I love my
Sony Vaio VGN-FW46M
it is with a huge brilliant screen, a BD writer and even a HDMI out.But the previously owned person beat the poor laptop half to death, it went 3 times to Sony repair center for warranty repair. and then was exchanged by an overpriced Macbook instead as it was too slow for her. and then it was sold to me.
So………probably due to the many repairs, the bluray reader got exchanged by a writer, the MATASHITA BD-MLT UJ230AS
It is highy recommended to do a fw update to latest 1.20 fw from 2010 but don’t do it from the sony homepage as the computer originally is shipped with the UJ230A, so without the S!
from 4 GB RAM to 8 GB RAM
Inserted a USB 3.0 PCMCIA Express card.
Battery replaced with a new one
the HDD got replaced first by a Samsung 480 Basic Series SSD then again with a 1 TB Crucial SSD
As the case is full of scratches and so on, I got a skin called “Colourful” to make it look good again! 🙂
Meanwhile, the Bluray drive front bezel broke off and I had to fix it with tape. on the way to me is a replacment bezel which is silver instead of the black original as its for the models SONY VAIO VGN-FZ11L PCG-382M but it should fit fine anyway. probably looks kinda stylish to have a silver line in the black sides of the laptop, let’s see 🙂
For further details on how I have upgraded this already to in 2014, read part one of this story.
So what else I have done to this to pimp it even further?
-Well, I have tossed the 2ndary travel battery and the main battery as both died on the same day, with a bigger main battery with 6600 mAh instead of 4400 mAh.
-and I have removed the b/g/n wireless NIC with a Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 PCI Express Half Mini Card
-The Samsung 840 Basic Series has been exchanged by a
simply because Samsung just this month released a fix for the problem that the drives get slow with time. when I have contacted their support last year they said there won’t be any firmware update to fix this despite being promised a year earlier.
Also I will exchange the multiwrite DVD writer with a DVD-writer and BD reader combo drive.
Most internal drives are SATA but I found an IDE drive to fit: Sony NEC Optiarc BD-ROM/DVD/CD RW L BC-5500A .
It’s in the post waiting to arrive to me