Sony not all fun and games…

So as per my last post, I decided to buy a new Sony Vaio VGN-AR41S….
Is this computer stylish? yes absolutely.
Does it feel good to use? Yes
Does it work? Well yes and no…. and this is why I am now not recommending Sony Vaios to anyone who wants a high performance gaming desktop replacement…

These are the problems I have faced with the Sony in the week I have had it.

1. The remote control that comes with it… used to work… Until I cleaned out the windows installation, and put on a fresh copy of windows… Now the remote does not work… and I have spent 2 days researching why it does not work… there is not a scrap of documentation on the subject on the internet (including support forums) and the 188 page manual only states the obvious like replace the batteries….

2. The enter key skips a beat every now and again… and gets stuck when you press it while typing fast…. This is one annoying factor about having a notebook PC… the keyboard is not replaceable, instead its serviceable… This means that should anything go wrong with your keyboard, like mine, on a brand new pc… then you literally have to take your notebook back… this means being without your notebook for I would guess up to a month… to have it serviced… depending on where you are in the world… for example in Czech Republic, Eastern Europe, things tend to happen here at a snail pace…

3. The SD Card reader stopped working after a clean install of windows… Which is a pitty, cause I really liked having this card reader for use with my Digital Camera… Ok so you might think I am some idiot unable to install drivers… actually not the case… the correct drivers are installed, the works…. but…. nada, not a bloody thing…

4. This is a huge concern… Its not possible to install Windows XP on the Sony Vaio VGN-AR41S. Now I want you to think about that one for a second… Not possible? What do I mean, not possible? Everything is possible right? Well… here is the thing – the Notebook was designed for use only with Vista, but I am guessing Linux would install… The problem is XP just can’t see the HDD (hard disk drive), so it simply will not install… Also even if it could install… guess what there are not enough windows XP drivers out there…. because most of the components… including the graphics card… were only meant to be used on windows vista… This is most frustrating…

5. The nVidia GeForce 8600M GT that is installed, only operatates with Sony Provided Drivers… and this means that its at the liberty of Sony to provide drivers… Not nVidia.. basically off the shelf nVidia drivers simply do not work even though the card installed is nVidia…
So already Sony is not providing the most recent driver thats available on the nVidia site.. meaning that you are limitied to the fresh off the shelf driver, that was basically the first driver written for windows Vista…

6. A fresh clean re-install did not fix all the problems… they still persisted….

7. The overal gaming experience is seriously not impressive… I think its because of the windows vista thats installed…. but I can’t be sure… infact no one could be since you can’t get XP installed on one of these babies…. Anyways… this is not a gaming PC… and if you don’t believe me… You are going to get really pissed off if you rush out and buy one… But thats your choice… I was also warned against buying one, and I bought one anyways… Main thing is that the games will run… just not as sweet as you would think…

Anyways – hope this tip helps

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