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Heather Warner Mar 26, 2004, 01:22pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
Thanks Steven.

I actually tried using those disks to install it onto the other pc but got the message that "this disk did not come with this computer". Sony made sure that whatever software you get on your notebook only works on said notebook. Ah well, thanks again for your advice.

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Steven Proe Mar 26, 2004, 01:41pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi: This information may be useful to you as it apears to unpack any set of disks from Sony, you will need the specific drivers for your machine that should be available from Sony or some other source.

HTH
Steven

How I made "clean install" of Windows XP on GRX
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* I have installed clean Win XP Professional (corporate version, which does
not require activation) and all drivers & software from recovery CDs on two
GRX laptops. With a bit of tweaking they run like kittens.

Original config was:

1. GRX500CTO (1.6GHz, 512MB, 30GB, WinXP Pro)
2. GRX560 (1.6GHz, 512MB, 30GB, WinXP Home)


"Clean Install" procedure

After installing clean XP Pro, from your Microsoft CD, install audio, modem,
touchpad, video, lcd drivers from "Driver Recovery CD". For your GRX to work
properly you still need to install following applications (in below order):

Sony Utilities DLL (ftp://ftp.ita.sel.sony.com/ccpg/pc/SOP140KNFJ.EXE)
Sony Shared Library for XP (from "Driver Recovery CD"
\drivers\sonysl\setup.exe)

(below applications from "Application Recovery CDs")
Sony Notebook Setup
PowerPanel
JogDial Utility + Jog GUI Plug-In CJ
HotKey Utility
Sony MPEG Decoder Library
WinDVD


Extracting Applications from "Application Recovery CDs".

Well, the trick is to extract all applications from sony.pac archives on
"Application Recovery CDs" #1 and #2. For that you'll need to copy
CD:\image\SONY.PAC and unpacking utility kcap.exe
(http://www.myplc.com/sony/bin/kcap.zip) to directory on your HDD.

On C: disk make folder "sony". Copy \image\SONY.PAC from "Application
Recovery CD #1" and kcap.exe to C:\sony. Open Command Prompt set path to
C:\sony type command "kcap sony.pac c:\sony". All programs will be extracted
to C:\sony with meaningless folder names like "0133101.SNC ... 0129801.SUC"
for each application. To see which application is in each folder open in
notepad file \bin\SONYINSTALL1.INI on "Application Recovery CD #1". There
you will find, for each application, something like:

[Common Solutions for Support Agent]
text=Common Solutions for Support Agent
cmd=0129801.SUC\Setup.exe
prompt=Insert your VAIO Application Recovery CD Disk # 1
volume=ARCDG111B2D1
icon=165
compress=1
PromptBefore=
PromptAfter=
hide=off

Where "[Common Solutions for Support Agent]" contains application name and
"cmd=0129801.SUC\Setup.exe" contains folder name it is extracted to. So,
just rename folder "0129801.SUC" to "Common Solutions for Support Agent".

After renaming all folders replace C:\sony\SONY.PAC with \image\SONY.PAC
from "Application Recovery CD #2" and repeat above extraction procedure for
other applications.



Additional Suggestions

It is very important to install WinDVD as it adds MPEG codecs. Without these
codecs there is a problem with low audio volume during DVD playback.

There should not be any problems installing drivers and software provided
with WinXP Home edition on to WinXP Pro.

Unfortunately your COMBO DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive (Sony CRX810E) is RPC-2 (region
locked drive). So, "Region Killer" utility comes in handy if you want to
watch DVD without any region restrictions. You can download it at
http://www.elby.ch/download/SetupRegKill.exe

If you want to play DVD to your TV via "A/V out" connection I recommend
using PowerDVD. Connect your TV as extension to your desktop with resolution
1024 X 768. Don't forget to set PAL or NTSC.

As for tweaks ... Well, most valuable tweak I have to date, for owners of
systems with at least 512MB RAM, is to disable page file and XP interface.
Right-Click on "My Computer"->"Properties"->"Advanced"->"Performance,
Settings". In "Visual Effects" tab choose "Adjust for best performance" and
in "Advanced" tab choose "Virtual memory, Change", "No paging file", "Set".
Now restart your PC. On a long run I will appreciate more good performance
rather than "pretty picture".

I still prefer Win2000 interface, so to change it go to "User
Accounts"->"Change the way users log on or off", unselect all.

Other tweaks are on http://www.tweakxp.com and a very useful site explaining
services on http://www.blkviper.com/WinXP/service411.htm.


Additional Info and observations

Adobe Premiere is in "Video Editing Software" folder.

On "Application Recovery CD"
"Sony Utilities DLL" is called "Sony Utilities Library"
But it is better idea to download new versions of drivers and utilities from
http://www.ita.sel.sony.com/support/pc/pcggrx510-590_p/softupdates/

If you plan to use DV install "DV Shared Library"

Apparently "Application Recovery CD" version G111.0 will auto-run on any XP
installation, so you might not need to manually extract applications as
described above.

Thanks to: *Rix


jatin minocha Mar 26, 2004, 03:11pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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i have grx500 and the ati chip problem sounds familiar too me. i have had that weird video problem for a while. whenever i try to play a game .. the video goes crazy. yesterday by mistake i put pressure on right bottom (where the lights are) and left top(memory stick slot) of the computer and suddenly the problem went away. basically some connection or soldering is loose.

Steven Proe Mar 26, 2004, 03:27pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi: How long did thi fix last, have you searched for any cracks or looseness? I have been reading about the heatsink, are you pressing on the heatsink of the chip? It maybe that a reapplication of a silver based paste may cure this problem. If I hold the chip down the computer Video will work fine.
Thx.
Steven

Heather Warner Mar 27, 2004, 06:30pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey boys and girls.. need a quick opinion.

My GRX550 has the infamous loose ram slot issue. If I send it to Joe for repair, do I void any standing I may have in a future lawsuit because someone other than Sony has done work on it? Does the same answer apply if I buy a new motherboard from eBay and install it myself?

Thanks all!

jatin minocha Mar 28, 2004, 11:24am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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steven, first of all the fix didnt last more than few seconds but it helped me understand that the problem is related to some loose connection. anywayz you were saying something about the heatsink/ and some silver liquid stuff. can you help me with that. i mean do you have some links so that i could also read on that issue. first i thought that the problem could be related to heat being produced so i cleaned both the heatsink's. it got better with 5% improvement but thats about it

Daniel Persson Mar 28, 2004, 11:32am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi

I recommend Arctic Silver Compound... you can find instructions here

http://www.arcticsilver.com/arctic_silver_instructions.htm

Daniel

Shaun Opp Mar 30, 2004, 04:17am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I am using a GRX580 and had the motherboard replaced when the laptop was under warranty and it has since broken again (will not boot if there is a memory chip in slot #2), but now is out of warranty. I have switched the memory chips around and it still will not boot, but when I leave slot 2 empty it will boot with either of the chips installed. I use a notebook fan/cooler religiously and take excellent care of my notebook.

I had to remove the second memory from my slot #2 and now it will boot up and work just fine, except it is SLOW due to loss of 256MB of auxiliary memory. I went the to following link and read about it in detail and found a shop that will solder the offending pin and return it to you for $150. I also read about a proposed class action lawsuit and a virtual petition to sign about making SONY aware of the problem.

http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/topic/5449/

What can I do now??? I have researched the problem and have found it to be real and am upset that SONY hasn't recalled or fixed the problem. I queried the parts page on SONY and found that the motherboard to replace this one is not even carried and at another site it is $650.

WHAT DO I DO NOW??????????? WILL SONY STAND BY ITS PRODUCT AND HELP ME????????????????

MARTIN SAUER Mar 30, 2004, 02:15pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I've got the same problems with my GRX570 as everyone else on this thread. One month past the warranty and it died. Took out the second RAM chip and it boots up fine and runs but I'm not using it to avoid frying something else. Sony said they've never heard of the problem. I'm gonna have Joe fix it one of these days and then dump the sucker. In the mean time, I registered with http://www.bigclassaction.com to see if anything ever comes out of that. BTW the backlight on my Clie' TJ35 just died but Sony's gonna fix that on warranty. I wonder if I should dump that, too, along with my Sony minicam. That's $4500 worth of stuff that when I go to replace it, it ain't gonna be Sony.

Lexa Pravda Mar 31, 2004, 11:14pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Can anyone help me identify the motherboard for PCG-FXA63 Sony bad laptop. Its one of those all-in-one notebook.

Thanks

/L/

d chad Apr 01, 2004, 06:12am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Ive been experiencing similiar problems since December 2003 with my PCG-R600MX. The hard drive lights always go on when i turn m labtop on, but only once in ten tries does the windows logo appear. I thought it was something with my graphics driver as the official vaio site talks about this problem... So much wasted time

A non foolproof workaround ive found that helps for those not wanting to open up their computer. All very scientific and at best a short term solution.
-warm up the computer for an hour
-Smack the computer as you turn it on(a la FONZ) to put the memory in place.
-Starting in safe mode. (press F8 when booting) then working for an hour before switching to regular mode.
-Always using the power cable to boot up.

Reminds me of an old car, not a computer.






tom Apr 01, 2004, 06:17am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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You're trying to say that you've been going for a whole month without sorting this laptop out??? You saddo, you need to get out more. Why does a thread about a laptop not booting need to go onto twelve pages, that's just spam

Joe K Apr 01, 2004, 02:15pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 14, 2004, 02:14pm EDT

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

The FXA series all use the same motherboard except different BIOS chips. It's marked by Sony as model: MBX-61, Sony part number: A8111213A

If you decide to substatue another FXA motherboard for this FXA63, you'll need to swap the BIOS chip.

Also, we can probably repair your bad motherboard, but if you decide to replace it, we'll buy your bad board for a reasonable price.

Regards,

Joe Kabalan
AQS Computer Services
Tonawanda, NY

aqs12@adelphia.net

Joe Kabalan
http://www.AQSTech.com
Laptop / Notebook BIOS Repair
Motherboard Defect Solutions
tom Apr 01, 2004, 03:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Oh no, my laptop don't work, WHY DON'T I GET A REFUND AND BUY A NEW ONE INSTEAD OF WASTING PEOPLE'S TIME

Lexa Pravda Apr 01, 2004, 09:14pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Joe, what is the estimated cost range for such a repair. I just don't want to pay too much for repair. You know what I mean. The notebook itself cost $400 bucks nowdays so if repair is going to run over half it thats not really worse it.

Thanks

/L/

Joe K Apr 02, 2004, 07:23am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 14, 2004, 02:15pm EDT

 
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Lexa,

Almost all of our repairs labor charges range from $129 up to $189 for "level 2" plus shipping. Please conact me via email for further details

Thanks,

Joe K
aqs12@adelphia.net

Joe Kabalan
http://www.AQSTech.com
Laptop / Notebook BIOS Repair
Motherboard Defect Solutions
Ryan S Apr 05, 2004, 01:53pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jun 05, 2005, 09:37pm EDT

 
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I'll try to keep this short.

I had the same problem everyone is having on this blog. I took my computer to a place in Santa Monica and the charged me $100 to tell me that I need a whole new motherboard. They told me that a new motherboard was the only thing that would cure my problem. $100 paid out and over a week of waiting for nothing.

I had found this site before I took my computer in and read about AQS Computer Services. They were located in NY and I figured that if these people in Santa Monica can do the same thing I can save myself time. Boy was I wrong...AQS COMPUTER SERVICES IS THE PLACE TO GO!

Joe Kabalan was very speedy and helpful. I sent my VAIO GRX550 to NY and he had it fixed the day he received it and shipped out the next business day. I received my Vaio FIXED in great condition in less than a week. It took longer for the place in Santa Monica to just look at it. It cost me less than $150 (prices will vary I'm sure) and the service was excellent.

You could imagine my delight seeing as how I bought this computer off of eBay for hundreds of dollars only to receive it in a non-working condition. AQS Computer Services is highly recommended!!! There really is no use to take it elsewhere. After the eBay fiasco and now this there is one thing that I have learned: Go with what you know.

1)
Buy a laptop from a brick and mortor store where you will get a warranty and know that the product works.

2) Go to AQS Computer Services where you know they won't screw you.

-Ryan

Orlando Camarillo Apr 08, 2004, 03:41pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I'm having the same memory issue on PCG-FX340 and PCG-FX310. Both are out of warranty but I did get extended warranty. I placed a folded piece of paper between the panel and the second memory module. That seems to work. If I keep having trouble I'll either buy a single 256MB module or send it in for repair. Looks like a lot of laptops are affected by this hardware problem, Sony should come out and offer to repair this!

Bob Stekeur Apr 08, 2004, 05:56pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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and if pigs could fly they would be birds

Srini V Apr 08, 2004, 08:37pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have had the same problem. My laptop did not boot, and was only recognizing half my memory. I switched the memory cards, and was able to boot. But, I can only use half the memory now. I have a PCG-FX240K.

I have had lots of problems ever since I bought this laptop. Heating problems, battery not working, does not boot if I use my battery, and then finally this. What a rip off!!

SONY sucks!!! I am not going to be buying any of sony's products again!!!!

I might try the shrink wrap solution to see if it helps.

I signed the petition at http://www.PetitionOnline.com/sonymem1/



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