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Sony Vaio PCG-161L Troubleshooting

Computer Will Not Power On ¶ 

Sony Vaio PCG-161L wont turn on when power button is pressed.

Faulty Power Adapter/ Charger ¶ 

Make sure the charger is plugged in properly and the charging light is on. If the charging light does not turn on when the charger is plugged in, the power adaptor is broken and needs to be replaced.

Faulty Battery ¶ 

If the computer will only turn on when it is connected to a power supply, then the battery can no longer hold a charge and needs to be replaced.

Battery Switches Unlocked ¶ 

Make sure the battery is locked in properly. Both switches on the back of the case should be in the lock position.

Loosely Connected Hardware ¶ 

When you turn your computer on, it runs a Power On Self Test (POST). If it cannot test a component because it is seated loosely, it will will not power on. Unplug all hardware connected to the computer, open the computer and reconnect all hardware to ensure a tight connection and try to power on the device again.

Keyboard Does Not Work ¶ 

Keyboard/ keys wont respond when pressed.

Keyboard is Not Connected to Motherboard ¶ 

If the entire keypad stops responding the keyboard may be disconnected from the Motherboard. Make sure the ribbon cable linking the keyboard to the motherboard is properly connected by removing the keyboard and locking the ribbon wire to the harness on the motherboard.

Individual Key(s) Are Stuck In Place ¶ 

If a key is stuck in place there may be something underneath it not allowing it to move. Remove the key from the keyboard and clean the bottom of it as well as the area it sits in. Then put the key back in place by pressing down on the key until it 'clicks' into place.

Key(s) Are loose/ Falling Off ¶ 

If a key will no longer 'click' back into place the mechanism that holds it into place may be broken. Inspect the back of the key to see if it has snapped- if it is broken consider replacing the key.

Computer Is Freezing/ Wont load ¶ 

Sony Vaio PCG-161L freezes during use.

Not Enough RAM ¶ 

If your Sony Vaio PCG-161L freezes/ wont load during normal use, consider upgrading the memory to suit your needs.

Overheating ¶ 

Overheating can cause your computer to freeze. The CPU cannot withstand temperatures above the normal operating threshold for very long. See our guide on how to fix overheating.

Computer Viruses ¶ 

Poor computer performance can be a result of your system being infected by viruses. Software viruses can cause a number of issues, but generally slow performance or freezing can be symptoms of software viruses. To clear viruses and prevent future software viruses, make sure your anti-virus software is up to date and scan your computer for viruses. If your computer does not have anti- virus software, consider purchasing it online or in a store to suit your needs/ budget.

Hard Drive Error ¶ 

If windows will not load when your Sony Vaio PCG-161L is turned on, the hard drive may be broken and need to be replaced.

Computer is Overheating ¶ 

Sony Vaio PCG-161L gets unusually hot when powered on.

Dust In The Vents ¶ 

If too much dust accumulates in the vents, the hot air cannot escape the casing. Clean the dust out of the vents to keep the computer cool.

Inadequate Amount of Thermal Paste ¶ 

Sony Vaio PCG-161L does not have fans to cool the processor, if it gets too hot,

the computer may run slow. To keep the processor cool, apply thermal paste between the processor and the heat sink on top of it.

Computer Won't Connect to Wi-Fi ¶ 

Sony Vaio PCG-161L will not connect to the internet/ Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi Card Not Connected Properly ¶ 

When the Wi-Fi card is not placed correctly, the device will not be able to connect to the internet. Make sure the Wi-Fi card is tightly connected and does not move.

Faulty Wi-Fi Card ¶ 

If the card is connected properly to the computer, but still does not connect to Wi-Fi, the Wi-Fi card may be broken. To test if your Wi-Fi card is broken, connect an ethernet cable to the ethernet port in the computer and try to connect to the internet. If you are able to connect to the internet with the ethernet cable plugged in, the Wi-Fi card is broken and should be replaced.

Speakers Sound Distorted/ Do Not Play Audio ¶ 

Sony Vaio PCG-161L speakers wont play audio properly

Loose Connection to Speakers ¶ 

If the speakers sound fuzzy/ do not work properly, there may be a loose connection from the motherboard to the speakers. Make sure the speakers are connected to the computer.

Speakers Are Broken ¶ 

If the speakers are properly connected but still wont play audio/ sound fuzzy, the speakers may be broken and need to be replaced.

Faulty Audio Driver ¶ 

If the audio is distorted through the speaker, the audio driver may be corrupt or outdated. Search "Sony Vaio PCG-161L audio driver" and download the appropriate driver. Once downloaded, go to control panel -> Device manager -> Audio control -> Update Driver and select the updated driver then restart the computer.

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