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M Riad Apr 06, 2009, 11:54pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
Anay,
From what you are discribing, it seems that the CPU is not seated properly. Remove it and use an air compression bottle to blow clean the CPU holes and re-install it again. Do not blow it with your mouth as you may put moisture in the holes.
When you re-seat the CPU, keep constant pressure on it and turn the screw to close. If you dont apply pressure and close the screw, the CPU may not fully connect. And don't forget to put CPU compound.
Just a thought.
Good luck,
Mike

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Anay Gan Apr 07, 2009, 01:14pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike,

Thank you for the suggestion. I pluged the heat sink to the mother board but did not seat it on top of CPU and re-seat the CPU and the beast had life again (with all fans working, hard drive noise and CD drive LEDs flashing etc..). I only kept it on like this for 3-4 seconds as I was affraid the CPU will otherwise burn out. But atleast now I know, as you suggested, that its the CPU who did not seat properly. I will try to follow your instructions today to get it back to work. Thanks again.

Goran Maric Apr 17, 2009, 05:41am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have Sony Vaio laptop model VGN S1HP, and until a few weeks ago everything was working OK. Then, after a mobile phone was connected using USB cable, laptop just switched off. Since then, nothing works, no battery indicator LED when connected to AC adapter. Same mobile phone was connected many times in the same way and worked fine. When problem occured laptop was on battery power, AC adapter disconnected. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Michael Morales Apr 22, 2009, 03:43am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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My name is Michael Morales I am 14 years old and I know nothing of technology. My Vaio is a 1998 Windows Microsoft Vaio. (don't know what model but it's fricken old!) It will never boot !!! I don't know if it's my fault but I know that I hate Vaio ! Darn you Japan!!! Anyways, whenever I turn it on, it used to just be a blank nothing on the background, just the wallpaper. I was p**sed and decided to poke around a little bit so I took off the Linksys PC Card, and it will ask for my password, which makes me ecstatic thinking it will work now, but then the b.s continues!!! When I type my password, it'll look like it's going to start downloading but then it just stays the same!!! HELP ME!!!!!! I hate Sony, and i hate Vaio.

philtec Apr 22, 2009, 07:49am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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What type of Linksys PC card do you have in Windows 98?

Michael Morales said:
My name is Michael Morales I am 14 years old and I know nothing of technology. My Vaio is a 1998 Windows Microsoft Vaio. (don't know what model but it's fricken old!) It will never boot !!! I don't know if it's my fault but I know that I hate Vaio ! Darn you Japan!!! Anyways, whenever I turn it on, it used to just be a blank nothing on the background, just the wallpaper. I was p**sed and decided to poke around a little bit so I took off the Linksys PC Card, and it will ask for my password, which makes me ecstatic thinking it will work now, but then the b.s continues!!! When I type my password, it'll look like it's going to start downloading but then it just stays the same!!! HELP ME!!!!!! I hate Sony, and i hate Vaio.


ivar tallo Apr 23, 2009, 08:56am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi,
had once a problem with Vaio and found the forum and help. However, made the same mistake a second time, as I bought another one and now this is playing tricks. Model is VGN-SZ260P, bought it two years ago, was very good until I installed Vista but worked on. However, about 2 weeks ago after I had worked on the plane with it, all of a sudden didnt want to start, and later, when it did, it swiches itself off after 1-3 minutes of work. Asked a friend who thought it is something to do with overheating. Any advice whether this is repairable and whether I can do something myself about it or should I simply take out the hard drive and forget about vaios? Alternatively, any advise about repair place for Vaios around Geneve (Switzerland, France)?

Thanks in advance!
Ivar Tallo

S. Johns Apr 25, 2009, 11:37am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 25, 2009, 11:48am EDT

 
>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
I found a problem with the Power Board (the plug in board inside your laptop, on top of the Motherboard, directly under the keyboard) that switches (converts) your Battery DC to 5, 12 and 1.3v and provides the pulsing DC to recharge your battery too.

Seems the Motherboard has beryllium-copper contacts, (a soft springy metal) and and the power Board has harder TIN ones. This means that when forced together, there IS scraping off or WEAR of the soft copper, and the dissimilar metals WILL eventually oxidize (corrode) and lose contact with their partner pin. It also means that when your laptop heats up, these parts expand and the contact is broken.. When it cools down (a natural reaction to loss of power) they 'shrink' back, touch again and contact resumes so it will restart.

I discovered this by accident (like all good inventions) when I left my 'Almost working' but still totally disassembled laptop on the kitchen table and went to have supper. As luck would have it, it had been going for ~3hrs, and I had used 2 sheets of white paper on either side of the power button panel to keep it from touching anything else, BUT leaving the Power Board exposed in the middle. The hot sunlight hitting the uncovered board caused it to heat up, expanding slightly, and the pins (40 of them but I don't know which is the culprit yet) to lose contact and the laptop to DIE again. Nothing, no lights, camera or action... not even the quick blink of 3 lights when power is applied or the battery inserted.

OK, I tried for another 3hrs to get it to wake up, or do anything.. and then went to bed.

The next morning it worked again! so I powered off and swapped Power Boards. No go Joe.. so I swapped them back. Still no go Joe. Crap!

I played with this mess for HOURS... and to make a long story short, found that one or more TIN pins of the both perfectly good power boards are not 'always' making good contact with their beryllium-copper mate on the mother board, and the motherboard female socket has lots of little metal 'shavings' inside it you can shake out onto a clean piece of typing paper... or look at with a digital microscope while they are still loose INSIDE the bottom of the connector.

These scrapings are caused by and probably left over from the Initial assembly at the factory of these two parts, when the TIN pins of the power board and soft female copper parts of the Motherboards mating connector first met! :D ><img src=" title=">:O">.. and probably from MY own dis and re-assembly of the parts these past weeks....AND I am certain that if we do this enough, the TIN pins will destroy their partner socket connections and it will NEVER power back on unless they are replaced. No Lights, No Camera... No action.

To get a better idea of the problem, pinch your thumb and finger together and 'force' a finger into the pinch area... No sweat, right.. now do it with a pencil. You have to let off the pressure, right? The Pencil is harder than your skin. Well the TIN pins of the Power board (the pencil) are scraping off the copper-beryillum coating of the Motherboard connector sockets (your pinched-together fingers) and also taking the spring out of them so they don't touch properly anymore.. Plus the heat of operation causes the copper socket connections to expand faster than the TIN pins of the power-board so the connections are very 'iffy' and break - which causes your PC to freeze or die PLUS they are of dissimilar metals so WILL corrode with time. Laws of Chemistry and microcurrents say so. (Whew) :bored: >:o

This is class-action lawsuit material if there ever was. The only FIX is to replace the Motherboards (softer metal) 40-pin Power Board female socket connector with one having TIN connections, or replace BOTH with Copper-Berillyum type ones. I am still trying to find these in a number of electronic parts catalogs and will share when I do.

In the meantime, I am exploring another way.... Hardwire the suckers together with some flat-cable like the IDE connectors on a HDD use. ;-):/

Anyone tried this yet?

Sylvester Amegashitsi Apr 28, 2009, 06:54pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi,
I have a Sony Vaio which works fine for a while untill you restart it.
When you restart, it boots alright but desnt show on the screen.
If you put it off for say a couple of hours, and put it on, it boots on screen and all.
Could someone advice me on what to do? This is really stressing me.
Thanks

Steven McArthur May 13, 2009, 07:55am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: May 13, 2009, 07:56am EDT

 
>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
Hello,

My girlfriend has a sony vaio NS20EP, bought in feb/09. At the beginning April, it began to develop a problem booting, and would only boot in safe mode.

I backed up all personal files, then used the repair utility and all was well briefly, until the hard drive stopped spinning.

We sent it away to be repaired under warranty, which it was, and it was returned.

About a week ago, the laptop began experiencing the same problems. I wasn't there, but my girlfriend assumed send away = repair. At this point the computer was booting up, and managing to get to Safe Mode, and Last Known Config menus, etc.

This morning, sony contacted us to say the computer had been dropped causing the damage, and it would be 371 to repair (500 laptop!) due to hard drive damage.

They sent a photo showing a small cosmetic scratch, which was evident the first time we sent it, and cited that as damage from dropping. Also, i used tweezers to try to fix the little sd card light, but all I did was scratch the pink paint. Stupid painted laptops.

Anyway, can the repair it once, clearly not have repaired it, then claim 371 for it (under warranty). I can categorically state that it was never dropped, as she guards it with her life, and I almost lost mine when the laptop case I bought her caused the tiny mark in the first place.

Here is the picture:
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh61/jj251/Z10217197B.jpg

What planet are these people on. In what circumstance and at what angle could the computer be dropped, causing this damage, and no other cosmetic/hardware damage, and still start up after being repaired the first time.

Any suggestions for dealing with sony support here? Thanks, Steven.

Eva Lee May 20, 2009, 03:54pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have a Sony Vaio VGN FS750P/W that came with 512MB. ALL the same issues that you all have been describing when upgrading your memory has also happened to me. EXACTLY the same way...power but nothing else. Just a black screen. I had tried all the combinations: using the old memory (which by now also was not booting my computer either) module in both slot #1 and slot #2, the new memory module each one at a time in each slot and both modules at the same time. NOTHING worked and I was not about to spend $300 sending my 4 year old laptop to Sony as one reviewer said was suggested to him. :~

I had ordered my memory from Crucial.com and they have an excellent tech support for FREE. I called them and gave a description of my issues and the tech new right away what the problem was. And it is not something I have read here in this forum yet so I thought I would share. The problem is, so I was told, that when you insert the new module (at a 90 degree angle) you need to push it in with 30 pounds of pressure!!! I asked the tech again to make sure I had heard him correctly. Yes, 30 pounds of pressure! He told me that even when you hear the "click" of the module being placed, that doesn't mean that it is "seated" correctly. So push really hard when inserting the new (or old) modules. When I did this, my computer booted INSTANTLY and much faster! There are no issues with memory being eaten up or pins being broken or any of that other stuff that was mentioned on this thread.

Good luck to all of you. I hope this helps clear up some of your issues as it did for me. :)

:X

Tom Pappas May 24, 2009, 02:45pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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"There are no issues with memory being eaten up or pins being broken or any of that other stuff that was mentioned on this thread."

If that doesn't work (and it does work about one time in twenty), go through some of the diagnostic steps at http://www.vaioshutdown.com

Khan Atif May 25, 2009, 11:54pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: May 25, 2009, 11:56pm EDT

 
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I have Sony VAIO FS-415M, that is 3 years old and was bought from UK. Every thing was fine till 02 weeks ago, when suddenly following message appeared with blue screen

'' STOP: c000021a {Fatal System Error}
The Windows Logon Process system process terminated unexpectedly with a status of 0xc0000402 (0x00000000 0x0000000)
The system has been shutdown''


I was using Photoshop CS3 alot, so I thought that a memory upgrade will solve this problem. So it was upgraded to 2 Gig. The laptop worked fine till yesterday, when suddenly it stoppped in responding. I mean nothhing is happening to my laptop.

Even after pressing the ON/OFF button after quite few times and with alto of force. Three yellow LEDs (indicating Num lock, Caps lock and Shift) on the top right of keboard turn ON and stay there for all the time. Black screen, no other activity of HHD, Fan etc occur. Just the three LED lights are ON...........

Early advise is musch appreciated, alot of data has been stuck in there..

Joe K May 27, 2009, 10:00am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: May 27, 2009, 10:43pm EDT

 
>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
S. Johns -

Those connectors for the battery charge board are usually not an issue with the GRX. That doesn't mean they don't go bad on occasion. They are however a major problem in the GRV series. In the GRV's they've actually burnt up on several occasions in the past.

Do you need both the top and bottom connector?

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Goran Maric -

You've developed a short condition in the S bridge BGA chip. This is common with teh S series and plugging and unplugging USB devices while the comnputer is power on. You eitehr need to have this professionally repaired or replace the motherboard.

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Eva Lee -

You got lucky your porblem was an easy fix. Yes, it does take some pressure to "pop" the RAM chips into the conenctor before your "lock" them in place on the FS series. There are a host of other issues with the FS series but if you're not expirirncing them, no need to mention them.

There are no known memory connector issues (defects) with the FS series as mention with other models in this thread.


PS, sorry for all the typos.

Joe Kabalan
http://www.AQSTech.com
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Motherboard Defect Solutions
lily pollak May 27, 2009, 10:55am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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i have a sony vaio pcg-k45 laptop. my boyfriend replaced the cooling fan over the processor, and when he put it back together, it wouldn't turn on. no lights, nothing. what are the chances he fried it?

Ken Thomas Jun 26, 2009, 12:03am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Arrgh.

Have a VGN-SZ340P which has been "trouble" from the start.

Powered off three days ago (hot), took about 10 minutes before it would charge and power on.

Did the same yesterday; no charge (no lights), no response to power button, nuthin' ;(.

Disassembled and cleaned with compressed air, etc. (Haven't got a voltometer at the moment). No luck. (And darn, isn't it a bit strange in interior layout? I mean, I once had a PB 2400, which required close to full dissassembly to get to the hard drive, but...)

Any suggestions?

K

Laptop Willie Jun 30, 2009, 09:36am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
lily pollak said:
i have a sony vaio pcg-k45 laptop. my boyfriend replaced the cooling fan over the processor, and when he put it back together, it wouldn't turn on. no lights, nothing. what are the chances he fried it?

It is not likely that it's "fried". It is most likely taht something isn't seated properly. If it was working before. If the CPU was removed, it may now be seated properly or locked in the connector.

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Vasu Kadamakudi Jul 22, 2009, 02:39pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi Guys
Thanks for the advice, I had a similar issue with the Sony Vio FS 315B, turned out to be the RAM slot, had to try a good few cleaning and reinstalling but it worked fine. Vasu

Ioannis Ntentopoulos Sep 16, 2009, 09:49am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello there, nice forum, glad to be here :)

2 years ago, i bought a Vaio VGN-TX1XP/B here in Greece. to be honest, no problems at all for the time i was using it (till 05/2008).

since this laptop was quite small, i deicided to get another one (Dell) to use for my work.

a few months later i deicided to use my vaio again, but when i plugged in the battery again, and after a 5-6 hours charging time, the vaio wouldn't boot up. back again into the package, and in the closet.

now, im in need of a second laptop, and rememberd my vaio in the closet. again the same procedure, battery back in, charged a few hours, but nothing again.

what is strange, is that when i have the power supply plugged in, the battery LED is blinking all the time. even after lots of hours, the LED still blinks, but when im trying to boot it up, the system gets power, the green power button lights up, but no screen at all.

any change that some of you guys know whats wrong ?? help would be appreciated, since i got no warranty for that vaio, and to be honest, that thing was about 2800 euros a couple of years ago, so im not sure if i want to spend more money for that one, but if there is a change to bring it back to life, why not ??

thank you in advance

Ioannis Ntentopoulos Sep 23, 2009, 08:37am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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after trying everything possible, i found out, when i disassemble the keyboard and open the top case of the laptop (the thing that holds the keyboard) and try soft to press some of the visible components, the laptop will boot normally. Sometimes it boots after a restart, sometimes not.

u guys think, that something isnt fitted well ?

M Riad Sep 23, 2009, 09:50pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi Ioannis,
I think this laptop needs a thourough cleaning. Based on what you are saying, leaving it for few years has created a thin coat of dust on some contact areas like the memory and possibly the CPU. Start by cleaning the memory with alcohol and reboot after dry. don't forget to touch the metal few times before touching the memory and be static free.
As to the continues blinking of the battery, you either need a new battery or the battery contacts are dirty. Clean both ends on the battery and the laptop.
Good luck,
Mike


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