I got a Sony Viao VGX-XL201 living room PC. It had XP installed but was Vista ready. Also got the discs for Vista Home Premium.
I use my Samsung LCD tv as the monitor (using HDMI)so I can watch & record TV etc through the PC and TV. I specifically bought this TV because it is PC compatable.
Everything worked fine in XP so I followed the instructions for a clean install of Vista. All appears fine at first but when I turn the TV to standby it upsets Vista totally. If I record TV through Vista's media centre the recording is rendered unwatchable, freezing, hanging, skipping. It breaks internet connection etc and leave a desktop message to the effect of 'Display fault'. The only way to fix it is to re-boot. But this is no good as the main reason I bought this unit was for an all-encompassing media kit for the living room and clearly leaving the TV on 24/7 is no solution.
I've been round and round with Viao's helpline who simply say download drivers, which I've done with no effect. They also say HDMI is one way traffic i.e PC to TV but not TV to PC but that can't be right otherwise the PC wouldn't know it's connected to a Samsung (which it does). Sony can't seem to help. The fact is, turning off my TV immediately impacts the PC's ability to function. The fact that it did not happen with XP tells me the fault lies with Vista. Please, can anybody shed any light on this? Many thanks.