Sony Vaio Notebook, PCGK74/PCG9R3P hardaware issues.
Hey man, im tryin to set this computer up for playin World of Warcraft on, i have just done a fresh reinstall of windowsxp home and have SP3 installed.
Comp Info :
Microprocessor Intel Celeron Processor 2.80 GHz Standard memory (MB): 512 MB Memory specifications DDR-SDRAM (2 x 256 MB / max. 1 GB with 2 x 512 MB) Cache memory (L2 - KB) :128 Hard disk (GB): 40 GB Optical drives: DVD/CDRW Display size:15" TFT XGA 1024x768 (Ultra Bright) Graphics chipset: ATI RADEON(TM) IGP 345M Graphics memory:64 (UP TO 128) 3 x USB 2.0 Memory Stick(TM) Slot (MS Pro compatible);TV out;RJ-45 direct port - built-in Ethernet 10 BASE-T/100 BASE-TX Built-in modem V.92, K56 flex, PC card slots: 1 PCMCIA type I or 1 PCMCIA type II Cards and Cardbus support
Now for some reason, after i have finished instaling windows, it trys to locate new hardware. It says my VGA drivers cannot be installed and i cannot find any drivers automatically or manually thru net. Why is it not letting me see/read the ati device thats meant to be in here. It was wroking before i reinstalled and suddenly its all gone. Wat do i do???
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Hi Sony notebook computers must be taken apart to reset the BIOS password to the factory default when the current password is forgotten or simply unavailable. A small battery inside the computer must be removed for a period of time in order for the password to reset. This requires notebook repair skills specific to Sony notebooks, and should only be attempted by a technician who is familiar with the process of taking Sony notebooks apart and putting them back together without damaging the parts. Two way to remove BIOS password. 1) Soft reset2) Hard reset Soft Reset BIOSpasswords can be reset in two ways, 1. using software 2. using hardware.
I would first try resetting using software, here are two software's to reset orretrieve BIOS passwords.
!BIOS- is a PC BIOS toolkit offering password removal/decrypt and BIOS settingsmodification/backup/restore.
Step 1 Back up the hard drive to optical discs, an external hard drive or a network location to safeguard any important files.Step 2 Shut down the computer by clicking "Start" (Windows Orb) and choosing "Shut Down."Step 3 Disconnect the Sony notebook power adapter cable from the wall and from the back of the laptop.Step 4 Close the lid and flip the notebook over to expose the bottom screws and compartments.Step 5 Remove the main battery from the bottom of the Sony notebook.Step 6 Remove the compartment covers for the RAM and the hard drive.Step 7 Remove the hard drive by unscrewing the bracket that holds the drive in place and pulling gently on the drive until it disengages from the socket.Step 8 Remove the RAM by spreading the small metal retention clips that hold it into place, and then pivoting the RAM up slightly and pulling it out of the sockets.Step 9 Remove each of the small screws from the bottom of the Sony notebook, and place them on a clean, flat surface in a pattern that represents which hole each screw came from.Step 10 Gently flip the Sony notebook right-side up and open the lid.Step 11 Separate the base of the Sony notebook from the upper case by gently pressing the plastic knife or credit card into the seam and pulling the top away from the bottom.Step 12 Disconnect the wire that connects the small coin cell battery pack to the motherboard, or remove the coin cell battery from the socket, depending upon the model of the Sony notebook. Some models may require that the motherboard be removed from the case in order to access the battery.Step 13 Wait one hour with the battery disconnected and reassemble. The BIOS password will be cleared and the computer will boot into the BIOS setup program or to the operating system. This process does not clear any operating system passwords.Tips & Warnings
Reset a known BIOS password on Sony notebook computers by entering BIOS setup using the "F10" key on startup. Enter the existing password, and navigate to the security screen in the BIOS setup program to choose a new password. Consult the owner's manual for specific instructions on particular Sony models. Use a blank piece of paper to set the screws as they are removed, marking them or arranging them as necessary. It is important to replace the exact same screw into each hole that it came out of as there are often several different s of screws.
Notebook computers are assembled with small, delicate plastic tabs that are easily damaged. Internal cables and assemblies can be broken or damaged with relatively little force. Leave this technique to a professional technician if unsure of how to take a Sony notebook computer apart. Do not let the computer go into sleep or hibernation mode or simply shut the lid as this is not a full proper shutdown and the hard drive can become corrupted if the computer is not properly shut down for this operation.
++++++++++++++ ================= Regarding the Hidden partition You can
reformat the Vaio back to it's original state by going to All Programs
-> Vaio Recovery Tool -> Vaio Recovery Utility and choosing either Recover Drive C:\ only or to recover the whole computer back to
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You may have to install or update drivers Most of the
drivers/software I get are from a web site driverguide.com you need to fill out
a free registration then search for the driver you need download it in a format
you can use install it and then most times reboot the computer
Try to power off unit and remove the battery. Then press and hold power button
for 30seconds.Put the battery back and turn it on. If it turns on turn it back
off again and remove the battery. Connect your VAIO using the AC adapter only.
If this will not resolve your issue you can check this with SONY or any
certified service center.