Sony :: FW490 (desc. Inside) Or Wait For FW590

Oct 13, 2009

I was about to Order FW490 from sonyStyle but while i'm searching about it i found this forum and the upcoming FW590

this is my customization.:

* 16.4" widescreen with XBRITE-FullHD™ LCD technology (1920x1080)
* 250GB SATA Hard Disk Drive [5400 rpm] *will be replaced by Vertex SSD which already have.
* Large Capacity Battery
* WLAN (802.11a/b/g/n) with integrated Bluetooth® technology
* ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD4650 graphics card with 1GB vRAM-great for games and movies
* Engraving
* Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor P8700 (2.53GHz)
* CD/DVD playback/burning
* Chocolate Brown
* Microsoft® Windows Vista® Home Premium 64-bit
* 4GB DDR2-SDRAM (DDR2-800, 2GBx2)
and this will cost me $1,139.62

now as i read here maybe at 10/20 or 10/27, SonyStyle will but FW590 online!, but don't know will be for Ready or just "Coming Soon"?

Do you think FW590 deserve the waiting and i should cancel the idea of buying this?
I hope the FW590 is same price and the FW490, and also i get tired of thinking about the LCD in the FW590 will be LED or not which is like FW490?

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Sony :: FW590 Up On Style

Oct 18, 2009

The updated FW590's are now up on sonystyle. I don't see anything new besides Win 7 and some different colors. There is a new "nebula" design with a graphic on the back, but that doesn't really appeal to me.

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Sony :: Are My Z Specs Alright- Is 1080P Res Worth The Wait

Mar 23, 2010

I am an owner of the old Z series(690) and have loved it ever since day 1. I think my only gripe was the gpu felt at times a bit weak for me, but that was to be expected. In general, it handled nearly all my tasks fine.

I am going to now be purchasing the new Z1190 CTO series. Right now, my specs are set to i7-620m, Win7 Professional, Silver, 4GB RAM, 192GB SSD. Is there any options you guys think I should change, such as an increase in RAM, or a decrease in something else, etc.

The only reason I have not purchased the laptop yet is because of 2 things, firstly is the 1600x900 resolution. I love the resolution, and while, sometimes, I find some things a bit small, overall everything is readable and fits well. When I heard they were having 1920x1080, that definitely got me excited. While I do not want to opt for the signature series Z, I am sure 1920x1080 will eventually come after a refresh.

Do you think it is worth waiting for the high resolution?

Is it worth it..or do you prefer the 1600x900?

Are there any major pros or cons to switching 1080p or is there not a large difference.

Lastly, the nvidia 330m, I do not know too much about. Most of the things I do on the computer, are not very graphic intensive, (light photoshopping, programming, etc) but will the Z with the specs I listed be able to run some games at decent settings with not everything turned down like the 9300?

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Sony :: Vaio FW590 "Eco Vs Full HD"

Nov 23, 2009

I was planning to buy FW 490, but since FW 590 came out with Win7. I'm about to buy FW 590 CTO. I don't live in the States, so I'm not able to go Sony shop and check FW series. I've a few questions. I'll really appreciate your quick answers.

1-Sony used to call the cheaper lower resolution screen as 'ECO' screen.
But now they call it 16.4" VAIO Display (1600x900). So those are both Eco?

2-Can anybody who has seen fw590 (with 1600x900) closely tell me please? As far as I have read from some posts of the forum, it says the colours are pale and it is dark. Is it really that bad? Isn't it a glossy screen? or is it just that, the people think 1600x900 is bad in comparison with a full hdresolution?

3- I will be using the laptop for gaming, So which resolution should I choose? (1600x900) or HD display (1920x1080)?

I know if I choose HD display, 1920X1080 will make the text very small and it will be very difficult to read. I don't mind that. I've read all the pages but I'm still not decided between the two res screens.

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Sony :: FW490 CTO Is Out

Jun 26, 2009

what screens are most people buying here? 1920x1080 or 1600X900 ?

I don't need a blueray player I think!

I won't be playing any movies on it. I played 1/2 movie on my last and hooked to tv for fun but never played another.

It has the option for (fresh start) or (no fresh start) does this matter ?

I don't want the bloatware and I have my own Vista Ultra Full, I'd put in.

I'm buying the 160 gig with my intention on putting in my own 200 gig 7200 HD

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Sony :: Underclocking GPU On Fw490

Aug 26, 2009

I have tried a slew of overclocking programs including rivatuner and ati tool, to try to underclock my gpu for better battery life. They usually give errors about a unsigned driver installing but I boot with signed driver checking disabled. Has anyone been successful over/underclocking the gpu on a fw490?

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Sony :: FW490 Can't Boot From USB

Aug 13, 2009

I've been trying to boot from USB in my new Soy FW490 but nothing happens.

Can anyone confirm that Sony VAIO laptops can't boot from USB ports?

Does anyone know how to enable this option in BIOS?

what function key should I press?

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Sony :: Drivers- FW490

Aug 30, 2009

I just ran PCPitstop on my FW490 (running Vista Home Premium 64 bit), and the Driver recommendations report listed two drivers which they suggest changing:

1) Realtek High Definition Audio current driver is , to proposed driver

2) Marvell Yukon 88E8055 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller current driver is to proposed driver

The recommended drivers do not appear on the Sony eSupport site for my specific model (VGN-FW490CJ).

Should I leave well enough alone, or is Sony not posting the most current drivers for my Vaio.

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Sony :: Vaio VGN-FW490 Or FW378DH

Jul 7, 2009

I am in the process of deciding which laptop PC to purchase. I had decided on a Dell Studio XPS 16, but then received a suggestion on this site that a vaio FW series could fit my needs.

I dropped in on a Sony Style store and they have the FW378 DH in stock. I also called the online Sony store and they suggested the FW490.

The differences in the two PC's were:
1) the processors: The FW378 came with a P8600 at 2.40GHZ, and the FW490 with the P8800 at 2.66GHZ

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Sony :: Laptop Cooler For FW490

Sep 5, 2009

What is a good and relatively inexpensive one

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Sony :: FW490 Warranty Out Of The Country

Aug 8, 2009

I want to order myself a FW490 but the problem is I have to go study in London soon and the warranty wont cover outside the us. This is really problematic and possibly force me to go back to buy dell. but I was just wondering about the possible option I can do. Would it be possible to buy a warranty in the UK?

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Sony :: Device Manager- FW490

Sep 6, 2009

I have an FW490, and noticed when looking at the device manager that under Portable Devices that there was a problem. There is a warning beside something called "R5C592". When I checked under properties it says Device type: Portable Device, Manufacturer: Ricoh, Location: on UMBus Enumerator.

Under device status it says: "Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged. (Code 19)
Click 'Check for solutions' to send data about this device to Microsoft and to see if there is a solution available."

I checked for solutions and couldn't find anything. My PC seems to be running fine. Is it possible that it could be that I used a USB key that is causing this problem?

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Sony :: Speaker Volume On FW490

Jul 22, 2009

I notice a significant difference in volume levels on my FW490. When listening to music via iTunes, or to Sirius online, the levels are adequate. However when I watch a dvd (Bluray or regular), even after turning the speaker volume as high as it will go, the volume is very weak. Is this normal? Headphone volume is fine btw. Is there a setting that boost volume when playing dvd's? Otherwise I will be buying notebook speakers.

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Dell :: Studio XPS 16 Vs. Sony Vaio FW490

Jul 7, 2009

I currently have the SXPS 16 but am thinking about returning it and ordering the FW490 instead. I'm actually on my second SXPS and both computers just run way too hot when in normal room temperature.

On my current machine I also have a few stuck pixels on the bottom of the screen that you can really only see against black backgrounds.

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Sony :: FN Keys Windows XP For FW490 Not Working

Jul 13, 2009

There are so many post but none for the FW490. Has anyone downgraded and successfully been able to get their FN keys working,

particulary the ones to control the brightness

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Sony :: FW490 CTO 4650: Clock Speed Only 450/600

Aug 20, 2009

I ordered a FW490 CTO w/ P8700, 4650 1GB, 4GB RAM, Vista 64, etc. Anyways, I was a little disappointed with how well it ran Americas Army 3. I downloaded and ran GPUZ, and I got some interesting results... It says that my 4650 uses GDDR3 memory, which is apparently the best setup for the card, but it also reports that my clock speed is 450 MHz, and my memory clock speed is 600 MHz. From everything I have gathered, that is below what most 4650 Mobilitys are at... what gives? What are the speeds of everyone elses 4650?

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Aug 12, 2009

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Is it a good idea to regularly run the laptop off the battery? Is keeping the laptop plugged in for long periods of time OK? What should I do to ensure that my battery lasts.

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Sony :: Vaio FW490- Soud- When Playing Blu Ray Through TV

Dec 25, 2009

I have a Vaio FW490. I took it with me on vacation. When I realized that the LCD TV in the place I am staying had an HDMI connection, and that there was no blu ray player, I decided to connect my laptop to the TV via the HDMI. I had no problem with the video, once I discovered that I needed to shut off the laptop display. The sound was fine for all of the various previews on the Blu ray dvd. But once it started playing the movie, which was in DTS 5.1 audio, there was no sound. It played sound when I chose the directors comments, but I was unable to get any sound when the dts track was chosen. This occurred with 2 blu ray movies. I checked my sound settings while the hdmi was connected and it showed "digital audio HDMI (ATI HDMI audio) as the default device.

Is it just not possible to play a blu ray dvd from my laptop to a TV via hdmi only? Do I need a separate audio connection?

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Oct 7, 2009

I may be over-reacting here, but I just realized that I can access the Internet from my VAIO FW490 via Bluetooth tethering using my LG Vu.

No special tools or software needed, except the Broadcom Bluetooth Driver from Sony eSupport. It's really quite handy if you plan to take your laptop on the road.

Here is a simple guide.

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Jul 20, 2009

I just recieved my Sony Vaio FW490 today. After uninstalling the trial version of Office 2007 (student version), windows refuses to boot normally. I tried several system resores without success.

Although it said that the restore worked properly, I kept rebooting to repair windows or vaio restore center or something like that. I finally called Sony tech support, and they walked me through restoring the C drive to its original state option

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I was asking about the difference between XBRITE-ECO and XBRITE-FullHD. To my surprise, the rep told me the XBRITE-FullHD is LED backlit (which I think it's not true). I ask her to confirm that and she came back with the same answer.

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I am about to order a Sony Vaio FW490, and I would like to know how much of a difference visually that these 2 screens are. I know that the FullHD obviously looks better, but how much better exactly? And is it worth the extra $100 or so?

I have yet to see a FullHD screen at the Best Buy near me so it is difficult for me to compare the two. I have also heard that the FullHD screen is not adequate for gaming. Is this true? I am not a hardcore gamer by any means, but I did plan on playing some of my new games like Street Fighter 4 occasionally. In addition, a 1920x1080 resolution does seem quite large for a 16.4" screen. Can anybody provide some sort of screenshot of the FullHD screen?

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