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Bonnie C Aug 10, 2004, 05:57pm EDT Report Abuse
I have a PCG-F610....very out dated and not worth anything...except for my files! One minute I'm checking email on Outlook Express, the next minute the machine shuts down without warning. This was 4 days ago and I haven't been able to turn it on since. The light on the power adaptor comes on so I don't think that's the issue. None of the LED lights on the laptop light up, leading to the conclusion that the machine isn't recognizing any power source at all. I've jiggled the cord, taken the lithium battery in and out....and nothing changes.

Any help would be great!

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J J Aug 10, 2004, 07:41pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Sony vaio won't turn on - no power, no lights at all
This sounds like it may have a short I ran across it once before
Last time I took the keypad off and tape up the ribbon wire from keypad to machine
With electrical tape both sides it had a metal plate under it that
Short out the system wouldn't charge anything but lights came on
After I taped it up it was fine
Hope this helps

Bonnie C Aug 12, 2004, 12:02pm EDT Report Abuse
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Thanks JJ. I was ready to try what you had suggested, as well as some ther suggestions I'd received. Miraculously, my laptop resurrected on its own. I left it unplugged for a few days, tried it last night now it turns on again.

dave butler Aug 12, 2004, 12:40pm EDT Report Abuse
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i have the same problem except it would work just fine when i had a battery in it. so i couldnt imagine it being a short.

Nick Hope Aug 13, 2004, 12:30am EDT Report Abuse
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Hi, I had the same problem on my Sony GRX5P.

It completely died on me while I was typing an email. It then wouldn't boot up or show and LED's. When I took it to the repair shop it worked fine again. But then when I got it home it was dead again.

Sony changed my motherboard for me for $$$. I know that this may have been excessive but I needed it fixed and this was their diagnosis.

All I know is that this is a power-related problem. I would love to know more information about it for future reference.

Joe K in New York state may be able to help you fix it. There are loads of references to him in other threads about GRX problems. He seems to be very knowledgable of Sony laptops and may save you excessive charges from those wankers at Sony.

james gill Mar 10, 2005, 05:01am EST Report Abuse
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I have had my FX-340 for a little over 2 years with no problems, but now it wont do anything. I have tried two different batteries, tried the memory trick, tried pushing the reset button on the bottom and everything else that I could have possibly read about. When I plug the adapter into the computer, I dont even get a light saying that the computer is receiving power. When I tried the second battery though, it had a little juice left in it and I did get a light to come on for a split second. I am pretty sure it is a lack of power connection somewhere between the jack and the motherboard, but really dont want to spend a whole lot of money on fixing this computer when I can pay a little more for a new laptop, not a SONY.

Angela Shapow Mar 28, 2005, 11:15am EST Report Abuse
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I've had my vaio for about 18 months. LAst night I was using it just fine and now it will NOT TURN ON. Same problem as the beginning post. No LED display, nada. Its very frusturating. I have a few valuable files on the laptop. At this point I am totally fed up with Sony. I'm glad others are having problems though or my husband would blame me!

I'm totally not tech-savvy. Is there any way I can retrieve my files without being able to turn the damn thing on, or am I thinking about a fantasy land?


Max Steiner Mar 28, 2005, 11:56am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Sony vaio won't turn on - no power, no lights at all
I realize that you said you're not tech-savvy, so I'm not expecting you to use this solution. However, I'm posting this as a benefit to everybody in this position. This is a fall-back, last-resort method to save your stuff on your notebook without paying an obscene amount of money to a service to rescue your data and _then_ fix your laptop.

Notebook users... if you value your data, consider getting one of these:

What does this do? It enables you to take your notebook harddrive out of your machine, plug this adapter onto the back of it, and then plug that assembly into any desktop PC! Your hard-drive is recognized as an "additional drive", and all your data files are sitting right there. You can transfer stuff to that desktop, or use the desktop resources to make a CD/DVDD, or move it to a pen drive... something to get your files off and saved. Once you have all your files copied off your notebook hard drive, you can take your afflicted notebook anywhere to be fixed and/or replaced, and you don't have to pay those exorbitant fees to rescue your data... you've already done that! :) Besides that, you can go back to working/using your files while your notebook is being repaired. How's that for effciency?

There are some hitches to the process, but they are minor...
1) If/when you use that adapter, you may have to bend-down one of the pins to get the HD-IDE cable to fit on. This is acceptable.

2) You'll have to set your notebook hard drive to "slave" or "cable select" via the jumpers on the back, and put it in the slaved position on the IDE chain. You do NOT want to boot from this drive (you'll unleash Pandora's box of woes if you do).

3) You'll have to plug the adapter into a free molex connector on the desktop PC. Make sure that the desktop PC is OFF while you're doing this set-up process. When everything is set (you don't have to close the side of the desktop PC to do this process), just turn the PC on, and boot the machine as normal. It may ask if you want to boot from the other drive (notebook)... NO! Boot from the normal PC's OS. :)

4) When retrieving files from your HD, you'll want to be sure to locate (you might have to reveal hidden files) the "Application Data" and "Local Settings" folders. Those have all your custom settings for programs you use frequently. Your address books are often in there, etc. Make sure you grab the contents of those folders that relate to your software. There is no need to grab the Internet Explorer ones... they're a waste of time and resources, and are often riddled with adware and viruses. Your "bookmarks" are kept in their own Favorites folder. But you Email users, your address books and stuff are located up in Application Data and/or Local Settings folders.


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Susie Overman Mar 28, 2005, 12:47pm EST Report Abuse
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I've had my Sony Vaio laptop since 2002. I'm experiencing a similar problem, but I'm not sure if it's the same issue or not. I have my laptop plugged in, but when I press the power button to turn it on, nothing happens. No fan starts running, nothing. The orange battery light flashes, that's it. Do I need to follow the same advice given above?

Bonnie C Mar 29, 2005, 10:11am EST Report Abuse
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I started this thread and was lucky to have had my Viao resurrect on its own. The machine shut off again for the second time about a month ago. I took the battery out and left the machine unplugged for a week, without attempting to turn it on at all (which was a challenge to my curiosity). This was exactly what I did the first time this happened and the resurrection fulfilled itself again! I'm no hardware analyst, but the problem seems to involve the motherboard's inability to recognize any power source. It needs to be "reset" and drained of all electricity before it begin to process power again...accomplished by leaving it unplugged and without battery for at least a week. I know my explanation is as unscientific as it gets, but it worked twice for me. I hope this helps everyone else with the same problem.

Bonnie C

Peter Jam Mar 29, 2005, 10:41am EST Report Abuse
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had similar problem with a Vaio PG530 I think. Repair store said motherboard was bad. We took it apart and cleaned it around the processor and eventually replaced the fan.
It was simply overheating. Shut it down and wait a few hours and it was fine for a few minutes to a couple hours then dead. Finally trashed it, too much grief.
apparently overheating is a well known problem with Vaios, but sony isn't advertising it.

Conrad Bacon Apr 19, 2005, 09:44am EDT Report Abuse
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I've got a Vaio A217M, and it looks like the same symptoms described in this thread are shown in it's recent death. It's only 4 months old, and it went into hibernation while battery power was giving up, and now it won't turn back on again. No LEDs at all, and AC adaptor is fine. I've been through all the following, to no avail:-

- removing battery
- holding down power key for 10 secs / 20 secs / half an hour!
- leaving without battery or power for a couple of days
- trying to start with no battery

I'm scared stiff of Sony taking it away and scrubbing the hard drive just for fun, getting it back & still not knowing what the problem is.

Anyone else with this problem in an A217M? Any new ideas on what's gone wrong? How on earth does one get inside an A217M?

josh blecha Apr 22, 2005, 03:24pm EDT Report Abuse
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same symtoms here on a vaio PCG-V505BCP, 2 years old. Was working fine then I shut down, now it wont turn on. no charging lights, ect. you can get a 2.5" hard drive/usb reader to recover your files. I just need the darn thing to turn on, so I dont get raped by sony for fixing her. Any suggestions/links, Im pretty mechannicly inclined, so taking it apart is a definate option for me.



Daniel Bradley Apr 28, 2005, 06:00pm EDT Report Abuse
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I've got the PCG-GRZ615M laptop and have had it about a year now and for the past 2 months it refuses to turn on - lights come on but no boot screen. This normally fixes it's self after about 5 hours with no power sources connected (batteries and mains unplugged). I thought this problem could be due to my harsh use of the laptop but it appears that this problem is a little more common. I've had a very breif look at the innerds when this happens and my processor seems to be kicking out tones more heat than usual and considering it's not even doing anything ... One idea that I've had to explain this is that the processor is not being controlled correctly and so is overheating which could be triggering the internal temperature shutdown. This is considerably more likely with my laptop too as it's using a P4 processor - renowned for overheating - which processors are other people having trouble with? Think i'm just going for a non-sony, AMD laptop next tho!

K Elliott May 09, 2005, 04:06pm EDT Report Abuse
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My three year old vaio PCG-GRX560 seems to be having the same problem that the others have mentioned. For the past year it has refused to hibernate. Now I have trouble turning it on. The power LED turns green I get a brief orange power light, then nothing happens. Usually I can get it going after about 6-10 attempts. I've tried both batteries while plugged in, both without it plugged in, without the batteries and plugged in. It seems like it probably has to do with the motherboard. Is there an inexpensive way to deal with this. I'm a professor and heavily rely on my computer and do not the money to replace it. Any suggestions?

Elisha Schaefer May 15, 2005, 08:05pm EDT Report Abuse
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My friend has a VAIO PCG-Z1A which went through a series of complications this last week. First, it posted and said there was no operating system found. He tried to use the Windows CD to recover, then tried various diagnostics for the system and the hard drive and nothing worked. Finally, it stopped starting up at all, pressing the power button did nothing even after unplugging both AC and battery and letting it sit for a while. He had me take a crack at it and we opened up the case to find that the small 10-12 connector FFC cable that went from the power switch to the motherboard had pulled itself out of the connector on the mobo, for some reason. When we plugged that in, the computer started up, but registered a Fixed Disk Failure. I tried booting from the optical drive with the XP cd but the screen stayed blank. We opened it up again and poked around with the hard drive. There was nothing obviously wrong, so we reseated the connectors but no dice. He's out of warranty, so tech support was going to charge him $20 for telling him anything beyond that it sounded like a connection problem. Is there anything more immediate than buying the little desktop 40-pin IDE adaptor to figure out if the hard drive is bad? There is no sound from it at all when the computer starts up, no clicking that would indicate a bad drive. Conversely, is there a pinout anywhere of the 44-pin interface so I could jury-rig it with a spare IDE cable and molex connector? Thanks.

Eric Doelitzsch May 30, 2005, 03:28am EDT Report Abuse
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yah I have a PCG-GRX 560 and I believe I have the same exact problems as you guys but whenever I turn on the computer I get green power light but my screen doesn't turn on and I don't hear my computer boot or anything also whenever i look under my laptop i see that my fan kicks in and then dies (stops spinning). I've talked to many of my friends and we've come to believe that the processor is overheating. I think that this could be because of dust buildup, crappy fan, etc. I haven't had the time to open it up and check the inside yet but I would recommend you guys to open it up (carefully and static free) and clean it up of any dust build-up and check for any loose wires and maybe get a new fan?. Hopefully this will make it work? I blame the lame processor or mobo or also the poor air flow in the laptop. But i'll still love sony!

Tom Pappas May 31, 2005, 12:06am EDT Report Abuse
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Eric's computer is exhibiting the classic symptoms of a SODIMM (memory) socket failure. We have fixed this problem in several hundred computers.

Tom Pappas

Blacktop Traveler Jun 27, 2005, 04:48am EDT Report Abuse
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I have experienced the same thing with my PEG370...

The problem started after two years of use. It died, and then after I left it be for a month or so, it was finally resurected. But after that it would only run for a few hours max before loud banging from the hard drive and it would die again.

I tried a lot of fixes including opening the unit and running a small fan over the CPU to help keep it cool.

After a while, I decided to try to replace the hard drive. That fixed the problem... For five months. Just a minute ago, it shut itself down again.

My solution. Never buy Sony again.

Andrew Klaus Jul 11, 2005, 09:01pm EDT Report Abuse
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My PCG-F340 stopped working the other day. It wouldn't evoke any kind of response whatsoever so I methodically took it apart and inspected it carefully, tested the power supply to the motherboard with a voltmeter and made sure the connections were okay. I finally got it to start. the lights went on, the hard drive and cd-rom kicked in and started to sound like it was booting up, but it hasn't been able to get past the sony logo screen and the bottom half of the display flickers.

I thought at least I was getting somewhere, but the next day it decided not to start again. Some more tinkering and I found it was the CMOS battery (looks like a watch battery) - on the underside of the laptop that can be found behind a panel held down by 2 screws. If you take this battery out and replace it, or just let it sit on a table for a while and put it back in again, you will reset the power to the motherboard and should be able to at least start your computer from here.

I think my problems stem a little deeper, so if anyone has any suggestions please let me know, but hopefully this will help a few people.

Ravish Sehgal Aug 12, 2007, 12:34pm EDT Report Abuse
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Hey Guys i m new in this grp n i m glad to c this grp...
now d point is i've PCG series Laptop...wat happened is 1st it went dead a few days
ago n then i left it like this only n then after few days i switched it on n with god's grace
i was amazed to c that it started working.....n then wen i shifted it from my Lap to its
table it got whenener i switch it on it gets ON wen as soon as it gets on
n then after booting it again get HIBERNATE immidiately...can anyone suggets wat d problem is.....?

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