Sony :: VGN-Z21WN Harddisk Replacement

Mar 10, 2009

I want to replace my HD with a SSD.

I can't find a service manual.

Does anyone know how to disassemble the computer

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Sony :: Installing An X64 OS On My VGN-Z21WN/B

Jul 26, 2009

I am currently running the Windows 7 RC1 beta on my VGN-Z21WN/B. It comes with 4GB RAM but from my understanding a 32 bit OS will only be able to use 3 GB of them. Also, the system actually has over 4GB since (at least im told) the RAM in the graphic card should also be added into the total amount.

Now you understand why I would like to use a x64 OS instead, so here comes my problem: Whenever I try to install one the computer gives me a BSOD and does a physical memory dump. The installation itself is no problem, but when I log in it crashes.

I have attempted with two different Win 7 RC1 x64 discs and a official Windows Vista x64 disc from Microsoft and the result is always the same.

After too many failed attempts I decided to give up and reload my old installation using the image tool (which works wonderful!) and now I am using Win 7 RC1 x86 again.

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Sony :: VAIO Z21WN + W7

Aug 26, 2009

I have a Z21WN (European version) and i have installed Windows 7. Everything runs smoothly and everything seems to be working in good order. But i do have a couple of problems that i was hoping someone in here perhaps could help me with;

1) When i start the machine (or reboot) the screen will flash for about 2-3 seconds when it reaches the login screen of windows (ie. the screen turns black as if there was no input), but then turns back to normal after the 2-3 seconds.

2) I use my laptop with an external 26" screen connected via HDMI - often i only use the external monitor and therefore keep the laptop closed after i have pressed the power button. But everytime i start the laptop i have to unplug the hdmi cable and wait for the laptop to be fully booted into windows before i can attach it again. If the hdmi cable is connected during boot both screens are just black/blank (ie like there is not input comming to nay of them). What could be causing this?

3) I have installed a OCZ Vertex 120GB in the laptop. Are there any tweaks i should be doing in reference to the Z? In device manager it is labeled as a "OCZ Vertex ATA Device" - does this sound right?

4) In the systems rating my graphics card is the one pulling the average down (4.4 average). Is it really so that the nvidia card should get no more than a score of 4.4?

5) I cant quite figure out how to enable the 3G modem option on the laptop in windows 7 - are there any special software ot something i need to enable it? I have installed a sim card in the slot.

6) I have installed the mousepad driver, but i cannot change the sensitivity of the pad (windows own does not do anything either) -

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Sony :: FW And TZ Harddisk Always In Operation

Apr 20, 2009

I have several brands of laptops and allover the years I tried more. The thing I am inquiring about here is the Sony harddisk.

I notice that in my TZ and FW series laptops the harddisk is always in operation (I hear it)

and the lamp ignites very frequent even when the computer is sitting still not doing anything

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Sony :: Z Series 2nd Harddisk

Jan 22, 2009

Is the optical bay on the Z555 modular? If so can anyone point me to a tray for substituting a 2.5inch HD for the DVD.

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Sony :: Vaio VGN-Z21WN : WiFi- Whenever I Put The Wireless Switch On "ON", The Led Never Lit Up

Oct 13, 2009

It seems my VGN-Z21WN wifi module is dead. Whenever I put the wireless switch on "ON", the led never lit up

Is this known issue ? Is there something I could try before sending it to Sony support center ?

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HP/Compaq :: Envy 15 Dual Harddisk

Oct 26, 2009

I saw so many guys talking about this question, so I opened my Envy 15 1011TX (i7 820m, 500GB HD, 8GB RAM) for a answer.

Please check the attached photo, there's ONLY 1 2.5" drive bay and 2 HDD connector onboard, so it's possible to hold 2 1.8" drive and build a RAID.

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HP/Compaq :: 8510p Harddisk Upgradecompatibility

Sep 7, 2009

since i experienced some major problems last weekend on my 8510p gb967ea win xp pro sp3 notebook, i am forced to reinstall the os and i thought this would be a good chance to replace the 5400rpm 160gb drive (sata), especially in order to try out win7 on a big enough partition.

now i called hp and they told me that the maximum possbile would be a 250gb 5400rpm drive or a 200gb 7200rpm drive (which is set inside bios). i definitely would upgrade to a 7200 rpm (if not to a velociraptor or an ssd), but for just a 40gb gain this wouldnt really be worth it, as i will get the new 8540p notebook as soon as they are released with windows 7 and some satisfying hardware (dx11 gpu!), if they get this hardware, which i hope..

so does anyone know whether i should try a bigger drive (i would go for at least a 250gb 7200rpm drive, better 320gb or 500gb) and maybe check compatibility while in the store in order to give it back if it doesnt work, or leave the 160gb 5400rpm drive and wait for the new models?

or is there any way to extend the compatibility restricted inside bios (using the most recent ver. f.15/dec 08 now)?

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Dell Studio 1537 :: HardDisk Not Detected In Windows Repair Mode?

Jan 23, 2013

my Windows is not able to boot and I have to repair it with a Windows Vista DVD taken from another Dell (Desktop) PC. The installation is not able to detect a drive and so I am not able to select a Windows installation to repair. I need the drivers for the Harddisk (or controller) to add it to the repair process. The problem is that on the Driver support page only firmware for the hard drive is available but no .inf file that I need for the repait.

where I can find the .inf file or if it is possible to extract the file from the destroyed windows installation (via live-linux).

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Sony :: AW Replacement

Jan 7, 2010

The last AW has disappeared from usa Any news, info about coming replacement? When

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Sony :: SR Keyboard Replacement

Jan 16, 2009

My cat knocked a glass of juice over and some splashed onto the keyboard of my month old SR290.
Multiple sticky keys and some just aren't working.

I took a couple of sticky keys off to clean with rubbing alcohol and a q tip and now they don't work (they did before cleaning

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Sony :: FW Screen Replacement

Jul 14, 2009

how to remove the lower part of the screen bezel? I removed the two screws at the top, popped it off all the way down to the hinges,

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Sony :: SR240 CPU Replacement Guide

Nov 22, 2009

I've written a SR240 CPU Replacement Guide. It covers disassembly, cpu replacement and reassembly.

It is in PDF format, 15 pages long, about 2.4MB in size. It would probably work for most SR2XX series notebooks, and maybe others as well.

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Sony :: Old Z11vn/b SSD Replacement, 2x 1,8" Possible

Feb 14, 2010

and first of all sorry as there seem to be loads and lots of ssd threads already.
I just couldn't find any specific on that model.
Is the z11 the same as the z520?

My boss wanted to buy a new laptop (office work only) and I adviced against it, because I think the hardware of the z11 is still VERY fast.

The bottleneck is the old 5400rpm hard drive.

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Sony :: TT Replacement Any Ultra-portable With Blu-ray

Apr 11, 2010

I've a Vaio TT that I'm (or was) fairly happy with, and before that I had the TX and the TZ.

I would however like to replace the TT since the Blu-ray has stopped working for the second time and I just refuse to pay an insane amount of $ to have it fixed. The question is, - Replace it with what?

I want an ultra-portable, i.e. 12" or smaller screen, weight less than 3 lbs, and it must have Blu-ray and SSD. Where can I find one

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Sony :: Vaio VPC-Z1 UK Replacement Keys

May 26, 2010

I have been having a bit of a nightmare with Sony support. Basically, when my laptop first arrived, my F7 key always looked a bit "off" - the backlight under it always seemed brighter, and it was slightly raised on one side, but I ignored it - how often does anyone use F7?

Anyway, I was cleaning the keyboard because it has that stupid type of keyboard that picks up every bit of oil (drives me mad!) and the F7 key just came off. It wasn't even a harsh cleaning

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Sony :: Vaio VGN-Z Palmrest Replacement

Mar 2, 2010

where I can find a brandnew original one?

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Sony :: Vaio SZ Touchpad Replacement

Jan 6, 2009

I have a non working touchpad for my SZ-483N/C. Does anyone know a place that I can get a replacement?

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Sony :: VAIO TZ37 HDD To SDD Replacement

Mar 24, 2010

where I can find a service manual or instructions on how to get inside a VAIO TZ37? I'm looking for options to replace the 120GB HDD with a 128GB (or bigger) SSD. I understand the 120GB HDD is PATA but not sure how many pins the connector has.

I know I can just unscrew the bottom and have a look but I prefer to find out a bit more before attempting that. My past experience in trying to get inside a Z505R was very frustrating as the screws were hidden under a few snapped in clips, they were very difficult to get off without breaking them (without the proper knowledge or tools).

Also while I am asking questions, here are couple more ...

1. Is it absolutely not possible to go beyond the 2GB memory limit?
2. Are there Windows 7 drivers available for TZ37?
3. If so, is it worthwhile upgrading from Vista Biz to Windows 7 on the TZ37?

I have been thinking about the X series but with its Atom CPU and lack of DVD/RW, it's kinda like a very very expensive netbook. So I think it would be better investment to beef up my TZ37 with a SSD. I have been very happy with it once it's booted up and ready, it's just that Vista takes years to boot time the 4200rpm HDD. My work around has been putting it to sleep 95% of time and only power off/on when I absolutely have to or when it has crashed big time. The wake up from sleep is very quick, so that's the saving grace of its slow HDD.

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Sony :: Vaio Z Replacement Part

Apr 15, 2009

Anyone know where to get some replacement parts such as the keyboard for the Vaio Z?

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Sony :: New Z Optical Drive Replacement

Mar 7, 2010

if you can take apart a Sony Z and replace the optical drive with a standard hard drive? Would the older tutorial here be the same way you can take apart a new sony Z or how do you think you could get in there?


Or is that a different model? I don't suppose there's a new tutorial out for the new Zs as they just came out.

On another note - I heard you're suppose make a new connector for the hard drive because the Sony Z uses microSATA or uSATA or something like that for their optical drives. There isn't a connector that you can readily purchase now.

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Sony :: E Series Battery Replacement

May 31, 2010

My new Sony Vaio I ordered will be arriving soon. I did some research and the main criticism about the new laptop appears to be the short battery life.

I saw this battery on amazon for the Sony Vaio E series. Link

I was wondering would this give extra battery life if I bought it? I think the battery shipped with the Vaio is 3500mah but this new one is 5000mah. How many extra hours would it give? Just wondering if it is worth it or not.

Also is the battery for the 15.5" screen size E series or the other sizes?

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Sony :: Vaio VGN TX Keyboard Replacement

Feb 15, 2010

how to take apart the keyboard on the Sony Vaio TX.


However, the keyboard 'came-away' from the rest of the latop so fast upon lifting it up I did not get a real chance to see how it actually connects to the laptop.

I am now having a real problem connecting the keyboard back to the laptop. Does anyone have any high resolution images of how their laptop is connected or how it should be done?

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Sony :: Vaio FW White Keyboard Replacement

Apr 19, 2009

I contacted Sony support about the keyboard color; I was going to change the color of my system to white so I could have the white keyboard (and I really started liking the color).

Unfortunately, it was too far along in the process (even though it was backordered and not shipping til the end of April) to modify the order.

It isn't really worth the trouble, in my opinion, to wait for the notebook, return it, and wait another two or three weeks for the white one

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Sony :: Replacement Hard Drive For VGN-B100B

Mar 7, 2010

I replaced the 40 GB hard drive that came with my VGN-B100B with a Western Digital 250 GB drive. When I installed Windows XP Professional on it, the partition was only 127 GB. The WD drive is a PATA, which I understand to be synonymous with EIDE, which should work on this computer. Is there a limit to how large a hard drive this computer will recognize?

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Sony :: Tools Required For Fan Replacement On VGN-S270

Apr 4, 2009

I am trying to replace my laptop fan in a Sony Vaio VGN-S270. I removed all the necessary screws and plugs to get to the fan, but there are three screws connecting the fan which I'm not sure how to remove. Two of them are located on the lower left of the fan and are gold in color. They appear to be spring-loaded and have a threaded center to the screw. This seems to be an extension of the fan itself and covers one of the chips.

The other screw is very small and is located up and to the left of the actual fan portion. This screw looks to have a circular head to it, but its so small I can't really tell what type of tool to use for it.

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Sony :: Screen Repair/replacement Compatible

Apr 11, 2010

i have an 11.1" screen tx series, but the screen is cracked.

i have checked on various site, ebay store, and the cheapest i can get an oem replacement is around $300.

i am just wondering is it possible i can just buy any 11.1" netbook, and use its screen on the sony machine? since the netbook costs about the same as the lcd screen, and i can use the other parts too.

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Sony :: VGN-NR110E/S Hard Drive Replacement

Feb 27, 2010

steps to replace a hard drive on a Sony VGN-NR110E/S.

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Sony :: SZ61WN/C Screen Bezel Replacement

Jan 16, 2009

I'm looking for a replacement screen bezel/surround to fit my SZ61WN/C (mine is cracked in half at the bottom between the N and Y of Sony! N is lost in the abyss so I currently have a SO Y Laptop ).

After a bit of digging on this site I have found the disassembly guides and nexttronics who will deliver what I need to me here in the UK, my only issue is that I'm not sure which one I need to buy.

I'm think its one on this page (below) under the "lcd133led" section as it is an led backlit screen with motion eye camera (on diagram as 1011).


My model isn't listed as its a European version (the SZ61WN/C is an all black Premium Carbon model), is there an equivalent US model number that anyone knows of?

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Sony :: SZ1XPHD Replacement 120gb Size Limit

Mar 26, 2009

Still owning an old Sony SZ1XP laptop and was wondering if anyone have ever replaced the stock HD with a newer 7200 RPM HD

Main question i would like to ask if i am limited to a certain size of 7200 RPM HD

For example: in this site [url]
It says the following "up to a 120GB 5400RPM hard drive"

Does this mean i can only fit a harddrive of max. 120gb in the laptop?

otherwise that it is possible to put a bigger sized hd

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