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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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?
posted by tomcosgrave
on Jul 20, 2007 -
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.
posted by mu~ha~ha~ha~har
on Jul 15, 2007 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -