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Sony Vaio VGC-RA840 won't display to screen


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#1 lexaf

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 06:57 PM

I recently got my hands on a Sony Vaio media center computer, and today it stopped out putting to the screen. I am only using the stock VGA video card, and it won't output anything. There are composite ports on the back but I don't have any composite monitors.

 

I have tried every trick that is out there to fix it, but it just won't work. What should I do?



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Posted 29 December 2017 - 07:42 PM

I am looking over the machine now!

 

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 07:50 PM

Well I can give you a tip, it is really hard to find anything useful on sony's website... (Most data is for laptops)



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Posted 29 December 2017 - 07:57 PM

I see it is a 2005 unit, how long was it sitting.  If it sat for a long time it is possible some connections have gotten fuzzy.  For starters I would pull and re seat everything.


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Posted 29 December 2017 - 08:09 PM

I have already reseated the RAM and video card and I don't wan't to mess around with the CPU, because it is under the power supply. (And I just wan't to get it to boot to the BIOS, I don't care about the HDD).

 

What else can I reseat?



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Posted 29 December 2017 - 08:35 PM

Also, I get no beep codes.



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Posted 29 December 2017 - 11:12 PM

You may end up chasing you tail, IMO not worth a ton of effort.

 

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 12:00 PM

Would it be worth it to salvage the hard drive with a SATA to USB adapter?

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 01:52 PM

That in 05 was a really great unit even at the 2k price tag, my buddy Nick had one!  The drive and all inside IMO is likely tired, do you want or need another computer?  If yes you can do a decent piece together, there is a ton of good stuff out there on Ebay and the like, but you will need everything but the tower.

 

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 04:53 PM

I have another computer, I was just using this one for a hobby project. I was gonna salvage the OS because I want a Windows XP computer/VM because I honestly think XP was the best.



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Posted 30 December 2017 - 05:17 PM

Check this out brand new for super cheap!

 

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2499334.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.TRS0&_nkw=microsoft+media+center+software&_sacat=0


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Posted 31 December 2017 - 11:57 AM

The activation servers are shut down, so buying media center would be a waste of money. Any good Sata II to USB adapters you know? (The drive is a Seagate Barracuda).



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Posted 31 December 2017 - 11:58 AM

I mean the Windows XP activation servers are down. (As of 2015)



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Posted 31 December 2017 - 12:02 PM

What about picking up a SSD and cloning over, to answer you question there are several cheap adapters to do the job.


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Posted 31 December 2017 - 12:15 PM


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