I have a VAIO SZ series laptop which got the typical video isue with Nvidia GPU (vertical lines). I was very disaponted from what I read and from the 750-1000 Euro repair cost that sony Greece (I live in Greece) offered me so I started looking for a motherboard on ebay. I was very lucky and surprised to find a company offering a repair service for my laptop located in Greece. I bought the service for 200Euro I packed the laptop and send them my pick up info.
Next day a courier picked up my laptop and 10 days later it was returned fully functional and they even solved the problem with the noisy fan! This happened one week ago and today they even refunded 50Euro of my payment because I am located in Greece and the offered price was calculated for shipping in EU! So it actually costed me only 150Euro in total!
Checing their listing I show that they are offering repair services for FZ series laptops for much less but they are asking to send them only half of the laptop. Anyway I prefer not to mention the company's name but if you check on ebay.co.uk for VAIO SZ video repair you should find them and maybe more proffesionals closer to you who could repair your laptop for a fruction of what sony is asking.
I own a Sony Vaio Laptop, VGN-FZ21M. This laptop comes with a NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT GPU Graphics card.
Originally, the laptop came with Windows Vista. I had no problems there. Once Windows 7 came out, I upgraded. Problems started there, with Windows not recognizing my video card correctly. It was displayed not as NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT, but as a Standard VGA Graphic Adapter.
At the time, the problem was more or less easily solved. I downloaded the drivers from NVIDIA, but I wasn't able to do a direct install (an error would occur). So I updated the Graphic card manually, by browsing the disk and chosing the nvmt.inf file that came within the drivers given by NVIDIA on their website, as the file to update my Graphic card with.
This worked out perfectly. My Graphic card was updated and working as great as ever.
However, more recently, I decided to format my laptop, and give it a clean Windows 7 install. I did this because my laptop was giving some graphical weirdies. I thought a format would solve it. It didn't.................
Will the new Z refresh ever get GT430M? The desktop version of Nvidia 4xx has already been released. I think it won't be long for the mobile version to be released.
I am planning to get a new laptop around August or September but I don't mind waiting for a couple of months if I can get GT430M. However, if the GPU will never get an update, I think I'll buy the Z earlier since I don't think there will be much of an update before August. From what I see on the old Z, the GPU never got updated. However this time the GPU on Z is a little behind with no DirectX 11 support.
I've been eyeing a Vaio Z-series (555 or the the 590 online-only in Canada) but I want to make absolutely sure that it contains a nVidia card (9300M GS 256MB).
When I go to the stores to look at the store model (Sony store & Best Buy), in Device Manager and Display setting, I only see the Intel Mobile graphics chips. No where on the system does it appear to say that it contains a nVidia card. I tried using the Stamina/Speed slider to see if there was a different (setting it to Speed), and the graphics card still says INTEL.
For all those who own a laptop from this series, what do you see?
Do *all* Vaio Z-series have a nVidia or only certain ones? Is it just a driver/software issue for the ones at the stores?
my vaio z21wn/b with hybrid graphics (nvidia 9300m en intel gpu) wont allow me to output graphics trough HDMI on a 720p tv. However, when i connect the laptop to a 1080p tv trough HDMI it does work.. strange huh?
i've tried several drivers (Nvidia, sony presentation helper, sony control center) and display resolutions, but i cant manage to get it working..
i have managed to install Windows7 in my 3years old Vaio VGN-FE31M laptop. so i just need the nvidia graphics card driver now. i have tried the latest one from nvidia website, but its not compatible. my nvidia is Nvidia Geforcego 7600.
What i have; I have, as the title sais, a Vaio VPCZ11Z9E with the hybrid graphic system. The drivers i use are the latest ones published by Sony.
The problem; When i have my computer on stamina mode ie. not using the nvidia geforce card and i right click my desktop to reach the meny for personalize, create new folders etc the meny shows up instantly, no delay at all.
When i have the switch to speed, using my nvidia geforce card(which always use while at work and plugged in) the right click on desktop has delay/lag to show the meny, the windows 7 thinking animation shows up, for up to 3 seconds before it actually pops up.
My conclusion is of course, that it has to do withe nevidia card/drivers.
Are there any solution to this? Does anyone else have the problem? Should i do a total reset with the recovery tool?
One of the most troublesome consequences of downgrading your VAIO to Windows XP is not being able to adjust the screen brightness using the F5/F6 keys.
This tutorial aims to (i) resolve that issue, and (ii) retain the ability to adjust brightness when you update to the latest LaptopVideo2Go drivers. The below methods have been tested on VAIO FZ, FW, and NS laptops with NVIDIA GeForce 8X00M cards, and they are working flawlessly with the LV2G 190.15 driver.
Part 1: Enabling Fn Brightness Control
Skip this step if your brightness control is already working
In order to be able to use the brightness control on a XP-Downgraded machine, you need:
1. VAIO Event Service Hotfix (Which updates the VESConfig.ini file for the VAIO Event Service) -> You can get this at[url]. -> If you have an FZ, you can use the VESConfig.ini I have attached
2. NVIDIA Driver with Customised nv4_disp.inf (Refer to Part 2)............
I have a VGN-FZ21E with nVIDIA Ge Force 8400M GT graphics card and Vista OS. For some unknown reason, the HDMI and S-Video outputs to my Sony TV have stopped working. Has anyone any idea as to what the reason might be please? I have checked the TV inputs and they are working OK.
CPU:c2duo T5450 GPU:inbuilt intel graphics media accelerator RAM 1gb [no heavy processes running when tested]
OS: vista home premium ....
see the crappy video displayed #SNAPSHOT# from a good Q video from youtube : I DID FULL SCREEn > [url]
YOUTUBE LINK : metallica live
I CHECKED IN MY DESKTOP(with P4 ,512mb ram,ASUS P5v motherboard, inbuilt graphics card) IT PLAYS SMOOTH... SEE THE SQUARES IN THE IMAGE EDGES .
aLSO- > lappy displays badly any video less than DVD Q video,played with VLC or whatever [good in dvd rip AVI files] see squares etc.. i loaded ffd show too for vlc but no use .. the video comes with squares if it is a little poor.
Im interested in purchasing a Vaio Y notebook, but considering its processor being only 1.3ghz, and having integrated graphics, im wondering if it will perform sluggish during heavy usage. I do not do any gaming, but i do Heavy web surfing (open lots of tabs at once), and watch HD video online (Hulu, Youtube etc). Also, i convert many video files for my iPod, and download many videos, and audio through the internet as well. could anyone comment on how would this perform during these types of uses?
I have an Aspire One 6cell, and have had a terrible experience with it. Let me start by giving you what happened until now...
On January 12, I purchased an Aspire One here in Belgium. It's a model with a 6cell battery, QWERTY keyboard.
The next day when I'm charging it, the LED indicator, which was red, indicating that the system was still charging, all of a sudden, turned off. The laptop, was on on that moment was on and Windows noticed that the system went on battery power. However, I hadn't touched the cables or anything, it just stopped charging. After 15-30 minutes, it started charging again. It seemed something had to discharge or so before it went on. I tested in another plug. Nothing. I removed the battery and tried switching it on: again nothing (which made me think it had nothing to do with the battery).
I called the shop and they said it had to return to Acer, which could take up to 4 weeks. I was a bit dissapointed by that, so I called Acer instead. They told that it was a known problem on the motherboard, they would come pickup the system and I would have it back a few days later.
So they came, about a week later, they returned it. On the warranty note, it said: no problem found, bios updated. I retested the system, after a day, it did it again. So I called Acer again. They would come again to pick up the machine.
Again, a week or so later, it returned, only to find that again, they didn't fix the problem. On top of that, the cover of the laptop was severly scratched. I called them again, they would fix it this time for sure.
Again, it came back. It worked fine for about 2 weeks... Then, the same problem came back: while charging, it stopped charging. I was completely stunned, so I went back to the store where I bought it. They would take care of it............
I'm experiencing some weird flashes, driver stops working and recovered, random distorting dots etc recently. I'm 99% sure its the video card's problem. Luckily the display card can be exchanged. But before going ahead to change it I wanna ensure its video's fault. So I wonder theres any way I can turn off the NVIDIA 8600M GT ,use the intel graphic instead, and see if I still get any of those problems.
I don't seem to find any option in BIOS letting me to do so.
I updated to 10.5.7 and it runs quite well however I noticed a flaw of video flashing and I wanted to confirm this with others. In Stacks I use the Applications folder in list view. I have a long list of applications so I always have to scroll to go through all of them. When I use two finger scrolling to zip through them I see flashes of video artifacts while two finger scrolling. This only happens when you have enough apps in list view to require scrolling to see them all. For example, with no windows open I click the Applications folder and begin rapidly two finger scrolling through list view and I can see artifacts of the desktop flashing within the list view box. Anyone else notice this after the update? I have already reformatted and installed nothing but my basic apps and still see this.
Apple mentioned that they updated the Nvidia drivers for the unibody Macs. I have a Macbook Air.