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What to do with this Sony Vaio

167 32 November 2, 2017 at 12:00 PM
So I have this Sony Vaio laptop in my home office:

Running Windows Vista Home Premium
Has a Blu-Ray drive
A dual threaded processor T6400
4 GB of RAM
17 inch LCD display

This is not my primary computer but I keep it on the side of my desk for:

Streaming AMC/Hulu/Netflix
Playing DVD/Blu-Rays
An occasional Citrix session when I want to dedicate a full display to it.
It was my iTunes computer but I've moved that off to a Windows 10 machine

The problem now being that support has dropped from the OS/browsers/Anti-Virus... and now newer Blu-Rays won't run on it without a software update and the player software is out of support.

I'd be interested in hearing options from the crowd on where to take this. I'm relatively technically skilled. I used to be a Microsoft Certified Engineer.

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Can you get Windows 10 for relatively cheap and update it to that?

It's ridiculous that Microsoft doesn't offer free OS upgrades like every other vendor.
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I'd install Linux Mint (or plain Ubuntu) - dual boot it for now so you can try it. Netflix is definitely supported... not 100% sure about AMC/Hulu but easy to test. I have an old VAIO with similar specs (13.3" though) and it runs great with Mint.

Buying a win 7/8/10 license is an option too but I typically hate throwing good money at old hardware - esp laptops that could fail at any time - maybe if you can find one cheap enough.
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I'd install Linux Mint (or plain Ubuntu) - dual boot it for now so you can try it. Netflix is definitely supported... not 100% sure about AMC/Hulu but easy to test. I have an old VAIO with similar specs (13.3" though) and it runs great with Mint.

Buying a win 7/8/10 license is an option too but I typically hate throwing good money at old hardware - esp laptops that could fail at any time - maybe if you can find one cheap enough.
I like this suggestion, Don't throw money at old hardware thats rarely used.
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I usually cringe at the "throw Linux on it" suggestions, but this might not be a bad idea here. Windows 10 may be pretty slow on this hardware -- even as fast as it is -- and it's not worth spending any money on at this point. Try a linux boot DVD and see how it supports your hardware and software needs. Things like Netflix, blurays, Citrix should all work fine.

That'll buy you another few years until something physically fails in the hardware.
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I usually cringe at the "throw Linux on it" suggestions, but this might not be a bad idea here. Windows 10 may be pretty slow on this hardware -- even as fast as it is -- and it's not worth spending any money on at this point. Try a linux boot DVD and see how it supports your hardware and software needs. Things like Netflix, blurays, Citrix should all work fine.

That'll buy you another few years until something physically fails in the hardware.
LMAO I know.. I even did a double-take when I suggested it. It seems to get thrown around here all the time in cases where it doesn't make sense.

OP let us know how it works out .
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LMAO I know.. I even did a double-take when I suggested it. It seems to get thrown around here all the time in cases where it doesn't make sense.

OP let us know how it works out .
After backing up everything that I wanted to save I loaded up Linux Mint 18.2 Actually to be honest I've loaded and reloaded it a few times playing with the configuration and wanting to go back to fresh installs. Streaming from the web seems to be as good if not better than when it was running on Vista. It looks like my problem still remains with Blu-Ray discs. I've tried a couple players and I'm unable to do anything with the newer "protected" Blu-Rays.
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After backing up everything that I wanted to save I loaded up Linux Mint 18.2 Actually to be honest I've loaded and reloaded it a few times playing with the configuration and wanting to go back to fresh installs. Streaming from the web seems to be as good if not better than when it was running on Vista. It looks like my problem still remains with Blu-Ray discs. I've tried a couple players and I'm unable to do anything with the newer "protected" Blu-Rays.
I was afraid that might be the case for blurays. There's some workarounds here.. but seems a bit clunky: https://www.howtogeek.com/240487/...-on-linux/

You may just have to run blurays from your main computer - second monitor? Or start ripping your collection?
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I was afraid that might be the case for blurays. There's some workarounds here.. but seems a bit clunky: https://www.howtogeek.com/240487/...-on-linux/

You may just have to run blurays from your main computer - second monitor? Or start ripping your collection?
MakeMKV looks like it is the answer. I followed the directions from http://www.makemkv.com/forum2/vie...?f=3&t=224 which lists some prerequisites.

It's a little cumbersome but it works.

I'm streaming the first season/first disk of Ash vs Evil Dead to VLC right now. The video is really sharp.
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MakeMKV looks like it is the answer. I followed the directions from http://www.makemkv.com/forum2/vie...?f=3&t=224 which lists some prerequisites.

It's a little cumbersome but it works.

I'm streaming the first season/first disk of Ash vs Evil Dead to VLC right now. The video is really sharp.
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You can actually upgrade that laptop for free to Win10 (expires 12/31/17): https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/a...s10upgrade

What assistive technologies are eligible for the extension?
We are not restricting the upgrade offer to specific assistive technologies. If you use assistive technology on Windows, you are eligible for the upgrade offer.
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You can actually upgrade that laptop for free to Win10 (expires 12/31/17): https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/a...s10upgrade

What assistive technologies are eligible for the extension?
We are not restricting the upgrade offer to specific assistive technologies. If you use assistive technology on Windows, you are eligible for the upgrade offer.
Upgrade is only free from Win 7 or 8.
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