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How to Upgrade, Repair, Disassemble a Sony Laptop or Notebook

Do you want to repair your Sony laptop or notebook? Here is a collection of free take apart instructions, disassembly pictures or dismantling videos, upgrade and repair manuals, as well as do-it-yourself (DIY) tips and tricks for VAIO laptops and notebooks models made by Sony. If you have written a repairing guide yourself (or if you know of a report not linked here), please submit a new entry. Also you can publish a guide in the Laptop and Notebook Repair Wiki.



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Sony VAIO [archived link]Dismantling instructions for different series.
Sony VAIO misc. modelsHow to fix Sony laptop screens from falling down.
Sony VAIO PCG-505 (misc. models)OverClock Database with disassembly pictures (in Japanese).
Sony VAIO PCG-505EX/64How to expand the notebook memory (in Japanese).
Sony VAIO PCG-505EX/64Clocking up the notebook CPU (in Japanese).
Sony VAIO PCG-505EX/64Adding two USB ports to the notebook case (in Japanese).
Sony VAIO PCG-505EX/64How to detach the LCD screen, step-by-step instructions (in Japanese).
Sony VAIO PCG-505EX/64How to repair a dead notebook battery (in Japanese).
Sony VAIO PCG-505FXHow to disassemble your laptop.
Sony VAIO PCG-505FXHow to rebuild your BP51 Li-Ion battery.
Sony VAIO PCG-505SNA digital picture frame running Linux. Schematics for a nice wooden case.
Sony VAIO PCG-505VHDD replacement instructions (in Japanese).
Sony VAIO PCG-505F [archived link]Changing a broken hard drive.
Sony VAIO PCG-505G/X [archived link]Hard drive upgrade instructions.
Sony VAIO PCG-505TSBreathing new life into the dead battery pack.
Sony VAIO PCG-6C2L [archived link]Disassembling your laptop and upgrading the hard drive/CPU.
Sony VAIO PCG-6HCPSome instructions for adding more memory into this laptop.
Sony VAIO PCG-700 (misc. models)OverClock Database with disassembly pictures (in Japanese).
Sony VAIO PCG-7X2LA service manual explaining how to substitute the HDD [PDF].
Sony VAIO PCG-838Upgrading the disk.
Sony VAIO PCG-962CA short HDD replacement guide.
Sony VAIO PCG-5426How to take a laptop apart to replace the hard disk.
Sony VAIO PCG-21313MHard disk drive and memory upgrade (SO-DDR2) will become a snap with this forum entry (in Italian).
Sony VAIO PCG-C1MHPDisassembly picture gallery.
Sony VAIO PCG-C1VJ [archived link]Hard disk replacement (in Japanese).
Sony VAIO PCG-C1VN PictureBookHard Drive Install.
Sony VAIO PCG-C1VE (PictureBook)Upgrading the memory, upgrading the HDD, exchanging the motherboard.
Sony VAIO PCG-C1XN PictureBookUpgrading the hard drive from 6GB to 40GB, illustrated take apart instructions.
Sony VAIO PCG-C1XN PictureBookGeneric take apart instructions.
Sony VAIO PCG-C1 XE/XSDetailed disassembly instructions with pictures.
Sony VAIO PCG-C1R [archived link]Detailed take apart manual with illustrations.
Sony VAIO PCG-C1 (misc. models)Overclock Database with disassembly pictures (in Japanese).
Sony VAIO PCG-C1MZXKeyboard removal guide with pictures.
Sony VAIO PCG-CV1VR PictureBookHow to replace a failed power connector with a nifty Lego connector. Includes disassembly instructions.
Sony VAIO PCG-F-SeriesHibernation fix and disassembly pictures.
Sony VAIO PCG-F-SeriesReplacing a condensator/capacitor to get shutdown to work.
Sony VAIO PCG-F-SeriesHow to fix random shutdowns, software and hardware solutions.
Sony VAIO PCG-F11KFX/B (PCG-F1114L)In order to remove and replace a damaged LCD screen this laptop will be disassembled, search for a replacement LCD by the model number printed on the label: LP164WD1 (TL)(A1) RoHS verified Factory ID: LGDNJ.
Sony VAIO PCG-F280Upgrading memory and hard drive.
Sony VAIO PCG-F630Hard disk upgrade explained with pictures.
Sony VAIO PCG-F807K [archived link]Changing the hard drive.
Sony VAIO PCG-F807K [archived link]Replacing the CD drive.
Sony VAIO PCG-F807K [archived link]Cleaning/replacing the cooling fan.
Sony VAIO PCG-FX105KHow to solve a restore from hibernation problem by fixing the RAM.
Sony VAIO PCG-FX190A hard disk upgrade tutorial with pictures.
Sony VAIO PCG-FX210Disassembly and processor replacement step-by-step HOWTO.
Sony VAIO PCG-FX210DVD drive replacement instructions and pictures.
Sony VAIO PCG-FX210 (7G2L)How to change a laptop into a walltop and fit it into an iMac-like case.
Sony VAIO PCG-FX310How to transform an old laptop into a Digital Picture Frame and put it into a shadowbox.
Sony VAIO PCG-FX310How to disassemble an old laptop and repair the power connector.
Sony VAIO PCG-FX501How to change the CPU, fixing the noisy keyboard (in German).
Sony VAIO PCG-FX501An illustrated step-by-step guide explaining how to disassemble the laptop, open the hard drive caddy and upgrade the hard disk.
Sony VAIO PCG-FXA63How to remove and replace the keyboard of the laptop and how to access the cooling fan, hard drive, DVD drive and RTC battery.
Sony VAIO PCG-GR/GRSInstructions for disassembling the notebook completely.
Sony VAIO PCG-GRT100Cleaning the fan cooler. A short tutorial with take apart pictures.
Sony VAIO PCG-GRT260GHow to clean the dust from an overheating notebook. The ductwork and heat sinks of this machine are easily clogged with dust, which severely limits its efficiency. It leads to very noisy fan levels, ultimately resulting in spontaneous shutdowns as the internal temperatures begin to exceed critical levels. Before cleaning, the fan would run continuously one step below full speed. After removing the dust, it is barely audible.
Sony VAIO PCG-GRX SeriesCPU upgrade procedure.
Sony VAIO PCG-GRX316 [archived link]Complete disassembly picture gallery (in German).
Sony VAIO PCG-GR/GRSDisassembly instructions and pictures.
Sony VAIO PCG-GRZ630How to disassembly the notebook and clean the cooling system to avoid overheating.
Sony VAIO PCG-N505E/BPA comprehensive guide to hard disk drive to disassembly and hard disk drive replacement (in Japanese).
Sony VAIO PCG-N505VE [archived link]RAM upgrade instructions.
Sony VAIO PCG-N505XHard disk replacement.
Sony VAIO PCG-NV190An illustrated disassembly guide to get the display repaired.
Sony VAIO PCG-R600MXOpening to change the hard drive.
Sony VAIO PCG-KThis short step-by-step tutorial explains how to change a single keyboard key.
Sony VAIO PCG-K15 [archived link]Illustrated LCD removal instructions.
Sony VAIO PCG-K25The main reason to open up the laptop was replacing a broken power jack. Proceed disassembly on your own risk.
Sony VAIO PCG-K33How to open the display panel and remove LCD screen with inverter. Start with the four screws securing the display bezel to the LCD cover. These screws are hidden under four rubber covers. Two black covers on the top of the bezel and two white covers.
Sony VAIO PCG-R505J/BDStep-by-step take apart instructions and pics (in Japanese).
Sony VAIO PCG-R505TSKPainting a laptop case.
Sony VAIO PCG-S360SThree upgrade guides: hard drive replacement, CPU change and CD/DVD drive enhancement.
Sony VAIO PCG-SR7KAn illustrated case opening.
Sony VAIO PCG-SR31KIntegrated WIFI laptop hack: use the space left by the PCMCIA slot to fit a USB WiFi adapter in and wire it up to the USB port internally.
Sony VAIO PCG-SR33Gutting a Hot Wheels toy laptop and putting a stripped down "real thing" into the case.
Sony VAIO PCG-SRX7How to add a 802.11g miniPCI WLAN card and antenna to the notebook (in Japanese).
Sony VAIO PCG-SRX7(PCG-441N)Adding some more Micro-DIMM RAM and replacing the HDD are not to difficult (in Japanese).
Sony VAIO PCG-TR1/B, TR2/B, TR1MPReplacing the internal WLAN miniPCI card.
Sony VAIO PCG-TR1/B, TR2/B, TR1MPBlueTooth upgrade.
Sony VAIO PCG-TZ130N (PCG-4L3L)In this little laptop the hard drive is buried deep inside the case and you will have to disassemble the complete machine apart. Do not forget to switch off the laptop and remove the battery first, work in static-free environment.
Sony VAIO PCG-U101Manufacturer promotion pictures from the inside, showing e.g. where to find the wireless antenna (in Japanese).
Sony VAIO PCG-V505This guide explains how to remove the keyboard and access both memory modules. The whole process will take around 10-15 minutes and can be done even by an inexperienced user.
Sony VAIO PCG-V505CPLaptop keyboard key replacement guide.
Sony VAIO PCG-V505DXPHere's how to upgrade notebook hard drive. This laptop had an older 60GB 4200RPM IDE hard drive (Toshiba MK6021GAS). The original hard drive failed and was upgraded with a faster one (an inexpensive 120GB 5400RMP Western-Digital Scorpio IDE drive (WD12000BEVE). The drive replacement procedure is pretty simple.
Sony VAIO PCG-V505ECPHow to upgrade the notebook memory, step-by-step guide and pictures.
Sony VAIO PCG-Z1This is an attempt at compiling photos and pieces of a now-offline tutorial into a simplified, English version of how to open this notebook.
Sony VAIO PCG-Z1Custom self-contained hanging Wall-PC: dismantle an old laptop and put the guts of it into a new enclosure, e.g. a shadow box. This way it can act like a flat panel and cleanly hang on the wall.
Sony VAIO PCG-Z1A [archived link]How to change miniPCI WLAN card.
Sony VAIO PCG-Z505Disassembly, installation of new hard drive.
Sony VAIO PCG-Z505Hard drive upgrade and memory upgrade.
Sony VAIO PCG-Z505Hard drive exchange explained.
Sony VAIO PCG-Z505JS [archived link]Opening to restore the BIOS.
Sony VAIO PCG-Z505JSThe goal of this project is to turn an old laptop into a digital photo frame with more features than a normal digital picture frame has.
Sony VAIO PCG-Z505JSKHere are photos of the process of opening the laptop and upgrading the hard drive.
Sony VAIO PCG-Z505SXA dissection and hard drive replacement tutorial.
Sony VAIO PCG-Z600LEKDisassembly and hard disk replacement.
Sony VAIO PCG-XE-17Pictures from upgrading the RAM.
Sony VAIO PCG-N.N.If your image on your laptop screen is very dull or the light goes out on your screen this is a very common problem. Often it is due to the inverter, which connects the screen to the ribbon cable. The screen and backlight are probably working perfectly, but you need to replace the backlight inverter board.
Sony VAIO PCG-N.N.A step-by-step disassembly, sanding and painting tutorial (in German).
Sony VAIO PCG-N.N.How to take apart the laptop and turn it into a digital photo frame.
Sony VAIO PEG-UX50How to put a 60 GB hard drive into an Ultra Mobile PC - UMPC.
Sony VAIO VGN-A63Upgrade a 5400rpm laptop hard drive to a 7200rpm hard drive in under 13 minutes (video).
Sony VAIO VGN-AR61ZUInstructions for HDDs, RAM and optical drive replacement.
Sony VAIO VGN-BX760A guide to an almost complete notebook decomposition.
Sony VAIO VGN-C1SHow to add 64MB(32MBx2) SDRAM memory and change the HDD (in Japanese).
Sony VAIO VGN-C240E (aka PCG-6R3L)Complete take apart tutorial explaining how to fix a broken power connector.
Sony VAIO VGN-C250N (aka PCG-6R3L)This guide will help you to remove and replace the notebook keyboard.
Sony VAIO VGN-FEKeycap substitution: how to fit the plastic hinge mechanism into the metal keyboard hooks.
Sony VAIO VGN-FE855EThis guide will help you to remove and replace memory, hard drive, optical drive and keyboard.
Sony VAIO VGN-FS-70BAn illustrated hard disk and CPU upgrade guide.
Sony VAIO VGN-FS315ELike many VAIOs, this one overheated rapidly, often cutting out when it got too hot. These are the steps to clean the fans to prevent overheating.
Sony VAIO VGN-FW170JYou do not need to call a professional notebook repair service with this free disassembly guide at hand.
Sony VAIO VGN-FZ220How to replace a broken DC-IN power jack. The jack is soldered to the power harness and can be easily replaced if you have basic soldering skills.
Sony VAIO VGN-NR120EThe main goal of this repair is removing and replacing the failed hard drive which is mounted inside the laptop case.
Sony VAIO VGN-NW235F (aka PCG-7184L)How to replace the 15.6 Inch LCD screen (part number B156XW01). If you have a different screen installed, just search by the model number mentioned at the backside of the screen.
Sony VAIO VGN-S150 (aka PCG-6C2L)How to remove the laptop keyboard and clean it from spilled soda.
Sony VAIO VGN-S150P/B, S170P/B, S480P/B, S430P/S, S460P/S, S470P/S, S380P/B, S260P/B, S270P/S, FS500P/S, S360P/S, S560P/BAn illustrated take apart and reassembly guide.
Sony VAIO VGN-S170How to add internal BlueTooth support, a step-by-step tutorial with part numbers and pictures.
Sony VAIO VGN-S360PThis guide explains how to take apart a laptop and replace a broken power jack (aka power connector or DC jack).
Sony VAIO VGN-S360sThis Upgrade guide for the Sony VAIO S series of notebooks explains how to upgrade the following components: Hard Drive upgrade, CPU Upgrade using Arctic Silver gel coolant, CD/DVD Drive upgrade guide.
Sony VAIO VGN-SR41M/WA complete step-by-step disassembly manual for the laptop.
Sony VAIO VGN-SZA complete take apart manual.
Sony VAIO VGN-SZ160PHow to fix the spacebar [video].
Sony VAIO PCG-A blog experience of replacing the laptop's internal hard disk drive with a Hitachi Travelstar 7K200 which has 200GB and 7200 RPM access speed.
Sony VAIO VGN-SZ260PThis guide explains how to replace the stock (serial ATA) Toshiba 120GB hard drive with 5400RPM with a speedier 2.5-inch Seagate 100GB hard drive with 7200RPM.
Sony VAIO VGN-SZ370PTake a brief break from pontification to discuss a little computer brain surgery. Drive swap: tearing open a laptop for HDD exchangement.
Sony VAIO VGN-SZ645This guide will help you to remove the LCD screen and inverter board from the notebook display.
Sony VAIO VGN-SZ330pA step-by-step complete take apart manual.
Sony VAIO VGN-SZ650De-reversing a touchpad. The touchpad makes the cursor go backwards sometimes. Reversal appears to be at random, other abnormal cursor motions have been observed but reversal is the dominant feature. Users of this notebook have suffered from electric shocks emanating from the palmrest, which unusually is made from aluminium instead of the more usual plastic. The idea for the following procedure came from the knowledge that touchpads work on capacitance and they may be affected by stray charge in the palmrest. The following notes detail a procedure for insulating the touchpad from the palmrest to prevent cursor reversal.
Sony VAIO VGN-T140PThis teardown provides just a look inside the notebook and should not be used as disassembly instructions.
Sony VAIO VGN-T350 (model PCG-4E1L)You may use this guide for replacing the keyboard or accessing the internal memory slot which is located under the keyboard.
Sony VAIO VGN-TX2XPA full disassembly to remove and exchange the Toshiba 1.8inch hard disk drive.
Sony VAIO VGN-TX3HPHow to design a custom logo using the Sony VAIO font and applying the word "linux" on plastic foil. The plastic foil has been glued to the notebook lid.
Sony VAIO VPC-F11KFX/B (aka PCG-F1114L)Taking apart the notebook to get the screen (part number LP164WD1 (TL)(A1)) exchanged.
Sony VAIO VPC-S111FM (PCG-51211L)How to replace a cracked LCD screen (part number CLAA133WA01A).

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