1) clean the keyboard which was glitching
2) remove and replace the keyboard, when it became clear that there was so much dog hair stuck in the thing that I was never going to be able to type 'L's again.
3) bend the pins on the power jack so that the laptop could once again receive mains power
4) bend the pins again, for plugging and unplugging causes them to bend (honestly, this Vaio has the cheapest, shoddiest looking power jack socket you can imagine. Outside it's all sleek plastic: inside it looks like it cost 0.01p.)
5) repeat 4 at intervals, swearing fluently
So last night I rebelled and after fixing the power jack again, I only replaced 15 screws. Because I'm going to have to take them all out again, aren't I...
Apparently one of those screws I didn't replace was the screw that was causing my Windows updates to fail?
Well that is the message I am tempted to take from the fact that I spent hours and hours failing to resolve the whole 'windows update' problem with software. *Cough* some time ago, I gave up and resolved to take it to a qualified repairer 'as soon as I get a chance'. And now, suddenly, Windows Updates are working again.
It would be logical to conclude from this that in the Sony Vaio VPCF22C5E, those tiny screws are in some way interfacing with the operating system.
Now I am installing update 12 of 37, and wondering whether this Toshiba would be a useable replacement.On the one hand, 1Tb of hard disk and 8Gb of Ram sounds adequate, and it's only £350! On the other hand, Window 8 :-/ And having to Install All the Software. I did vaguely wonder about a Chromebook, or maybe even a switch to Ubuntu, which I like a lot as a server OS. But if I can get a decent windows machine that can run all my legacy windows programs for £350, a Chromebook seems less attractive, and laptops with Linux preinstalled seem to be way more expensive than ones with Windows. No, I'm not looking at Macs.And I am absolutely, definitely never buying a Vaio again. Not only is this power jack socket cheap and horrid, (and bending it back into place so it works is starting to knacker the plastic around it) but I can't even find anyone in Europe who will sell me a replacement for it. *rage*