Question about Sony VAIO VGN-S460 Notebook

1 Answer

Vaio VGN-S460 won't boot

I am trying to help my sister-in-law fix her Sony Vaio. She has had it for about 3-4 years I think. When you turn it on, you get the Sony screen but it won't boot and the hard drive keeps making clicking noises. It then goes to the bios which requires a password. She had no restore disk. Apparently the restore stuff is on a partition on the hard drive and she never made a backup disk. She also has no idea what the bios password is. So I'm stuck. I think the hard drive is probably bad. Does anyone know how to get into the bios and/or get the thing to boot from the DVD drive without getting into the BIOS? I was able to disassemble the computer and remove the hard drive but I found out it's an SATA drive and I don't have an adapter so I can't even test it externally.

Posted by on

  • spcdykstra Nov 28, 2008

    I'm guessing I'll have to replace the hard drive for sure. What I'm hoping to be able to do is either figure out a way to get into the bios past the password or get the thing to at least boot from the DVD drive. I tried holding F12 and that didn't work. I suspect there's something in the bios that allows you to change the boot device, but since I can't get in...

  • spcdykstra Dec 06, 2008

    Well, I changed the hard drive, and now the laptop goes straight to the password rather than clicking for a while, so I suspect the hard drive was part of the problem, but now I still can't do anything because I can't get past the bios password and I can't even get the doggone thing to boot from any other device to try to re-load windows.



1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.


    An expert that hasĀ over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 2 times.

  • Expert
  • 93 Answers

Maybe simply buy another SATA HDD to replaced faulty one, which you said it came with "clicking noises".

you also can try hold tee 'C" or "F12" when you power on the laptop to get from DVD booting.

Posted on Nov 28, 2008


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

How to Boot Sony Vaio VGN-S460 Laptop without CD/DVD ROM and With bootable USB

If the BIOS does not have the USB as one of the boot options then you cannot boot up with an USB memory stick.
In this case you need to replace the CD/DVD drive with a new one.

Jan 17, 2013 | Sony VAIO CS VGN-CS220J/T Notebook

1 Answer


Hello Hisham,

If you are looking for drivers for your Sony VAIO VGN-S460, the following should help you.

This link will direct you to the official Sony support website for this model where you can find the requested drivers,

Please do note that this laptop is designed and released for Windows XP, so the drivers proposed on the site are for Windows XP.

Hope this helps you finding the needed drivers.

Jul 03, 2011 | Sony VAIO VGN-S460 Notebook

2 Answers

Sony vaio vgn s460 - severely virus infected. Wouldnt let any scans be run. Tried a few methods on the internet (bootable rescue,spybot, avg free scan, etc). Windows gets loaded but a downloaded program...

See if you can boot in Safe mode. If yes, then once up in safe mode uninstall all existing anti virus software's that you have installed. Then download Microsoft Security Essentials. But hope you are using a licensed OS. Download, install, update and then restart. Then do a full scan. This should solve your virus issues

Mar 12, 2010 | Sony VAIO VGN-S460 Notebook

3 Answers

Sony vaio fan is making a grinding noise, how can i fix this?

The sony VGN-S460 seems to have an inherent problem with their cpu fans. It is apparent that the fan uses a ball bearing system which over time becomes worn and causes the grinding sound.

The only solution is to replace the entire fan assembly as they are inseparable.

Nov 15, 2009 | Sony VAIO VGN-S460 Notebook

1 Answer

Sony vaio VGN-s460 when I power up, the vaio screen pops up , then nothing. Any help appreciated

if you recently installed a software or a component, that caused the issue. if removing it or a system restore while on safe mode did not work, please consult the link below for some laptop DIYs

Sep 13, 2009 | Sony VAIO VGN-S460 Notebook

1 Answer

Have vaio VGN-S460, window 7. Can't get internet

Windows 7 is still a beta and Sony probably doesn't make drivers yet for the network adapter on that computer. You might be able to install the windows vista or xp drivers and that may work. You might have to manually install these drivers, however.

Jul 09, 2009 | Sony VAIO VGN-S460 Notebook

1 Answer

I need steps to replace Fan for my Sony VAIO VGN-S460

the fan is screwed together with the motherboard, the only way i figured is to separate it is completely unscrew the motherboard, cd drives.....then unscrew the fan from the bottom side of the motherboard....

i took the fan out just today, wantted to add some lubricating oil to it, but then can't manage to separate the blades & expose the centre

how much did the replacement fan cost? i am in canada, not even sure sony stores here have it.

Dec 25, 2008 | Sony VAIO VGN-S460 Notebook

1 Answer



Oct 23, 2008 | Sony VAIO VGN-S460 Notebook

2 Answers


check adapter output also may be problem with dc socket on laptop loose or somthing.

Apr 11, 2007 | Sony VAIO VGN-S460 Notebook

Not finding what you are looking for?
Sony VAIO VGN-S460 Notebook Logo

220 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Sony Computers & Internet Experts

Les Dickinson
Les Dickinson

Level 3 Expert

18425 Answers

Alun Cox

Level 3 Expert

2678 Answers

Donald DCruz
Donald DCruz

Level 3 Expert

17130 Answers

Are you a Sony Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides