Having problems with your Sony VAIO VGN-AR630E Notebook ?

As soon as i start it up I get coloured lines across the screen, then when i log on the icons are big n it wont let me change resolution!


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I also have a Sony Vaio VGN-AR630E. There is a known problem with the NVIDA 8400M GT video card. Mine has died and Sony said this card will be fixed even if out of waranty, Only problem is that this model of laptop will not be fixed. This was not an inexpensive laptop, but Sony won't correct the problem with the video card.
It sounds like the PC is starting up in Safe Mode, or VGA Mode.

there might be a problem with the GPU (graphics processor) on the motherboard.

you could try and boot proper into Safe mode, and reinstall the video card drivers.

if the coloured lines you refer to , are corruption to the display output, you might have to get the GPU or entire motherboard replaced, thats fine if it is under warrenty, but can leave you out of pocket if it is not.

video card reinstall is fairly easy.
goto Control Panel > System > Hardware > Device Manager .

Expand Display Adapters. your's should show in here.
Righ Click it , select Update driver.

at this point, it would have been good to have the replacement drivers onhand.

the graphics card onboard is a : Sony VGP-UPR1 Display Adapter.

the driver package you most likely want to get is from:

http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-download.pl?mdl=VGNAR520E&upd_id=3895&os_id=28

extract the driver download, and point the Update wizard to the folder location.

reboot and test the changes. if it still gives problems, go back into Device Manager, and instead of update Driver, choose Uninstall.
Reboot. and Windows should automatically try and reinstall the GPU, requesting you to select the driver location.
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