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    Increasing screen size after renewing HDD in Vaio Laptop

    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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    You're lucky it works at all imo.

    You need to reinstall windows, do you have a key/disc?

    Im suprised it worked as well! Your gonna need to buy a new OS if you havent got the discs?

    Original Poster

    yes it works fine........should it not?

    No discs

    Original Poster

    Ye it keeps coming up Install device driver, unknown device

    Wish I had a disc now

    saxo_appeal

    Ye it keeps coming up Install device driver, unknown device Wish I had a … 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

    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?

    Original Poster

    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" 15th Sep 2010

    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" 15th Sep 2010

    Original Poster

    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?

    saxo_appeal

    It says on the back Windows Vista Home Premium OEMActthen bar codes and … It says on the back Windows Vista Home Premium OEMActthen bar codes and then the Product KeySo 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.

    saxo_appeal

    It says on the back Windows Vista Home Premium OEMActthen bar codes and … It says on the back Windows Vista Home Premium OEMActthen bar codes and then the Product KeySo 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)

    or use recovery partition if you can

    Original Poster

    How do I stick it in recovery?

    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

    Original Poster

    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

    Original Poster

    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" 15th Sep 2010

    saxo_appeal

    Ok this is all sort of new to me but thanks for helping its appreciatedDo … Ok this is all sort of new to me but thanks for helping its appreciatedDo 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

    Original Poster

    Ah nice one thank you

    I'll let you know how I get on
    Edited by: "saxo_appeal" 15th Sep 2010

    saxo_appeal

    The HDD that's already in the laptop, just to check that it definitely is … The HDD that's already in the laptop, just to check that it definitely is that that's failingis there a way to format it from any of the BIOS options ? like pressing F8 then format HDDWhen 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.

    Original Poster

    Thanks jah128, can you recommend an internal HDD at all?

    Original Poster

    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" 15th Sep 2010

    Original Poster

    Actually this one looks ok from Amazon

    Amazon Seagate
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