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Yorkshire Lad May 28, 2004, 06:41am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: May 28, 2004, 06:46am EDT

 
>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
I have now tried every possible variation of swapping/taking out the RAM cards, all to no avail. I still get the fixed LED lights and nothing else. My Vaio, is 110v, bought in the US, but I live in the UK. Just not sure what to do with it.

I would certainly consider, sending it to the US, but does anyone know what costs I am looking at? Repair costs &/or shipping costs?

Should I try to determine first, if it is just the slots that need resoldering, what if that's done, but still nothing happens? I'm going to be left with an expensive motherboard to replace @ say £650, which would buy me a decent desktop Dell, or comparable machine over here. I'm not bothered about getting another laptop, and certainly never ever another sh*tty Sony Vaio.........or Sony anything..........My DV camcorder will be replaced next and guess what, that won't be a sh*tty Sony either.........

Does anyone know if I can remove my hard drive and plug it in elsewhere to try and retrieve my files in the meantime? I assume I could do so, if I found another notebook nearby? But is there any other method..... Quite frankly, at the moment, if I could just do that, I would say stuff the repair to the Vaio for now..........

I'm sorry, as you can tell, I'm no computer techo wizard, but feel very p!ssed off, that I bought an expensive machine, that has given up after only 2 years........... Shame on Sony...........

Thanks,

Ben

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Kate Hindle May 28, 2004, 06:52am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
Ben

I sent my laptop to Joe K in the States where he replaced the motherboard and resoldered the memory slots. He charged me approx £150 for the repair, Sony quoted me £908 for the same thing! The courier costs from UK to USA and back added approximately another £100 and my laptop now works perfectly. I was going to dump it and get a Dell! Joe K sent it back via the USPS and I received the repaired laptop within 1 week of sending it to Joe. I used a UK company who subcontract out to DHL for the transport to the US.

Hope this is helpful to you.

Kate


Duncan Green May 28, 2004, 06:58am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi Kate

could you post us the info. As in the company you used and their details it would be a huge help to us UK customers.

Thank you

duncan green

Yorkshire Lad May 28, 2004, 07:12am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: May 28, 2004, 07:15am EDT

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

Thanks for the quick advice, it's very helpful and very re-assuring that i won't cost me an 'arm and a leg'.

Do you think I could just send it to JK minus the battery, power lead, (perhaps hard-drive) and CDROM drive to reduce the weight?

Silly question, but will all my data be wiped out on my hard-drive with whatever he needs to do to it? If so I can buy a new hard-drive for £70 - 80 and would rather do that, than risk losing my (hopefully) recoverable data........

Thanks again!!!!

Ben

Kate Hindle May 28, 2004, 07:23am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Ben / Duncan

The UK courier company was http://www.transglobalexpress.co.uk but when I emailed them about shipping the laptop back from the US I never received a reply. The service wto the US from UK was fine however.

When I shipped the laptop to Joe I removed HDD, DVD/CD drive, battery pack and just sent the laptop without any leads to reduce weight. So now I have my fully functional laptop back with all the original data on my HDD. (I have since backed the whole lot up to a Maxtor external storage device just in case something else goes wrong!)

I did already have an appropriate box for the laptop from DHL from when I had shipped it to the Sony repair centre but I am sure the courier you chose will be able to provide one.

Joe K did a fantastic job - I really recommend him.

Kate


Bryan Kearns May 28, 2004, 10:35am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
I am working on a friends GRX570. He had the RAM problem, had to press on the ram cover to boot for a while. Now, there is no activity at all. No LED from the power or battery. It had all of the same symptoms as everyone else posting here, now it looks dead. My question is does this mean that the CPU is fried also? Would a dead CPU prevent any of the LED's from turning on? If anyone else has had this problem or knows about it any help would be appreciated. If he fixed or replaced the DIMM card and the CPU would this fix the problem?

Thanks in advance.

Joe K May 28, 2004, 12:41pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: May 28, 2004, 12:43pm EDT

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

Thanks for the kind words, glad to hear all is well..

I should clarify one thing though, Kate mentions that we replaced her motherboard, I think she meant to say that we replaced her CPU and repair her memory slots.

In only rare occasions do we need to replace the motherboard. Everyday we're developing new repair strategies for various MBX-65 (GRX motherboard) conditions. What this means is most known GRX motherboard problems are repairable. Only in rare catastrophic situations is the motherboard not repairable.

As for UK customers, if you are interested in sending your GRX to the USA for repair, upon first email contact with me, you will be notified that we indeed do NOT need any of the drives, or the AC adaptor (for obvious voltage reasons) shipped with the notebook

Return shipping to the UK should be from $60 - $69 us. for 2 -3 day post.


Joe Kabalan
AQS Computer Services
2572 Sheridan Drive
Tonawanda, NY 14150

Toll Free: 1-866-204-4677
Local: 716-832-2473
Email: aqs12@adelphia.net

http://www.aqstech.com
http://www.laptopbios.com

Joe Kabalan
http://www.AQSTech.com
Laptop / Notebook BIOS Repair
Motherboard Defect Solutions
Joe K May 28, 2004, 12:49pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: May 28, 2004, 12:51pm EDT

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

Only in severe cases will a damaged CPU not allow the system to power on. It's very rare in a GRX for this to happen. I'd remove the battery and AC Power, tilt the system on it's side and insert a paperclip into the reset hole at the edge of the memory door on the bottom of the unit. Hold that reset button in for 5 seconds.. Then apply AC power and hit that reset button 4 or 5 times..

See if that produces a power light by powering on the system with only AC applied. A damaged CPU resulting from defective RAM slots will simply act as though you still have a RAM slot problem even though the RAM slots are repaired.. (ie the system powers on and does not POST)


Joe Kabalan
AQS Computer Services
2572 Sheridan Drive
Tonawanda, NY 14150

Toll Free: 1-866-204-4677
Local: 716-832-2473
Email: aqs12@adelphia.net

http://www.aqstech.com
http://www.laptopbios.com

Joe Kabalan
http://www.AQSTech.com
Laptop / Notebook BIOS Repair
Motherboard Defect Solutions
mr tikle May 31, 2004, 05:14am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
i cant belive this, i live in england and the same thing happened to me 2 days after i bought the dam thing.
i took the slot 2 ram out and pressed on the slot 1 stick and hey presto it bloody works
whats going on with sony.

i have sony everything stereo, dvdplayer, tv etc.
you buy this brand because of the name you think you can trust

never again

brilliant forum i was pulling my hair out with this one, good job i have a desktop too

thanks to one and all

Kate Hindle Jun 01, 2004, 04:16am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
Whoops - thanks Joe! I did, of course, mean that Joe replaced my CPU not motherboard. He still did a great job though!

Kate

Kevin Patrick Jun 09, 2004, 09:01pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
Joe K. - Thanks for the repair job. Those of you who haven't decided to get his help... it was well worth the $149 cost compared to the endless run around you'll get from Sony. I sent my laptop in late last week... got it back this morning. Everything works as planned.

D Lott Jun 10, 2004, 03:38pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Joe K has one more very satisfied customer!! By the time I had my backup laptop configured the way I needed it, my resurrected Vaio returned from Joe in the mail.

I recommend avoiding Sony with this problem, I got nowhere with their support. I think I will be avoiding Sony alltogether for a while.

Thanks Joe K!

-Dan

Sam Smith Jun 16, 2004, 03:07pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
Can anyone give me Joe K's contact info? Does he still do the repairs? Joe must be makin a killin' off of all us suckers..... SONY =s**tTTTTYYYY!!!!

Joe K Jun 16, 2004, 03:40pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
Hello, my contact information is below..

Joe Kabalan
AQS Computer Services
2572 Sheridan Drive
Tonawanda, NY 14150

Toll Free: 1-866-204-4677
Local: 716-832-2473
Email: aqs12@adelphia.net

http://www.aqstech.com
http://www.laptopbios.com

Joe Kabalan
http://www.AQSTech.com
Laptop / Notebook BIOS Repair
Motherboard Defect Solutions
Tom Pappas Jun 16, 2004, 03:49pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Nov 27, 2005, 11:55am EST

 
>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
We figured out how to fix the Sony Vaio F-Series "Premature Deactivation" syndrome.

Tom Pappas

http://www.vaioshutdown.com

Joe K Jun 16, 2004, 10:58pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
Hi Tom,

Umm... what "Premature Deactivation" are you referring to?

All manufacture defects and faults are researched and developed in our shop. Without any help from outside sources.

This is a very interesting comment.

Joe K

Joe Kabalan
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Motherboard Defect Solutions
Tom Pappas Jun 17, 2004, 12:58am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
Hey, Joe -

We had a dialog on this issue last spring over at Yahoo. Here's where you said you'd try it...

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Laptop_Repair/message/406

Remember?

http://www.vaioshutdown.com

Joe K Jun 17, 2004, 07:45am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
Tom,

Oh yes, the old F series shutdown syndrome.

Now I remember.. I thought you were speaking of this GRX memory slot problem from the way you worded it.

Now I remember. I was aware of the process used to repair the F series CPU cards from several sources in Japan or china or..somewhere in the far east.. but at that time we were still in the process of narrowing it down between the CPU and the Capacitors. ..thats why I was curious to see if that Capacitor replacement would actually work.

Thanks for the update.

Joe K


Joe Kabalan
http://www.AQSTech.com
Laptop / Notebook BIOS Repair
Motherboard Defect Solutions
Brad Johnston Jun 18, 2004, 01:48am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
Hello,
I have a Sony Vaio PCG-Z505Je Laptop. The problem is my computer works for a while and then does not work. It will boot up for about 5 days and work great for about 4-5 days and then one day it will not boot up. I will go to start it and the power light will come on for a second and thatís it. No power no lights nothing. I will keep trying to start it everyday and around the 4th to 6th day it will fire up and work great. It runs great for around 45 days and stop again. I had a repair shop look at it and they said there is no power. I know the battery is fully charge and the power supply has 19.4 volts going through it. The computer shop thinks it is the mother board but they are not too certain. They are stumped. They told me to send it back to Sony to look at. Do you have any suggestions? When the laptop gets power it works great!

Thanks
Brad Nebert

alex n Jun 18, 2004, 02:08am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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1st off, i'd like appolozise ALL SOny users. BUT SONY IS FU*KING CRAP, BULL SHiiT!!!. I HATE SONY!!!. FU*K SONY. ITS A RIP OFF. DONT EVER EVER BUY SONY UNLESS ITS FREE!!!.
done!

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