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You shouldn't need to remove the board to change the battery.
Just to be sure,this is a desktop and not a laptop,right?
If so,remove the side panel,or open the case if it opens without panels coming off.You'll see the battery somewhere on the board,it's about the size of a quarter and will be a CR2032.Just remember which side goes in first.
Your system uses an IDE Hard drive interface, so make sure the hard drive you get has an IDE interface. I believe there is no limit to the capacity size. I would also recommend going to Sony support and search for a BIOS update. This will make sure that any limits on drive capacity are resolved.
I have a PCV-W20 and I had the issues with the flickering screen and
blackouts. After reading a few postings i discovered the issue was a
faulty CCFL. There are two in this unit. I did not know that when I
ordered just one. When it arrived I had already taken the unit apart
and was ready to replace the lamp. After soldering the connections the
figuring out how to put the unit back together, it worked! After
replacing the CCFL lamp the unit does not experience blackouts.
I mentioned this unit has two CCFL lamps. When I pulled it out I
noticed one was a little darker than the other. I figured this was the
one that was bad, and luckily it was.
I do have a line running
across the screen now which I have not been able to figure out. Maybe
it has something to do with the light escaping from the side. I'm not
Actually its not any of the above solutions. The W20 is Sonys all in one unit answer to apples iMac. I have a PCV-W20 and the computer will boot up show the windows logo for a split second and the backlight goes out, if you hit del and f4 to go into the bios it will get to the bios screen for a fraction of a second and turn off aswell. I pulled the backpanel apart and reset the cmos, nothing changed so I thought it was a bad backlight and replaced it. Actually its the video inverter board that is bad. Its a known issue with these because they run hot, however the part to replace it from sony is $375.... I have been looking on ebay and around for a 3rd party part but havnt been able to find one for the last 6 months.