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Advice on getting computer fixed - install O/S ?

Hi,

I have a Sony Vaio Laptop which threw a fit recently and I had to have the hard discs replaced, meaning I lost all my data.

I had most of my media backed up externally so no big deal, but he did unfortunately wipe the O/S as well. he said I could reinstall this using the original discs but, I wasn't given any by the shop since it was all installed to begin with. And it's out of guarantee - hooray!

Does anyone have any advice how I can get this problem resolved and install a new OS? Windows something, it was Vista I think, but I'm not fussy since all I use it for is the internet.

The guy can fix it for another 300 CHF approx but that's silly money.

Any assistance or guidelines much appreciated,
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Old 30.10.2009, 15:57
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Re: Advice on getting computer fixed - install O/S ?

You should have got a repair disk for your OS

if not,
only two options
1) buy a new OS
2) pirate a new OS

better still,
buy a new laptop
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Re: Advice on getting computer fixed - install O/S ?

Without the install disks, I'm pretty sure you're SOL.

You can 1. Buy new software, or 2. Download pirated software.

I would go back to the store and demand the disks!!

Rough deal!
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Old 30.10.2009, 15:59
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Re: Advice on getting computer fixed - install O/S ?

If you get in touch with Sony for a fee they should send you the discs.

The same thing happened to me with my Acer laptop that I am on and Acer sent me the discs but I had to sign and prove that the computer was mine.
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Re: Advice on getting computer fixed - install O/S ?

Try to get a new OS from someone who is working in IT industry
You will get it for dirt cheap
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Old 30.10.2009, 16:03
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Re: Advice on getting computer fixed - install O/S ?

I've not had great experiences with Sony ... plus the fact I bought it 2 years ago it's just out of guarantee. In fact, I bought it in London but live in Geneva so going back is not the easiest option. I spoke to Sony Shop Geneva and they said since out of guarantee, easiest to take it to their recommended dealer repair guy, who is trying to charge me another 300 smackers to install.

But, good point - I guess I can buy a new O/S disc, will check it out later - that way I get to keep it.

Am only looking to keep it running for a while, though, since I'll upgrade to a Mac in the new year.

Just a thought - maybe if I paint it white, I can pretend it's an Apple and take it to the new store in Geneva *lol*
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Re: Advice on getting computer fixed - install O/S ?

why not install Ubuntu Linux, its free and works very well ?
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UNless, anyone got any spare discs laying around ... ?
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Re: Advice on getting computer fixed - install O/S ?

Chicken and Egg Problems ... I have no O/S to get onto the internet to download it
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Re: Advice on getting computer fixed - install O/S ?

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......Am only looking to keep it running for a while, though, since I'll upgrade to a Mac in the new year.
I believe the term is 'downgrade'.

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Old 30.10.2009, 16:06
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Re: Advice on getting computer fixed - install O/S ?

Sony will charge you for a new OS, if the laptop is out of warranty. I think its so bad of the industry, that you only get the CD if the HDD fails in the warranty period, and they only hand it out, if you ask for it.

If I ever buy a laptop for myself, I will call in and claim the service partition does not work as soon as i unpack it.

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Chicken and Egg Problems ... I have no O/S to get onto the internet to download it
how are you managing to post this?
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But, good point - I guess I can buy a new O/S disc, will check it out later - that way I get to keep it.

Am only looking to keep it running for a while, though, since I'll upgrade to a Mac in the new year.

Just a thought - maybe if I paint it white, I can pretend it's an Apple and take it to the new store in Geneva *lol*
If it was some one else, he would buy apple now itself instead of buying an OS for a short time.

Pirate a windows, Install bootcamp and load windows
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I believe the term is 'downgrade'.

Sorry OT.
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iTelepathy 1.0 ?
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Work Computer, but firewall too restrictive to install something like an O/S and can't even plug in a USB key on this machine...
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Sony will charge you for a new OS, if the laptop is out of warranty. I think its so bad of the industry, that you only get the CD if the HDD fails in the warranty period, and they only hand it out, if you ask for it.

If I ever buy a laptop for myself, I will call in and claim the service partition does not work as soon as i unpack it.

Doc.
Good point, Doc. Will note to do that next time, thx
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Re: Advice on getting computer fixed - install O/S ?

Nothing constructive to add but I am enjoying the title of this thread.

Advice on getting computer fixed - install O/S ?
Yeah, reckon that might help.
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Advice on getting computer fixed ... turn on ?
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