Sony :: Disassembly Guide VGN-SZ1M/B / PCG-6J2M

May 15, 2010

I have Vaio VGN-SZ1M (bought in 2006) that I need to take apart. Unfortunately, I can't figure out how to pop out the keyboard. I have removed the "relevant" four screws from the bottom, then figured that the part between keyboard and display doesn't seem to be removable (as it is with my even older, super slow Toshiba Satellite I am relying on right now), and now I am stuck. Does anybody know where to find a disassembly guide? - Preferably a step-by-step guide as I am not only a blonde but also not exactly super computer-savvy (as this thread clearly demonstrates). Or does anybody know how to take this notebook apart?

For some reason the VGN-SZ1M (or VGN-SZ1M/B) has two different model names printed on it, the other one being "PCG-6J2M", but according to the Sony website the "PCG-6..." model number is used "for different purposes" - no idea what that means - and the "real" model number is VGN-SZ1M).

I have spent the past two hours trying to find a disassembly guide online (or just a quick "how to pop out/remove the keyboard" explanation, but haven't been successful. I have also tried to get in touch with Sony's customer service in the U.S., however, they cannot (or won't) help me because the laptop was bought in Germany (where I was living at that time), so the U.S. customer support doesn't feel responsible (or so), and the customer support in German doesn't apply because I am now located in the United States. Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place. Don't take this as a rant, please, it's not meant as venting. Just trying to explain my level of "stuck-ness".

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I guess 2 Gb RAM and a 160 Gb 7200 rpm hard disk?

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My screen is giving me weird, distorted colors with lines across the screen. It's either going to be a faulty cable or LCD screen. I have it hooked up to an external monitor and the display is great. That eliminates the graphics card/motherboard. The lines and colors will move up and down the screen randomly.

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how to open my laptop. By open, I mean disassemble. My Vaio, which I have bought around Christmas of last year, has had it's fan spinning unreasonably loud. At first, I said to myself, "alright, I will be blow compressed air into it," I did so. No avail, the sound comes back, it comes on and off, on and off. It is ridiculous. Even when it is not overheating, or hot; just mildly warm, it would spin loud. On and off.

When I now start my laptop, the fan spins loud for a second and stops.

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Known issue? I cannot even Google this as a known issue, ? I then talked to another Sony tech. He told me to go to the fan settings via:

Control Panel > Power Options > Change Power Options > Advance Power Settings > VAIO Optimized > VAIO Power Management > Fan settings.


There were no such thing as fan settings. I swear, some of these technicians are probably reading from the screen telling the user what to do, etc. I am fairly knowledgeable with computers, but I swear, some of the technicians do not know what they're talking about. At any rate, I do NOT know how to take my laptop apart. All I want to do is to clean the fan.

The tech. told me to to go to a Sony shop and get it fixed as they cannot tell me how to open it. I bought this laptop from Newegg; I did not buy a warranty, there's a warranty for parts or something? I don't even know.

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keep in mind this is for a FZ280 E/B, I have no idea if it will work on other FZ models.

I am still having problems with the Bluetooth driver/software and the Wireless Switch Utility (what exactly is this needed for?). I believe the functionality for Bluetooth is dependent on the something to do with the Wireless Switch Utility. However I haven't had any luck installing either option.

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(Last update: May 27 2010)
Change log:
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Mar 26 2010 - Updated Intel SATA/AHCI driver from 8.​9.​0.​1023 -->
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1> Download the appropriate version OS of the 9.6 driver from [url]

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3> Browse to C:ATI9-6_beta_win7_64_dd_CC (Driver name, e.g.)PackagesDriversDisplayW7_INF (For 32-bit) OR W76A_INF (for 64-bit)

**Btw, I am doing this example based on the Window 7 Install. (Other versions of the OS should be the same except the INF file name may be different)**

4> I am under 64-bit so I will use W76A_INF as an example for this guide. Double click on the INF file (for W7, it is named C7_81757)

5> Scroll down the file until you see a list like;

"ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT" = ati2mtag_RV610, PCIVEN_1002&DEV_94C1&SUBSYS_0D021002
"ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO" = ati2mtag_R600, PCIVEN_1002&DEV_9400&SUBSYS_30001002
"ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT" = ati2mtag_R600, PCIVEN_1002&DEV_9400&SUBSYS_25521002

6> Add this anywhere between the entries you see above (does not have to be exact, just place this entry somewhere along the lines of the WHOLE list)
"ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570" = ati2mtag_M9x, PCIVEN_1002&DEV_9553&SUBSYS_9033104D
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7> Quick review on HAVE DISK method; Device Manager > Right Click ATI 4570 then Update Driver Software > Browse my computer > Let me pick a list of Device drivers... > Have Disk > (Now browse to the INF file you just edited, in this example; the C7_81757 inf file.) Install, voila, DONE.

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will benefit many of you upgrading to Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit RTM. This install was done and tested on a Vaio VGN-FW139E/H.


While the VGN-FW line shares many components, many models also differ. So, I will first list the hardware that is on the VGN-FW139E and the install was done on.

Audio: Realtek High Definition
Audio (HDMI): Realtek ATI HDMI Audio
Network: Marvell Yukon 88E8055 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Wireless: Atheros AR928X
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SD Memory Card Reader: Ricoh
MS Memory Card Reader: Ricoh
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Video: ATI Mobility Radeon 3400 Series..................

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Right off, in my other thread I mentioned that Dell told me there were 2 rev's of motherboards (one if you order through the Home portal and a different one if you order through the Small Biz portal), and that the Home rev doesn't support Bluetooth (or WWAN, which is why these things didn't show up for me as options when ordering the laptop). So this morning I took the thing apart to see for myself.

Conclusion - From what I can tell, it appears that any 14z has a full size mini-PCI slot (for WWAN), a half-height mini-PCI slot (for wireless networking), and the mini plug necessary to install the Dell Wireless 365 Bluetooth mini-card. Dell support is a bunch of morons.

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