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go to sony website and download the driver
or use driver pack solution

Sony VAIO... | Answered on Dec 05, 2013

If it's an IDE? Newegg has a 320GB. SATA can go much bigger, but Sony linked your model to a IDE hard drive.


Sony VAIO... | Answered on Oct 13, 2012

You have some viruses and malware.

Start your PC and press F8 several times until the boot menu comes up. Then select "Safe Mode with Networking". Now get some or ALL of the FREE programs below.

Download, Install and Run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware:
When Installing choose the non-pro version.

Download, Unzip, Install and Run TDSSKiller:

Download, Install and Run Super Anti-Spyware:

If you have an outdated Anti-virus program then Download, Install and Run Avira Anti-Virus:
Make sure to select ALL of the "threat categories" when you install or configure Avira...

You should be in pretty good shape if you run and install all of these programs.

Sony VAIO... | Answered on Jul 18, 2012

There is no commercially avaliable way to rollback from Win 7 to Vista, the only way is to install Vista over the top of Windows 7.

Sony VAIO... | Answered on Jul 12, 2011

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Sony VAIO... | Answered on Jul 10, 2011

The problem is that XPinstallation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a SATA drive on adisk etc. and can install the driver when XP asks for a hard drive driver then,XP cannot detect the hard disk and therefore won't install XP. The FIX. Go into the BIOS anddisable the SATA drive (enable IDE emulation), this will make XP think it is aIDE/PATA hard disk. Then you can install XP normally. When Windows hasbeen installed then install all the device drivers (including the SATA driver),then shut down and boot up and got into the BIOS and enable the SATA drive.

Sony VAIO... | Answered on Jun 29, 2011

1. Turn Off the computer
2. Try taking out the hard drive and put it back in
3. Go to the BIOS again... see if the BIOS detected the hard drive otherwise
4. Replace the hard drive

Sony VAIO... | Answered on Jun 29, 2011

You can speed up a slow running computer by:

Running a disk cleanup
Running Disk Defragmenter
Cleaning system for viruses
Repairing Registry Errors.

Please see the link below to speed up your computer.

Sony VAIO... | Answered on Jun 20, 2011


Yes the Sony should run Win 7 although its designed for XP. For Win 7 to run properly you will need to max out the memory to 2GB.
I have installed Win 7 on plenty of older laptops without any problems. You won't be able to use the aero glass features (see through taskbar and window borders) as the graphics chipset doesn't support that feature but everything should work well once you have enough memory installed.


Sony VAIO... | Answered on Apr 21, 2011

They are usually right along the front of the laptop so best way to get it to die is to remove all power sources for a few days/weeks and have it die out.

Sony VAIO... | Answered on Nov 07, 2010

It happens if the lens becomes weak. I advice you get an external DVD-RW.
I hope you find this solution is helpful.

Sony VAIO... | Answered on Sep 27, 2010

Check your power supply, if the supply is good, then check the adaptor on the side of unit.
Do you have a power light when plugged in ?
Does the power supply have a light ?
Also you may try removing the battery and try to power up.

Sony VAIO... | Answered on Sep 27, 2010

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