Official NEW SVZ Z series Owners Lounge

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  1. orionz

    orionz Notebook Consultant

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    And once again I have returned to the ranks of Z3 owners! My 11390X only lacks the 512GB SSD to be exactly the same as a 1311CHXXI. Owner even ordered it with the matching Bluray writer dock. Having been using a new technology Razer since my old Z was stolen...I can say based on side by side comparisons in both stand alone mode and using my 980ti card as an egpu that the Z is almost indistinguishable in either day to day or gaming performance. Amazing for a 5 year old machine!
     
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    orionz Notebook Consultant

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    This is likely too time late to be of help. That said...I just resuscitated a Z with EACTLY the same symptoms by removing the motherboard, the memory modules on the mobo, cleaning everything, repasting the cpu (while I was in there) and CAREFULLY reconnecting everything. A Z that was dead (and sold to me for a song) lit up and is now fully functional! The symptoms you describe indicate a failure to post. I diagnosed a mobo change...which I did but the new mobo had a bad connector for the SSD. So back in went the original FAILED TO POST mobo...and whadya kno? It worked! And no I'm afraid I don't know what component it was that was screwed up and causing the failure to POST.
     
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    Kocane Notebook Deity

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    Have you written anywhere how you did about making your eGPU setup on the SVZ? The idea intrigues me, despite having moved on to an HP EliteBook, mainly because I grew really tired of the SVZ keyboard.
     
  4. orionz

    orionz Notebook Consultant

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    I have not done a full guide to this. Others have done so. The following threads are the basis for my mod using a PE4L-PM060A purchased on ebay.
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/sony-vpc-z2-svz-convenient-egpu-setup.619904/
    https://www.techinferno.com/index.p...ide-dsdt-override-to-fix-error-12/#post102517

    General considerations:
    A) you have be comfortable removing the internal battery and the case bottom from your Z.
    b) The internal wireless modem has to be removed to free the PCI-E slot it is plugged into. A far more modern usb modem is then plugged into one of the external usb3 slots to provide wireless connectivity.
    c) A hole must be cut into the case bottom (I used a Dremel tool to do this) so that the PM060A cable can be inserted as necessary to connect your (separately purchased) video card to the PCI-E bus. I cover the hole with carefully cut black electrical tape when using the machine in portable mode. See techinferno thread.
    d)your video card is unlikely to be recognized until you perform the DSDT override procedure to open the LARGE MEMORY space. You will have to edit the DSDT table per the notebookreview thread. AND you will have to operate Windows 10 in test mode thereafter (no big deal) for the override to be effective.
    e)once all that is done you new external video card should be detected and you can install appropriate drivers.
    f)The intel 3612QM although only a 3rd gen processor is a 35 watt TDP processor making it stronger than many 7th gen ULV processors...so you have plenty of processor power to support even current gen video cards!
    Questions welcome...but read the first post of each thread first.
     
  5. donfed

    donfed Notebook Guru

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    Hey guys, I am selling a used Sony Vaio Z SVZ131190X if anyone is interested. Its the 15th anniversary addition with the black hinge, etc and i7 and 256gb of storage. Comes with PMD dock, battery sheet, custom waterfield case, and is in near perfect condition. Just shoot me a PM or check out the ebay listing if you are interested. Thanks for all of the help on this forum over the years as well!

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-Vaio-...8gb-ram-external-GPU-accessories/173014249377
     
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    I'm intersted. Just made you an offer
     
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    McMagnus Notebook Consultant

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    Hi guys.

    An all around work horse this little laptop. Have been using it daily for almost 6 years, and it's still usually both the lightest and fastest in the room.

    Hit a little snag the other day, my S key first got loose, then came off altogether. When I try to attach the loose little white arc under the key and press it back on, it seem to click into place, but it's till extremely loose so I think something isn't quite right.

    Have been searching for guides on how it's constructed, but can't find any for this exact model. Other similar keyboards, like Macs, don't look identical under the key.

    Anyone have any suggestions? Detailed construction? Is it easy to remove another key and look under the hood?

    Pic of wreckage attached. (Are the 2 white parts supposed to be one?)
     

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