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I'm having windows installed on it, because we haven't any more time to waste but this has thrown up evidence of a deeper problem, possibly with the mainboard on the Sony. So that will either be addressed or we'll be looking towards purchasing a new machine. If/ when we can get it working under Windows, I can make a fresh attempt at installing Linux. Until then, there isn't anything we can do with it but thanks for the advice. I'll look into it further when the Sony arrives back.
Hi Germany_Chris. This Sony Vaio isn't actually THAT old. We bought it about a year ago and by then it was only about a year old. Nothing like 7-8. Even my repair chap has said it's a fairly up to date machine, so it's surprising that it's failed so quickly. It was running Windows 7 Home Premium when we bought it. It should have a bit of life left in it yet but being second hand, we just don't know if it may have been subjected to abuse or might even have been a second from the start.
My main portable is from '08 my portable Mac is from '09 so I'm no stranger to older machines. I'd imagine you've already done the standard google searching but if I recall correctly Sony was having issues a couple years back, maybe you have a problem child. Maybe it's one of those computers that refuses to play well with Linux, I personally love problem children but I have the time to dedicate to it and multiple other computers to use while futzing so. I wish you the best of luck
I have running a Dell Laptop from 2005 running Linux Mint - I use it for streaming videos with DRM plugins that I do not want to install on my main system.
It runs reasonably well. As suggested before you may want to post your hardware specs...
If you are running into issues such as failure to shutdown etc. please describe the behavior in more detail (error messages etc.). This will help people to help you.