I've ordered a Sony FW-490 CTO off of the Sony Style website, after reading about the problems with the full hd screen and text size problems I began to worry if I made a mistake by getting the FULLhd rather than the eco, as I am using this computer for casual gaming, school work and occasional photoshop (learning)
If I have a problem with the FULLhd would I beable to send my Computer back and get another laptop with the same specs but the ECO screen?
My CTO is configured like this:
* WLAN (802.11a/b/g/n) with integrated Bluetooth® technology * ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD4650 graphics card with 1GB vRAM-great for games and movies * No Engraving * Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T9900 (3.06GHz) (Reg. price $700.00) * No additional Video Editing Software * Blu-ray Disc™ playback/burning * Black * Microsoft® Windows Vista® Home Premium 64-bit * 4GB DDR2-SDRAM (DDR2-800, 2GBx2) (Reg. price $20.00) * No additional Photo Editing Software * 16.4" widescreen with XBRITE-FullHD™ LCD technology (1920x1080) * Quickbooks Simple Start 2009 * 320GB SATA Hard Disk Drive [5400 rpm] * No Fresh Start * Microsoft® Works * Standard Capacity Battery * Norton Internet Security (30 Day Trial)
I was asking about the difference between XBRITE-ECO and XBRITE-FullHD. To my surprise, the rep told me the XBRITE-FullHD is LED backlit (which I think it's not true). I ask her to confirm that and she came back with the same answer.
I am about to order a Sony Vaio FW490, and I would like to know how much of a difference visually that these 2 screens are. I know that the FullHD obviously looks better, but how much better exactly? And is it worth the extra $100 or so?
I have yet to see a FullHD screen at the Best Buy near me so it is difficult for me to compare the two. I have also heard that the FullHD screen is not adequate for gaming. Is this true? I am not a hardcore gamer by any means, but I did plan on playing some of my new games like Street Fighter 4 occasionally. In addition, a 1920x1080 resolution does seem quite large for a 16.4" screen. Can anybody provide some sort of screenshot of the FullHD screen?
Just received a Z610y as a college graduation gift, but it was not purchased with an extended warranty. I'm accident-prone, and am interested in a 3 year extended warranty with ADH.
I talked to someone at Sony Style who said I could purchase the warranty up to 30 days from the date of sale. I noticed newegg.com has one for sale, but when I talked to an associate there, they said it was only for sale with the purchase of a new laptop.
I have a 490CTO with win7 home premium. I can't remember but I think that I had exactly the same score with vista, only nothing went over 5.9. The HDD score was the same. Did anybody else get a different base score after upgrading to 7?
I'm considering buying a new Vaio Z series, and I'm trying to keep the initial price to a minimum whilst maximising what I need Sony to do at the factory.
So, what components are upgradeable?
- RAM - HDD/SSD - CPU - GPU - WWAN - can I add this at a later date should I find I need it?
From my research on here, I (think I) understand that the SSD isn't upgradeable due to a proprietary connector - what about buying a Z with a standard SATA drive? Does this use a standard SATA connector (and enable purchasing SSD drives aftermarket)?
Ever since Vista SP2, I have been experiencing issues with my Z690 Vaio. Wih hibernate, the laptop just restarts when I try to resume and gives the improper shutdown error. With sleep, sometimes the laptop refuses to start or gives the BSOD. Sony support, as usual has been lackluster.
I just bought a used but fully working Vaio VGN-FW11e with a cracked screen (got it for a good price). The lcd-panel had been removed but the lid is intact. The cracked screen didn't bother me since I planned to have it permanently hooked up to my projekter using the VGA-output.
The problem is that it doesn't seem to turn on the VGA-out before Windows has loaded, i.e. it is impossible to see the POST/loading of BIOS. When trying to restore Windows to its factory settings (since the old owner had left all his files and folders all over the place) using the Vaio Recovery Center something went wrong and now I'm left with a dead system.
When turning the computer on I can hear and see what seems like a proper POST, i.e. the hard drive spinning, the dvd drive spinning etc. But a few seconds after start, when it's supposed to start loading Windows it just stay still, most likely with some kind of error message.
I desperately need to be able to activate the VGA out during BIOS to be able to reinstall Windows. According to Sony this is not possible. But it sound almost silly since every other laptop I have had has been able to output a picture to VGA directly during POST. Is there some way since the obvious Fn-F7 doesn't work?
I have just been given a VAIO PCG8A2M (GRX316MP) , i was told "it's broken but if you can fix it yo can have it" so having a quick look at it there's no sign of life on the display but the lights come on and i can here the HDD heads moving about.
Looking a little more i found that all the ram is missing , so now im not sure if its worth buying some ram to see if it works or not ? The lack of ram would prob explain the lack of display but i wonder if i should be getting POST beeps at least, which im not.
So my question is if a VAIO had no ram should (if all else was working) it be getting POST beeps ?
I thought I hibernated or maybe something triggered it back on... i don't know! But my laptop has been sitting inside a drawer while it was running! And I don't remember when the last time I used my laptop and stuck it in there! I opened it up and I saw was BSOD!
So I just turned it off and turned it back on. Nothing posts on the screen and the hard drive light will blink for a second and then stop. Sometimes the fan will just turn off and it will constantly reboot itself. When that happens it only stays on for a few seconds but nothing shows up on the montior.
Man I think I screwed it up. I opened it up and I don't see any physical damage. I even took the heat sinks off and the chips look normal. I don't know what to do now. I have already tried running without a hard drive, only 1 ram stick in either slot. Nothing.
I had to replace the DC jack in my Inspiron 9300 and it appears to work correctly. Plug a battery in and it charges just fine. However when I turn the computer on it does not POST (or beep in any way at all). I turn on the power, the fans spin up, the HDD spins up, and then about 5 seconds later it all just shuts down. Ive tried taking the HDD and the RAM out to try and get some sort of beep code and i get nothing.
If you own an Intel X-25M SSD, please post your benchmark score(s). I am having an issue with my 4K read/write. It seems as tho they are 50% less than what they should be. Nevertheless, post your benchmarks. I want to know if any other DELL owners experiencing the same problem as i do..
I would have posted this in the Hardware SSD Thread, but that thread is just out of control. I am mostly interested in the Random 4K reads/writes and this is probably the most important attribute in everyday computing for regular users like us.
on a side note, can someone tell me why my 4K reads/writes are so much slower than what they are supposed to be?
He had a broken screen and a virus. I repaired his screen and he then took it to a "buddy" who partitioned the HD to save the pictures ect on it and put XP on the other partition.
My brother was updating drivers when he rebooted it and it just wouldn't restart.
This is a description of the problem: "I hit the power button , lights come on (no HD light though). and the Fan spins for about 30 seconds and stops. After about 1 minute the fan starts back up and stays on. Power light , battery charger light stay on but nothing happens."
I pulled the covers off the back and everything seems seated and where it belongs.
Recovery disks have been ordered (before I knew the full extent of the problem) and will be here in a week or so but I don't think they will do any good on a system that wont boot.
I have repaired a few desktops but this is my 1st laptop repair.
I have an Acer Aspire 5315 (Vista) that will not start. When you push the power button the power light comes on for 9 or 10 seconds then goes off. I've tried with/out the battery installed. I have held down the power button for 60 seconds without any power connected/installed. I have reseated the RAM. Tried a different AC Adapter, nothing. Does the CMOS battery need changing?
My 5920G Acer Notebook freezes, mainly in the first half hour after boot, completely in Windows. I'm not sure what it causes since it happens at most random moment (not in idle though).
It is just completely stuck and nothing responds anymore, causing me to have to reset it using the power button although it should 'automatically restart on freeze'.
When it then starts up again, it 4 of the 5 cases it shows a black screen, not even a BIOS post. There's just nothing. The computer turns itself off again and does it over again.
Sometimes it gets a little further (at windows boot) but then freezes at that point. Or sometimes it freezes at the Acer POST screen.
It also seems to reset the BIOS every time this happens, since I turned the ACER screen off but it keeps coming back.
I first believed it had something to do with heat, although the temperatures at which the computer freezed (I had speedfan running once when it crashed) were around 60 degrees for CPU and GPU and 50 for HDD (which is acceptable right).
What I believe is that it has something to do with the GPU. Sometimes it also shows artifacts at random places on the screen before killing itself and this would also explain why it wouldn't show up anything when I turn it on.
I'm still planning to run memtest86 to test the memory.
I have an Acer 1350, when I press the power button the CPU fan comes on for five seconds or so, but the screen doesn't come on, and the hard drive doesn't seek. If I leave it on, after a few minutes the CPU fan comes on again, so obviously part of it is working, but it just won't boot up.
The screen is definitely working fine because I've tested it on another Acer 1350, the hard drive is fine as well, also tested on another Acer 1350, the memory is fine, ditto.
Count me in the minority, but I've actually been pleased with the A07 BIOS revision. I'm curious about other opinions since I'd like to have a better understanding of the latest round of complaints.
As I understand the current situation:
The CPU no longer throttles when stressed by itself. With A03, running Prime95 on my 820QM at max brightness resulted in throttling. With A07, that's no longer the case. I get a consistent 13x multiplier. As a software engineer interested primarily in CPU horsepower for compiling and virtualization, this pleases me.
Gaming seems to work fine for a limited amount of time, but at some point stuttering occurs with some frequency. Which games exhibit this? Does this only occur at max settings in 1080p? At least one person was testing for throttling by running Prime95 in tandem with the game. Is that a reasonable real world test?
Prime95 and Furmark still results in throttling. Again, is this a reasonable real world test? Moving forward as more applications become multi-core aware and work is off-loaded to the GPU, I imagine system load will approach this simulated load... but is it realistic? My thought on the matter is that at some point heat becomes a factor, even with the excellent drop in temperatures that I've seen with GC-Extreme. A single fan and shared heat pipes aren't exactly an ideal design for that type of stress. The question is whether the heat dissipation is good enough.
In the event of GPU throttling, I've seen RivaTuner as a suggested workaround. Is it possible to lock the GPU clock to the maximum possible using RivaTuner without the CPU being throttled as a result?
Is the GPU really only throttling at a certain temperature threshold? I saw someone mention 84C as the magic number. Does that mean that you can run, say Prime95 and Furmark without throttling until the GPU hits 84C? Or in a more real world scenario, does that mean it's possible to game without apparent throttling until the GPU hits 84C? Wouldn't that mean you could further reduce (or eliminate) GPU throttling with better thermal paste? (For reference I've never seen my GPU load past 70C). Obviously, if that's a workaround, it would have been ideal for Dell to do this at the factory, but let's put that aside for now in the name of discussion.
The laptop turned off by itself once and since then, it refuses to POST.
I do suspect some CPU power issue.
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I'm trying to install Vista on a new hard drive for a Acer Aspire 5100. From what I researched, I believe I need to create the PQSERVICE partition. I'm trying to retrieve the 'Post Acer Disk Formatter CD ISO Image'. I believe it is a file named 'Diskformatdt_v1-1d.iso'. I read some of the threads on this website about how to retrieve the file from Acer's website,......................
Picked up a 15-B137TU with a broken screen. Â I'm looking to install Linux on this machine but I cant see the POST, BIOS or the boot select screen over HDMI - the diplsay only comes live once the Windows login screen comes up. Â Â The screen Im using is off my desktop and can show the BIOS and POST screens off that, so I know it is within the screens refresh / resolution range. Â I've removed the broken panel so the internal monitor isn't pulgged in anymore, and I've tried hittng F4 / Fn-F4 to change the display but that makes no difference either. Â Â Is there any way to get the BIOS and POST screens working over HDMI on this (or any) HP Notebook?
My Studio 1555 is not passing post startup.It will pass the Dell splash screen with a lot of beeps that I cannot identify, but afterwards, will get stuck with a black screen and a flashing underscore icon at the top left corner. What are some possible problems/fixes/tests? I'm wondering if its time I bought a new laptop. What are the chances of my hard driving still being okay?