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Joe K Oct 11, 2005, 12:40am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
Nick,

You may be suffering from this problem:

http://www.aqstech.com/vaio3.html

Joe Kabalan
http://www.AQSTech.com
Laptop / Notebook BIOS Repair
Motherboard Defect Solutions
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Saint lopez Oct 11, 2005, 10:43am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> VGN-A19GP No Power
A relative gave this laptop to me. The problem: I'm getting no power at all both from AC and battery. Any help? Does the CPU or memory slot or some power circuitry it have something to do with this problem?

Radu Fericean Oct 11, 2005, 04:01pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
Does anybody know where can I find some DDR Sockets to buy?

Mark Weiss Oct 11, 2005, 10:19pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
I have been dealing with the memory not detected problem on my GRX560 now since I first noticed it in March.

I found that cleaning the connections seemed to help.

For the past month, I was too busy to do anything about the problem and had been livng with half the memory for the entire month. Tonight, I took out the DIMM closest to the front and put denatured alcohol on the contacts and snapped it back into the socket a few times. Then I removed and blow dried any residue. Closed her up and booted, and all the memory came back for the first time in over a month. Booted three times and all three times the memory detected properly.

This suggests that in SOME cases, the problem might be dirt or mild corrosion. Since the contact force is very small with these connectors, even the thinnest film buildup might present an impossible obstacle for low voltage signals to penetrate. Cleaning seems to work for my particular system. Your mileage may vary, but it could be worth a try and a lot safer than sticking rolled up aluminum in your memory compartment! :-)

Paulo Gomes Oct 12, 2005, 12:37pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Oct 12, 2005, 02:05pm EDT

 
>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
I hown a PCG-GRZ660 and got the half memory trouble for a while and then the freezes, BSOD, shutdown, no boot etc.
Got back to my old pc just to find out this forum and that I had been s****d up by dear old SONY. Since the only safe and sure solution was in TONAWANDA, NY, USA, and I am in little Portugal - EU and very afraid of customs trouble to send abroad my laptop.
So I took my vaio to a local electronics repair shop and explained them the problem. They said it was a similar problem to one found in some video cameras from (you guessed it, SONY !) and that they had the equipment and experience how to resolder both memory sockets to the motherboard. After tree days I got my vaio back all cleaned up on the inside and recognizing all of the 512 MB. Payed 48 (forty eight) for their trouble and am now posting to this forum, not with my old PC but with my reborn VAIO.

Conclusion: If you (EU citizen) )can't/won't send your Joe you are better off with your local electronics repair shop than with SONY customer support...

greetings and thankyou to all for this very helpfull forum.

Paulo Gomes
Vaio PCG-GRZ660 owner in Castelo Branco, Portugal, EU

(Repair shop: DINISOM - Almeida Dinis - Castelo Branco. Portugal)

Tom Pappas Oct 12, 2005, 03:35pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Local repair shop?
You may or may not be better off with a local shop than with Sony repair. I have had to give up on quite a few Vaios that had been ruined by people with inadequate soldering equipment and/or skill to re-solder the DIMM slots without ruining the mother board.

With any repair facility, you are taking a chance, but the Vaio specialists know more about how to fix this problem than anyone else.

Tom Pappas
http://www.vaioshutdown.com

Tom Pappas Oct 12, 2005, 10:19pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Simple solutions
Yes, I have been teaching people to clean their SODIMM sockets for several years on my web site:

http://www.vaioshutdown.com/testing.htm

Tom

Tom Murray Oct 13, 2005, 05:26pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Oct 13, 2005, 05:28pm EDT

 
>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
I have a GRV-530 that has shown the same symptoms of overheating and random shutdowns or boot failures. Last week I tried to start it up, and the Screen flickered a few times and then went dark. The ac power light still works and the battery charges, but that's it. My wife has a GRV-680 that has a bad socket or receptacle for the power supply, so I was charging up batteries in the 530, and running them in the 680. Pathetic, huh? But they were still better laptops than the Dell, HP, and Toshiba lying in my closet. I'm very glad to find this site and vaioshutdown.com.

I actually have on of the new Sony FS models. So far, this computer rocks!

Darren name Oct 17, 2005, 04:48pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Ok, I'm 99% sure my problem is overheating on my fx-210. I applied some thermal paste and it's still gets hot. Now that the weather is cooler it does stay booted longer. What other recommondations does anyone have. Is there a different heatsink or fan I should get? Or should I just pack it up and send it out?

When I took the heatsink off I noticed a thin piece of foil (metal) that was diectly over the processor and glue/thermal pasted to the heat sink. Do I remove that and get a new piece? if so where do I get such a thing?

Mits Spyder Oct 21, 2005, 12:11pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
there are several different power problems with Sony notebooks

http://www.lieffcabraser.com/sony-vaio.htm

Jonas Lonnroth Oct 23, 2005, 05:19pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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One must admire Sony engineers for their timing of when problems are due to appear!

I bough a PCG 6CDP/VGN-S18GP in Dubai a year ago and got a yearlong Vaio Overseas Service Contract. Which ended on October third.

It has the memory socket problem described in this thread - the green power light comes on and stays on. The HDD loight flickers once or twice. Power is applied to USB ports - the connected cooling pad works. Over the last weeks, the no boot problem has got worse until it couldn't be started. I thought it had something with hibernation and rewakening to do. Then found out from this forum.

Applying two fingers on the memory slots during boot up now helps.

Scrutiny of the solder joints haven't showed any visible flaws.

Any tips on competent repair in Brussels or the EU? Sending it outside the EU could bring a VAT problem.

Regards

Jonas Lonnroth
Brussels.


Joe K Oct 23, 2005, 05:49pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
Jonas,

You don't have a memory slot problem. You're facng this issue:

http://www.aqstech.com/vaio3.html

It's a severe condition that not many facilities can repair. See if you can find a replacement board in your area.


Joe Kabalan
http://www.AQSTech.com
Laptop / Notebook BIOS Repair
Motherboard Defect Solutions
REnzo Imhoff Oct 24, 2005, 09:54am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
I had the memory slot problem in my GRX560.
When I discovered this forum I was very happy!
A suggestion: look for a good cell phone technician. You know the problem, you don't need to take the motherboard out, so you don't need a computer technician. You just need to resolder the slots. Those guys usually works soldering VERY little microchips. They have the expertise and the right tools.
They did a great job in my Vaio and the cost was very cheap.

I hope this helps....

Jonas Lonnroth Oct 24, 2005, 02:22pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Oct 24, 2005, 02:32pm EDT

 
>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
Joe, refering to your answer one post up, why is it a motherboard problem and not a memoryslot problem?

It seems to me that the symptoms are the ones that Tom Papas described for the slot problem in a recent post:

"The principal symptom of a memory socket problem is that when the machine is powered on, the
green power light comes on and stays on, and the yellow HDD light flickers once or twice and
goes out. This flickering is the POST routine interrogating the hard drive. Then it checks
for the amount of memory present. If it can't "see" any memory, it doesn't proceed any
further. If your machine blinks in this way, your socket repair was unsuccessful and needs
to be re-done."

I have skipped hibernation mode. It happens anyhow. I neeed to keep my fingers onto the slot connector during the whole boot up or the screen will freeze. Then it works for days without a problem - as long as I don't shut down. BTW, it is cooled by a USB connected cooling pad which now blows straight up into the memory compartment. Otherwhise one might think that thermal dilatation would cause disconnected solder joints to meet.

The slot configuration looks exactly like the photos shown in this thread, two slots connector to connector.

The vaio3.html page doesn't give any explanations. Regardless of whether it's a slot or a motherboard problem - do you think you could repair it?

Jonas Lonnroth Oct 24, 2005, 02:54pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
Sorry, couldn't edit my post above. Just spoke to Joe who explained it could also be a video chip problem caused by the way the cooling system is attached to the motherboard. It would cause the same symptoms as the memory slot problem.

Off it goes to NY

Jonas

Patrick Flower Oct 26, 2005, 03:35am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
SONY VAIO PCG-GRX316MP

1.0 My laptop doesn't power-up.No lights at all.

2.0 I have used an opened paperclip to operate the reset button in the RAM cover.Then reset again whilst pressing the power-on button.

2.1 This resulted in the two battery lights plus the green power light gradually appearing.No HDD light.

2.2 After about five seconds the power light turns orange.

2.3 Removing the pressure on the reset button results in all lights going off followed by a quick flash from the three lights at top right hand by hinge of case.

3.0 I would like to check the CMOS backup battery - Where do I find it?

All help will be received with grateful thanks

Regards

Patrick

Jack Baker Oct 27, 2005, 03:16pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> PCG-F430 screen going blank?
What could be the cause of the screen starting up OK but then usually going blank, though the computer runs fine and a remote display works fine? Sometimes it will come back on temporarily when moved.

Should I try opening it up!?

Thanks for any suggestions!

Jack

Jack Baker Oct 27, 2005, 06:00pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
I think the CMOS battery is accessed under the keyboard. A while ago (sorry no link) I saw a page explaining how to access this (they called it the "system battery"). He said take out 1 or 2 screws on the left side of the panel above the keyboard, slide that piece to the right, take out the screw above the keyboard, lift it out carefully, then you have access to the hard drive, cmos battery, etc.

Good luck.
Jack

Tom Pappas Oct 30, 2005, 05:20pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Dead display
Jack, the fact that your display sometimes comes on when it's moved suggests that you may have a bad LCD cable. It's a fairly simple repair.

Tom

pete kindziereski Oct 30, 2005, 09:20pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
I've got a problem with a vaio pcg-8S4L. It will not boot on power supply or battery. No lights, no nothing. I'm a little p**sed since I've only had the unit a few months!!!


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