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Sony VAIO VGN FW 34OD won't power on

A few months ago a friend gave me a VGN FW34OD that had had coffee spilled on it. I took it apart, cleaned with rubbing alcohol, everything worked fine except the keyboard--some keys didn't work at all, some would just repeatedly fire. Annoying. But it worked and was fine for watching movies and tv and stuff. [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Apr 18, 2014 - 6 answers

What to do with my old Sony VAIO laptop?

What to do with my old Sony VAIO laptop? [more inside]
posted by Quidam on Feb 23, 2010 - 7 answers

What lightweight but powerful laptop should I buy?

Which light-weight yet powerful laptop should I buy? I like the Sony Vaio Z, followed by the MB Air and the Thinkpad X200. Am I missing any models? [more inside]
posted by bkudria on Dec 10, 2009 - 22 answers

Audio driver problems!

Audio driver needed for Sony Vaio VGN-SX61MN/B model laptop with Windows XP SP3! [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on Aug 17, 2009 - 3 answers

Do I buy a new laptop before I know if I need it?

LaptopFilter: Do I get a new one tomorrow because I'll have the money and it's a good machine, or do I keep on with my trusty older machine that hasn't given me a touch of trouble yet? Much (maybe too much) [more inside]
posted by Galt on Aug 16, 2008 - 21 answers

Vaio gives "system timer error"

My laptop gives a "system timer error" and so I probably need some guidance in replacing my laptop's CMOS battery [more inside]
posted by daksya on Jun 3, 2008 - 9 answers

Recovery key plz? (again)

What key I need to hold down to access the recovery partition on my Sony Vaio? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange on Mar 31, 2008 - 4 answers

How to upgrade the OS on a laptop with no CD or floppy?

How do I upgrade from Win 2k to XP on a laptop with no CD or floppy and no option in the bios to boot from USB? [more inside]
posted by monkeystronghold on Jan 29, 2008 - 8 answers

Extremely hot laptop

I have a hot laptop. In fact, it's so hot that I can't even touch it. Is this normal? Or has the fan given up? [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell on Nov 29, 2007 - 11 answers

PC card reader broken - Can anything be done?

My (secondhand) Sony Vaio PCG-V505DC2 laptop's PC Card slot isn't recognizing any cards put in it (I've tried three, all of which I know work). I know it's not a driver problem because all of the cards worked until recently, when they started working only intermittently before stopping working at all. Can this be fixed in any kind of cost-effective way, preferably by myself? [more inside]
posted by likedoomsday on Nov 25, 2007 - 7 answers

How do I get a Vista laptop over its wireless quirk?

Why does my laptop disconnect after it wakes up? [more inside]
posted by Cricket on Aug 12, 2007 - 10 answers

Decide what laptop is best for me!

I am seriously considering getting a laptop. Basic requirements are that it have a 15-inch screen, 2GBs of RAM and Windows Vista Home Premium. I've done a fair bit of research, but am finding it hard to come to a final decision. So now I turn to you, wise MeFi'ites. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by tomcosgrave on Jul 20, 2007 - 10 answers

Sony Vaio won't boot. At all.

Sony Vaio VGN-B88GP (OS is XP) won't start. No little lights... just nothing. We've all established anthing Sony is garbage and it would be great if you would note this is not my question. [more inside]
posted by mu~ha~ha~ha~har on Jul 15, 2007 - 9 answers

Should I attempt simple DIY repair on my VAIO laptop?

The headphone jack in my Sony VAIO laptop is broken. Should I try to fix it myself? [more inside]
posted by Martin E. on Jul 10, 2007 - 8 answers

Free My DVD

I've had it with my Sony Vaio! Is it possible to unlock the DVD drive so that it will play any region? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Jun 10, 2007 - 10 answers

Laptops: Apple MacBook Pro versus Sony Vaio/Dell/Toshiba. Please help me choose.

It's time for a new laptop. I have very strong thoughts on this subject, but I need your help, suggestions, and guidance. [more inside]
posted by davidinmanhattan on Jun 7, 2007 - 29 answers

"A screen",the pittiful cry they heard. Then more wailing and gnashing of teeth.

What is it? Is it possible to repair? Or where on Gods green earth can I get a replacement? Slowly increasing white strip with sporadic coloured lines throughout on my notebook screen. Funnily enough it is more frustrating to look for the answer than it is to just try to ignore it. [more inside]
posted by mu~ha~ha~ha~har on May 15, 2007 - 7 answers

Which mini-laptop should I buy?

Help me pick between a Sony VAIO TX series laptop and a Dell D420. [more inside]
posted by cashman on Mar 14, 2007 - 12 answers

Thoughts on Vaio desktop?

Anyone out there have anything to say about the new Sony Vaio desktop? [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder on Sep 7, 2006 - 13 answers

Display problems with a Sony Vaio PCG-C1VE

My girlfriend has acquired a second-hand Sony Vaio PCG-C1VE laptop. The OS is Windows XP. Her problem is that she can't get the display out of 640x480. She's looking for display drivers, specifically video drivers and monitor drivers if such things exist - she can't find them anywhere. Has anyone got any ideas?
posted by tomcosgrave on Sep 6, 2006 - 4 answers

VAIO shutdown - startup issues

Sony VAIO SZ shutdown - startup issues. [more inside]
posted by trinarian on Jul 31, 2006 - 1 answer

Sony Vaio Desktop Wierdness

Sony Vaio Desktop Wierdness: My Sony Vaio Desktop has started to bleep and the illuminated logo on the front flashes for no apparent reason. Any ideas why? [more inside]
posted by spyke23 on Jul 9, 2006 - 4 answers

Where to find a Sony VAIO battery?

where can you find a battery for a Sony VAIO for less than $140? [more inside]
posted by luneray on May 24, 2006 - 4 answers

How can I shut off the auto-click feature of the touchpad on my Sony Vaio?

How can I shut off the auto-click feature of the touchpad on my Sony Vaio (model PCG-GRT170, if that helps)? [more inside]
posted by DyRE on Mar 26, 2006 - 5 answers

Computer Trouble; Like a Valentine's Gift from a Bitter Ex Named Nemesis

Dear crafty gnomes of Mefi, riddle me this: my laptop (Vaio PCG-FRV27) just had a fit and died. What may the problem be? [more inside]
posted by Firas on Feb 14, 2006 - 11 answers

Laptop repair in NYC?

Laptop repair in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Vidiot on Jan 7, 2006 - 2 answers

Sony meddling when writing a DVD with a VAIO?

DVD writing on a VAIO Filter: I have a Sony Vaio A417M and I can't seem to figure out how to write a DVD using any software apart from the one Sony provide. I had a vaio before and it was only possible to write a DVD using Sony supplied software "DVD drag and drop" Is it really Sony meddling? [more inside]
posted by jwhittlestone on Oct 6, 2005 - 5 answers

How do you control a Sony external DVD burner without its original software disk?

I recently bought a Sony external DVD/CD dual-layer burner (DRX-710UL/T), but didn't get the CD that comes with it and Sony won't sell me one. The four-year old Vaio laptop I'm using it on sees the device, but I have no way of controlling it. I know that Windows XP Pro (the Vaio's OS) supposedly has all the drivers built in. Is there an application that would act as an interface between the burner and the laptop? Or does anyone know where I can get a copy of the disk?
posted by Toolshed on Oct 4, 2005 - 7 answers

Vaio vi

My Sony Vaio PCG-K115M won't boot. [more inside]
posted by aisforal on Sep 21, 2005 - 3 answers

Upgrading a Vaio's PSU & GPU

I'm looking to upgrade my desktop, but I'm having worries about the PSU. [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge on Aug 2, 2005 - 5 answers

Vaio's BIOS seems hosed.

My roommate's Sony Vaio PCG-F590 notebook, has had a peculiar problem for a couple of years now. In short, BIOS doesn't recognise the HDD, but only for the purposes of booting. [more inside]
posted by daksya on May 23, 2005 - 2 answers

Adding more RAM to a Sony Vaio.

I've been thinking of upgrading the memory in my Sony Vaio PCG-GR370 laptop for some time now, but recently it came to my attention that there may be issues with some vaios that do not recognize memory above 256Mb (which is what I currently have in it). I attempted a google for issues with it, but, well... Just try search for "sony vaio memory 512" on google and you'll see how useful it is.

Which brings me to my question: Does anyone know anything about said issues with vaios? If so, do they apply to me?
posted by ChrisR on Dec 17, 2004 - 4 answers

Li Batteries

I have a laptop (Sony Vaio R505) with a lithium ion battery. Last night, I used the machine fine with out it being plugged into the wall (for about 2 hours). Today, when I tried using the machine after a full charge, it died within half an hour. I'm currently using XP with SP2 and google'd all the user groups. Any suggestions other than buying a new battery?
posted by phyrewerx on Sep 14, 2004 - 2 answers

After a fresh install on a Sony Vaio, how do you get the screen resolution and colors back to what they were?

My friend just wiped the drives on her off-the-shelf Vaio (RX450) and installed Windows 2000. Now the monitor (ViewSonic A90) only offers up to 800x600 resolution and 16 colors - how do we fix this?
posted by casarkos on Apr 6, 2004 - 5 answers

Will upgrading my Vaio to XP wreck my settings?

I'm about to upgrade my beloved Sony Vaio laptop from Windows Me (blecch) to XP. Will this screw up my previously installed drivers, software, documents, etc? Anything I should know before I start?
posted by Vidiot on Jan 2, 2004 - 16 answers

Does anyone know of a durable brand of USB drives (around 64-128 MB)?

I recently got a new Sony Vaio. Its great, except I didn't realize it didn't come with a floppy disk drive. So, what I'm looking for to replace it is a small USB drive (around 64-128 megs). I've seen a bunch online and at stores for sale, but anyone here personaly use them and know what a good brand is? I want one that hooks to a keychain and can take a good amount of abuse (I don't care about extra features like security- my main concern is will it break easily and be around for a good while). Any ideas?
posted by jmd82 on Dec 24, 2003 - 15 answers

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