Question about Sony VAIO Computers & Internet
Laptop on, shine a flashlight at the LCD screen at various angles.
If you see a faint image the problem is the Backlight, or screen Inverter.
90 PERCENT OF THE TIME the fault can be attributed to a bad screen Inverter.
(IF the laptop uses a screen Inverter.
CCFL backlighting uses a screen Inverter.
LED backlighting may, or may Not use a screen Inverter)
No faint images?
See if the problem is the graphics chipset, or Video Cable, or inside the Display Assembly.
Laptop OFF, monitor OFF, connect a VGA monitor to the VGA port, on the laptop.
This is an example of a VGA Cable, and VGA connector, (port),
Scroll down a little for cable example.
You can use a CRT type of monitor, (Looks like a small TV), or a flat LCD screen monitor if it has a VGA cable.
Turn the monitor on. If a CRT type of monitor allow it to warm up.
Turn the laptop on.
By factory default settings, the display should show on the external VGA monitor.
There are at least 3 display options available;
1) Internal monitor of laptop ONLY
2) Internal monitor of laptop AND external VGA monitor
3) External VGA monitor ONLY
Hold the Fn key down, and at the same time tap once on the F8 key. (The F8 key is the Display Toggle-Over key)
Still no display on external VGA monitor?
Hold the Fn key down again, and tap once more on the F8 key.
No display on external monitor, suggests a problem with the graphics chipset.
Most of the time the graphics chipset itself isn't the problem.
It is due to inadequate cooling for the graphics chipset, and this causes a problem with the MOUNTING, of the graphics chipset TO motherboard. (BGA surface mount)
If this is found to be the problem I will go into more detail.
I don't believe that is your problem, but there is NO guessing here.
We are following a diagnostic flowchart.
Good graphics on the external VGA monitor, means there is a problem with the Video Cable, or inside the Display Assembly.
A) Video Cable connections can be loose.
Connection at motherboard side, or connection of small cable to screen Inverter from Video Cable, (IF it uses a screen Inverter), or connection at back of LCD screen.
A LOT of times a loose connection can cause what you are seeing.
Video Cable could be damaged. Wires inside stretched/broken.
Inside the Display Assembly:
Video Cable checks out after a continuity test, then the screen Inverter is next in the diagnosis. (IF a screen Inverter is used)
Screen Inverter proves to be good, the problem is the LCD screen.
NO screen Inverter is used, the problem is the LCD screen.
Sony drives me crazy with their model numbering system.
What is the other model number on the bottom of the laptop?
Start with a VGN?
Post back in a Comment.
Once I have a model number I can deal with, I will post back with step by step info, and additional manual information.
(Service Manual. Perhaps pictorial guides, and video/s)
[Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C.
The I.C., or chipset for graphics, is the graphics chipset; or more properly known as the G.P.U.
Graphics Processing Unit,
Posted on Jan 22, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
go to this URL:
look for the driver you need by model number.
Posted on Jun 03, 2009
Only do this if you feel competent in doing so.
Pulling apart laptops is not for the faint of heart.
If you really must do it there are some good guides here.
An alternative is to get a can of compressed air used to clean computers. Put the nozzle on and spray it in every hole you can see without putting the nozzle itself inside the laptop.
Do this outside with glasses on.
You may also want to remove the hard drive and ROM drive.
Take a peek here for more ideas of what is involved.
There are a few are tips for various things in there.
DON'T touch the CPU cooler unless you know what you are doing and have some thermal grease for CPUs to hand.
To make newer laptops last longer between cleaning a good 3 fan cooling pad is suggested.
never use a laptop on soft surfaces as the ventilation can act as a mini vacuum cleaner and encourage dirt build up.
Soft surfaces also block the vents causing fans to run more and burn out sooner.
Hope this gives you the information you need
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Posted on Dec 13, 2009
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