Question about Sony VAIO VGN-SZ460N/C Notebook

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I have a Sony Vaio VGN-SZ460N. It is beautiful and was bought brand new a couple months ago however, recently I begin having some problems with it.

I have the computer docked most of the time. When I undock the computer, the screen turns off and while the computer is still ON, it does not respond to anything that I do except holding the power button down to turn it off. I keep it off for at least a few minutes and then turn it back on with the power button again. It starts in DOS mode and I always chose for it to 'start windows normally.' This has happened more than a few times and I cannot seem to fix it.

The computer is very sluggish at times and although I have downloaded and installed all available updates that were strongly suggested or required, it doesn't seem to do much to help.

My other problem is that while I look at thumbnails of photos I have taken in the windows photo gallery viewer, i use the arrows to go from picture to picture but for some reason it is never in order. I have tired to rearrange the photos but nothing works. i now just open and close each photo while looking at them. this happens also with the slide show function as well.

Please correct me if I am wrong. While in outlook, I believe it is possible to have a default button choice for your spellcheck as in either 'ignore' or 'change.' This stays on CHANGE.

I appreciate any help or tips. Thank you in advance.


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I've owned three SONY Vaios and every one was bad trouble for me, though I kind of admired them anyway. Here's some tips.

The docking problem is a common one. If you are "undocking" the Vaio using the software command UNDOCK, and it still crashes, you have a software driver problem; you need to uninstall the SONY power and docking drivers, reboot, and re-install them.

The sluggish performance is another common problem, generally caused by the scores of little programs SONY installs to tweak their custom hardware, and sell other company's products on your laptop. The only solution I ever found to this is to uninstall all of the extra SONY software, or, better still, reinstall the operating system and only install the SONY drivers and software that are necessary for core system functionality.

Problems with photos loading could be anything, but might well be interference with SONY's own photo software. Try uninstalling it.

Problems in Outlook; try going into the options section and removing and re-installing the dictionary. Or use the free Thunderbird mail client from Mozilla, since Outlook is buggy, insecure, and annoying.

Good luck...

Posted on Nov 29, 2007


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