urgent help. sony vaio related

help help help. not only do i have keys missing but the screen went funny.
i think the back light has gone. the screen is very dark and although you can see something on screen not enough to use. oh no.

also any idea how to get email on a n95 seems i cant read laptop. im on hubbys now but i cant get my email on here.
jennie

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Go to Vaio recovery utility under start menu,and do full recovery.This should help.It will bring to factory shipped system.Best to do if you are not computer expert.

ready for some overly technical advice?,,, it sounds knackered

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if i do the system thing will i lose all my data and pics and stuff.

i think its ******ed too

jennie-jack;1873674

if i do the system thing will i lose all my data and pics and stuff.i … if i do the system thing will i lose all my data and pics and stuff.i think its ******ed too



yup very likely, most manuf system restore procedures are destructive, may be u can pull the hdd and get off what you need?

Mmm, don't do system restore. The backlight should come on automatically when you start the computer.. It'll only turn off when the system boots and the hotkeys utility tells it to turn off.. So if it doesnt come on when you immediately turn the computer on (vaio screen and boot etc), then its a hardware problem and system restore isn't going to do anything except lose all your documents. This is how my vaio behaves anyway (VGN-B1XP).

You lost some keys too? What did you actually do to get it in this state?

You'll probably need to replace the backlight and the keyboard.

Original Poster

well the dog ate the keys not so long back. and to be fair the laptop gets some right stick. i am on it all the time as im at uni as well as an internet addict. the backlight just kind of went off when i was checking email. i am going to try and connect a moniter so that i can get all of my things off the hard drive then. depending on cost ill either get it fixed or fall down the stairs (insurance)

Original Poster

right so now on laptop hookd up to an old and very ****** monitor but atleast i can back up all my files for uni and things.

Have you tried changing the brightness? Hold down the "Fn" key and press one of the f buttons at the top (I cant remember which, I havent got my laptop here) but the key has a blue picture of the sun on it!

I don't think it's a screen brightness issue in terms of something you can adjust, it sounds like the inverter or backlight has failed entirely. Unless you can find the part salvaged from another PC then it's often uneconomical to repair.

John

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the brightness button didnt work sadly thanks though rep added to.

i am thinking it may be an insurance jon, it cost me 700 pound 14 months ago.

Pain in the neck it's happened at just 14 months although I've just been getting a six month old machine repaired for the same fault. Irritatingly unless it's something like the ram or hard drive, laptops are usually expensive to get repaired.

John

Johnmcl7;1875707

Pain in the neck it's happened at just 14 months although I've just been … Pain in the neck it's happened at just 14 months although I've just been getting a six month old machine repaired for the same fault. Irritatingly unless it's something like the ram or hard drive, laptops are usually expensive to get repaired.John



Lol as an engineer who sees this often i am always gobsmacked by everyday folk buying laptops.
Rule of thumb
a laptops cost 40% more than the same paper spec desktops
b perform a good %30 less than the equivalent desktop and
c are to be considered throwaway if they break at 18mths (or less if they have any visible marks)
add to this the ergonomic problems, the risk of fire (people put them on cushions and walk away forgetting them) and it is simply amazing how they sell any

Original Poster

i know hun. but i needed portable for uni and hospital. my desktop was fab but i needed to move around.

i know my mate aid you dont want that but did i listen to good advice lol nope. typical woman me

maddogb;1876878

Lol as an engineer who sees this often i am always gobsmacked by everyday … Lol as an engineer who sees this often i am always gobsmacked by everyday folk buying laptops.Rule of thumb a laptops cost 40% more than the same paper spec desktopsb perform a good %30 less than the equivalent desktop andc are to be considered throwaway if they break at 18mths (or less if they have any visible marks)add to this the ergonomic problems, the risk of fire (people put them on cushions and walk away forgetting them) and it is simply amazing how they sell any



I don't really agree to be honest, my current weighting is four laptops to one desktop, of those I rarely touch the desktop. For many people the performance isn't much of an issue and is completely outweighed by the mobility advantage of a laptop, for most of the people I know who use a laptop a desktop would be of no use.

John

Johnmcl7;1887234

I don't really agree to be honest, my current weighting is four laptops … I don't really agree to be honest, my current weighting is four laptops to one desktop, of those I rarely touch the desktop. For many people the performance isn't much of an issue and is completely outweighed by the mobility advantage of a laptop, for most of the people I know who use a laptop a desktop would be of no use.John



Weighting??
So 5 very good reasons why u should not buy a laptop and mobility is the one reason for purchase you come back with?
Is this because all the people u know spend how many hours a day in a place where its not possible to have computer to do their work on?
And if so then i agree a laptop is essential, but truthfully i would bet that 1 in a 100 people fall into that category.
Sorry if i sound so assured on this but the truth is for many it is the computer they need not the expensive fashion statement
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