Sony :: Vaio Z Series Upgrade To X9100

Feb 24, 2009

I would like to request your opinion on upgrading my current Sony Vaio VGN-Z590 P9500 2.53ghz processor into a X9100 3.06ghz one. I would like to know if it would still be possible to upgrade my cooling system by just applying a thermal compound on the existing copper wire cooling system. I also plan to add more thermal compound on the cpu and heatsink.

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Sony :: Upgrade Vaio Z-Series

Apr 4, 2009

Does anyone have pictures or instructions to upgrade Z series wireless network card?

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Sony :: Vaio Z11 Series RAM Upgrade

Mar 30, 2010

I know that many of us have been seeking an inexpensive third-party RAM upgrade for our new Vaio Zs. Fortunately, I've found a great solution. Not only does this module use precisely the same RAM ICs as the currently shipping Vaio Z11 8GB machines, those RAMs just happen to be manufactured by the world's largest DRAM manufacturer (by far), Samsung. This module has been tested for over a week, and it has truly been a completely stable solution. Plus, I don't suppose that it'll hurt to point out that this is the least expensive 4GB DDR3-1066 SO-DIMM module that I can find in the United States right now! Moreover, it's sold by a very reputable vendor, whom I trust - (they're still making the transition from their old name, SuperBiiz). They've got great prices, ship fast, and stand behind what they sell - no, I have nothing whatsoever to do with them, other than being a customer.

Rock-solid RAM that's the cheapest, too! For details behind all the testing that allowed me to finally post this, see this thread (which started off as a look into RAM speeds on the new Vaio Zs). To pick these up, check out the Super Talent 4GB DDR3-1066 Samsung Chip Notebook Module at - literally priced below any other 4GB DDR3-1066 SO-DIMM on Pricewatch, as of 3/30/2010!

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Acer :: 6930g Upgrade To X9100

Jun 10, 2009

I may have the opportunity to pick up a cheap X9100, far cheaper than I could get say a T9800 T9900, both of which would be preferable due to 35W.

Acers literature states CPU's up to C2D 6mb are supported, I saw over here Acer 8930 - X9100 CPU update. that a user with an 8930g upgraded to an x9100.

Does anyone know if the laptop power supply etc would handle a 44W cpu, don't want to burn anything out?

Also heat may be a concern? The cooling system on this notebook appears more substantial than the average. Currently with my P9500 after 8 hours of stessing the max temperature is 63c, and thats on a fresh AS5 application without undervolting

I don't 'need' to upgrade to an X9100 but thought if it's cheap enough I might as well!

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Sony :: Laptop Vaio Nw Series Upgrade

Oct 25, 2009

I have a a vaio nw series with a blu-ray player and i want to upgrade a couple of things on my computer. I would like to upgrade the memory on my laptop to 8Gb and the processor to a t9900. On the sony website it says the laptop can max at 2.2ghz and 4gb but the chipset in the laptop can support the processor i want and the 8gb.

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Sony :: Vaio Z Series Windows 7 Upgrade

Dec 19, 2009

I just recently upgraded my Z from Vista x64 to Windows 7.

I am having a problem with the function keys though.

Everything works except the brightness controls both in stamina and speed mode.

I tried reinstalling numerous drivers but nothing seems to work.

Does anyone know the fix for this issue?

I have a Z790CJ model if that is any help

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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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Dell Precision M6300 :: CPU Upgrade To Intel X9100

Dec 16, 2012

Upgrade Dell Precision M6300 - CPU to  Intel® Core™2 Extreme Processor X9100 (6M Cache, 3.06 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)

I know that you can upgrade to Intel® Core™2 Extreme Processor X9000 (6M Cache, 2.80 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)

I am concerned that because of the 1066MHZ FSB on the x9100 the CPU will not work.

However it did not work running BIOS A14...

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Sony :: Vaio SZ 4 Series Fan Replacement And Wifi + Processor Upgrade (Win7 + Ubuntu Feedback)

Nov 25, 2009

I had replaced mobo on my dead SZ 4 series (don't ask why) and couldn't stop there since I was in the move thus consequently contemplated about possible upgrades. For now I settled for fan, WLAN card and CPU upgrade. If it works well, I might install SSD also.

1.Fan Modification

As you all proud SZ owners know, fan is very noisy on this machines so it made me think if there is any possible modification to reduce the noise. Since the BIOS is controlling it there is not much to do on the RPM part (in win at least, but more on that later) I settled for a fan and fan casing swap from SZ 4 to SZ 7 series.

In the photos you can see that fans, fan casings and heat-sinks are of different design. Besides design differences, voltage and the amperage are the same, 5V-300mA.

Only way was to install the fan and the casing of the SZ 7 heat-sink to my old one as one of the heat-sinks bolt bushings is off for a few millimeters.

There has to be some care exercised when prying off the fan casing, some heating was required from the aluminium side on three pins were casing is attached.

Not to be simple, the difference is also in the inlet hole. One on the SZ 7 heat-sink is bigger and off centre compared to SZ 4s. Had to do some filing there, to match it to the size of the new fan. Fan of SZ7 is not bigger, it is due to different design of the fan eye and its volutes...................

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Sony :: Upgrade Cpu In Vaio

Jan 6, 2010

How hard/easy is it to upgrade the processor in a Vaio?

For e.g., T6600 to P8700?

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Sony :: Vaio Z Blu-Ray Upgrade

Jul 8, 2009

So I got my hands on two Vaio Z's, one (VGN-Z27GNX) with Blu-Ray and 2.53Ghz, the other (VGN-Z36GDB) with DVD+RW and 2.66Ghz.

I am keeping one of them and selling the other, however, ideally I would like the faster CPU and Blu-Ray drive on the one machine. Not only that but I would also prefer the Z36 as it is the third generation model (in Australia) as opposed to the Z27 being second gen.

My question is, whether it is even worth the trouble to gain the 130Mhz and whether there was any significant changes from 2nd to 3rd generation in design, architecture, efficiency, etc?

At the end of the day I do want the Blu-Ray drive. Also, I plan to upgrade to a single SSD in the near future and have read on this forum that there are some issues with having an SSD with Blu-Ray but I am not sure why. Can someone please clear this up because if this is correct then I will also need to consider SSD vs Blu-Ray?

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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 :: New Vaio Windows 7 Upgrade

Nov 12, 2009

I recently purchased a VGN-SR490PBB which came with preinstalled XP Pro. According to all the literature, I am entitled to a Windows 7 Pro (32-bit) upgrade.

I proceeded to install the Recovery Media Kit that came with my laptop. The recovery media says basically, "Use this Recovery Kit to recover the preinstalled operating system and applications..."

It installed Vista Ultimate (64-Bit). I am being shipped the Windows 7 Pro (32-bit) upgrade from Mentor Media. So you can probably see the issue already, 64-Bit OS installed, 32-Bit upgrade disks in the mail. Not going to work.

So here's what happened so far (whole process below took 2-hours).

1. Chatted with a live person from Sony's Tech Support person, who directed me to Mentor Media .....

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Sony :: Vaio SR Window 7 Upgrade 64 Bit

Oct 25, 2009

Well basically I brought a Vista Busi. 64 Bit Laptop that included a Window Xp Prof. 32 Bit which I use since I always hated Vista. But now the Window 7 Prof. UPGRADE that I'm getting in a week or so is 64 Bit .....

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Sony :: VAIO TT 11LN Upgrade

Oct 1, 2009

I just thought I could share my recent experience regarding several changes I made to my Vaio TT.

I bought a Vaio TT11LN last year. I wonderful computer but the hell slow !!!
I ran a few benchmarks on the built-in 1.8" HDD. Let me show ya all how well it performs...

(originally it was running on Vista Home 32bits, 2GB RAM...)
Let me introduce the wonderful Toshiba MK1216GSG - 1.8" / 5400 RPM :
System : Win7 x64 / 1600MHz C2D SU9300 / 4GB DDR3-8500.
Antivirus & Microsoft Search indexer OFF

Err... I won't comment.
Now what ? Well I wanted to buy a photofast v3 but I could not find any. All resellers I mailed told me "sorry, dude but hold on, we're expecting smt better soon"... Well same answer for Intel's X18M. Out of stock or way too expensive. So I went to ebay and found my candidate :

KingSpec (uh ? whazzat ?) 128GB microsata. 150MB/s Read, 85MB/s write (specs)... Well waaaaaay better than the above right ?
I bought two of them as I intend to go for raid 0.
I bought those babies on Sept. 22nd from a chinese comp. and got them yesterday (free express shipping). I must say that I was expecting worse.
Plus, I got them duty free (19.6% off).

After buying them, I decided to take the laptop apart to check if everything was in place... I mean the ribbon connectors... I followed the tutorial on that
kunkoku website and especially those 3 pics .....

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Sony :: VAIO FZ Windows 7 Upgrade

Oct 24, 2009

I have a Sony VAIO VGN-FZ240E and found out on release day that Sony will not support me in upgrading my Windows Vista system to Windows 7. I had purchased a pre-release from Microsoft of the Home Premium version.

I have seen some replies in other treads that imply that some users have been partially successful and would like this tread to be the master for solutions. Do not use this tread to rant about Sony - even if you are mad as hell just like I am

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Sony :: Win 7 Upgrade With Vaio NW11 Z T

Dec 10, 2009

I just bought a Sony Vaio NW11Z/T laptop which has Windows Home Premium 32 bit installed. I am very happy with it (I got it for about 250 less than the new NW21) but obviously want to upgrade it to Windows 7.

I have read through most of the threads dealing with the many problems that can arise with drivers, etc and given that this a brand new laptop I don't want to do anything that will disable most of its functionality.

I have just bought a Windows 7 upgrade disk as well as I want to get Win 7 working befrore I go abroad for Christmas and didn't want to wait weeks for Sony to send me one through. The problem is that the Win 7 from Sony comes with a compiliation disk of drivers, etc whereas I don't have that right now.

I am minded to do a custom (clean) install of either the 32-bit or 64-bit, rather than simply upgrade it to get rid of most of the bloatware, etc.

Does anyone know if I can get ALL the drivers I need from Sony's website or is it safer to wait to get the disk from Sony (some posts I have read suggest that even then there may be problems with Fn keys, blu-ray drivers, etc. which seems crazy with a laptop released less than 6 months ago!). I am almost minded to take it back having read about all the complications but I am hoping that someone can point me in the right direction.

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Sony :: Vaio TZ SSD Upgrade Boot From 2.5HD

Mar 3, 2010

I am in the verge of upgrading my 64GB SAMSUNG SSD >> to a 128GB SSD

The options are down below :







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Sony :: Ram Upgrade Vaio AW11Z/B

Dec 9, 2009

I have a Vaio AW11Z/B and am currently running a 32-bit version of windows vista. I am going to upgrade to Windows 7 and am looking to install the 64-bit version as I can then use more ram. I would also like to know if I can upgrade my current ram from 2 x 2gb to 2 x 4gb,

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Sony :: Upgrade Vaio Z To Windows 7

Aug 30, 2009

Keeping in mind, not just speed, but battery usage, drivers compatibility, headaches, etc.

I have access to full professional version of Windows 7 dvd through our university, and am considering whether I should take this route.

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Sony :: Vaio SR590 BD Upgrade

Dec 11, 2009

I have a Sr 590 CTO

250 Gb HD
ATI 4570
Extended Battery

DVD RW (because Sony did a bait and switch on my BD drive )

What are the dimensions of any BD drive that I might want to upgrade this laptop with? Also what form factor and connector (SATA or PATA)

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Sony :: Vaio Z11 Bios Upgrade

May 6, 2009

Can the Z11 bios be upgraded with the Z31 bios, if so is there any advantage?

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Sony :: Vaio VGN-TZ190N/BCSSD Upgrade Possible?

Jun 14, 2009

I get a Vaio VGN-TZ190N/BC for my wife who will mostly use it for word documents and internet browsing. 32 GB memory and the speed is enough for those tasks however if possible I would like to increase storage space.

I will create a restore disk and later delete the hidden restore partition. I will also get rid of nearly all the preinstalled softwares.

If downgrading to XP will help save even more space I will do that too, risking some hardware not to function, however I think Sony having issued 30 xp driver files should have thought about everything

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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 :: 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 :: Vaio FW (VGN-FW56007B) Memory Upgrade

Mar 14, 2010

Considering buying a UK spec Vaio FW laptop. How easy is it to upgrade the memory on this?

From 4 to 8 GB. Looking at the spec on the Sony UK site it looks like it's already fitted with 2x2GB RAM

And would either of these brands be compatible? - or .....

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Sony :: VAIO W211 Memory Upgrade

May 20, 2010

Sony VAIO W211 comes with 1GB installed with max. upgrade limit of 2GB.

Can someone tell how easy or hard (as in Dell 1010, forget about doing it because you have to disassemble the whole thing) to upgrade the memory on this

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Sony :: Vaio Z Ultimate Upgrade Project

Jan 16, 2009


I am starting a massive update project on my Vaio Z now that I have collected all the necessary parts. My Z is a VGN-Z27GN and the current configuration is with a 2.53GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, BluRay burner and a 16GB Mtron Pro 7000 Solid State Drive (when I originally ordered it I a couple months ago I had the standard 320GB hard Disk replaced with the SSD). Though it's only 16GB it works for me as I only use it for the OS itself, all my data and files are on external disks.

My current upgrade project now that I've gathered all the parts is:
- X9100 3.06GHz Extreme Edition CPU
- Kingston HyperX low-latency DDR3 SODIMM 4GB
- Solidata X1 SSD 32GB (currently the fastest 240MB/s read, 220MB/s write SSD)

I am posting here a brief benchmark set on Everest with my current configuration and will after the upgrades repeat the tests. I am running Windows XP SP3. Boot-up takes approximately 14 seconds and overall as it is the system is extremely fast and ultra-responsive. As you can see by both the base system's performance and the current Mtron SSD, the numbers are really good as they are.

So, I am eager to see the tests results after the upgrade is complete.

Here's my dilemma:
I have no clue how to open the Vaio Z and get the CPU or the SSD inside (replacing the RAM is obviously a no-brainer). So, I would like to request help (ideally a step-by-step thing) on how to crank the Z open to access the CPU and the HD compartment. I do not have the faintest clue on how to do it.

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Sony :: Vaio FW Bluetooth With Windows 7 Upgrade

Nov 13, 2009

I have a Vaio FW450 and I just finished the windows 7 upgrade. Just the upgrade, not a clean install. Everything works flawless except the bluetooth. The computer can't detect it's bluetooth hardware. I tried installing the driver from esupport, but still no luck. how I can get this working?

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Sony :: Has Vaio Windows 7 Upgrade Program Started

Oct 24, 2009

i preregistered my vaio fw 41m/h that i bought in july for a free windows 7 upgrade. I then immediately received the confirmation mail saying that i was registered for the program. but so far thats the only mail i've received [ and it was a whole two months ago]. anyone received any follow up mails with more details yet?

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