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Aida Carini Nov 04, 2003, 11:40am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I came home last night and my laptop screen came off the screen saver, flashed a few times, and refused to turn on....even though the computer was running fine!!! When I put the screen down and click it in and then put it back up, it turns on, flashes and then turns off again....there is some correlation between the little slot where the screen clicks in and the fact that it keeps turning off because if i play with the slot, the screen flashes on and off....Am i losing my mind? Does anyone know how to fix this!!!!????


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Jerry Lee Nov 04, 2003, 02:11pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio screen :(
Sounds like the sleep button to me. The sleep button is located in the front where the lid latch clicks in. I believe you said, that when you play with the slot, it comes in-and-out. If in fact it is the spot that I mentioned to you, then...yeah, the sleep button is either jammed or broken all together. There is a black plastic piece that covers the button, and in some cases it does get tweeked, which causes it to jam. This will cause the probs your seeing. Check to see if you can free it, if jammed. If not, then the button may be broken. Part repair / replacement will be needed if this is the scenerio. This brings me to ask you...Is your Laptop still under warranty?

Good luck. <crossing fingers for you> :)

ANURAG SOBTI Dec 26, 2003, 05:23pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio screen :(
Hi there !!

I am having problems with my SONY VAIO FX300 laptop display. Few days ago it started flickering & used to go blank after that. I tried to listen whats brewing beneath the keyboard and I could hear an intermittent hissing sound which sounded to me as a spark in the circuit below. Now it is blank for the past 1 week. When you hold the screen against the light at a particular inclination, you are able to see whats there on the screen but it is too dim. I am sure everything is working fine, its just the display I guess.

Can anyone suggest me, in the light of the symptoms I have given, what could have gone wrong ? Also give me any other info about the screen problems of VAIO, if you can. I appreciate your time guys.

Thanks so much !!

Anurag

Pete A Feb 11, 2004, 09:24pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio screen :(
As of today, my GRX570 has suffered the same fate, which all by itself sucks, but this was just after the laptop developed the dead second memory socket last week. I'm beginning to think Sony has placed a self-destruct timer inside these laptop set to go off when the warranty expires.

Er Sch Feb 12, 2004, 08:54am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 12, 2004, 08:57am EST

 
>> Re: Sony Vaio screen :(
I also have a Sony Vaio GRX570 with the same problems. I took it back to Best Buy and they replaced the video card (or something of that nature) but here I am with the same problem again. Any suggestions on getting it fixed or what it is that's wrong with it?

Hot340Cuda moparland Mar 31, 2004, 02:32am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Same deal here. Computer runs fine. When it starts the LCD will power up for a sec, then goes black. The external port works fine as I can connect a monitor to it and see all. When I tap at the switch for the latch it'll come on for a sec, then blacks out again. Any ideas?

CyberCowboy777 Mar 31, 2004, 12:18pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio screen :(
If you can see the screen contents in the right light one of two major parts have gone bad:

CCFL - http://www.elwirecheap.com/coldcathodes.html

Power Inverter - http://www.impactcomputers.com/1-476-316-11.html

The second is fairly easy to replace, the first much more difficult.

I recently had a Sony Vaio on the workbench that had the CCFL burn out, the customer decided it was not worth the cost of replacement.

Buy a new LCD:

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Or have these guys help you out:

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tom Mar 31, 2004, 12:32pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Keep away from Sony's PCs!!!!!!!!!

They all have problems, including their laptops. I don't know why you chose Sony, they are just expensive and no better than any cheaper laptops around. It's the brand name probably attracted you to it, and it's crap. My mate has a Sony PC that in 2 years is now on its 4th hard drive already

katerina zachovalova Apr 11, 2004, 11:37am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi,
I am having the same screen troubles with my Sony Vaio GRX 560P. The display went suddenly black, it lights up slightly when I play with the right latch switch. The computer works, it displays correctly on an external monitor. I'd appreciate if anyone of you who were able to fix the problem in the past would share information with me on what it was and how much it cost to repair it... THANK YOU! Needless to say I also had the memory slot problem half year ago... WONT GET ANYTHING SONY AGAIN... Best, Katerina

ANURAG SOBTI Apr 11, 2004, 03:10pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio screen :(
Well, I would like to address the hard Drive issue brought up by Richard. The hard drive that SONY uses in most of their laptops is manufactured by TOSHIBA.....so its the issue of compatibility rather than the hard drive being bad.....even my FX-300 has TOSHIBA hard drive....I have Linux on my machine and when it boots it shows the make of the drive......and friends every laptop has one or the other problems, like Dell has probs with their keyboards getting faulty within a month and screen going bad in few months & screens are also not very good for some GATEWAY models (dont know about the expensive high end products)......

Also I know there are people who have problems with the screens like I have. Well if u say u get the display for a sec by tapping at certain location, that would be more of a loose connection in the circuit than the bad screen.....but for me its just blank it doesnt display anything not even for a sec....I think my laptop screen has exceeded its life as I used to keep it on almost 24 hrs a day for almost 2 years except during the transit from home to office and back (not more than a total of 15 min)...I guess you may also be having such history associated with one or the other part of ur laptops.........

We have to live with such problems and help out each other like we r doing...SO WE R DOING A GREAT JOB !! WE R SAVING LOT OF MONEY FOR EACH OTHER....Great going guys !!!

zack miles Apr 15, 2004, 11:46pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio screen :(
Well Im glad that Im not alone on this. I have a grx...570 and 2 days ago I had the same f**kin problem with the lcd. I left it on and went to get a glass of water, when I came back the screen was off, weird, I thought, I didnt set it to shut down... I pressed a key and nothing, wtf, I moved the mouse and nothing, finally I just closed it and when I opened it I got the image back but for a few seconds though. :(
I thought it was the sleep button, you know, the thing that turns the lcd off when you close it, I unscrewed everything... but nothing... now it's even worst the image is very dark and it only stays up for like a sec. I tried to plug a monitor in but somehow I get an out of frecuency range error, I plugged it in the tv and it worked, thx god I managed to take the files out.
Now I'll have to take it to tech support and they are gonna have it for 2 decades and probably tell me that it isnt fixable or that it costs 10k to fix the damn thing. anyway lucky us! thx sony!

Carter Sudeith Apr 16, 2004, 01:41am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio screen :(
Sony makes the best crappy products of all time!

Dale Young Apr 18, 2004, 10:08pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Seems to me Sony used remotly burn off back light on some laptop computers include my GRX-590K. It works good til 4/16/04 then blinks and finelly went to dark picture. I'm using side screen to work with that cripled computer. Nice product from Sony!!!

Peter van der Linden May 06, 2004, 04:02am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I am an Electronics Engineer, working for Insurance companies in Cape Town SA. One of my jobs is to check and verify notebooks that are submitted for Insurance claims and to diagnose the cause of failure - whether accidental or malicious.
In the past week we have been sent 3 SONY VAIO's (F340 & 2 x FX770) all with exactly the same problem. It appears as if the Video has died, but when the unit is connected on an external monitor - it works fine. The one machine failed when the Hard drive was changed, the other two merely stopped and died whilst the client was busy with the units.
We have stripped and checked all 3 machines and can find no signs of components blowing, all cables are intact and connected correctly. The Inverors have been checked and are functional, the LCD's were checked in different machines - all working (the LCD's of 2 units are ACER screens)

The problems therefore seem to be with the main Systemboard - not the LCD, Cables or Invertor.

Can anyone spead some light on this failure... is this a common problem, is it a Latent Defect with these units? - If a Latent defect then the specific "Consumer Council Laws" protecting the public comes to mind... where manufacturers could be held liable for damages if "Items" or Equipment are sold with a Latent design defect.....

zack miles May 08, 2004, 05:23pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio screen :(
After like 15 days I got my laptop back from sony.
They didnt fix it, they didnt even know what was wrong, they wanted to replace the lcd screen which was too expensive but yet they werent sure if that would've fixed the problem, and also they wanted to charge me 3 times the price of the lcd screen...
Browsing the net I found out that the problem might be a fuse, here is the original post from another forum:
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finally found a solution:
there is a smd fuse on the lcd pcb which had to be replaced.
after that the lcd worked fine again.
maybe that solves sierranic's problem as well.
good luck,
Dennis.
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Auvaio
sierranic,
the fuse is located on the lcd's circut-board, near the connector.
it is a little smd part (in my case white) marked as F1. you can take a multimeter and check it.
i did not replace it but simply bridged it for testing purpose.
if you need photos please let me know.
good luck,
Dennis.
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Dont know if this could work, I'll ask a friend to take a look...

junftrey defthjui Jun 29, 2004, 12:50am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio screen :(
I too have this problem ... seems to be a design flaw with the Vaio laptops.

mine is model PCG-GRX5P 18 months old and presumably out of warranty.

the screen comes on briefly when you boot up 1-4 seconds ...

At one point I tried pressing the external screen reset options for Fn+F7 and Fn+F8 key combinations, which did at one time give me about 1 minute of time...

I have not tried using a sidescreen yet, but as I can see faint shadows on the screen, i'm certain that'll work OK.

junftrey defthjui Jun 29, 2004, 12:54am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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http://www.xtremepccentral.com/forums/showthread/t-7955.html
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My Vaio's Lcd is Blank...
I have a problem with my fx-120 sony vaio notebook. When I turn on my computer the screen flashes from black to a highlighted black. While it is running I see nothing except for the backlight. I hooked the computer up to a desktop monitor and it works fine. Does anyone have any suggestions to what happened to my monitor, or maybe what solution there is to fixing it?


Ken LaDere Jun 29, 2004, 06:28am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio screen :(
Hey, I have Vaio screens and parts. The switch they are referring to is not the issue in most of these laptops, Inverters and backlight cold cathodes are the culprit. I can repair these alot cheaper than you may think, Its alot cheaper than buying a new TFT, or LCD . The backlight and inverter circuits are a glorified mini version of a flourescent lamp and ballast. Be careful when working on these,, there is an amplified voltage present, Wont kill you but it'll snap you good. If you folks want to change your screens, its easy enough. But if you want the backlight repaired, or need help? give me a buzz

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Rory Witham Jun 29, 2004, 07:15am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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______________ sony make cheap rubbish stuff NOW_________________

Sony was one of the top names is goods, but when companies like "charlb" and "yanshoisho" ( there not real names) made TV's and thing for 5.00 people would buy these, as sony was 50, so even if it broke, replaing it was fine! but there was such alot of interest they made such money the "oarshb" types made better tv's and things.
sony on the other hand was not making so much money, as the markets were flooded with "afdu" and "pvn"
Sony being the leader with all its shops and business and fingers in pie's got bitten, thus they have to cut back on all there stuff, they bought, like chips, and electronics, but they couldnt really, let the public know that they had fallen on bad times and they need money to pay the bills, thus they lowered there prices only a little to pay this. Yet saved on the electronics they bought.

thus sony make cheap rubbish and sell it on the name they had, infact your better off buying no name stuff as they are alot better and offer more as they try to prove them selves.

__Note-- this is an opinion bared by me, and is a story-- dont try sueing_____

LOL :) how true this is, well that your opinion..




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dominic smith Jul 31, 2004, 07:45am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I am having a similar problem with a sony vaio pcg-fx701 The screen alternates between black or white but stays mostly white. It works with another monitor (which is how I am writing this) there is no faint image. I dont even get that sony text on boot. NADA. I have tried it with a few live linux distros, nothing. Has the monitor just died? I am so skint right now I cant afford another comp, is it fixable?

Dominic

charles payne Aug 03, 2004, 04:33am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Yes, the motherboard is a common problem in the Sony laptops. I work on sony laptops just about every week. I took a few in on trade towards the ASUS laptops our company sells. Let me tell you I could not give away the Sony laptops. The are not accually made buy sony, but the do have the Sony name attached. Long story short. The LCD's are an issue, but the biggest with the Sony product lines are the motherboards.

cpayne@ithinkpc.com

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