it will not start from the HD, instead it keeps going back to "to boot from cd press any key", I have entered setup and set the machine to boot from HD first but nothing works, any Ideas?

A:Sony Vaio problems

http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/model-home.pl?mdl=VGNFJ270&LOC=3#/manualsTab , take a look at Sony instructions for replacing hard drive.


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Everytime I start my laptop, it loads up gets onto my homepage and then after about a minute freezes completely, meaning that I have to press the power button to turn it off and on again.

Please advise as to a remedy to this situation

Kind Regards


A:Sony Vaio Technical Problems

Freezing can indicate an over heating issue. Clean out the inside the pc with a can of compressed air, if it is a laptop clean all air vents with a can of air. Keep the laptop elevated from bed, couch, and carpet like surfaces consider a cooling pad.

If you have a desktop access BIOS look at the temp and voltage readings. Also post the make and model of your machine, and PSU make and model including wattage. Custom build same thing including the brand and model of your motherboard, and graphics card if any.

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Hi folks, I really need some advice from computer experts here.

Last night I was on my laptop, listening to music, surfing the net etc then all of a sudden the screen just went black. Now I left this for 5 minutes to see what would happen after this I decided to shut down it by pressing down the on/off button. I left this for a few minutes to cool down then when I turned on the laptop the Sony Vaio sign showed up -all seemed fine then it went black again.

I done this another time and got some messages on the screen, acknowledging the laptop had not shut down properly. I then chose the option to enter the laptop in a 'safe mode' i think where all the icons were much larger and the laptop had all the essential programs on it. From here I chose to shut down the laptop properly so I went Start>Shut Down. I then left the laptop for a good 5 minutes then decided to see if it was ok. When the Sony Vaoi sign showed up, the graphics were all fuzzy, then the screen went black with yellow dotted lines running down the screen.

I then left the laptop overnight and switched it on this morning the message then came displaying the 'full System repair' option. So I chose, it displayed loading bars showing its progression etc. Then the screen went back to black with the yellow dotted lines runing down it?

Anyone know what happened? Can you help me? I really need my laptop for coursework at university right now.

My Laptop is the: Sony-Vaio-VGN-NR385

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I have posted a few other times recently regarding this epic piece of junk Sony Vaio laptop that I am helping a friend set up.

It was performing so poorly that I disabled many services to help speed things up a bit. I was told here that disabling services could lead to more problems, so for the sake of troubleshooting, I've restored the system to the state it was in right out of the box.

There are a couple of blaring problems. Things seem to freeze up at times, I can't click at certain times and the biggest issue is that the system appears to hang and/or go at an EXTREMELY low speed during certain functions.

One example is Windows Update. I'm quite familiar with Windows Update on XP. I've never used Vista, but I would think it would be similar. I've never seen updates take this long, and these aren't large updates either.

This screen had stayed like this for almost 10 minutes. No movement on the progress bar whatsoever. Eventually it starts up and will finish but, it takes FOREVER:


There were other updates too, that were rather small (under 100 mb) that just froze for an eternity before finishing, at best going VERY slowly. I'm talking having to wait 20 minutes for updates that should have taken minutes.

Some of the updates required a restart at which point I could have written a couple of novels by the time it finally booted into windows after various reboots and a stra... Read more

A:Solved: Problems with New Sony Vaio

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Sony VAIO laptop / win7 /

Won't connect to internet now
- one day it was working perfect and the next is like someone deleted things and wont recognise any hardware at All!
System recovery won't work because Microsoft never set up a start point whatever that means..
I have no copy of windows 7 or any of the recovery cds...

Wish I could talk to someone that could help me that has a voice.

Help please

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Hello, I own a Sony Vaio VGN-BX51XP. I recently installed Windows 7 but lost all the drivers. I tried to search for drivers for Windows 7 but there aren't any, the only ones I could find were for windows XP.

Is there any solution to this?

Also, I didn't unnistall windows xp first, I thought I could just delete it after installing windows 7, and I did delete all the files in the windows xp folder but it still ocupies 15gb, and when I turn on the pc it still asks me which windows I want to initiate.

Any input on these 2 questions would be appreciated.

A:Sony Vaio problems with Windows 7

Quote: Originally Posted by ytsephill

Also, I didn't unnistall windows xp first, I thought I could just delete it after installing windows 7, and I did delete all the files in the windows xp folder but it still ocupies 15gb, and when I turn on the pc it still asks me which windows I want to initiate.

This is a no-no.

What you need to do is a clean install. Back-up your data externally and boot from your windows 7 CD. Select Custom Install, format the drive and install.

Hopefully Win 7 will install drivers for your hardware and we can help you from there on even more.

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I have a Sony Vaio BX563-B. I have encountered a black screen; no matter what I seem to do, I cannot get it to light. It seems to be getting power (the fan runs, the CD drive spins, etc.) but regardless of whether on battery power or AC, I cannot get it to respond.

I have run the computer on battery until exhausted, allowed the machine to recharge, and still no result. Help?

A:Problems with Sony Vaio Screen

Either the backlight or inverter has failed. You need to replace one or the other, and there are only24 screws of four different sizes to remove and reinstall... but it is the screw covers that are the difficult part on a Sony.

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Friend has a Sony Vaio he asked me to look at needed network driver. I went to control panel and clicked device manager, got the following error message. "The specified service does not exist as an installed service." I have never seen or even heard of that problem, however he said network driver was needed so i went to Sony downloaded the driver onto flash drive, when tried to open with Sony got same error message as above. Any ideas would be appreciated.

Specs. Sony Vaio VGN-FE890 Windows Vista Home Premium sp2 32bit Intel Core 2 T5500 3GB ram

A:Weird Sony Vaio problems

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Hey guys

Ok so I was handes this sony vaio laptop model pcg-7141L to fix because of viruses. Well I removed the hdd and hooked it up as a external and dis virus scans, house call found 8 and mse found 1. So I hooked it back up to the laptop and tryed to boot but I got a start up repair screen that said it couldn't repair the problem. I can't find any restore points or recovery options and sfc/scannow refuses to even work all I get is a "windows was unable to start the repair proccess message. I'm trying my vista 64 erd disk as soon as I boot it but I don't know if sfc will work from the cd or not.

I've tried safe mode but the pc reboots, now I'm running out of options on how to fix it. Any body have any ideas I can try?

A:Problems with a sony vaio with vista HP 64

I suggest you connect the HDD as a slave to the other system again, copy your personal files out, reconnect the HDD to the original system and reinstall Vista x64.

Regards. . .



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SONY VAIO-Skype installation problems
I have SONY VAIO laptop model PCG-7Z2L (VGN-NR120E). I try to instal Skype free software on it. I downloaded the installation-execution file and try to run (install) it. Here the problem starts. A message pops-up from Skype: We are having problems conne cting to the download server. To download an alternative installer for Skype click the 'Download' button.

When I click that button everything repeats itself coming to the same popup message
What I need to do?

A:SONY VAIO-Skype problems

You already have a thread on this problem going here - http://forums.techguy.org/all-other-software/1055544-sony-vaio-skype-installation-problems.html

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My friends Sony VAIO (running XP with SP3) shows the WiFi is (apparently) all working fine but for some reason it will not connect to any sites like Google etc. This laptop hasn't been used for a few years and we are trying to download any available updates but we just cannot get it to connect.
Have you any advice please?
Thanks in advance.


A:Sony VAIO with internet problems

Can you connect using a hard-wired connection?

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