Sony Vaio X Series - bricked by flashing BIOS

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  1. WeissTeufel

    WeissTeufel Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi all,

    Is there anyone who can help me?
    I have a sony Vaio X Series, I flashed my Vaio with a wrong flash (possibly from Acer) after flashing my Vaio is completely dead.
    I know I can fix it somehow by flashing the right flash but I don't know where to get it or how to take it out from the file (genuine sony file - EP0000216205.exe)
    newest flash R0084U4

    Please advice what I should do. I would really appreciate that!

    Thanks in advance!!!
     
  2. AESdecryption

    AESdecryption Notebook Evangelist

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    You might want to remove the CMOS battery (it is a battery on the motherboard) and then put it on again after you try turning the computer on without any power source (Note: Do this only when you are sure that the motherboard does not hold a charge of electricity by turning on the computer without a battery and a power source), it will remove the temporary BIOS settings to factory defaults.
     
  3. ComputerCowboy

    ComputerCowboy Sony Fanboy

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    One word....... JTAG
     
  4. WeissTeufel

    WeissTeufel Notebook Enthusiast

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    AESdecryption - i will try this today...
    to be honest i didn't think there is such a thing in such a tiny laptop (netbook)
    I thought that I can do that only with desktop computers with those big motherboards

    have you tried that before yourself?
    do you know how much sony would charge me to fix it?

    regards
     
  5. ota-con

    ota-con Notebook Deity

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    From my personal experience, Sony replaces the whole motherboard.
     
  6. fuchstronaut

    fuchstronaut Notebook Consultant

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    Sony offered me to replace my Vaio VGN-TZ21's 11" screen for 699,-€, so don't count on them.
    You should be better off with a local notebook shop.
    I don't think removing that battery is a big thing for someone who knows what to do.
     
  7. pyr0

    pyr0 100% laptop dynamite

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    I don't think removing the battery will help since you entirely messed up your BIOS flash and this is NOT a volatile memory. As ComputerCowboy posted, you will need to reprogram your BIOS flash and due to your dead computer, you will need special programming devices for that. Don't know if its JTAG flashable only or also SPI flashable. In both cases you will need electronic and soldering knowhow in order to fix it by yourself. Don't send it to Sony unless you want them to charge you one grand for that.
     
  8. WeissTeufel

    WeissTeufel Notebook Enthusiast

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    so there is no option to flash it again with some proper flash like in Dell or Acer netbooks?

    common BIOS (insyde H20)

    regards
     
  9. pyr0

    pyr0 100% laptop dynamite

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    How do you think you can do that when you got nothing else than a black screen of death on your laptop, eh? You can get the rom binary from temp directory after running the sony bios update exe, which just extracts the bios image and the flashing tool. But anyways, you need proper tools and honestly, I think you should just swallow the bitter pill and send it right away to repair and pay big money or buy a new laptop.
     
  10. Gracy123

    Gracy123 Agrees to disagree

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    This is the part I actually don't understand either - how do you plan re-flashing it using any software method if you have absolutely no access to the computer!??

    What happens when you switch it on?
     
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