Sony :: (Old) VAIO Z BD Drive Fit In (New) VAIO Z Series

Mar 27, 2010

I'm wondering if the Blu-ray optical drive (Panasonic UJ-232A) of the (old) VAIO Z series will be able to fit into the (new) VAIO Z series? I would really appreciate it if anyone is able to answer my question.

The reason I'm asking is because I'm seriously thinking of selling my VAIO Z690 & just buying the base Sony VAIO Z (VPCZ112GX/S). I may just be able to afford that base model & the icing on the cake will definitely be the UJ-232A drive being able to fit into the (new) VAIO Z series & work.

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Sony :: Changind DVD Drive On Vaio Z Series.

Aug 13, 2009

how replace DVDdrive on vaio z series with another DVD drive or Bluray drive? is it possible by user?

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Sony :: Does Anyone Else Have A System (S:) Drive On Their Vaio Z Series Laptop

May 13, 2009

I've just got my Sony Vaio Z Series laptop and i've noticed when i go into computer and look under the Hard Disk Drives i have a System (S) Drive and it says 1.41GB free of 1.46GB.

Do other Vaio Z Series owners also have this System (S) Drive? Do you know what it is?

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Sony :: Blue Ray Drive Upgrade For Vaio Z Series

Apr 24, 2009

I just have a question regarding aftermarket upgrade of blue ray for Vaio Z series, did any one try upgrading with any aftermarket blue ray drive for Z series? If so what is the compatibility criteria and did anyone find one for Z series

I found a notebook blue ray rom for $79


but it is IDE interface I am not sure what interface is for Z series.

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Sony :: Vaio CW Or Vaio E Series

Mar 22, 2010

Am planning to get a sony laptop for me. The design simply rocks I am getting mixed reviews about cw and E series. But i made up my mind to get one.

My budget is aroung 40000rupees. Thats around 800$. So suggest me a better one between these two for occasional moderate and less(mosltly) demanding games. I dont care whether its 14 or 15 inch.

Am looking at lower end versions of both the models.

Only difference is CW uses Nvidia Geforce 310 and the E series uses some Radeon 5000 series one. CW has 14 inch screen whereas E series has a 15.5 inch screen. In the models which i am looking at both have matte finish and both has WXGA:1366 x 768 VAIO Display.

which one should i go for. whether the screen quality will be on par to Inspiron one atleast? ( I dont need HD).

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Sony :: Vaio F11 Or Vaio E Series

Apr 9, 2010

im planning on using the laptop for videos, photoshop and a bit of gaming, maybe even a bit more gaming :-)

The Vaio F Series only has 330M Nvidia Graphics Card with i7QM and up to 8GB of Ram and up to 256GB SSD.

The E Series has ATI 5650 (a less powerful version, reduced clock speed) combined with a i5 520M with up to 6Gb of Ram and up to 500GB of HDD ? Why can i not choose SSD ?

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Sony :: Vaio Z720D: Uninstalling VAIO Care, VAIO Update

Jul 26, 2009

Trying to get rid of these questionably useful programs -- but I don't see entries for them in add/remove programs in the control panel (or for any of the other useless VAIO software packages that come on OEM machines sans "fresh start")

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Sony :: Sticking Hard Drive Or SSD In DVD Drive Of Vaio Z

Feb 26, 2009

who opened I believe Z and connected a hard drive to dvd drive connector while leaving dvd drive in for cosmetic reasons. Can't find this thread. Where exactly can the hard drive go? Inside the tray?

I am afraid there will be too much vibration if I put regular HD there. For this reason I would rather put there SSD but is there a way to make this a primary OS drive? Seems like last bios allows to boot from optical drive.

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Sony :: Vaio FZ DVD Drive

Jun 20, 2009

I have a Sony Vaio FZ445 which has problems with the Otiarc DVD AD-7560. What happens is that when playing audio, the sound skips playing CDs.

I have tried all the requisite diagnostics, like checking the IDE channels to see if the mode is DMA or PIO, and installing and reinstaling the drivers and firmware updates for the drive. It still happens and looks like I need a new DVD drive. I have XP Pro and Ubuntu 9 and it does this in both OS's (which affirms my suspicion that its not a codecs or driver issue). I have also always cleaned the drive every dozen uses too.

am I limited to using only a new Sony DVD drive to replace it? and... is it easy to replace these drives oneself?

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Sony :: Blu-ray Drive- Vaio VGN-FW390

Mar 21, 2009

Will the Sony Vaio VGN-FW390 Blu-ray Disc read only drive read actual information discs? Not DVDs, but actual CDs?

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Sony :: VAIO BD Drive Malfunction

Feb 7, 2009

All of a sudden my OPTIARC BD ROM 5500A drive does not recognize when a Blu-ray movie is inserted. I try to open the drive with a movie inside and it tells me to please insert a disc and ejects the drive.

I chated with the sony analysts and they told me to (in this order after the previous solution did not work):
1. Update WinDVD player
2. Reinstall WinDVD player
3. Update WinDVD player again
4. Restore my C: drive to factory conditions
5. Reset by BIOS
6. Take my laptop to a Sony shop and pay 600 dollars to get this fixed.

Everything points to hardware malfunction, but I find it weird that in my computer the drive is identified as a DVD-RW drive, when I KNOW that it used to be identified as a BD/DVD-RW drive.

DVDs and CDs play perfectly, but it acts like nothing is inside when I put in a Blu/RAy movie. In the device manager it is identified properly as an OPTIARC BD ROM, the driver it has is the generic CD drive windows driver (Sony support said that is what it should have).

Driver: cdrom.sys
File version: 6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101/2205)

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Sony :: Vaio SR Hard Drive Upgrade

May 12, 2009

I have a Sony Vaio SR190 with a 160gb@5400 rpm hard drive. I really want to upgrade this with more capacity. I have two main questions:

1) What Hard Drive brand is the best? I was looking at the Western Digital Scorpio and the Seagate Momentus, but I want suggestions on the BEST.

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Sony :: Does The Vaio F Laptops Have A Second Hard Drive Bay?

Jan 16, 2010

so does the Vaio F have a second bay? I'd really like to throw in a SSD to boost the boot time

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Sony :: VAIO SR Upgrading Hard Drive

Oct 27, 2009

I was thinking about upgrading to a 7200 RPM hard drive for my VAIO SR190.

I'm sure this voids warranty, but in the event that you need to send the laptop to Sony, couldn't you just put the original back in and they wouldn't notice?

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Sony :: Vaio TT Hard Drive Upgrade

Apr 17, 2009

I was wondering if it was easy to crack open and upgrade the CD-ROM drive to another hard drive instead. Since customizing a TT is hellaciously expensive and the hard drives they offer are slow and not big enough -I would rather supply my own parts than what they have in stock

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Sony :: How To Poweroff The CD Drive In Vaio Z/win7

Jan 6, 2010

I'm on windows 7 rc1 and I'm having trouble disabling the CDrom drive.

I see the icon in the tray but when i right click and power it off, it just doesnt power off...

Is there a more direct way to turn it off?

Just tryina save a bit of battery

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Sony :: Restore C: Drive On Vaio VGN-FS980

Dec 6, 2009

I've been having some difficulty with my vaio and am thinking about doing the F10 Vaio Recovery to restore the C: Drive. I'm not all that computer savvy, and would like to know from those who have done this what to expect. How does this work? What happens? Will I have to reinstall windows along with everything else?

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Sony :: Replacing Hard Drive On A Vaio FW

Jan 30, 2009

I'm about to pull the trigger on a FW, but it has a 320GB 4200rpm. HD.

I've planned on buying a WD Scorpio Black later and the replacing it.

How complicated would that be? What I mean is, that I can do the hardware replacing and all that, but is it enough that I would do a recovery disc with the original HD inside and then replace the HD's and then just boot from the disc. Or do I need to fiddle around with the SATA drivers,

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Sony :: Vaio Fw Blueray Drive Burning

Oct 20, 2009

I just recently purchased a new sony vaio fw41e/h. And i've been using the blueray driver a lot for burning dvd's since it's capable of doing that. But since yesterday my drive just stopped burning dvd's and got no idea what might have caused it. I didn't find any errors or something when i burned my last dvd, which worked. I used the os it came with which is vista 32 bit. I don't think it's a hardware error because it can still read the dvd's but i just can't burn them. I also tried several different applications for burning, like clonecd, imgburn and nero but neither worked. For instance, when i use clonecd it just starts normally but after 30 seconds the bar raises up to 100% and just finishes and it said it couldn't burn it. for the people who wanna know what kind of drive it is, it is a mata bd-cmb uj130as.

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Sony :: Can I Replace Optical Drive In Vaio SR

Nov 28, 2009

if I can replace the optical drive in the Vaio SR590? It's a DVDRW, I want to put in Bluray. If Bluray drops in price, and I get a slim bluray drive, can I put it in the SR590? Looking at the computer, it seems the current drive's design is a bit different than a standard notebook optical drive. Seems like it will stick out a bit on the sides...

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Sony :: Vaio Z (VGN-Z790JAB) Hard Drive

Apr 8, 2010

I'm considering a Vaio Z. I would have bought the latest one, but unfortunately the headphone plug is in the front which is a deal breaker for me as I most often use it on the treadmill to watch movies and it needs to "stand up".

So, when looking at previous Z's I noticed the headphone plug is one the side (as it should be. if you ask me). Blu-ray is a must and I want SSD. I found a few models with Blu-ray, but it seems that all models only have a regular 320GB hard drive, so my first question is:

- Does a Z of previous model with Blu-ray and SSD exist?

In case no such model exists I was thinking of buying the VGN-Z790JAB and replace the hard drive with a SSD myself. I was browsing this forum and found a few threads on the topic, e.g. these:...........

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Sony :: Vaio ZWire Between Dvd Drive And Motherboard

Mar 10, 2009

I've got a problem with my Sony Vaio Z11 (like Z570), i'm french, i've broken the wire between the dvd drive and the motherboard, and i'm looking for this wire, i contact sony and they don't sell repair parts and claims 236 (300 $) to repair it, i'm disapointed! i' don't know where i could find this wire,

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Sony :: Large Drive Tips: Vaio VGN-S360

Sep 21, 2009

One of my "hobbies" is extending the life of older equipment. Especially when it is fairly good stuff, like my trust Vaio VGN-S360.

So I decided to overcome the 80gb limit imposed by the factory installed 2.5 inch IDE drive; a Fujitsu. I purchased a 320gb Western Digital drive.

The new drive works just fine, no bad sectors, etc.
However, somehow I forgot that there might be unanticipated limits to using a four year old machine .....

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Sony :: Is New Vaio Z Can Manual Replace Ssd With Hard Drive

Mar 9, 2010

Is new Vaio Z can manual replace default sony ssd with 2.5' hard drive ?

If not, Can i manual replace dvd drive with second hard drive or it need special part, May it run at full speed SATA2, and can i boot from it ?

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Sony :: VAIO VGN-N150P, Replace Hard Drive

Jun 10, 2009

provide explanations or pics for the under keyboard removal on this Sony Vaio VGN-N150P laptop?

I can tell you that I've not found it in all the stickies... some of the models are 'close' but NO CIGAR. Google has not helped, seems like Sony has tried its darndest to BE UNHELPFUL. Even chatted with them, no joy.

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Sony :: Vaio TZ Dual Hard Drive Swapping

Feb 11, 2009

Just pulled the trigger on a Vaio VGNTZ290NDB for $1,439 on clearance from Sony Style.

Seems like a nice unit.


This unit comes with a 64GB SSD (1.8" PATA) and a 250GB HDD (2.5" SATA).

Given the age of the model line, I'm assuming that the PATA SSD is not of the same performance level as the new SATA SSDs, e.g., Intel X25-M.

Would it be simple enough to put in an X25-M in place of the 250GB HDD and then make it the boot drive? Or is the system limited to booting from the PATA SSD?

A dual SSD ultraportable would be... well... sweet.

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Sony :: Hard Drive Upgrade In Vaio VGN-NS140E/L

Jul 29, 2009

Sony VAIO VGN-NS140E/L. I've been wanting to replace my 250GB hard drive with a larger drive, but I can't find any instruction manuals/walkthroughs of how to disassemble it enough to make the swap.

I've read pages of other models, and followed it to the point of where I have removed the bottom screws and unhinged the keyboard, but now I can't figure out how to remove the plastic cover that is over the hard drive and other components (in other walkthroughs this part seems to be a seperate metal panel, not a plastic built-in part).

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Sony :: Vaio Vgn-p530h Hard Drive Replacement

Dec 24, 2009

does anyone have a tutorial for sony vaio vgn-p530h hard drive replacement

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Sony :: Plastic Blank For Optical Drive In VAIO SR

Nov 30, 2009

if there is a blank you can replace the optical drive with in the SR series. Preferably a part that is sold by Sony themselves. I hardly use my DVD drive and having it power on and then off each time I bring the notebook out of standby drains battery. I also intend to reduce the weight of the SR by removing the optical drive.

With my old Thinkpad, I was able to remove the optical drive and replace it with a blank fairly easily. I think Lenovo calls it a "travel blank."

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Sony :: Vaio Notebook-cant Boot W/ External Drive

Jan 25, 2010

Vaio notebook model number: PCG-VX89

Trying to install OS with external CD/DVD drive to no avail. Have done everything possible including:

-tried 3 different externals drives


-attemped 'esc' one time BOOT ORDER at startup...attempted both CD/DVD and REMOVABLE DEVICE

System doesnt recognize EXTERNAL CD/DVD in BIOS....only in WINDOWS..after machine fully starts up. Looked for any kind of UPDATE for DRIVERS OR BIOS on SONY SUPPORT for this model...there is none.

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