I have an old SONY VAIO pcg-fx270 which is used for travelling purposes. I have installed KUBUNTU and have problem with LCD. Somehow I can't get the whole picture, just the inner square is presented. There must be some problems with the drivers or some specifics on sony LCD screen or something else ....
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Hi astraspirit2. The Sony Vaio PCG-F190 uses 66MHz type memory and usually ships from Sony with 32/64MB of RAM. The Vaio PCG-F190 supports up to 192MB of RAM.
Most laptops have the memory compartment (at least the expansion socket or both) at the bottom. Flip the computer and you will see a little compartment (sometimes it even has a little chip logo). You will need a phillips #0 or #1 screwdriver. It's really simple, you insert the memory in the socket at an angle and then push it towards the laptop. I hope this helps.
As stated in your post "two year old may have dropped it"
If this is true than the backlight has probably been damaged. The small flourescent tubes that generate light through the LCD display.
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Hi, Memory Upgrade for Sony VAIO
PCG-K35 Laptop, the Sony VAIO PCG-K35 Laptop takes the PC2100 DDR SDRAM
SODIMMs Memory Type, and comes installed with 512 MB = 256 MB
(removable) + 256 MB (removable) of Memory. You can upgrade your
Sony VAIO PCG-K35 Laptop to up to a maximum of 1.0 GB Memory, the
system has 2 sockets to install Memory, already with 512 MB = 256 MB
(removable) + 256 MB (removable) standard Memory installed. For best
Laptop performance use the maximum amount of allowed Memory per slot
for your Laptop.
Yes, it is a switching power supply meaning that it automatically detects 120v (US) or 240v (EU) voltage. The only thing you might need is an adapter to convert the actual plug in from US to EU standards; they can be picked up for just a few dollars.
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I was going to suggest overheating before I read your own diagnosis; Yes, sound like the fan, but you can check by opening up and watching it. Or install temperature monitoring software such as Speefan; If it is the fan it may well be that there is only one possible replacement - officially. But it is usually possible to cannibalize something cheaper to suit your purpose!