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Increasing screen size after renewing HDD in Vaio Laptop

saxo_appeal Avatar
6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
Hey all

My friend has had problems with her laptop so I decided to have a look at it, when I switched it on I immediately heard a clicking noise coming from the HDD. So i have take it out and installed another HDD from a HP laptop that we had ages ago.
Now the thing is, since I switched it on the main screen size has shrunk, is there a way of increasing it so I can get rid of the black border?
Is there a way of starting the laptop as new, refreshing it without the discs? she doesn't have them

thanks
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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
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#1
You're lucky it works at all imo.

You need to reinstall windows, do you have a key/disc?
#2
Im suprised it worked as well! Your gonna need to buy a new OS if you havent got the discs?
#3
yes it works fine........should it not?

No discs :(
#4
Ye it keeps coming up Install device driver, unknown device

Wish I had a disc now
#5
saxo_appeal
Ye it keeps coming up Install device driver, unknown device

Wish I had a disc now


that'll be the graphics card it's trying to detect i suspect. It's probably running off the standard windows driver for displays which has limited resolutions available
1 Like #6
Download the relevant graphics driver of the t'internet. You should be able to work out what card or chipset is installed with a little bit of googling (any NVidia/ATi stickers on the case etc?). That said, you may well run into problems in a bit as others have said. Is the old harddrive definately FUBARed? Is it out of warranty?
#7
yeh I stuck it in a cage and tried to run it off my comp but it kept on saying that the drive was needed to be formatted

She needs a new internal HDD, then an OS installed on it that's for sure now, I have spent too much time trying to even attempt to grab any files that were on the Vaio HDD

Edited By: saxo_appeal on Sep 15, 2010 01:34: edit
1 Like #8
It should have a COA on the underside of the laptop.

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/static/images/coa_page_pc-sysbldr.jpg

On that label it should tell you what the Serial Key is and also for what version of Windows. For example: in the above sticker it says "Windows XP Professional OEM", so just get a copy of that and the serial should work fine.

Bare in mind that OEM/Retail are different and Professional/Home are. So an XP Home Retail serial will not work with XP Home OEM and vice versa. I should also point out that if it doesn't say OEM, but says HP or Samsung etc instead, usually this means OEM.

Edited By: PhearFactor on Sep 15, 2010 03:06: .
#9
It says on the back Windows Vista Home Premium OEMAct

then bar codes and then the Product Key

So do I still have to buy a Windows package and also format the HDD?
1 Like #10
saxo_appeal
It says on the back Windows Vista Home Premium OEMAct

then bar codes and then the Product Key

So do I still have to buy a Windows package and also format the HDD?


you don't need to buy a new copy of windows, the product key on the sticker can be used to install off any vista disk but yes a re-install is best.
1 Like #11
saxo_appeal
It says on the back Windows Vista Home Premium OEMAct

then bar codes and then the Product Key

So do I still have to buy a Windows package and also format the HDD?


download a disk image of Vista Home Premium OEM and burn it to disk

not illegal as you have the COA (sticker thing)
1 Like #12
or use recovery partition if you can
#13
How do I stick it in recovery?
1 Like #14
The recovery partition is on the original hard drive which is clearly not going to work when the original hard drive has failed. Sony don't supply restore discs, they use a restore partition and have a utility to copy that to DVD in case the hard drive fails but if your friend hasn't done this then you'll need to try clean building it yourself. As mentioned above, get a Vista HP disc (make sure it's the right 32 or 64 bit version) and put a fresh copy of Vista on the machine and grab all the drivers and utilities from the Sony site. Sony machines tend to require a large number of Sony specific apps so make sure you get them all.

John
#15
Ok this is all sort of new to me but thanks for helping its appreciated

Do you know of any 'how to guides' that show me step by step instructions on how to Format a HDD (I'm going to have to buy a new one as I think the spindle is broken, sounds like it's looping and clicking)
Any guides on installing an Operating System
and do I just get these drivers straight from the Sony website? Which ones will I choose?

I have always wanted to do this and now is the fine time for that learning curve :)
#16
The HDD that's already in the laptop, just to check that it definitely is that that's failing

is there a way to format it from any of the BIOS options ? like pressing F8 then format HDD

When I had the HDD out last night of the laptop I tested it hooking only that up to my comp, each time it said it was needing formatted, maybe I should take it out again and do exactly that...then try and install Vista. If that doesn't work then I shall buy a new HDD

Edited By: saxo_appeal on Sep 15, 2010 14:39: edit
1 Like #17
saxo_appeal
Ok this is all sort of new to me but thanks for helping its appreciated

Do you know of any 'how to guides' that show me step by step instructions on how to Format a HDD (I'm going to have to buy a new one as I think the spindle is broken, sounds like it's looping and clicking)
Any guides on installing an Operating System
and do I just get these drivers straight from the Sony website? Which ones will I choose?

I have always wanted to do this and now is the fine time for that learning curve :)

The good news is that the Vista install is relatively straightforward as it will step you through the process, if you have a blank hard drive it will let you format it during the install and choose how big you want the partition. If you have a look on Youtube you can find some guides to show you the various steps so you know what to expect.

It's a while since I rebuilt a Sony machine but from what I recall you should be able to go onto their support site and enter the information from a barcode on the machine which will give you a list of specific drivers for the machine rather than having to choose the right ones.

John
#18
Ah nice one :) thank you

I'll let you know how I get on

Edited By: saxo_appeal on Sep 15, 2010 14:42: edit
#19
saxo_appeal
The HDD that's already in the laptop, just to check that it definitely is that that's failing

is there a way to format it from any of the BIOS options ? like pressing F8 then format HDD

When I had the HDD out last night of the laptop I tested it hooking only that up to my comp, each time it said it was needing formatted, maybe I should take it out again and do exactly that...then try and install Vista. If that doesn't work then I shall buy a new HDD


It is failing, it wouldn't simply have 'lost' the current format and its not really worth trying to format it (after all, the last things you want is an unreliable hdd). It is probably worth making certain its out-of-warranty though, even OEM drives sometimes keep the manufacturers warranty, which is often 2,3 or even 5 years. Check the website for the manufacturer, there is usually a place to enter the serial number.
#20
Thanks jah128, can you recommend an internal HDD at all?
#21
doesn't matter that this one is a Seagate Momentus 5400.4 200gb, I could go for one like the
320GB Seagate ST9320423AS Momentus 7200.4, 2.5", SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 16MB Cache, 11.0ms, NCQ

just get one that fits the price - size

Edited By: saxo_appeal on Sep 15, 2010 15:29: edit
#22
Actually this one looks ok from Amazon

Amazon Seagate

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