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Official Sony VAIO F Series i5/i7 owners thread *Part 3*

Discussion in 'Sony Owners' Lounge Forum' started by eagle17, Jan 7, 2010.

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  1. eagle17

    eagle17 Notebook Consultant

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    I read about the updated BIOS on a dutch forum about the F11. People who send their F back in for a replacement of the motherboard, got it back (after waiting for a month) and the bios was updated. They have to wait so long because the motherboard was in back-order.
     
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    Incidentally, forgive me if this is considered off topic, however here is a scan from a 1999 catalogue showing the ORIGINAL F-series laptop (VPCGF) - My wild guess is that that's why later F's are called the FW when it went widescreen, then F1x for the NEXT followup etc. Since our wonderful i7 instruments are a direct functional successor of the PCGF, still for "editing your videos" and so on, it will therefore always BE the F1xx for this model. Note the different screen sizes and overall thicknesses on the SAME model run.


    [​IMG]
     
  5. Joe Bleau

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    The gods have ruled, it will be a mixed thread. :(

    OK. Does anybody knows in which colors the F12 will be available in USA?

    Will they be the same as elsewhere?

    Will the 1080p matte display also be available where I live?

    Will the backlit keyboard also be available where I live?

    Will it have the famous BD sticker? If so, what color?

    Does anybody knows when it will be available?

    Does anybody knows the pricing?

    Does anybody knows if NVIDIA® GeForce® N11P found in the .LU link above means the N11P-GE1 code name for the GT 330M or an other chip?

    Should I sell my F11 NOW @ a better price so I could buy the F12?

    I already hate my F11 and NEED the new F12, is there a remedy?

    Will the drivers be different?

    Will it have the same bloatware?

    How about the BIOS?

    What about the new CPU's?

    Will the fan be different: quieter or noisier?

    What will be the CPU speed on battery?

    Will the Morse code be fixed or play a different tune?

    If you order or pre-order one, could you post a blow by blow of the ordering & delivery process? We NEED to know where your package is @ the present.
     
  6. Joe Bleau

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    So, is it the same mobo #? Otherwise it's a good way to brick your_F11. Nobody posted mobo # & BIOS #?
     
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    Ah now THAT is THE important question that We Must Know..! The other things.. blah. Too much Costa Rican rum Joe...

    At least we're not talking the F0 (VPCGF) Oh, wait a minute.....

    :eek: :) :confused: :rolleyes: :D
     
  8. Joe Bleau

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    In fact: will there even be a sticker? A remember a post where he paid $6 for one from China, maybe even counterfeit.

    My almost mint F11_BD sticker will be up for sale in a few months. The value can only go up!
     
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    Nobdy mentioned the number of the MoBo or BIOS. I will ask them.
     
  10. MelodyMaster

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    Be sure to let me know...
     
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    Looking at here we realize that they area the same thing, i want a "Fermi" card!! :)

    Code:
    Manufacturer	NVIDIA
    Series	GeForce GT 200M
    Codename	N11P-GE1
    Pipelines	48 - unified
    Core Speed *	575 MHz
    Shader Speed *	1265 MHz
    Memory Speed *	1066 MHz
    Memory Bus Width	128 Bit
    Memory Type	GDDR2, GDDR3, DDR3
    Max. Amount of Memory	1024 MB
    Shared Memory	no
    DirectX	DirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1
    technology	40 nm
    Features	DirectX Compute Support (Windows 7), CUDA, OpenCL, HybridPower, PhysX
    Notebook Size	medium sized
    Date of Announcement	10.01.2010
    Information	
    182 Gigaflops calculation power
    
     
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    Well, here's to hoping that the F12 is as good as my F11. So far, I have no flaws at all with mine and I am happy to have not waited for the refresh.

    Bill
     
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    Initially, I was kicking myself for not reading through the thread before I bought my_F11, but the manufacture date is April 2010 and I've had no issues other than the keypress/fanspeed quirk... which is hard to classify (in my professional opinion, it is a flaw).

    Anyway, my only complaint is the lack of an LED backlit screen. If the F12 won't have that, then I'll have no F12 envy.

    That's all I have to say about that</Gump>
     
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    Sorry Joe. I was hoping you saw it before I took it down. Anyway, the trick is to make the Optical Drive button reference the Folder list... which would still allow you to play DVDs by browsing to the DVD drive in the tree. As a professional software engineer, I have to be cautious about what I post. As an open source advocate, I think nothing should be closed up with legal consequences for editing. Conflict, conflict.

    Anyhow, maybe I should write a nice media player and release it for free, I've been trying to think of a fun side project!
     
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    I can't believe people payed that much for an F in 1999.
     
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    Laptops were always twice as much as desktops. There wasn't a standard for parts, so the layout for one manufacturer couldn't accept components such as DVDroms from another. Now everything is the same, like desktops, so mass manufacturing of just a few different items has brought costs down.
     
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    Melody, sorry to bring this up again, could you please tell me where you think the holes for the HDD are in the fenvi caddy, or point them out where they should have been on the pictures I sent? TIA

    (Joe, thanks for the answer, I had already thought about drilling it, but the way it has been presented here seemed like it needed no drilling.)
     
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    Brings back old memories about the price of memory.
    109.99 $ for a 16MB Sony memory stick!
    Oh my, thank God those days are over :D
     
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    There aren't any hole. You don't need them.

    1. Pop up the plastic that says SATA HDD, don't brake the tabs on the both sides.

    2. Insert you sata drive (SSD or HDD)
    3. Fold piece of paper and place it in between drive and that plastic.
    4. Replace plastic, make sure both tabs clicked.

    DONE.

    I used piece of folded paper, so the drive won;t have any room to play/wiggle however you can use a piece of foam tape or something similar to it.
     
  20. Joe Bleau

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    I drive & also ride a motorcycle on bumpy dirt roads in Costa Rica & don't want to rely only on a folded piece of paper & a flimsy flap to hold the HDD in place. What is the problem with drilling 1 tiny hole, it takes about 3 seconds. Also that piece of paper is not too good for mold & fungus during rainy season in my neck of the wood.

    As I explained in the how-to install a HDD in the F's ODD bay the only "difficulty" is to mark the spot where you need to drill. For that, you mount the screw in the hole of the HDD the furthest away from the SATA connector then smear the top of the screw with a marker, paint, corrector fluid or put a piece of carbon paper or whatever can mark the bottom of the caddy then insert the HDD fully in the SATA connector, press the HDD to mark the spot, remove HDD & drill.

    You could drill 4 holes for 4 screws but one is enough to make sure the HDD will not slide out of the connector or get it's back jacked up if the laptop is dropped or bumped on the lid side.

    You can see niebyl2002's paper shim between the flap & HDD here:

    [​IMG]

    I prefer this in the bottom + the flap on the other side:

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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