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Sony Identification May 1, 2009

Posted by laptoppartsexpert in Sony VAIO.
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For all you that own a Sony, there is something you need to know. The model number is not really the model number. As it turns out, Sony puts a model number on the bottom of the laptop, usually a PCG number, but this is the body style of the laptop. The actual model is the PCG or VGN model number on the front of the laptop between the keyboard and screen.

For example, we had a customer that ordered a keyboard for a PCG-7Z1L but the 7Z1L is a VGN-NR series, 10 models from NR160-NR180. The ones that end in W though, take a different keyboard which is currently unavailable so they ordered the wrong one. If you need help identifying a Sony model, please email us at info@laptoppartsexpert.com.

Sony AC Adapter and Jack Issue April 29, 2009

Posted by laptoppartsexpert in AC Adapter, DC Jack.
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I got an email from a customer today that said he was returning an AC Adapter to us because it did not fit in his laptop. Well, there is only one pin size for 99.9% of all Sony models made and the part we sent matched the part number it was supposed to be. The customer told me that it was loose fitting and I realized the problem. The DC Jack was cracked. A very common problem in Sony laptops.

When you look at a Sony DC Jack, you should see a bulls-eye, in black or yellow. Here is an example of a surface mount version:Sony DC Jack front view
If you do not see this and instead see two wires sticking out or just a crack down the center, it means that the center ring is cracked and the jack need to be replaced. If it is not replaced and the adapter does not make the proper connection with the jack, you can short the board. If you need to find someone in your area that can replace the jack, we can offer you a local service center. Just email us at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find the jack for your Sony at http://www.laptoppartsexpert.com/c-43789-vaio.html