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Sony Vaio Desktop series RZ30C Model# PCV-RZ30CG - RAM upgrade?

Q: Sony Vaio Desktop series RZ30C Model# PCV-RZ30CG - RAM upgrade?

I have the above PC and was hoping to increase the Ram size from 2gig to 4 gig.
I had a fruitless chat with Sony tech support (as usual) and they inform me that 2gig is the max for my machine.
The mobo has 4 ram slots 184pin config and at the moment is carrying 4 x 512m memory sticks type PC3200U and was hoping to fit 4x 1gig type PC3200U sticks. Unfortuately the PC takes for ever to boot with 4 x 1gig sticks in.
Can anyone advise if this machine is at its max of 2gig or can the BIOS be pursuaded to see 4gig?

Hopefully I can workout the new 4 x 1gig sticks config, if not I will have to return them to the supplier. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A: Sony Vaio Desktop series RZ30C Model# PCV-RZ30CG - RAM upgrade?

Hmmm....guess my enquiry does not attract the same attention as game machines and building new computers...did get 63 viewers though but no enlightenment.

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Model SVE151G11L. I do not want to delete the contents on the HDD so reloading the OS will only be a last resort. When i power on first screen shows:

Automatic Repair
Automatic repair couldn't repair your pc

I then choose Advanced Options which shows 4 options:

Continue- Exit and continue to windows 8
Use a Device- Use a USB device, network connection or windows Recovery DVD
Troubleshoot- Refresh or reset your pc, or use advanced tools
Turn off your pc

Anything I can do here to get back to windows without losing any files please? I don't wish to use the Troubleshooting option if it will erase any files on the HDD?

A:Sony Vaio E series Laptop cannot go to desktop

You should be able to "refresh" your pc without losing your files. Im not sure about programs, but personal files you shouldnt lose. This should  work, I have done it myself and the Microsoft website also says it will not remove personal files when you choose this option. But I will say do it at your own risk. If it works, back up your personal information onto an external media for safe keeping incase something like this happens again.

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I got a Sony Vaio for some show (I'm a keyboardist), that I need to make into a DAW.
It currently has 4GB RAM, and has space for one more stick.

But I need to know which model is the laptop in order to buy the appropriate stick.
So how do I check that?

A:Solved: Sony Vaio laptop. Want to upgrade RAM. How do I check which model is the lapt

It's usually printed on a sticker on the bottom of the laptop, it's generally also located in the BIOS, and on many Sony's it's also marked on the top or on the screen of the laptop as well. As an example it would look like VGN-FE11H. Occasionally Sony will have two separate model numbers for a single product, so you may want to check all those places if the first one you find doesn't yield any result.

OR, the better option if you want to ensure you buy quality compatible RAM is to use an online scanner, Crucial has their System Scanner that will scan your computer, identify it, and list their compatible RAM for it:

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►The computer Starts just fine It login and it shows the Background on my desktop then as soon as the shortcuts start popping up the screen goes completely white and the only thing that I can seen is the mouse cursor but I can't do nothing it just moves around .... Then when I shutoff the computer from the tower button the white screen goes away and I can see my computer Desktop just fine and I can click a few programs before it shotsdown.

► I had try Safe Mode but it just keeps looping and reboots the Machine...
The only thing that works is the Safe Mode with Command prompt and the only thing that shows is the Command Prompt Window... and I don't know what command to type... Please Help..!!!

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Could you please get my ALL Drivers (Sony Vaio Model PCG-5P2M) to Windows 7 32bit

A:Sony Vaio Model PCG-5P2M

We need the model number (not the number on the bottom of the computer).

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VAIO: SLOW MOUSE and Graphics Problems

I have some experience with computers, not to say i know nearly anything.
I have taken a few ROP computer service and networking courses, which
help with understanding the basics. I have had this computer for under a year.


- Inconsistent Mouse lag, delay of 2-15 seconds on a click
- Programs lag inconsistently
- Problem with certain movies, and games,will not run smoothly.
-Will power down on random (does not happen to often anymore)

Current Status:

- Drivers are Updated
- Device manager shows no errors
- Currently using avast and malwarebytes and should have a virus and malware free system
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version

-OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
-Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2670QM CPU @ 2.20GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
-Processor Count: 3
-RAM: 3317 Mb
-Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M, 1024 Mb
-Hard Drives: C: Total - 597824 MB, Free - 437568 MB;
-Motherboard: Sony Corporation, VAIO
-Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

These problems may be hardware related but i have had no physical damage on this laptop.
Now if it is a software issue i would love some help, even a link or an material i could read. I
would love to have this laptop running at its peak seeing as its expensive and pretty new.
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this thing has been freezing on loading windows xp home edition. logged in on safe mode but i cant figure out what is wrong. im not a all experienced with laptops, this one is fair game now a new one has been purchased. i would like to save this, fix it if at all possible any ideas what to do?

A:sony vaio k series any help

it could be caused by a driver conflict or prehaps spyware. Have you recently updated any drivers or installed new hardware?

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Hello, im wondering if there is anyone out there who would be nice enough to post recovery discs on to me for a sony vaio vgn-fw31e. I have a friend who messed up there hard drive on the laptop and lost everything on there hard drive, they deleted the entire thing, including the vista operating system and hidden partition to recover it. I didnt contact sony cause they charge way too much for the discs and i was wondering if someone who has one of these laptops would help me out with discs and i will compensate you for youe effort. Thanks

A:Sony Vaio VGN-FW31E (european model)

It's illegal to share these disks, you have to obtain the replacements from Sony. Look at the license materials that come with the recovery media.


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I'm only 12 now but when i grow up im thinking of getting the blue one in the Sony Vaio CR series.

Just would like to know if it's worth buying, are sony laptops reliable, long lasting, etc

Here's a link to the Sony site will give you the specs of the laptop:

And here's a picture of it:

A:Anyone interested in the Sony Vaio CR series

It is best that you examine a Sony VAIO laptop in person, so you can look at the cooling fans and air channels. Thin and pretty means difficulty with heat.
We rank the Sony VAIO right up there with eMachines and Packard Bell... except the Sony's are prettier.
When new, they are very good. But when they fail (usually early, in our experience) Sony tech support is difficult, and parts are impossible to get. Screens fail quickly on the less expensive models. Sony laptos do not have adequate cooling, and fill up with dust and hair way too soon, requiring frequent cleaning.

Failure rates are as high as the Alienware, eMachines, Dell Inspiron Celeron, and Compaq.

One way to judge them, is to see how long of warranty is possible. If that model has a long warranty, it can be a better machine.

People usually love their laptops when new, but our clients don't love Sony Vaios when they have some miles on them.. Common failures are screen, inverter, or anything to do with cooling, and motherboard quits.

Take a look online at how difficult it is to find a source of Sony VAIO parts. They are available until the warranties expire, then nothing.

Consider a Lenovo Thinkpad T-60 oir T-61. Lowest failure rate in the industry... or a Dell Latitude (or equivalent), high end HP, or high end Gateway.

Other opinions will differ, but we support a lot of laptops for sales teams, real estate, banks, and corporations.

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I have a sony vaio notebook (pcg-gr300) I cant get it to read a "pocket sized cd" It reads the standard sizes just fine.. but will not pick up on the pocket cd's...My desk top picks up on the smaller cd's fine...just cant get them to read in the notebook
Can anyone help? Thanks

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Can anyone provide me the details where i can CPU fan fro Sony vaio laptops and how to change it? My notebook CPU fan is not working and getting turned off automatically after sometime.

A:CPU fan for Sony Vaio VGN series Laptops

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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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Well I think I have a bug in my system. It takes a very long time to boot. Mind you I do run a lot of stuff on my laptop, but this is crazy slow. When it does come up, I have to always click on my ESET icon to start it. It will not start on its own like it is set to do. Also when you click on a program, it will sit there for a long time in the "Not Responding" state. Also sometimes Firefox will start to flicker around the borders like a ghost is in it. Here are the log files from the test you had me run. Now mind you there is a screen shot for the DDS test for it would not run. Thank you for any help you can give me. And yes I have a Windows 8.1 disk.


A:My Sony Vaio E Series is running like a 486.

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Click the blue 'Download now @bleepingcomputer' button.
Run AdwCleaner and select Scan
Once the Scan is done, select Clean
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Make sure the Addition.txt button is ticked.
Press Scan button.
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I am having a hard time deciding whether I should return this Sony Vaio I bought and get the HP dv2 online instead. They are both Windows vista home 64-bit. I bought the Sony Vaio NS series for $499.99 plus all those fees for a total of $563.74 at Best Buy. If I return it I will most likely have to pay the dreaded 15% restocking fee which comes to about $70-80 less in refund money, even though I noticed yesterday that this laptop was a bit sluggish, which isn't typical for a Sony Vaio which has such a good reputation. Not fair, but I have to pay it.

I browsed the web and saw a brand new, with warranty HP dv2 for only $599, everything included in the price. And I can also get Microsoft cash back on it, which is minus 40-50 dollars. I also have the ebay rewards, which is minus an additional 11-12 dollars. I know that some people get turned off by the idea of buying from ebay. However, this seller seems legit and feedback received has been favorable. I also have paypal buyer protection when i receive it.

However, what caught my eye was that the HP dv2 the seller was selling has 4gb RAM and 500gb Hard drive. Compared to this Sony Vaio, which is only 3gb RAM and 250gb Hard drive...that is a long way. I have used an hp laptop before and it lasted a good 2 years and something before breaking. Which I guess is pretty acceptable? The HP dv2 also has a small, very portable 12.1 inch screen, compared to this standard 15.4 inch screen on the Sony Vaio.

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A:Sony Vaio NS Series or HP dv2 ? Both Vista 64-bit..but..

I would stick with the Sony.

The one on E-Bay states that it is still in a sealed box, well, most anyone can reseal a box. There would be NOT warranty and you are on your own.

We have had real good luck with the Sony's and each one we have had has severed us over 3 years each time. No, we did NOT upgrade to a new machine because there was problems, we just out grow it.

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I did a complete new install of widows 7 ultimate on my daughters laptop.
She was running vista, she had lots of music on there, she burned it to cd's and we checked them on my xp machine and they were fine.

Now she has windows 7 and i put the disc in and it doesnt recognize the inserted CD. The drive is a Matshita BD-CMB UJ130AS. It has a working driver installed (device manager shows) Any other cd's that i put in work fine.

Any ideas would be appreciated


A:Sony Vaio Model VGN-FW351J Cd/DVD drive problems

Quote: Originally Posted by kentuckynet


I did a complete new install of widows 7 ultimate on my daughters laptop.
She was running vista, she had lots of music on there, she burned it to cd's and we checked them on my xp machine and they were fine.

Now she has windows 7 and i put the disc in and it doesnt recognize the inserted CD.

The drive is a Matshita BD-CMB UJ130AS. It has a working driver installed (device manager shows)

Any other cd's that i put in work fine.

Any ideas would be appreciated


Hi! Kentucky, welcome to 7F

This is the same drive that burned the CD in question?

You may need to upgrade that driver even though it shows that it is working.
If it is a generic driver from Microsoft, do not go through Device Manager to update this driver, after the download just open the file, and follow the install instructions.
Remember to re-boot!

You can find it here, best source:
Sony eSupport - VGN-NS290J/S - Software Updates & Drivers
You will have to click on CD/DVD drives.
Or here:
Download Sony VGN-CS290Y Matshita Bd-cmb Uj130as Firmware Update for Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit | Ultimate Laptop Drivers, Laptop Reviews & Laptop Specs Resource –

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I'm trying to do a factory restore on my pc. I've tried everything. F10,f2,f8. I just want it back to its original state. What else can I do?

A:sony vaio model#PCV-w700g factory restore

The factory recovery key is F10, but you must keep pressing it repeatedly as soon as the Sony Vaio splash screen appears.

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I have an older Sony VAIO that I purchased a few years back and have not turned on in a long time - do not know where the charger is. I have a new laptop with a crappier processor but we make it work. The Sony's wifi capabilities would not work near the end of my usage of it. I like to take things apart and salvage the parts if possible and use with my desktop etc. I had a newer Samsung laptop which I took apart and got the hard drive out of. So, should I just do the same with this thing? I don't like clutter and things just laying around I want to put it to use or rip her open. Any ideas / suggestions? I had thought about trying the server thing (have read cool things about media servers etc) but being that the wifi did not function the last several times I used it, this does not seem to be the best idea..

Thank you!
Any help is appreciated!


A:Sony VAIO (Model PCG-7184L). Crack it open or fix it up.. or what?

Yep Jeremy I would just salvage the hard drive (you have) the optical drive and the RAM. If you felt like it why not the CPU cooling system etc

Depending on the age anything easily removable could be sold off.

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Is it possible to change the sound card on my sony vaio VGN-N130G laptop to one that is XP proffesional compatible? and is it easy enough for me to do it?

Also how much will this sound card be? Im looking for the cheapest one that will last a very long time, and im not bothered about the quality, just as long as im able to hear sound im happy


A:Sony Vaio N series hardware question


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im using sony vaio vpcf236fm (f series) for 2 years. Now its acting weird. One day i just turned my computer off and the next time i opened it took 28 minutes till my desktop icons appeared. Then i have started it in safe mode and repaired registry with cc
cleaner. Now i can turn it on but it is still slow and laggy.
Hijack This
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 10:43:29 PM, on 1/20/2013
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16457)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamgui.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology\IAStorIcon.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Sony\ISB Utility\ISBMgr.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Sony\PMB\PMBVolumeWatcher.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\ACD Systems\ACDSee Pro\5.0\ACDSeeProInTouch2.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\LogMeIn Hamachi\hamachi-2-ui.exe
C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastUI.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe
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Hello all! Thank you for your help in advance! My computer recently started displaying a Blue Screen of Death upon starting up Windows 8. It takes a really long time to start up, and then it goes to the BSOD and displays a message: DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE

I tried the Windows 8 system wipe and restore, using the long method to format the drives, but the problem still occurs. Attached is the memory dump. Any help will be greately appreciated.

Thank you,


A:BSOD - Sony VAIO T Series Ultrabook

You should post your issue here: BSOD Crashes and Debugging - Windows 8 Forums

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Xmas gift - ....I ended going with a Sony Vaio VPCEB33FM Running Windows 7 also included online access and the Sony Vaio had a discount if subscribing to T-Mobile service (Rocket device USB). Noticed early on the T-Moblie device was not identified by T-Mobile and would list as a 5 or 6 digit number) NOW THE DEVICE NO LONGER COMES UP BUT I CAN STILL ACCESS THE INTERNET (Which scares me) so now I'm gong back and pulling screen shots that I have with some information and would like to talk with someone about it. Long story short I am now here at Bleeping Computers...and are affraid to be on the internet for any length of time[/b].... I was told that would cost me $200.00 to have Geeksquad fix the problem...which they really did not give me a clear understanding of what the problem was they just told me that my operating system was corrupt...they stated, very smuggly I might add, that it was probably due to me surfing web sites that are known to have issues...(now how am I supose to know this!!!.. not having online access ) like web who??? Never heard of it.I was dumbstruck.....wasn't on the internet for too long....constantly checking my settings for performance and doing security scans making sure updates were loading. I want to let the Store know why I won't purchase from them again.. part of it being talked into purchasing subscription and additional virus software...and store saying over 30days...can't retur... Read more

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Hi, I've recently bought the Sony Vaio T Series Ultrabook, and when I try to use the webcam, it doesn't work. I opened the software ArcSoft Webcam Campanion 4 to see if my camera is connected, but it says "A webcam was not found or is not working properly. Please click Connect button and try again." When I click on the Connect button and it says "Camera not found. The camera is either being used by another application or is not connected. Make sure the cam is connected and working properly." I also read somewhere that I could go into setup/BIOS to enable the camera but the camera is not even listed on the components. I even tried going onto System Information and checking Problem Devices, and still nothing. Help is greatly appreciated, thank you.

A:Sony Vaio T Series webcam not working

Hi! I am having the same problem as you. Have you found a solution? If you have please share! Would love to fix this as soon as possible!! Thanks

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I got an Sony Vaio AW Laptop. 18.4" Widescreen !!

Anway my question is there any drivers for Windows XP. I really like windows vista. I want to know is it possible to install windows Xp instead though. Sony Vaio Website only had drivers for vista.

As long as the wireless,ethernet,audio, video, chipset, and touch pad work, I should be fine.


A:Solved: Sony VAIO AW Series Laptop

You may be able to track down the drivers on other websites and get lucky and find all of them. You'd also lose all the CD\DVD and utilities that came with the laptop. And you'd definitely want to burn a set of Recovery discs before you'd even attempt this. I'd stay with Vista if I were you, it really isn't at that bad at all.

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Hi! I am set to buy this vaio laptop (vgn-cr35g) this april..

Can somebody please tell me if they had experience serious problems with VAIO
laptops of this series?


btw, this is the specifications of the laptop for vgn-cr35g


A:Sony Vaio CR Series (VGN-CR35G) Is this a good one?

how much $ is P 79,990.00 (it sounds a lot !)

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Ive been having this issue usually when i leave my laptop sitting for a while and it just goes into sleep mode or whenever i close an re open the lid it will give me the same error message if someone could give me an idea of what the problem maybe thanks

A:BSOD on Sony Vaio E series BAD_POOL_CALLER

Please provide this information so we can provide a complete analysis: Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

If you did run the tool, it didn't collect all the info. If this is the case, please rerun the tool and let it run for at least 15 minutes (or until the tool itself says that it's done).

Looks like a network problem to me - but I'm late for work right now. I'll respond back once you upload the rest of the reports.

Please update these older drivers. Links are included to assist in looking up the source of the drivers. If unable to find an update, please remove (un-install) the program responsible for that driver. DO NOT manually delete/rename the driver as it may make the system unbootable! :

ndistc.sys Thu Feb 21 04:31:01 2008 (47BD44D5)
Unable to locate this one - waiting on the rest of the reports to see if they have info on it.
ndistc.sys - this driver hasn't been added to the DRT as of this run. Please search Google/Bing for the driver if additional information is needed.

WinRing0x64.sys Sat Jul 26 09:29:37 2008 (488B26C1)
many different programs that center around the using of the WinRing libraries (RealTemp, Corsair Link2 (known BSOD issues w/Win8), Razer GameBooster, etc)

CLVirtualDrive.sys Mon Dec 26 08:26:47 2011 (4EF87617)
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Hey guys, I've only recently noticed this, but the brightness on my Vaio is stuck.

FN+F5/6 does nothing at all.

Changing the slider on both Win+C - Settings - Brightness and also through the Control Panel display options both do nothing either.

Any suggestions how to get around this?


A:Sony Vaio E Series Brightness Not Changing

The drivers aren't installed so windows doesn't have control over it yet.

Here are two links that might help:

EDIT: No, wrong link ill post in a sec

I can't find exact ones. here's a link. Put in your vaio info. Your model seems to be missing from the list.

Sony eSupport - Electronics - Select Your Model

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Okay, so my sister's Sony Vaio VGN-NR120E has a damaged keyboard.
I found a place to buy the part (ebay, various other sites, etc. all sell them...) but for the life of me, I cannot figure out how the heck to get the keyboard off of the thing to replace it.

Has anyone replaced a keyboard on a Sony Vaio VGN-NR series before or knows how to do it? I'm fairly confident in my abilities but I want to avoid dismantling parts of the computer I don't need to, so any insight on how it's fastened on there would help.

A:Sony Vaio VGN-NR series keyboard replacement


sony laptops use (like most do) very small clips at the top of the keyboard, usually 3 or 4 of them along with screws from the bottom,, finding which screws is a trial, unlike Dell who mark the screws (k) for keyboard, (p) for palmrest etc etc.

Once you find out which screws they are get a credit card or similar and slide it across the top of the keyboard between the top and the case, you will feel the clips, use another card to gently lift the keyboard at the same time, be careful once done as their is a ribbon cable on a plug that connects to the motherboard, a gentle pull should pull it out if its a molex type, or else it may be a lift up the black bar type and slide the cable out, or slide a little lug on either side up (to the side etc) to remove the cable.

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Hello, I would be grateful for some help.
I've been researching laptops and think I have narrowed my choice to either Sony Vaio EB or Dell Inspiron 15R. The screen clarity is important to me and sometimes the Sony Vaio screens in stores I visited didn't seem too clear. Also came across some reviews of people who really had problems with Sony Vaios and/or customer service. But then, have also heard scary stories about Dell too!
I do mostly document work, some photo editing and video watching (NO GAMING), lots of internet research.
I think an i-3 or i-5 with 4GB (or possibly 6GB) RAM and 500 GB hard drive would be about right.
I may be able to get more for the money with Dell but will I be happier with Sony quality in the long run? I would like to not have to replace it in 2-3 years. Also am wondering about the extended warranties. Am thinking 2-or 3 year extended warranty?
Your advice would be appreciated! Thank you so much...

Am wondering if SONY Vaios EB series and Dell Inspiron 15R are comparable?

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I have a Sony VAIO - E Series Laptop (model: VPCEB34EN) which is of my brother's who passed away a month back. I can just login in guest user mode and can able to delete or modify (or any thing) in the lap as it asks for administrator password for EVERYHTING. How to get rid of this. OS: Windows 7 Home Edition. Need Tech People's assistance very badly..
-Saravanan. M

A:[SOLVED] Need Assistance for my Sony VAIO E Series

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

Sorry to hear about your loss.

We can not assist with any type of password help since it is against the forum rules.

Please read the rules before posting again:

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Hi guys!

Last Thursday I did a clean install on my sony vaio E series due to High CPU temperature. But re-installing did'nt help lowering the temperature. My CPU temp still 65c to 75c on idle (Air conditioned room).

Now I decided to dismantle it and do a cleaning on CPU fan and re-applying thermal paste. The problem was I don't know how to do it.

Anyone knows a good site/tutorial on how to dismantle it?

Thanks in advance.

A:Taking Apart/Dismantling Sony Vaio E Series

Google is your friend for this: disassemble sony vaio e series

If you've never done this before, the hardest part is getting the right screws back in the right place. A digital camera can help as well as making a diagram of the laptop and placing the removed screws in their respective places on the diagram.

The key is patience and paying attention to details.

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Okay, so I have here before me a Sony Vaio NR series laptop.
It has a large problem: The WiFi Doesn't work properly.

For some odd reason, when you start it up in safe mode, the WiFi works perfectly.
When you start it up normally, you see the WiFi light comes on and it connects to one of the preferred networks like it's supposed to, until about a minute later, it turns off the WiFi light and disconnects from the network, and will not find any networks. When you click "Diagnose why windows cannot find any wireless networks" it says "The Wireless Capability is turned off" or something like that and says I should turn on the wireless switch. However, the wireless switch, is already on.
I can flip it as much as I want, it does nothing. The light will not turn on again until I restart it, only to have it do the same thing over again.

I know it's not a hardware problem, cause it works in safe mode just fine. So why doesn't it work in windows when it's started normally?
Help would be much appreciated, I'm pretty close to just reloading the operating system.

EDIT: I have uninstalled and reloaded the updated driver software for the wireless LAN card... no luck.

A:Sony Vaio NR series WiFi problem

You also need to indicate more about your system specs to get any idea of the problem, like: What operating system and its release level? What is the make/model of the wifi card?

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Hello all, i was resetting my Sony vaio model VPCEA45FG to factory conditions using the 3 DVD which i had created using the recovery options. For some reasons DVD 2 is not reading while doing the factory restore, can somebody help please . Last option is to give the laptop to the service station which i am not ok with. If this DVD 2 contents is available (for Sony vaio model VPCEA45FG) on any URL please provide the same.

A:Sony Vaio model VPCEA45FG Restore Disk 2 not reading

Hello Sandy and welcome to Seven Forums.

I have a Vaio VPCEB47GM. One of the problems with burning data to disk is if one of the disks fails to burn properly the rest of the disks become useless. I'm not aware of being able to get an individual disk because the disks are tied to the specific computer that created them. It may be possible to order a complete set of recovery disks from Sony but that could take weeks and you'd have to find out the procedure/price from Sony India.

Instead of using the disks see if you can access the hidden recovery partition instead.

If your model Vaio has the ASSIST button (upper right on keyboard)
1. Turn computer off and then press the ASSIST button. Vaio Care Rescue should launch.
2. Click Start Recovery Wizard > Tools > Start Advanced Recovery Wizard
3. Follow on-screen instructions

If your Vaio does not have the ASSIST button (or if Vaio Care Rescue - above - does not launch)
1. Turn computer on and immediately start clicking the F10 key (top row of keyboard.) Keep clicking about one click per second until you see the Edit Boot Options screen, then click Enter.
2. Select Start Recovery Wizard > Tools > Start Advanced Recovery Wizard
3. Follow on-screen instructions

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Sony vaio webcam not working or even detected in device manager from what i can see. there is an unknown usb device labelled as internal usb. its a brand new laptop, came pre installed with windows 7 pro, 64 bit. ive read around cant find much. hope this isnt a double post.

Thanks for any help


A:Sony vaio built-in webcam not working on model VPCSA390S

Hi Canadian. If it's a brand new laptop, I would either call Sony or just bring it back if you purchased it locally, since it's under warranty. It could be a simple driver issue or it could be that the camera is disconnected either behind the screen or at the motherboard.

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Hello all! Thank
you for your help in advance! My computer recently started displaying a Blue
Screen of Death upon starting up Windows 8. It takes a really long time to start
up, and then it goes to the BSOD and displays a message:

I tried the Windows 8 system wipe and
restore, using the long method to format the drives, but the problem still
occurs. Attached is the memory dump. Any help will be greately appreciated.
Thank you,


A:BSOD: Sony VAIO T Series Ultrabook - SVT151A11L

It looks like you still have several updates pending, you should complete those without browsing or using your computer to install patches and update important drivers.

I noticed one of your oldest drivers is nfrd960.sys from 2006, this is a raid driver, im not sure if you have a raid system or not but this could be important for drive stability.. Finish the updates and lets see where we get from there..

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Hi, I bought my laptop 6 months ago. I have a Sony Vaio E-Series VPCEG35EG, It always lags whatever program I use. Please help me, I tried to look for an answer on the forum page yet I'm a bit confused what to do. Please help.


Operating System : Genuine Windows® 7 Home Basic with Service Pack 1 64bit (English Version)
Processor Name : Intel® Core™ i3-2350M Processor 2.30 GHz*1
Chipset : Intel® HM65 Express Chipset
Cache Memory : 3 MB (L3 Cache)
Pre-installed/Max : 2 GB (2 GB (SO-DIMM) x 1) DDR3 SDRAM*2 (upgradeable up to 8 GB*3)
SO-DIMM Slots : DDR3 SO-DIMM slots (Unused Memory slot 1)
Memory Speed : 1333 MT/s
Hard Disk Drive : 320 GB*4 (Serial ATA, 5400 rpm)

A:Sony vaio e-series running ultra slow

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I have a Sony Vaio VCG-LS20 series all-in-one desktop. 1.5 years ago, the computer started shutting down abruptly while watching movies online. At first, it would turn back on and be fine unless I started watching a video. At some point, it would only boot properly if I went through BIOS. At some point, the graphics got extremely distorted and eventually the computer stopped booting up. I took it to a repair guy, and he said it was the graphics card and it's integrated into the motherboard so can't be replaced. He was able to fix it, however, so that it was working fine for about 6 months, then the same thing started happening again. Now, I can't boot it up no matter what I try. I would really like to get this thing working again. It has Phoenix BIOS and the BIOS code that I heard (before it completely was unbootable) indicated that it is a video card issue. If I replace the motherboard, are the odds good that the prob will be fixed? Is it difficult to replace the motherboard in this model?

Thank you!

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Hi and thanks in advance!
As the title suggests, the keyboard of my Vaio isn't working.
I'm pretty sure that it isn't a hardware problem, as the keyboard started functioning for a day.
Any ideas?

A:Sony Vaio E Series VPCEH25EN Keyboard not working

Hi there .. When did this first happen ? What do you mean by >> [ I'm pretty sure that it isn't a hardware problem, as the keyboard started functioning for a day.] .. Have you tried a restore point before the issue happened

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Just bought a new Vaio 2 days ago. loaded office 07 pro and itunes. since day one though (even before loading programs) computer keeps shutting down automatically and going to the blue screen. this is the report it generates:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 7f
BCP1: 0000000000000008
BCP2: 0000000080050031
BCP3: 00000000000006F8
BCP4: FFFFF80003449798
OS Version: 6_1_7600
Service Pack: 0_0
Product: 768_1

Files that help describe the problem:

Read our privacy statement online:

If the online privacy statement is not available, please read our privacy statement offline:

I followed the BSOD instructions and am attaching the zipped tsf file.

Really should I just return the comp to Best Buy? I just loaded my office suite which I don't know if I'll be able to load on a new computer.

I would appreciate help and advice.

A:Need help BSOD crashing on new Sony Vaio F series (Windows7)


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I'm trying to install windows 8.1 on a sony vaio E series laptop which had windows 8 preloaded on it. I made a bootable usb thumb drive with Windows USB CD/DVD Download tool. When i try to boot through the pdrive it doesn't boot. I selected the option to boot from external device and selected the boot mode as UEFI. But it doesnot go into the windows 8.1 setup.
Then i selected the legacy mode and started the setup but it booted into the 8.1 setup. I formatted the C: Drive and selected that partition to install windows 8.1 on it but it showed mean an error showing that the partition is of GPT style and windows cannot install. I was doomed...
I searched on the internet and came to know that it happens because it is not booted in the UEFI mode and then i tried again but it doesnot go into the windows setup and shows a black screen with the notification that no operating system was found. I tried everything i could but couldnt fix it. I badly need your help!

A:Problem with installing windows 8.1 on sony vaio e series

Originally Posted by athar123

I made a bootable usb thumb drive with Windows USB CD/DVD Download tool. When i try to boot through the pdrive it doesn't boot.

UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

To Create a Bootable UEFI USB Flash Drive using Free Program "Rufus".
- Under Partition scheme and target system type, select GPT partition scheme for UEFI Computer
- Under File system, select FAT32
- Click/tap on the browse icon and select your Windows 8.1 64-bit ISO file.

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Hello everybody:

I have not created recovery, for the title, yet but about to do so
Pl. help me out in resolving below issues:
A) control panel > all control panel item > windows 7 recovery opts for:
1) creating system image
and 2) creating system repair disc

B) VAIO care manual suggests:
1) recovering your computer from recovery media created through
VAIO care(Rescue Mode)
and 2) To restore system files using the restore point when you
cannot start Windows (where in it asks for inserting the disc
and then choosing your operating system and later on for
selecting a restore point

my query:
a) how many sets of the recovery disc are required to be created considering A) & B) and that

b) am I suppose to label or assign path etc. in a particular manner (so as to recover successfully later on, if required)

c) if A1 and A2 both are required, can they be created as sharing on the same media disc or they should be created separately

d) can data be backed up along with the 'creation of recovery' ( on the same DVD) or in continuation with each other?

e) w.r.t. B2_ what does it mean 'to select restore point' when you have put your 'created recovery disc' in the drive

f) will that 'recovery partition' (which is internally there in the system)
remain usable after up gradation to WINDOWS 8.1, if proceede... Read more

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I have recently had to do a re-format of hard drive and re-load system. Did not make any back-up discs. Purchased a new Windows 7 CD as other version OEM was lost with format. How do I update system with all necessary drivers...? How do I get driver for the internal wifi...? (The wifi only works if I use a plug-in usb item.)...
The only help I seem to get is with Driver Update Programs (that you have to pay for) great but, will this solve the problem...?

A:WiFi Driver on Sony Vaio VPCF11M1E - F Series

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Start here:

Sony eSupport - VPCF11MFX - News & Alerts

This is the Sony Support Site for the USA, so you may need to try a different region if you live elsewhere and double check I've used the correct model number.

You can also ask Sony to provide you with a set of recovery discs for your computer. Just tell them you were unable to create your own and they may not even charge you.

Pebbly's post below has the link for Sony EU.

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I formatted my VAIO VPCEG2AEN laptop with Win 7 Ultimate 32 Bit which originally came with Home 64 bit.

The problem now is I am not able to find any 32 bit drivers.

What can I do, PLEASE HELP!

A:Sony VAIO VPCEG series 32 Bit Driver Needed !

Hi there
Try fiddling around on THIS site (Sony Asia)

Support for VPCEH15EG : E Series (VPCE) : VAIO™ Notebook : Sony Asia Pacific

(Ok that's my model) but yours should work -- if you can't find the EXACT same one try one that's similar. Sony won't change drivers for every possible piece of hardware -- a lot of these will work on most models of a similar series. Usually it's just the screen and video that's different.

Forget trying to find anything sensible on European or US sony sites. Fortunately the Asia site is in English.


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Hi There

i'm facing a problem for a while now...
my laptop is Sony Vaio F Series with windows 7 Sp 1 ( all updates installed )
when i want to shut down laptop , it stucks on Windows 7 "Shutting Down" & after some time ( maybe 30 min or more ..) win restarts & after logging in windows , i get a message that Blue screen occurs & it didnt shut down properly...
my option is now forcing to shutdown ( by holding Power button) when shutting down...

im attaching my DM log file:

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Hi my friends, it is me again, Ran. wish you all more blessings to come and good health
by the way, i have another problem of my laptop, sony vaio VGN-NS240E.
Windows Both Manager
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer. (I don’t have the disc in my current country)
2. Click “repair your computer.” (I did but it was just going back to windows error recovery page )
Info: windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing, or corrupt.

what should we do my friends? kindly help me. thank you, Ran.

A:NS Series Notebook Sony vaio -windows failed to start :(

You didn't say which Windows version it's running, and that's often important in order to recommend the most appropriate fix for a problem.
If you'd posted in the appropriate Windows forum that would have been better for the people trying to help you.

For Windows XP go here:

For Windows Vista or Windows 7, boot your PC from the System Repair Disc which you should have made when your PC was working okay, then choose one of the repair options on the screen.

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A:Hdmi tv dispay problem with sony vaio c series laptop

Are you extending the desktop onto the TV or cloning the desktop? If you are cloning the desktop, both screens use the same resolution. If you are extending the desktop, then ensure the display properties are set to the TV's native resolution.

The display settings (varies by chipset brand/drivers) should have options for "TV" use and allow you to manually adjust the screen size. There may also be options for "overscan".

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Hello, I have a problem with my laptop Sony VAIO E Series - SVE151G11L. Everything works fine, but when I try to restore it to factory settings, I get a BSOD.
The laptop is running Windows 8 and when I shut it down and press the Assist button it boots in "Vaio Care - Rescue Mode", then I choose "Recover and maintain
your system" to restore it to factory settings, but I get a BSOD error saying:
Your PC needs to be repaired
Error code: 0xc000000f
The laptop didn't came with installation media or recovery tools. Please, if someone knows how to fix this, it would be greatly appreciated.

A:Can't reset Sony Vaio E Series laptop to factory restore

Have you contacted Sony about the problem and the possibility of getting the installation disks?
Their tech support may be able to walk you past the current problem so you can use your system again
Keep us posted

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Hey so I have a Sony VAIO S Series Laptop Model (VPCSB11FX) on Windows 7 and I have a graphics driver issue. My laptop comes with switchable graphics (Integrated Intel 3000 and AMD Radeon HD 7400m) and I want to use the AMD graphics card. So I disabled my integrated intel and switched it over to the AMD one in the driver manager, however it says that theres is no driver even though in the manager it says my drivers are up to date. This makes it very confusing for me.
Any info about this is appreciated and I can provide additional information if needed.

A:Sony VAIO S Series Laptop: Graphics Driver Problem

Download the driver here: and let's see what happens.

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Recently I have installed Windows XP in my laptop, model Sony Vaio VGN-FS93G model. I dont have my utilities disk..

After installing the OS, i was trying to install sound card driver, but not able to do so..

moreover i was referring to,

and i tried downloading AUD-0602FS91-ENG.EXE and installed, but still my sound card detail tabs are grayed out..

could any body help me out please..

Thanks in advance..

motherboard details from everest

--------[ EVEREST Home Edition (c) 2003-2005 Lavalys, Inc. ]------------------------------------------------------------

Version EVEREST v2.20.405
Report Type Quick Report
Computer JITU
Generator Mama
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600 (WinXP Retail)
Date 2009-11-13
Time 20:55
--------[ Motherboard ]-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Motherboard Properties:
Motherboard ID <DMI>
Motherboard Name Sony Corporation VGN-FS93G

Front Side Bus Properties:
Bus Type Intel NetBurst
Bus Width 64-bit
Real Clock 133 MHz (QDR)
Effective Clock 533 MHz
Bandwidth 4265 MB/s

Memory Bus Properties:
Bus Width 64-bit
Real Clock 267 MHz (DDR)
Effective Clock 533 MHz
Bandwidth 4266 MB/s

Chipset Bus Properties:
Bus Type Intel Direct Media Interface

A:Solved: no sound card found problem sony vaio vgn-fs93g model

Original Drivers for VGN-FS9 Series Applicable Models: VGN-FS93G, VGN-FS93S -
I believe the correct file is Audio: File name: AUD-060FS91-ENG.EXE File size: 17.19MB (18,033,005 Byte)

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Hello Everyone!! I need your help & suggestion (as always)

I have a 2 yr old laptop in which I want to clean install, like literally going back to the clean state where I can choose what program I have to Install because there's a lot of bloatware included on my vaio.

Laptop Model
• Sony Vaio E Series VPCEG35EG
• Intel Core I3, 2.30 Ghz
• Windows 7 Home Basic
• 2gb Memory, 320 HD

Can anyone guide me if there is some special order in installing drivers? What's about the FN-Buttons? Whats about the Assist and WEB Buttons? Are they all working?

I've searched the net & I can only see guides and tutorials for Sony Vaio Windows Vista, I'm planning to upgrade my OS from Windows 7 Home Basic to Windows 7 Ultimate, I also wanted to reformat my drive, I already created my back up & I'm now in the phase of researching how would I proceed with Clean Installation.

Please Help, Thanks in advance

A:Solved: How to install a clean copy of Windows on Sony Vaio E Series

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Recently my laptop hard drive crashed and i want to replace the same with new one. Old HDD was of samsung 320GB and i want to replace the same with WD 500GB.
I had recovery discs with me.
But VAIO i heard that in VAIO laptop we cannot easily install new HDD.

Can anyone please guide on how to install new HDD, so that i can install original windows on the same as i had key for original windows which came with my laptop.
Also i want to prevent sony softwares as well which are factory setup in existing hard disk.

Request your help for the same.


A:Replacing hard drive in Sony Vaio VPCEB14EN series Laptop

Hi there.

For the physical replacement I found these instructions in Sony knowledge base and I hope they could help you out:

As for the factory settings, on most of the laptops there is an hidden recovery partition (used to create recovery disks) which you can try to access it by pressing the F12 or F11 key (depending on the exact model) while booting your laptop and I think from there you can restore your laptop to factory settings.

Hope this helps.


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Hello all, I am very new to the forum

I have a problem with dual boots. I created a USB boot drive and I was able to boot up into an install menu and up to the license agreement screen, and following screen.

but unable to see any partitions that i'd like to installed windows 8. Any help is appreciated.

thanks again!

A:Sony VAIO T Series SVT13112FXS 13.3" dual boots problem

here is the picture.

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Hi Folks, This is my first post. so go easy on me;-)

I switched on my PC after 1 year of no use(apple imac distracted me for a while).
The message "operating system not found" appears when it boots up. I put in the Sony Recovery disk, bit it could not read it. As Sony didn't provide a spare copy of XP, how do I get back up and running? Do I have to change the motherboard battery? any advice much appreciated.

I Hope you Christmas is Merry and peaceful.


A:Sony Vaio Desktop PCV-RX305 Windows XP now missing, no disks supplied by Sony

Call Sony Tech Support if you are the registered owner or buyer. They will provide a disk set for a small fee ($27) for six years after purchase, or until they run out.
Your only other choice is to buy the disk online at some place like ebay, or buy Windows Home (still available for $82) or Windows XP Professional for $135.
The motherboard battery should not be bad, but if it is, you can get a replacement (CR2032) at Wal-Mart ofr $3.67 or on eBay for $2.58.
The recovery disk may be good, and it is your optical drive that has gone bad.

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Recently I had some issues with my Sony Vaio and found bad sectors within my HDD, and in doing so had a new HDD installed by technicians and my user profile transferred to my new HDD, but since receiving my laptop back I am now getting crashes after a couple of hours of extensive use where BSOD appears for a mere second before attempting to reboot but failing to find an operating system. From here I must power down my laptop forcefully then reboot again before it will find an OS. How do I stop these crashes from occurring?

Added an attachment of the dump Files.

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Hello. I have a problem with my Sony Vaio E-series laptop. It disconnects from my WiFi every time when I am in the middle of an online game. It does it sometimes while I am web browsing. I had Windows 7 at first when I had the problem. I tried to upgrade to Windows 10 to solve the problem, but the problem still comes along! I have the evaluation copy of Windows 10 and it runs pretty well. This problem has started in the beginning of the month of July 2015. Can anyone help me solve this? I tried reinstalling the drivers and disabling and re-enabling the adapter but nothing works. I also tried resetting the adapter by using the wireless toggle switch on the lip of the laptop and it turns back on. But I still need to know why it disconnects when I play games or searching the web. Thank you!

A:Solved: My Sony Vaio E-series disconnects from WiFi Network while playing online game

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Aanyone? The actual model seems to be Desk, not Desktop, FWIW.

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I have a Sony Desktop, Model VGCRB54G. I was doing windows updates and everything was going fine - until the computer just shut down suddenly. When I try to start it nothing happens. I have opened up the computer, re-seated all the cards and the RAM.
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A:Sony Desktop PVC-C41L, Model VGCRB54G - will not boot!

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Recently I purchased a TOSHIBA Satellite L55-C. It comes with Windows 10. The specs are as follows...
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU N3700 @ 1.6GHz 1.6 GHz
Installed Memory (RAM): 8 GB
System Type: 64-bit Operating System, x64-based processor

My current one is a Sony Vaio Windows 7 with specs:

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2310M CPU @ 2.10GHz 2.10 GHz
Installed Memory (RAM): 4 GB
System Type: 64 Bit Operating System

Besides the extra 4 gigs of RAM, both have 2 gig processors. I got this great deal while watching QVC. Originally I wanted one that was better than the one I already own. It's new, nice, and pretty. But if they're going to do the same thing, I'd rather wait for another deal. You're thoughts?

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A:sony vaio processor upgrade

Start saving for a new laptop.

Two factors come into play with OEM hardware, the motherboard cpu socket AND the BIOS. So are limited by what is supported by both. Check with the manufacturer.

In most cases, even if there is a faster supported cpu, it won't be enough of a speed increase to justify the cost.

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I have a new Sony VAIO notebook with windows XP Home installed, there are programs pre-installed that I need for some of the functions to operate correctly, however I want to upgrade to XP Pro, how do I do this?

Can I use a full professional version and will this upgrade, will it install over the top and lose my files or do I have to purchase the actual upgrade version of XP pro. Bearing in mind I already have a copy of XP Pro and would prefer not to pay another $120 for the upgrade package.

Thank you for your help


A:Upgrade from XP Home to Pro on a Sony Vaio

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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?

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Help Please.
I have a Sony Vaio desktop Model No VGC-V2S.

It has a integral television where you can view terrestrial TV and record onto the hard drive.
A problem has occurred...Whe I try to vies the TV I get a message saying TUNER NOT CONNECTED, I have checked all leads and all are OK.
Please can anyone help.
Thanks rgcg

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run a sony vaio desk and few weeks ago i lost all my,i tunes recycle bin and all sony vaio stuff as well as some microsoft stuff i run mcphee which doesnt detect anything where do i start any info please ....cheers

A:sony vaio desktop

What is your issue?

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Hi All... I've just got in for repair a Sony VGC M1 Desk top... dose anyone know were I can obtain a replacement keyboard for it... I have tryed the main sites and I can find little or no access to parts departments.. regards Clive

A:Sony VAIO VGC M1 desktop

Sony service & parts 1-800-488-7669
assuming you have already tried an alternate parts search at

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I'm starting to feel a bit desparate because of the lack of information regarding this model...

Sony Vaio VGN-B55G... Australian market model.

I want to upgrade the Ram to 1 GB... but I dont know how to dismantle the case to get to the Dimm slot.

Has anyone else upgraded the Ram on this model ?

All help appreciated... cash is too tight to pay someone to do it, and being an IT student I should do this simple stuff myself anyhow.



A:Sony VGN-B55G VAIO Memory Upgrade

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Have just bought a used Sony Vaio VGN-NS10 L/S with VistA 32 bit. It is for my ageing aunt who can't get on with Windows 8 and I'm upgrading it to Windows 7 for her and putting a bigger hard drive and new ram in. It currently has 3gb of ram and I have bought 2 x 2gb modules to put in, so now have 4gb

Intel Pentium Dual Core T3200
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD

Would it be best to put 32 bit or 64 bit Windows 7 on? I know 32 bit won't use all of the 4gb ram, but am not sure if 64 bit would be good with this hardware or not.


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Hi there ... I would tend to stick with the 32 Bit OS .. It can take up to 4 GB of Ram ... I looked on the Sony Website regarding Divers .. They state they have both 32/64 Bit Drivers available .. How ever they are pretty old most you should be able to Update .. But when it come to using Function Keys you will need their Software .. So sticking with the 32 OS they are certain to work as you can also use Vista Drivers in some cases ...

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Hi there - first time poster so go easy on me... (unfortunately as newbie I can't seem to embed links to the hardware in question so please bear with me):

I have a Sony Vaio PCG-K23 which came preinstalled with 2 x 256MB Infineon HYS64D32020GDL-7-B PC2100 SO-DIMMs. I recently purchased 2 x 512MB Patriot Memory PSD512333S PC2700 SO-DIMMs hoping to replace the Infineon SO-DIMMs and bring it up to the maximum capability of 1GB. I realise that the PC2700 parts will only run at PC2100 speeds so don't worry about that. However when I install the 2 x 512MB parts the laptop (BIOS and Windows) still only reports 512MB.

Lavalys Everest reports the following BIOS details:

[ BIOS ]

BIOS Properties:
Vendor Phoenix Technologies LTD
Version R0110X1
Release Date 05/19/2004
Size 512 KB
Boot Devices Floppy Disk, Hard Disk, CD-ROM
Capabilities Flash BIOS, Shadow BIOS, Selectable Boot, EDD, BBS, Smart Battery
Supported Standards DMI, ACPI, ESCD, PnP
Expansion Capabilities PCI, AGP, PCMCIA, USB
and unfortunately I can't find any BIOS update available from Sony. I've tried eSupport but they don't say in advanc... Read more

A:Sony Vaio PCG-K23 512MB to 1GB mem upgrade problem

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I guess I have a real challenge for you this time. The last time I tried to upgrade my windows 8 to windows 8.1. I was not able to download anything from the internet.... As I tried to reformat my computer and reinstall windows it did not let me. I had to use one of the Sony Vaiogate apps to do this. Nevertheless I spent 2 days rebuilding my computer. In the end I managed it but I turned off all upgrades (because if I upgrade it sees my home wifi router, it connects to the internet, but the browser does not see it and I am unable to use the internet.). My computer has been running without any kind of upgrades (except for the anti-virus software) for about a year now. How can I then upgrade from windows 8 to windows 10 if my computer is not able to get connected to the internet again after the first upgrade? Can I get a windows 10 installation DVD if I send you my windows 8 registration number? Do you have any kind of solution to this problem? Thank you.

A:No internet after windows upgrade on sony vaio

You already have a thread on this going in the Installation & Setup forum: How do I upgrade to windows 10 with windows 8 upgrade prob

Please continue there.

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I need to replace the modem on a Sony PCV 7762, and do not know how to remove the cover from the tower.

A:how to get the cover off a sony vaio desktop

Model number not recognized. See here for manuals and sopport.,13,105,6,85,3,36,9,51,111,47,38,4,34,37,43,5

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Hi to all
I have a sony vaio rbg 30 have had it 4yrs now only problem I had was replace power supply about 2 months ago. here is the problem my computer will not boot up. I tried my recovery disks it read a little than shut off, now when I turn the computer on it will light up on the case (vaio), beep and the fan will run but that is it. the monitor will say no input and shut off. Before this happen I had 47% hard drive space left I have anti-virus protection had norton than switched to avast but no virus was found not that means much because no anti-virus is 100%. please help I really need my computer.

A:sony vaio desktop won't boot

check your voltage readings in the bios if you can bring up the bios screen
are you getting the post beep or an error code series of beeps
do you have video card or a onboard video chip

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can i use my copy of xp on this?

i dont have the disc it came with

xp start up but after it loads it tries to reinstall again

what do i do?

A:Sony Vaio desktop reinstall

You should be able to get a reinstall disc from Sony
When you say "my copy of XP" if this is already loaded on another machine then no you can not use it on the laptop

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Alrite guys,

I am having a issue with this sony vaio. It has pci express slot, i am attempting to install an ATI 1600x pro 512mb pci express video card. When i install the card and turn the computer on, the computer will not post. I have found a bios update. Installed it and got it to post. Now my issue is that when I try to install the drivers for the computer i get a out of resources ( IRQ). It appears that the vga safe is taking the resources, and i cannot install the drivers for the video card. Anyone have any ideas about what i can do, I do not have the motherboard model number, i was told that it was asus board.

Any help would be wonderful!!!


A:Sony VAIO PCV-RS720G Desktop PC

Perhaps your power supply isn't adequate to keep up with the upgraded graphics card. The original power supply might have been just enough for the installed components it came with but now that's changed.

Do you happen to have access to a better power supply to test this?

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i'm trying to open a sony vaio RX 670 to remove a wireless adapter and cannot figure out how. anyone?

A:how to get the cover off a sony vaio desktop

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You can almost always find this information by searching the model number and "service manual".

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I have bought this Sony Vaio VGNCS36GJ 64bit vista home edition. It came with already installed
Geforce 9300m graphics card with 256mb memory . I want to upgrade my graphics card to 2-4gb 630 synergic edition graphics card. Will my laptop support the same ?? Reply ASAP

A:Can I upgrade my sony vaio vgncs36gj graphics card ?

Quote: Originally Posted by lamiaheart

I have bought this Sony Vaio VGNCS36GJ 64bit vista home edition. It came with already installed
Geforce 9300m graphics card with 256mb memory . I want to upgrade my graphics card to 2-4gb 630 synergic edition graphics card. Will my laptop support the same ?? Reply ASAP

Very few notebooks use discrete graphics cards. I believe that your notebook isn't one of them; its graphics controller is probably soldered to the motherboard.

The card that you mention is for desktop PCs (PCI-E X16 slot), so you couldn't use it even if the notebook had discrete graphics.

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Is it possible for me to upgrade my 32MB ATI Mobility Radeon Video Card of my Latop to say 128MB ATI card on my own. Or I can get it upgraded only from Sony.


A:Graphics Card upgrade for SONY VAIO Laptop

It certainly seems this is possible. Have a look at this:-

but remember, the 32Mb is borrowing that from your system - can your RAM spare 128? You're a brave person to go fishing around inside a laptop. Maybe a Sony upgrade wouldn't be as expensive as a slip of a scredriver in a tight space.

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My Vaio was so slow I went to and ran their system scan to see if I could add memory. I bought their recommended 2 gig kit and removed my 512 card , installed their two 1 gig cards and then my system started just fine. I re-ran Crucials scan and it showed I only had 1 gig installed and one empty slot. So I shut down, removed and reinserted the two one gig cards, both clicked in just fine, but now when I started my Vaio again I just get a black screen. Lights on, I hear the fan running, but no start up. Any suggestions? Crucial support is closed for the night.

A:sony vaio with windows XP won't start after memory upgrade

check and make sure the ram chips are seated properly. Second if have access to another PC that has an internet connection download memtest86 and burn to a cd and run the program to check for any errors that maybe occuring in your ram chips

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There is no VGA or HDMI output on my Sony AR VGN-AR51M

after upgrade to windows 7 from vista, yet my Driver

Support program says my Standard VGA Graphics display

adapter is working ok. I have tried installing various

updates and new display drivers but will not accept them and says it is not compadable.

A:No VGA or HDMI output on my Sony Vaio Lap after upgrade to windows 7

To be clear: you have output to the laptop display screen, but no output to an external monitor through either video port?

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When I start my laptop up, the screen goes black and all you can see is the cursor. Everything seems fine up until that point. I've tried running Safe Mode to see if it did anything and it does the same thing.
I do have virus protection but I forget what it's called...
I've never had any problems with this laptop, and it's only a year old.

I don't have any software.
What are my options?
Do I HAVE to take it in to a computer repair shop? Or is there something that I could do myself? I'm somewhat computer savvy.
I really miss my computer...​

A:HELP: My Sony Vaio Laptop won't open desktop!

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Have a client who's Sony VAIO suddenly refused to allow access due to an appearance of an unknown Password.
The computer is two years old. Sony Tech Support claims not to have a clue, after spending two hours on the phone with them. Are there any "Rustam" type techs who know the Sony desktop motherboards? Or have any success rescuing them. Sony sent a new recovery disc set, but, of course, that wipes out the entire disc and starts over. He had backed up the data to his Sony VAIO laptop, but it went totally dead. I suspect lightning damage.
My experience with Sony is they are unresolvable motherboard issues. We are hoping I am wrong.

A:Sony VAIO Desktop VGC-RC110G New Password

The motherboard is probably toast as you have suspected. I have replaced a few Vaio motherboards

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I have a Sony Vaio Desktop, the model number is in the thread title. I know sony normally puts two model numbers on their computers and that one is the one that returned the most info on their website. I need to know if there is a n "F" key that I can use to enter system recovery mode since my reload discs say "Can't find End User License Agreement" when the disc for recovery is booted. Any help possible would be phenomenal since I am running a business and need to know as soon an possible.

Thank you for your time and efforts,

A:Sony Vaio PCV RS101 desktop recovery

Restart the computer and hit F10 if the recovery partition is there it should start loading up

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i have alwys had the hardest time figuring out how to open and close (esp.the closing part) a sony vaio desktop (or tower); i just installed an additional hard drive and now i cant seem to close the case (on the side); is there a special trick to it? if i get it to fit and close on top, the bottom side wont fit in; i look at the manual and it doesnt say anything about handling the case; i know it sounds ridiculously newbie but i'm not a tech expert

thanks for your help

it's a sony vaio PCV-RX 950

edit: i finally figured it out; took me long enough tho; thank u anyway

A:need help with sony vaio desktop computer case

Take your model # and search for it on the sony website its in pdf format so have acrobat reader installed , it also explains it in the manual.

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I recently upgraded my Sony Vaio VGN-AR71S laptop to Windows 7.
All went well apart from two issues.
My memory card slots no longer show under 'My Computer' and nothing is recognised when I insert a memory card into the slot.
..and secondly
My built in web cam no longer works (although the mic does)
Under device manager I have one yellow exclamation mark next to a USB device which I believe is my web cam and another under an unrecognised device which maybe my memory card slots.

I have tried the Sony support site and done a search on the web but so far I haven't found any drivers or solutions to my problem.

I appreciate any help or advice you can give


A:Sony Vaio VGN-AR71S missing drivers after windows 7 upgrade

Quote: Originally Posted by yorky46

I recently upgraded my Sony Vaio VGN-AR71S laptop to Windows 7.
All went well apart from two issues.
My memory card slots no longer show under 'My Computer' and nothing is recognised when I insert a memory card into the slot.
..and secondly
My built in web cam no longer works (although the mic does)
Under device manager I have one yellow exclamation mark next to a USB device which I believe is my web cam and another under an unrecognised device which maybe my memory card slots.

I have tried the Sony support site and done a search on the web but so far I haven't found any drivers or solutions to my problem.

I appreciate any help or advice you can give


If there are no win 7 drivers available you can instaall older drivers in compatibility mode. To do that:

Right click the installer>properties>compatibility>choose OS

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I have a Sony VAIO Laptop with 20gb hard drive (partitioned), which is now full.

I want to back up most of the programs and Data and restore it on a new 40GB hard drive,(not partitioned.) in a newly installed XP from the system CD

I have a 180GB external firewire hard drive to back up to.

What is the best way to do this?

And what is the procedure for setting up the new hard drive, once physically installed, ready for new system install.

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My daughter has a Sony Vaio VPC-CW290X purchased in spring 2010, that has on several occasions just shut down, likely due to overheating (no logged errors).

Just this week I discovered Sony eSupport - Electronics - Drivers & Software from June 2010 (a few months after she got the laptop), acknowledging the issues, and providing a BIOS update to version R0170Y7 to address this.

So I upgraded her computer this week.

Side note: The instructions mention At the "BIOS Update successfully completed" dialog box, click "OK" to shutdown the computer. - and no such dialog box ever appeared. I ran the update twice and it never appeared. Given the ramifications of goofing up a bios update, this scared me. But we finally shut the computer down for a few minutes, started it, and it booted right up and the bios had been upgraded correctly.

But here's my question: How can a mere bios update "fix" an overheating problem? Maybe making the fan turn more often or faster, but really, it can't clean the heatsink, clear dust, or lower the temperature of the components. How effective should my daughter expect this "fix" to be?

A:Sony Vaio VPC-CW290X bios upgrade for thermal problems

I would monitor it with Core Temp which puts the temps in the System Tray and turns them yellow or red to warn you. Others like SpeedFan which allows auto-adjusting the fan speed in many cases, but requires copying it's .exe into the All Programs>Startup folder to put in System tray.

Check also for dust buildup in fan area, to clean it out this way:

and How To Clean Dust From Your Laptop - YouTube

Since you're a tech enthusiast also look over the steps for getting the vastly superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 since the Sony factory preinstall smothers Win7 with bloatware and duplicate conflicting utilities which have much better versions built into the OS. It's really the worst possible install one can have.

Until then I'd Clean Up Factory Bloatware.

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For the vast majority of users out there, upgrading to Windows 10 has been a relatively smooth process regardless of what hardware you're using. But for Sony Vaio owners, Sony is advising users not to upgrade to Windows 10 just...

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A:According to Sony, Vaio owners shouldn't upgrade to Windows 10 until October

So I tried the upgrade install on my Vaio last night the whole process completed smoothy and win 10 was working however I ran some issues. The Core i5 which run at 2.53Ghz would not drop to the lower multipliers and down clock it would only hit 2Ghz where as on win 7 it will drop to sub 2ghz speeds at idle. I also saw High Cpu load from the Intel rst drivers. This machine has both Intel gpu an a Nvidia gpu.

I couldn't get the NV gpu working at all intel one was fine.

So ya this vaio isn't ready for windows 10 I restore back to 7 last night.

What is BS about this is fine don't provide drivers but remove your stupid driver locks so I can go to NV's site or AMD and install their drivers. Dropping support and not allowing us to try custom drivers or modified drivers is a big deal, if they are not supporting it open up the platform.

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Hello expert,

I have Vista Sony Vaio Laptop VGN-CS14 G/B Model and want to upgrate to Windows 7. I can see that from sony vaio official web site this model is no longer compatiable to upgrade to Windows 7.
Please suggest me if i can still go for upgrade to Windows 7 to my laptop ? what are the steps to do it ?
Do you think any hardware problem is exits if i do this upgrade to my laptop ?
if the above option is not OK then can i downgrade to Windows XP ?

Please suggest me for above two option, if the dual boot way is good ??

Thank in Advance

A:Upgrade to Win7 from Vista Sony Vaio Laptop VGN-CS14 G/B

Welcome to SevenForums. Any computer running Vista can be upgraded to Windows Seven are you considering 32 or 64 bit and what are the processor and ram in your Sony? Regarding dual booting Vista and W7.......why once you see the W7 OS you'll never look back to Vista or XP unless some old software only works in XP.

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I've opened up my Sony desktop, Model PCV-RX550, and blown out the dust but my fan keeps making consistently louder noises and sounds like it's going to quit all together at times. Could someone please tell me what specs I need in shopping for a new fan? A friend said to get a low voltage fan as they make less that true?

A:Solved: Sony VAIO desktop fan making noise

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I need to buy a replacement motherboard for a Sony model PCV-R558DS DEsktop computer. This is a 2 year old computer with a PIII-866 processor and P-133 SDRAM.
I don't have the computer to look at (located in Europe) so I cannot tell..Will a standard size motherboard work in this computer?? Sony wants $300.00 to buy one from them.

Thanks for any help.

A:Sony Vaio Desktop replacement motherboard needed

No, Sony uses a special motherboard manufactured just for them and the cases usually will not accept a different motherboard. It will probably be cheaper to buy a case and a motherboard and transfer everything to it. You could buy a nice case and a good motherboard for 1/2 that.

Dell on some systems
Gateway on some systems.

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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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I'd like to update a Vaio Desktop (VGC-830G) to Windows 7 but this is the only driver I cannot seem to find. Does anyone know if one even exists?

A:Sony MPEG RealTime Encoder for Vaio desktop

Quote: Originally Posted by Chronos300

I'd like to update a Vaio Desktop (VGC-830G) to Windows 7 but this is the only driver I cannot seem to find. Does anyone know if one even exists?

Hi there,

It looks like the model number is actually VGC-RA830G. Here are the drivers for that model: Sony eSupport - VGC-RA830G - Software Updates & Drivers (Scroll down and click 'MPEG')


Windows Outreach Team

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►Sony Vaio Desktop Model: PCV-C31L with a Windows XP Media Center 2005 Edition.

►The computer Starts just fine It login and it shows the Background on my desktop then as soon as the shortcuts start popping up, the screen goes completely white and the only thing that I can see is the mouse cursor but I can't do nothing it just moves around ....

-Then when I shutoff the computer from the tower button the white screen goes away and I can see my computer Desktop just fine and I can click a few programs before it shots-down.

► I had try Safe Mode but it just keeps looping and reboots the Machine...
The only thing that works is the Safe Mode with Command prompt and the only thing that shows is the Command Prompt Window... and I don't know what command to type... Please Help..!!!

A:Sony Vaio Desktop White Screen Freeze

In Safe Mode with Command Prompt type chkdsk /R and press enter. Check Disk will go through 5 stages, it may take a while.

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I cant get the fax on sony vaio using xp to work.

A:[SOLVED] Fax on sony vaio desktop using xp wont work

What part is not working?
Is the modem connected and has a dial tone?

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