I want to upgrade my notebook to 2Gbt ram but need info on how to open it without damage, no one seems to have a service manual for it. I'm quite conversant with PC's but this is my first notebook. can you help me at all.
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Hi, The system takes PC133 SDRAM, as far as i know without performing a BIOS flash it can take up to 1GB (2x512MB) most of these PC's are restricted to 2x256 so a BIOS flash could be imminent in this case.
I'm not a guru, but your predicament is pretty simple. Depending on your OS (XP 32 bit, XP 64 bit, Vista), the OS will be able to recognize a certain amount of RAM. XP 64 Bit will be able to recognize up to 6GB of RAM. Vista, I have no Idea. 32 Bit, what you're seeing right now.
Sorry for wasting a bit of money on that last stick.
You need to remove all the screws from the back also, then remove the cover to the rear on the bottom and remove the wireless card (make note as to connection colours) and there is 2 (I think) screws under there, then one also under the battery, then the whole top opens up.
Make sure you have removed all screws from the bottom case, including the four under the rubber feet at the rear.
This was the most awful laptop I have ever worked on!
The RAM is behind the system cover, and rather then try and explain things, as I seem to have a hard time doing with others, I will direct you to your user manual, it has instructions on upgrading the RAM.
If you've misplaced, or did not receive, your manual, it is available from the Sony Website, and a direct link to product home page is http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/model-documents.pl?mdl=PCVW600G
Click on the VIAO User's Manual, it will pop open a new window and the manual will take a few mins to load. Be sure you have Adobe Reader installed to view the file as well. You will find a section marked 'Upgrading your VIAO' with a set of specific instructions to upgrade and change your RAM.
if you can't even access the bios, the first thing i'd do is to try and reload it. open your computer, find your motherboard, and find the little cmos switch.change it's position, wait a for 30 secs, the flip it back in the previous position. if your computer still won't start, then your motherboard is prolly faulty and you need to get a new one.
your ram can be removed by first pressing down the little switches on either side of the thingy that holds the ram, and then gently removing it. when you put in the new ram, make sure your pc is placed so that you're putting the ram in from above. then just gently squeeze it in and flip the switches back. you should hear a click.