Enter BIOS utility - Sony VAIO PCG-8W1L

Sony / Pcg-8w1l
February 22, 2010 at 10:10:32
Specs: Might have been Windows XP - N/A, if I'm not wrong 512 MB
A Sony Vaio PCG-8W1L has no HD but it's running Ubuntu from the CD drive. Tried to investigate more about what hardware I'm dealing with by going to the various Sony sites but they don't recognize this model (it's clearly written in the bottom), tried to enter the BIOS page to enable usb-booting in order to use a flash drive with DSL but no keyboard combination that I've tried sent me there. Finally, I went to the bios developer's site (Phoenix) & asked them how this might be done but they sent me back to Sony. The latter one hasn't permitted me to gain access to any info because it's a prerequisite that I supply a valid model #. This seems to be a closed/infinite loop. The owner of the laptop said it was trashing it away because it had the motherboard fried... but if it's running Ubuntu from a cd I've my serious doubts &, after all, I love to be challenged!
I - First of all, I need a way to enter the bios to make some arrangements there to enable usb-booting.
II - I'm trying to do the above in the hope that the tools that comes with DSL or others that I might download would give me the detailed info of the machine that I'm seeking.
III - The laptop has no ordinary port for connecting to the internet but it might have wireless/bluetooth capabilities. Those could make the trick to enter, finally, to the Sony site & let them have a deep look inside...
Thanks in advanced for any help that might be provided!

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#1
February 22, 2010 at 18:58:01
... does it show the "service tag"? << click

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#2
February 22, 2010 at 19:49:09
This:

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2008/...

says it should be F1, F2 or F3.

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#3
February 22, 2010 at 21:11:09
"says it should be F1, F2 or F3."

Remove any bootable CD or DVD from the drive. Remove any bootable USB drive.
Press the key repeatedly, do not hold it down, starting right after the mboard beeps once, or starting right after the display led turns from it's standby color (e.g. yellow or orange) to it's on color (e.g. green).

"....going to the various Sony sites but they don't recognize this model (it's clearly written in the bottom)...."

I had the same situation while searching for info about a Sony laptop for a friend . I found the Sony bios shows you the actual model that the Sony site wants - in the case of my friend's laptop it was FX-120. Using the model on the label on the outside of it may yield you little or no info on the Sony web site(s) - when you can't access the bios, you may need to search using the model or product number on the label on the web in order to find mentions of the actual model.


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#4
February 23, 2010 at 06:44:40
Thanks for responding to all of you: mavis007, DAVEINCAPS & Tubesandwires!
First, it has the 'Service Tag' label which I already submitted.
Second, I'm pretty sure I tried most of the key combinations I see here but tried a few again with no result. But now I've a new question upon this specific subject: does it has to be done with the onboard keyboard or it can be done with an external one?
Third, apparently some screws to fix the keyboard (on the upper part) are missing. Is this situation might lead to the keyboard stop responding? Does it needs to be 'grounded'?

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#5
February 23, 2010 at 07:32:49
... this will give you a rough idea download this is for a sony but different model dismantle manual with pics

... dell laptop keyboard removal the fittings are near as damn it the same, the flat ribbon slides into a connector which has ground connections some have plug n socket... screws to hold it in place when you bash it while typing.

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#6
February 23, 2010 at 10:33:38
... hi "Benny7440" I have some info for you

... I have "pm"ed a link to you with google chinese translator you should be able to sort something out as in contacting "them"

... the model is known over there and it looks like a positive lead perhaps with drivers and stuff etc

... I'll leave the contacting to you ...... lol


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... edit\ ... been to there mother site and downloaded a Vaio "iso" .... interesting

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#7
February 23, 2010 at 11:48:09
"Third, apparently some screws to fix the keyboard (on the upper part) are missing. Is this situation might lead to the keyboard stop responding?"

When you boot from the Linux CD, it should be obvious whether the keyboard works or not when you do certain things that require typing.

Ask the owner why the screws are missing, and if he (or she) or someone has been fiddling with keyboard wiring or wiring connector.

If it has a single PS/2 port, that should work with both of either a PS/2 keyboard or a PS/2 mouse, or it can be used with both if you use a standard Y cable - PS/2 male to 2 PS/2 female - meant for connecting both.If the PS/2 female connectors on the Y cable are colored, green is for a mouse, purple is for a keyboard, or if they not different colors, which thing they are for may be molded onto the surface of the female connectors.

A USB keyboard requires that the bios Setup has the USB controller enabled, it is by default, and that a setting is enabled USB Legacy Devices or USB Keyboard, or similar, in order for you to be able to get into the bios Setup - in newer bioses that's usually enabled by default - in older bioses that's usually NOT enabled by default - but it should work while booting and in Windows otherwise.


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#8
February 23, 2010 at 18:03:32
Thanks to both of you guys (mavis007 & Tubesandwires) for responding!
1st to mavis007: the temperature here has been at around 84 F during the day & around 65 F at around 5 am thanks to the remnants of a cold front that passed over us in the last days.
2nd to Tubesandwires: the screws are missing for good; there're '3' usb-ports around, a memory stick slot, a microphone & headphone jacks, an 'optical output jack' and a coaxial connector (yes, like the ones that comes on a dishnetwork box). Apart from what I've said, there're only 2 other possibilities to communicate with the external world: has a switch to enable bluetooth & I beleive there's a dvd burner-capable unit (where Ubuntu sits).
Have tried the keyboard many times but not a dot to be seen as an output. So, I've been using the keyboard I'm using now to write these lines with the other laptop (that happens to have also a dead keyboard - but this time is partially my fault).

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#9
October 6, 2010 at 20:30:11
F2 is the key you need to press at the splash screen. The model number is actually not the one on the bottom of the base. That number is the chasis model. The correct model number is printed on the monitor bezel on the bottom right. It might say something like VGN-CS320J.

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#10
October 7, 2010 at 08:19:54
Thanks to all of you! It was in fact F2 the key to be pressed for entering the BIOS setup. By now I already enter the BIOS & make any changes I want there with ease. I would like to know though how to make this notebook to boot (i.e. linux) from a pendrive. As mentioned above, have DSL in a pendrive & it start the booting process but freezes before finishing. I suspect it's BIOS' dependent. How should I proceed?

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#11
October 7, 2010 at 09:16:25
It's probably best to start a new thread on that subject as this one is over 6 months old and not likely to be viewed by many who could help.

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