My nephew gave me his 2 yearold Sony VAIO VGN-FE21E to see if I can resolve the following issue.
For a while, Vista was acting slow, with long lags and sometimes freezing altogether.
He determined the issue was a bad hdd, and so purchased a replacement 320Gb WD BEKT drive.
When we try to install this to replace the existing 320Gb hdd, the BIOS does not recognise the drive size, it says 0Gb. If we put the old one back, it sees 320Gb. removing drive altogether shows No HDD.
So it seems to see it, but not get the size. I dont have the BIOS version to hand, but a quick look at Sony site seems to indicate that there is an update available, which I downloaded but I cant run it, using the old HDD, it says Not A Valid 32 bit application for the exe.
Since the BIOS is not detecting this drive, I cant install Windows 7 or reinstall Vista.
I have tried installing Win 7 on the old drive, but it freezes up again. I can hear clicks from the old drive.
It could be 2 faults, both HDD, but I'm thinking that newer drives even if same size, may need a BIOS update, but as I say, how can I do this? Sony seem to have locked out a lot of BIOS options, and we have spoke to their support, who want us to return it and they will charge 70 pounds just to look at it.
Windows in safe mode does not sem to have the lags incidentally.
Any ideas appreciated.