Hi and Yes it is the same model number, i just now looooked at the number above the keyboard. Thank you for writing to me that was very nice of ou. I plan to bring the laptop in next month to Best-buy to have it serviced, i may as well use the plan while i have it, I will be away for a week and thought that to be the best time to have it fixed(hope it doesn't take longer). Oh and i would like to talk to you more about this laptop, well more about the inner workings of it, if i ever need to work on it myself, i would like to know much more. Thanks again and how long before your Sony heats up now that it was cleaned?
I (stupid me) opted not to buy Best Buys warranty. Bad desicion.
At first I did not know what was wrong with my Vaio. I noticed it was slow as heck, and very hot. Figuring that I had no warranty, and that I have worked on many desktops and a few laptops, I made a bold desicion to open my Vaio. With that, I found huge clumps of fuzzballs and dust bunnies. I could not beleive how much I took out. (After this, I asked many people and have been told that dust is not covered by warranty, which blows my mind as its pratically unavoidable with laptops, especially since they are mobile and can often be subjected to many enviroments).
After I cleaned it, I noticed a huge difference in performance and temperature.
I have not had problems since, but I not am very careful to not let my desk area where I set my laptop get dusty. I am in the dorms of a college, and dust is a problem. I now use a external monitor and keyboard/mouse combo so I can leave my laptop standing up, so the air intake is not near the desk surface and draws fresh air far away from where dust can settle.
I also about every 3-6 months open it up and check the dust levels.
Since this overheating has happend, I do not get the performance I originally got when I first bought my Vaio. I beleive the heat has had a permanant impact on the Celerons performance.
As far as the internals of this unit, its almost like performing surgery, as everything is very compact. Upon opening this Vaio, I found several Dip switch banks that I assume are used to select the speed and bus speed of the CPU. I know this Vaio model series do come with P4s (PCG-FRV35 for instance), and I can upgrade my Celeron to a P4, but I do not know which settings to set the switchs to, as they are not labeled. I mailed sony support today asking about it, but I doubt I will get an answer, as that information is probably considered "Confidential" or "Buisness salses security valnurability" or so.
Hopefully I can get info on this. I have a CDROM that contails about 70 Vaio Service Manuals and Service bullitens, but they are all 2002 or older models. I will ask my professor tomorrow if he cant get me the info, as he is the one who obtained this CD in the first place.
Another thing I noticed is the CDRW/DVD Combo on mine does not perform well at all. It no longer burns CDs and has a hard time reading a lot of CDROMS. Is yours having similar problems?