My VGN-FZ21Z just started showing the same symptoms just over a week ago. It didn't take me long to find out about this infamous 'faulty chip' issue, prior to which I was not aware.
Based on this, I am 100% certain this is the issue. After a diagnosis from a local laptop repair shop they recommended to get onto Sony as Sony said they would replace it up to 4 years from purchase date. Unfortunatly, I purchased the laptop in November 2007 so looks like I've just missed this by a lousy 3/4 months!
Talk about bad timing!
Does anybody know/have any experience in Sony granting several months grace after this period and covering laptop repair due to this issue? Are they in anyway understanding/reasonable to make exceptions or will they point blank refuse me when I ask them because i'm 3/4 months too far gone?
Hi Guys I'm new here and i hope i am posting in the proper place? I have a vaio vgn-ar88e and recently experiencing the blue screen of death which indicates the fault of the nvidia 8400 gpu. The machine will start in safe mode. Sometimes it will start and i can surf the net for a few hours, but if i reboot i get bsod or corrupted graphics then blue screen of death. My question is if i was to aquire a new nvidia chip would it come pre-balled and would it be with the lead free solder that seems to be causing the problem ( read on other forums that it is the problem) ? Would love Sony to repair, but as my machine is not on their list and out of warranty, i have to try something myself as its driving me nuts........wilbury8