Intel486dx33 wrote on 2021-04-05, 08:18:
I have some Vaio recovery cds and dvds for Win95 and 98 and 2000
But they require a specific model computer.
Anyway to get around this and burn them to a cd that is not model specific ?
Which models are you after and which models do you have?
Aezn wrote on 2021-04-08, 01:54:
hello, i am looking for recovery cds for my sony vaio pcg-c1xa do you have the cds or do you know where i can get them?
Unfortunately not, I'm after that one as well. As cyclone3d said, you can do a standard Win98 install and then use the Sony installers for the drivers. I've found you really have to install and run the 'Sony Notebook Setup' first *before* any others or their installers will complain or only half work. A lot of the Sony software does hardware checks to ensure it's only running on Sony hardware and it seems to mostly check through that program.
leecher wrote on 2021-04-08, 06:22:
My guess is, that the PCG-C1XA is very similar to the PCG-C1XN, as I guess: A...Australia, N...New Zealand
I think XA is for the whole Asia Pacific region (Hong Kong, Australia, NZ etc). I have one and it was originally from a shop in Hong Kong (still has their sticker on it) and I know someone who bought one new in NZ in 2000. But yeah XS (USA), XA (Asia Pacific) & XD (Europe) are all the same hardware (400MHz Pentium II, 12GB hard disk, 64MB memory). XE (Japan) & XN (USA) are both lower spec (266MHz).
The Japanese Win98 drivers are sort of compatible with non-Japanese Win98 but will either have incorrect text in them or just straight up not work.
I made a big spreadsheet of all of the PCG-C1 models. It has some holes in it but is mostly complete. Feel free to have a look here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wa3Mn … dit?usp=sharing
The Japanese models are easy enough to find info on as Sony Japan still has their original webpages online (highly recommended flashback browsing – https://www.sony.jp/support/vaio/products/pcg/index.html) but most of the other regions I've just pieced together from manuals, old promo material/reviews etc. Sony's Vaio model naming conventions are enough to make you question your sanity... haha