I should add that as a general feeling I am more inclined to strip it for parts than spend further time head-aching over the intricacies of Sony updates and related complications. I have noticed that windows updates take forever to complete, if at all and in some cases seem to get stuck at one stage for an unrealistic length of time which just prompts one to turn the thing off.
Overall it is a project that I would warm to IF I had endless amounts of time to devote to it, but I don't .... consequently it is a stress I don't need.
This Sony VGN-SZ3 XWP/C (was XP) has an annoying habit of "going into Standby mode" without warning or cause from me.
This happens infrequently but is a reliable pattern in any session lasting an hour or more perhaps. (overheating maybe?)
This L/T was an unwise buy from eBay and it has been a headache right from scratch.
A critical thing I have found since loading Vista on there is that there is No brightness control in the Power Settings as there would be on a native Vista machine.
If anyone can tell me how to overcome that it would be the answer to a make or break situation. I doubt anyone would be able to use the machine on full brightness for long.