Tuesday, July 19, 2016

upgrading and refurbishing of a Sony Vaio VGN-FW46M laptop



I love my

Sony Vaio VGN-FW46M


it is with a huge brilliant screen, a BD writer and even a HDMI out.But the previously owned person beat the poor laptop half to death, it went 3 times to Sony repair center for warranty repair. and then was exchanged by an overpriced Macbook instead as it was too slow for her. and then it was sold to me.

So.........probably due to the many repairs, the bluray reader got exchanged by a writer, the MATASHITA BD-MLT UJ230AS

It is highy recommended to do a fw update to latest 1.20 fw from 2010 but don't do it from the sony homepage as the computer originally is shipped with the UJ230A, so without the S!

hardware upgraded:

from 4 GB RAM to 8 GB RAM
Inserted a USB 3.0 PCMCIA Express card.
Battery replaced with a new one
the HDD got replaced first by a Samsung 480 Basic Series SSD then again with a 1 TB Crucial SSD
As the case is full of scratches and so on, I got a skin called "Colourful" to make it look good again! :)

Meanwhile, the Bluray drive front bezel broke off and I had to fix it with tape. on the way to me is a replacment bezel which is silver instead of the black original as its for the models SONY VAIO VGN-FZ11L PCG-382M but it should fit fine anyway. probably looks kinda stylish to have a silver line in the black sides of the laptop, let's see :) 

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