Aperion, thanks for awesome instructions. I think I have a soldered processor. Since I don't want to take off the heatsink, I have linked a jpeg here for you to look at. Could you please take a look? BTW I was impressed by build quality of this Vaio compared to Dell, HP, Gateway that I have opened.http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...hoto/s260p.jpg
Originally Posted by Aperion
Now that I think about it you may be able to just confirm it by popping the keyboard out.
edit - I'm going from memory but I don't think that any of the screws were holding the KB in place, but you may want to just take the bottom screws out JIC.
The plastic rest has two small nubs holding the keyboard in and you should be able to pry the keyboard out with a flathead screwdriver where the keyboard well meets the plastic along the top of the keyboard. Be careful pulling it out as there is a short ribbon cable tightly secured that comes from the keyboard and connects to the mobo. You may be able to peer in one of the gaps under the keyboard and see if the processor on yours is in a socket.
As for taking it apart:
There are about a dozen screws on the bottom (including one under the RAM cover).
Pop out the keyboard and undo there is a latch on the motherboard holding the ribbon in place. It is a 1mm X 15 mm~ plastic bar on the connector that needs to be turned to face up.
Underneath the keyboard there are a few holes looking down to the motherboard.
Youl'll need to disconnect two smaller white ribbon cables from the motherboard. Grip the cable where they meet the connector at the mobo and disconnect them. The top ribbon cable is for power/buttons and the bottom ribbon cable is for the touchpad.
There are also 2 speakers plugged in and they need to be unplugged. They are black and red wires going to small 2mmX2mm plugs and sockets and are located in the upper left gap. Use a flathead and these should unplug easily.
Take out about 5-6 screws that were located under the keyboard and push the screen all the way back and the plastic should easily pop off. If you're getting any resistance, doublecheck for screws.
You've now got it open and should be able to access the HD as well from here. As a a side note The LBA support is lacking on this sony as it won't show more than 130GB. I dropped a 250GB in the one I had but it was definately performing better despite not being able to use all the space.