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After using a boot CD and Combofix, no boot & startup repair fails on sony vaio

Question: After using a boot CD and Combofix, no boot & startup repair fails on sony vaio

Dear Tech guy,

I sure hope you can assist me to get my sony vaio vgnfw44jb to boot into windows 7 again. Its been 3 days of wrestling and I got to the end of what I know.


My Sony Vaio started to run weirdly and do random things; I figured it was infected so here's what I did.

1. downloaded and ran the free malwarebytes tool. >> some things removed but system still buggy
2. system restore > chose a 'good restore point' >>> ran slowly > result system restore failed
]tried older restore points> system restore result> failed
3. Vaio stopped booting into win 7 >>> able to boot into safe mode>> inserted win 7 system build cd to reinstall but thats not allowed in safe mode
4. downloaded Kapersky rootkiller cd >> ran this overnight >> forgot to save log to usb drive >> vaio stopped booting at all
5. downloaded the Hiren CD ( yes, read its all pirated not asking for help with that) ran mbrfix tool >> no change
6. found techguy site, browsed around, joined, downloaded ubcd > burned to cd
7. tested vaio : power on > windows starts but does not complete > vaio care begins> not able to repair, suggests I repair registry
8. viao now has ubcd in cd drive, powered off

Any advice on how I can fix my pc and get it to boot or... reinstall win 7 without losing my latest data?

Is there a way to strip off the data and applications so I can restore to vaio after fix?

Oh hear my tale of woe, tech persons, and give me a clue on what to do.


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Preferred Solution: After using a boot CD and Combofix, no boot & startup repair fails on sony vaio

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: After using a boot CD and Combofix, no boot & startup repair fails on sony vaio

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Boot to BIOS and set first boot device as CD/DVD drive second as HDD
This should allow you to boot from CD.
Do you have a XP CD? if so do a repair install as follows
Repair XP by install over the top of existing system

Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.
When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.
To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.
To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.
DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.
Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.
Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.
Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.
Repair XP

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Hello more knowledgeable person than myself. I've been having trouble trying to get my computer to boot; I'd noticed a drop in performance (still unsure why) so decided to boot up in safe mode and poke around - it was not my original intention to install Advanced SystemCare 5.3.0 but somehow it happened. I ran the 'deep-care' utility and everything was working fine, my computer rebooted and performed a disk check: there weren't any errors that I can remember apart from [something along the lines of] 60 reparse files. Following this my computer restarted and Windows failed to load, restarting to show my startup repair - this isn't the first time this has happened, a similar thing occurred following previous attempts at boosting speed, though before I was able to get Windows up and running using an Ubuntu installation disk, although I still don't understand why - no need to say that it didn't work this time.
Startup repair refuses to work and my system restore points have vanished; I would try doing a repair install if I had a copy of the disk. I built the computer myself a few months back, borrowing a Windows 7 installation disk from a friend (who has now lost said disk), startup repair does tell me something about 'Problem Signatures' which are included below:
Problem Signature:
Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16.385
Problem Signature 02: 6.1.7600.16.385
Problem Signature 03: Unknown
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Answer:Windows fails to boot, startup repair fails to fix

Quote: Originally Posted by nomtree

Hello more knowledgeable person than myself. I've been having trouble trying to get my computer to boot; I'd noticed a drop in performance (still unsure why) so decided to boot up in safe mode and poke around - it was not my original intention to install Advanced SystemCare 5.3.0 but somehow it happened. I ran the 'deep-care' utility and everything was working fine, my computer rebooted and performed a disk check: there weren't any errors that I can remember apart from [something along the lines of] 60 reparse files. Following this my computer restarted and Windows failed to load, restarting to show my startup repair - this isn't the first time this has happened, a similar thing occurred following previous attempts at boosting speed, though before I was able to get Windows up and running using an Ubuntu installation disk, although I still don't understand why - no need to say that it didn't work this time.
Startup repair refuses to work and my system restore points have vanished; I would try doing a repair install if I had a copy of the disk. I built the computer myself a few months back, borrowing a Windows 7 installation disk from a friend (who has now lost said disk), startup repair does tell me something about 'Problem Signatures' which are included below:
Problem Signature:
Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16.385
Problem Signa... Read more

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Ref: 8 month old Acer laptop (64bit)
My 8 month old (64 bit) Acer laptop will not come up to a menu screen. I turn it on and it goes to Startup Repair screen. It searchs for problems, but then tells me it cant repair computer automatically
I know very little about computers, but after a little research I am sharing the information below in hopes that some kind person can provide insight. Stupidly I had not Backed Up in quite a while and I cant get to a recovery point. Any and all help appreciated. While computer dumb, I am pretty good at following tutorials

The type of the file system is NTFS
The volume is in use by another process. Chkdsk
Might report errors when no corruption is present
Volume label is PQSERVICE

WARNING: F parameter not specified.
Running CHKDSK in read-only mode.

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)…
9 percent complete (8180 of 9088 file records processed)
Attribute list entry with type code 128 in file 8872 is corrupt
Deleted corrupt attribute list entry
With type 128 in file 8872
Attribute record (128.’’’) from file record segment 8938 is corrupt
Attribute record (128.’’’) from file record segment 8942 is corrupt
Attribute record (128.’’’) from file record segment 8958 is corrupt
Attribute record (128.’’’) from file record segment 8972 is corrupt
Attribute record (128.’’’) from file record segment 8992 is corrupt
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Answer:Startup Repair fails.... wont boot...

I hate to be the barer of bad news but the easiest and quixkest way waould be to do a clean re0install


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Bear with me... trying to help my niece in another state. Her only computer is the problem, so she can't directly search for fixes.

She has a Windows 7 Home edition workstation. Her daughter (9) was playing on it when she said it suddenly stopped working. It would reboot, but wouldn't complete the boot. Shows the home screen- but then comes up with an explorer window saying "not responding."

The rebooted in safe mode and tried to restore from the oldest date. That showed a progress bar that moved part of the way but wouldn't complete.

Tried again and this time chose to "repair" first and it came back stating it couldn't fix it.

Any ideas of what to do next?

Answer:Won't complete boot- no errors, Repair startup fails

Here is a tutorial on how to troubleshoot starting windows 7, which will require a full read through, but should solve the issue. It's hard troubleshooting miles away though. I suggest again trying to run startup repair, and maybe a restore point a week before the incident. You can also try last known configuration.

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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Hello all, not sure where to post this, as it may be related to my motherboard, but here goes!

I am having huge problems with my computer. It was working just fine two days ago, I havn't changed any settings or hardware. Now it won't boot Windows 7, it only gets to "Starting Windows" and gets stuck, the hard disk stops spinning, a bluescreen flashes and then the computer reboots. I've also noticed the keyboard and mouse are dead at moments during this procedure. Next time it boots it tries to run Startup repair but fails and restarts, with error 0x0 at every step, and this becomes an endless loop. Also after BIOS post it says Marvell bla bla Adapter 1 Disk not found, but both SATA disks are found in BIOS. Not sure if this is related however.

What I have tried so far:
Removing memory sticks, putting them in different ports
Removing all unnecessary cards, DVD drives and USB devices, and hard disks
Removing the motherboard battery
Switching SATA ports
Changing SATA cables
Changing hard disk mode from IDE to AHCI
Tried starting in fail safe mode (same thing, crashes during file loading)

My rig:
Windows 7 64 bit, Gainward GTX 470 1280 mb, 4 GB 1066 Mhz Corsair Dominator, Asus P5Q-E, Intel Core 2 Duo E8500, Creative XtremeMusic X-fi, 700W CoolerMaster SilentPro, Fractal Design R3, 250 + 500 GB WD SATAII.

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Answer:Windows won't boot, crashes, bluescreen, startup repair fails

Run HDD Diagnostics -

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Just set up a brand new Yoga 3 for a client yesterday. Installed Office, moved his files over from his old computer, installed Chrome and Firefox and other basic stuff. Restarted the computer but rather than restarting normally for some reason it instead ran automatic startup repair which failed. I went into advanced options and tried to use system restore but had no restore points. Ended up having to factory reset it and start over putting his stuff back in. That went fine and everything seemed fine. Did some reboots and all seemed ok. Today he restarted the computer and again for no reason it went and ran a automatic startup repair which again failed. Again went into troubleshooting and system restore and it still had no restore points I could try. Having him do another factory reset but cannot imagine what the heck is going on with this thing. Its brand new and cannot imagine why the boot configuration is getting hosed like this. There is no unusual software onboard that should cause this. Office, Avast, Chrome, Firefox and also Classicshell because he still prefers the Windows 7 start menu to the Windows 10 one. Has anyone else seen this issue with recent Yoga 3's? Thanks in advance,Adam

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About a week ago update keep saying an update failed due to lack of drive space so I fixed the issue. After that the update went through but keep failing and the pc would boot and remove the update. The pc was working normally otherwise. I have been extremely busy with work so ignored the issue hoping to resolve it this weekend however yesterday I came home to the pc endlessly rebooting. Just before the reboot the windows logo appears and then a message pops up saying restoring your previous version of windows. I have read many threads about the issues people are having but didn't find any that offered up a fix for mine. Spoke with MS Support and the best they could do with tell me to reinstall the OS.

Win10 64bit
Gigabyte mobo

System Restore fails
Startup repair fails
Go back to previous build fails
No option to get into safe mode that I can find

I can boot from Ubuntu CD and pc is working properly.

Can anyone offer any ideas? Thank you in advance.

Answer:Boot loop after update no safe mode option-repair fails- restore fails

Please boot your computer with Windows Setup Media and from Windows Recovery Environment start the Command Prompt.
Please execute below command and reboot your computer to see issue resolves.

DISM /Image:C:\ /Cleanup-Image /RevertPendingActions

Please replace partition letter C: with Windows installed partition letter. When computer boots into Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) environment the drive letter assign to Windows partition may not be C: drive letter because Windows 7, 8 , 8.1 and 10 creates a separate system partition when it's installed from scratch. The system partition contains boot files WinRE assigns the system partition the C: drive letter and the Windows installed partition will be assign any other drive letter usually D: drive letter is assign to Windows installed partition. The Bcdedit /enum | find "osdevice" command can be use to find out the drive letter of the Windows installed partition the output of the Bcdedit command is similar to this osdevice partition=D:. The drive letter after partition= is the drive letter of the Windows partition.

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I tried booting in safe mode but could not be repaired. I have the recovery discs and win 7 repair disc but don't know how to run them.

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Question: Sony Vaio boot up

Can someone please point me in the right direction? I ave a Sony laptop which installed the latest Microsoft update but now when I switch on it simply comes up with NTLDR is missing Press control alt delete to start but nothing happens. I cannot boot up in safe mode even but can get into the BIOS by holding down END key.Any suggestions much appreciated,

Answer:Sony Vaio boot up

click here

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Not sure if anyone can help with this. My Vaio took a bang earlier today and now windows won't boot up and I'm just getting blank screens all the time. I can't even reset to factory as I can't access anything. Hard drive light is constantly on but can't hear much noise from it. Sony online help guys couldn't help.
Any suggestions please?

Thank you

Answer:Sony Vaio won't boot

İf the bang it got was hard enough,then the hdd may well have been damaged and needs to be replaced!Need to have someone take it out and check it.

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Hi, this is my first post

I have a Sony vaio vgn-fw140e that worked pretty well until yesterday. I had Ubuntu installed on it and then decided I didn't want it, so I went to control panel>programs and features, and I uninstalled Ubuntu from there. Then I was planning to upgrade to windows 8, so I turned off my system. When I restarted it, it said errrr grub rescue. So I replaced the HD and rebooted it with an installation DVD in the computer. But the computer wouldn't boot from it, and now I'm stuck on the "no operating system found" screen. And yes, I changed the first boot priority to the optical drive in bios. Can anyone help me?

Answer:Sony vaio won't boot up


Try this:

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record


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Just tried to upgrade my pc to windows 7 as ive just had a virus and its deleted some of my windows files so whet into the bios and changed the boot priority to cd rom and put the disc in and hoped it would be straight forward. So it went passed the front screen and got to the black screen where after a few seconds it would pop up saying boot from cd, press any key and nothing happends. All it does is stay on the black screen with a white courser flashing in the top left corner while it trys to read the disc. It is trying to read the disc as it just keeps making a noise as if its trying to get up to speed and then it stops and does it again and again and again and doesnt stop until you turn the pc off. I thought it was the cd drive so i conected another cd drive and the same happened again so now im stumped! Im thinking a problem with the motherboard but im unsure.


Answer:Can't get sony vaio to boot from cd!!! plz help!!

Try to expand...


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I have a Sony Vaio S Series Laptop running Windows 7.  It's been running well.  Then today I started up and got a black screen after the Bios logo screen.  Nothing more happened.  So I forced shutdown and tried to reboot.  I got to the password page and my password wouldn't work.  So I tried the previous password (from 6 months ago) and that got me to my desktop, but the system only partially loaded (for example, Yahoo Messenger, which starts up while booting, would not completely load).  Most frustrating, however, is that the cursor freezes in the middle of the screen.  I tested the mouse, using my other computer, and it works fine.
I have tried booting the computer in every other mode (safe, etc.) many times and I get no farther than with the normal boot.
So I'm locked out and can do nothing.  I looked at Command mode but I'm not savvy enuf to know what to do there.
Help, please!!

Answer:Sony Vaio won't boot all the way

If you do not have an install disk, you can download the legal iso here. Burn the iso with Imgburn or other software that can burn an iso image. Boot the install disk and do a system starup  repair. If you need the data right away, you can download puppy linux and use that to transfer any important data to an external USB drive. If you have restore points and decide to do a system restore be advised that anything that you placed on the desktop after the resore point will be lost.
If you want to go the Puppy linux route let me know and I can give some links that will help explain the process.

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When computer is turned on its goes to to preparing automatic repair screen then tries to boot then goes to Diagnosing your computer screen then goes to your PC did not start up correctly.

Answer:computer wont boot up goes to automatic repair then fails to repair

Looks like the restore points did not work.You will need to use your repair disk to reinstall the OS.

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My Sony Vaio VGN FE770G has not been able to boot up to windows. I am getting "Windows Error Recovery" = Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change oight be the cause....."

When I insert the recovery CD in the cd rom, it didn't seem to help at all, it won't boot to windows.

Can someone please, guide me to solve this issue?

Thank you.

Answer:Sony Vaio can't boot in to windows

Hi and welcome to TSF first try booting to your bios screen try F2 on boot then navigate using the arrow keys, there will be info on screen to help your looking for the boot options screen or advanced boot options, then set the cd\dvd drive to first boot device save and exit F10 then try the disc again

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Ok, a friend just gave me there old sony vaio & told me that it didnt work sometimes... im pretty sure that the issue here is the HD, from what i notice it ONLY happens when booting & either it will start to boot properly or before even seeing the VAIO logo it will hang on a blank screen, you can hear nothing & the fan is not... Ohh, when it does hang up like this you can hear the hard drive click 3 times attempting to load the boot sequence i suppose & after the third try it halts all attempts...

Im actually more curious as to why this may be happening, rather then what is actually is indeed the issue here, but comments on either are surely welcome I mean im curious because if i try a once or twice more it will boot me into windows fine & then i can leave the computer on for hours & do whatever so im just like what the heck is causing this... grr...

Answer:Sony Vaio Boot Issue

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Hello, I am new to this forum
I am experiencing some problem with mySony Vaio VGN-FS415S. It refuses to boot up sometime. If i can get any help it be will appreciated.
The laptop switches on but the screen remains dark. When the power button is pressed all the lights are on, but do not hear the cpu fan or any other fan working. There is no display(the screen stays dark)
It does magically power on sometimes and works fine, but i need to unplug it from the main, remove the battery and put the battery back, hit the power button and try the same process for several time until it power on normally. When it boots successfully there is no error comes on, windows run smoothly.
Any help form anybody, what could be the problem? have any of you experience the same problem.. Please if you have solutions please let me know.

Answer:Sony Vaio VGN-FS415S will not boot up??

Does the laptop work fine with the battery removed and just the AC plugged in?

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What happens when i turn it on is the power/hdd/network lights come on at the front as usual and i hear a sound of the hdd spinning, After about 3-4 seconds there is a click and it turns off

sometimes i got to the logo screen or even windows xp login but seconds later the screen turn black again, I've try to boot from the windows xp cd, as before sometimes i can get to the boot screen and choose to boot from the cd insted Hdd but soon after it starts booting from the cd the screen goes black again, and it seems that the cd is istill working ...

are there anyone who has had anything like this that perhaps could help me out here ! ???


Answer:Sony Vaio VGN-A517B Won't Boot

This could be as simple as a failing hard drive. While you will loose all your data, it is one of the easiest things to do

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Yes, I have checked the order in the BIOS and Internal Optical Drive is the first. Also, if I try disabling all other options (so the optical drive is the only one in the enabled list)... I simply get the text "Operating System not found" upon switching on.

This is really quite frustrating, as the reason I need to boot from CD is to solve another problem, yet this is another problem in itself.

I've also tried pressing random keys as the system starts up (with the bootable CD in the drive), just in case the "Press any key to boot from CD/DVD" message flashes up too quickly for me to see, but to no avail.

ALSO: I have double-checked that the CDs are in fact bootable and have been created correctly, as I can boot from them fine from my own Sony Vaio (model VGN-FZ21M... I'm trying to sort out my sister's laptop which is the model named above).

I have also tried ensuring that the CDs are clean & scratch free, which they are.

Any ideas? Is there some special routine I must perform to boot from CD on some Vaios? Or is it simply not possible on some of the models?

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A family member's PC (mentioned above) screen went black and won't boot since. At startup I get Vaio logo & a black screen after that while you hear it working (including lights on). Without consistent outcomes, so far I've gotten "No operating system found" error message 3 times on a black screen, and once a blue screen error, other times nothing before forcing shutdown.
Now, here's the kicker, if I go into the BIOS screen, PC will reboot after about a minute or less. Same outcome when I tried a couple of times running UBCD4WIN without any success.
Possible causes that come to mind in this order: viruses since AV was expired therefore HDD corrupted/fried (on this note, Comcast posted a message on other computer on their home reading that one of the computers could be infected with a Bot virus, this was around the same day issue started); power supply bcuase of sudden loss of power while running boot CD; or video card since boot CD & BIOS screen would come up at 1/3 of the screen size & centered.
I brought it home today to troubleshoot & would really appreciate any suggestions. See specs below.

Win Vista Home Premium 64-bit
All-in-one desktop
Original 2x2GB ddr2 pc2-6400 800 MHz
Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor E2200
320 GB 7200rpm SATA HDD
Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD w/ Intel Clear Video Tech, 1750MB memory, Intel G45 Express Chipset

Thank you.

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I have checked the order in the BIOS and Internal Optical Drive is the first. Also, if I try disabling all other options (so the optical drive is the only one in the enabled list)... I simply get the text "Operating System not found" upon switching on.
This is really quite frustrating, as the reason I need to boot from CD is I'd linke to dual boot with Linux

I've also tried pressing random keys as the system starts up (with the bootable CD in the drive), just in case the "Press any key to boot from CD/DVD" message flashes up too quickly for me to see, but to no avail.
ALSO: I have double-checked that the CDs are in fact bootable and have been created correctly, as I can boot from them fine from my other Laptop

The CDs are clean & scratch free, (brand new out the box)

Any ideas? Is there some special routine I must perform to boot from CD on some Vaios? Or is it simply not possible on some of the models?#

The DVD / CD hardware is Matshita DVD-RAM

I'm thinking the drive is faulty but I want to hav this confirmed some how?
I've tried exploring my bootable Linux from within vista but it doesn't let me.


Answer:Sony Vaio VGN-NR21M will not boot from CD/DVD

sounds like the drive is faulty
should boot up from a CD if selected as first on the list - mine works like that

does the dvd work otherwise and read data of cds / dvds ok

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Hello, I am having a problem with my Sony Vaio VGN-A517B

What happens when i turn it on is the power/hdd/network lights come on at the front as usual and i hear a sound of the hdd spinning, After about 3-4 seconds there is a click and it turns off. It then goes into an infinite cycle of the above! It never reaches post boot up or the vaio logo. There is also a cd in the tray that i can't remove as power doesn't seem to get to the drive

I contacted Sony about it and they suggested removing the battery and power lead then pressing the power button for around 20 seconds to remove any residual static! I tried this but it still refuses to boot. Sony now want 142 before they will even diagnose the problem :S

I have not installed any extra hardware to the laptop!!

Any advise on what the problem might be would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Sony Vaio VGN-A517B Won't Boot


Sounds like the board has gone bad, or the PSU is faulty, either way its gonna need a visit to a repair shop to get it going.
Most CD units can be opened manually by inserting a small pin into the hole found on the front of the unit.

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Have Sony vaio e series.
It won't start
Disk read error
Have back up DVD but it won't load and hangs on windows symbol.
Try to reboot from safe mode but
It also hangs.
Nd have windows 7 ISO on DVD but it also hangs on symbol
Pls need help.

Answer:Sony vaio boot problem

Please check out this excellent tutorial: Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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Hi Guys,
just looking for some help regarding my laptop,
I'm getting an error message on boot up (0x00000007b) Blue screen.
i have tried the normal boot problems changed the hard drive & ram.
also tried windows system repair with no luck.
Sony Vaio
WINDOWS 7 64bit
Any help will be much appreciated

Answer:Sony Vaio Won't Boot 0x00000007bsony

I am sure you have googled this and there are several probable causes. An incomplete installation, an incomplete uninstall, improper deletion of applications or hardware. It can also be caused if your computer is recovered from a virus or adware/spyware attack or by an improper shutdown of the computer.
Can you get into safe mode? Do you by any chance have AVG installed? (I had this error on a clients netbook last week and it was a residual AVG file that caused the problem.)

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Hey there,

I have a Sony Vaio PCG-7182L and I tried to start it up, the HD light came on, then slowly faded. I tried switching and removing the RAM and then tried again. The HD Light came on & stayed on, but now there is nothing on the screen, stays black and nothing comes up even though the HD light stays on?

Any ideas would be great, thanks!

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hello everyone

I have a sony fs980 laptop which has been giving me start up problems for some time but has eventually decided to stop working altogether.

initially it was giving the odd error

pci system error on bus/device/function 0000h

then cleared itself and carried on to boot

progressively it had problems starting windows and at various stages up to that

i took out the hard drive and ram and blew out the little accumulated dust and it worked again with no probs for another month or two.

just recently i have had to start and restart many times to get it to catch but it seems now it has given up
it currently goes past the vaio splash screen and then hangs with a flashing cursor inthe top left - no beeps and no other error messages

i can get it into the bios setup reset everything to default but after that it just hangs again on the cursor.

i am hoping you guys can help me find out a way to pin the problem down but i have a sneaky suspicion something may be wrong with the motherboard.

can anybody help?

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hello all,

My aunt came to visit, and brought with here a hand-me-down laptop that her friend gave to her.

She told me that she can't get onto the internet because the proxy server settings in the control pannel where greyed out, so that she couldn't change them. she also said that its running slowly.

I booted it up, and it has half a dozen different torrent programs, and I can't find any reason for it to be doing what she said its doing.

So, I wanted to run a virus scan off a live disc before I do anything else. Unfortunetly I can't seem to find the boot menu, and the bios is still booting to the hard disc first, regardless of what the boot order is. F2 gets me into the bios (so that doesn't work), F12 doesn't work, F10 doesn't work.

so my question is this, how can I get to the boot menu for a sony viao VGN-NR430E?

Edit: Oh, and while I do have an OEM copy of windows 7, that licence says that I have to build the computer in order to be allowed to install it.

Answer:Getting a sony vaio to boot to cdrom

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Hi Guys/Gals,
I'm afraid that after switching on my Vaio it will not boot up, so I am just left with the Vaio Logo on screen. (Pressing F8 during start up does not do anything.)

The only clue is a slight "ticking" noise ( hard disc ?) for about 2 minutes after switching on.

I could not find anything similar at Sony's Vaio Help section either, so any
ideas gratefully received.


Answer:Sony Vaio VGN-S4XP/B will not Boot.

The ticking noise sounds rather like a hard drive , going, or, even caput.
If you succeed in getting it to start, back up any important data, to dvd/cd.
If you cannot get it to run, then I suggest that, if you have data on it, that you want to rescue, get another hard drive, and set it up as master, reinstall your operating system, and connect the old drive as slave.
Then go into disk management console, and rescue data from there.
Come back for more advice, if you cannot get it working, as there is not much that can be done with a hard drive, if it has packed up, but sometimes, they can be made to work, perhaps once, for a short time.

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Hey guys,

I have a 4-year old Sony Vaio VGN-S460 that won't boot up. The machine was running slowly for a long while and I was about to start cleaning it up. But today when I powered it on, the VAIO logo would show up but then nothing happens. I tried F8 to go into Safe Mode but nothing happens when I press F8.

I know the problem isn't the screen nor windows since it worked yesterday. So what can I do?

Intel Pentium M 740 1.73 GHz
512 MB RAM
80 GB HD
NVidia GeForce Go 6200

Answer:Sony Vaio Laptop Won't Boot Up

Can you get into BIOS setup?

What kinds of problems were you having before?

Anything new installed? What was the last thing you did to the machine? Anything removed by scanners?

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Hello, i recently bought a new computer. It's a Sony Vaio and its using Windows 8 as it's operating system. I have a cd that i need to use for work and to do so i have to restart and get to the boot menu to load my cd but when i restart i don't have the option! It's a Vaio E series, and i've read several forums and tried pressing f2,f9,f10,f11,f12 a million times and they don't work. When i restart it just says Vaio and no option for the boot menu it just loads to my regular operating system. I am desperate for help because I need this computer for work and Sony tech support wants to charge me 100$ for help.. which is ridiculous. I spoke to my job and they think its the new Windows 8 which really makes me despise windows 8 now, but i'm not sure if that could be if i cant even load the boot or bios menu when restarting.. Is there any way to get to this boot menu?! Any help is greatly appreciated =]

Answer:Sony Vaio Boot menu?

Why do you need to boot the computer with a boot CD for work? If you are accessing a CD, just go to Computer or Explorer and double click the CD/DVD drive with the disc in it.
If you need to use a boot CD, when you first boot up, On the Sony logo screen you should see a message to press (key) to enter Setup. This is could be F2, F1 or F3 keys. Once in the Bios Go to Boot options and use your arrow key to change the boot order for CD rom drive to be first boot device. Put in your bootable CD and restart the computer. You should see the message, Press Any Key to Boot From CD/DVD. If not, the disc is not bootable, CD drive is not first boot device, or the CD drive is not reading this particular disc. Try using the disc in a different computer to see if it boots.

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Trying to put Ubuntu on my Sony Vaio Z131190X with an existing Windows 7 install. I get as far as grub-installl, and it fails. I'm pretty sure it is due to the RAID 0 configuration, but is there a workaround for this? I need both OS's on the laptop.

I can't use the restore media created by the Sony tools, it is 90% bloatware and will only recreate a factory install, including the RAID 0 setup. In theory I suppose I could download the iso and use the MS product key that came with the computer. Restoring all that existing data and settings is a nightmare, hopefully there is a simpler solution.


Answer:Dual boot Sony Vaio Z

If nothing else, you can run Ubuntu with VMware Player as a virtual system. The big advantage is that you can run it side by side with your Windows system and switch between both systems with 1 click.

I run several Linux distros (and Windows 8) that way. Here is a little tutorial I once made when I installed Zorin (an Ubuntu derivative). You can follow this tutorial for installing Ubuntu - only the terminal commands for installing VMware tools are different but they are easy to find on the web.

VMware Player - Install and Setup Zorin

And here is a little demo that shows how to operate an OS in VMware Player. This happens to be Windows 8, but it would be very similar with Ubuntu.

VMware Player - a Windows 8 Demo

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Hi ,

I have a Sony Vaio S Series VPCSA35GG laptop that was working fine until it shutdown itself and since then it is unable to boot. It just displays a blinking cursor and does not boot or does not display any error messages.

I have also tried vaio care rescue option to copy my data and it also fails with mshta.exe error.

I have tried resetting BIOS to default values but did not help. I also don't have windows 7 disks.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Answer:Sony Vaio Windows 7 does not boot

Is the hard drive detected by the BIOS or the "vaio care rescue option"?

If so run the diagnostics on it, if the BIOS includes any.

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Sony VAIO VGN-NR330E, Model PCG-7113L

So far as I can tell, the BIOS says that the 1st boot device is Internal Optical Drive, 2nd Internal Hard Disk Drive. No drives are "Excluded from Boot." I'm having problems getting the OS to boot on the HDD, so I've got my Win 7 Installation Disc in the DVD drive to try to do a re-image. But it won't boot from the CD!

[Urgh this is driving me crazy!]

What else could I do/check on this in order to get it to boot from the CD?

Answer:Sony VAIO laptop won't boot from CD

Will any bootable CD/DVD boot?

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HDD has a tick-tock sound when at start-up, is it mechanically fried?

Start-up screen lingers at the [VAIO | Intel | | Phoenix technologies ] screen

Tried booting in safe mode, no avail.

F8 function can still be accessed. but can't boot from HDD either. I can either boot my Hiren7.6 or WinXP disk

Tried to used HDD regenerator but it was runnign too slowly.

When I reboot and I run the Regenerator again, it couldn't detect any drives.

What are the steps should i do next?

Answer:Sony Vaio VGN-FJ77GP/B can't boot

Where do i check the whether the Bios detect the HDD or not?

I just run the XP setup again. it can't detect the HDD

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Hope someone can give me some advice, I have a Sony Vaio VGN-FW11ZU laptop and it has suddenly stopped booting Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit). It just goes to a black or green screen with only the mouse pointer showing.
I have tried pressing F8 when starting up and this gives me Advanced Boot Options. The selected option is Repair Your Computer but the enter, esc and arrow keys all fail to function. I have tried pressing shift while booting which also gets nowhere.
When I got the laptop new I created 3 recovery DVDs, inserting number 1 just brings me back to the black screen with mouse pointer.
Now I'm completely stuck, any help appreciated...I've also checked that the optical drive is first in the boot order.

Answer:Sony Vaio Laptop Won't Boot

I've also checked that the optical drive is first in the boot order.

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Hi to all
I have a sony vaio rbg 30 have had it 4yrs now only problem I had was replace power supply about 2 months ago. here is the problem my computer will not boot up. I tried my recovery disks it read a little than shut off, now when I turn the computer on it will light up on the case (vaio), beep and the fan will run but that is it. the monitor will say no input and shut off. Before this happen I had 47% hard drive space left I have anti-virus protection had norton than switched to avast but no virus was found not that means much because no anti-virus is 100%. please help I really need my computer.

Answer:sony vaio desktop won't boot

check your voltage readings in the bios if you can bring up the bios screen
are you getting the post beep or an error code series of beeps
do you have video card or a onboard video chip

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I'm running a sony vaio model pcg-384l on windows vista premium and whenever i boot up the computer, it says window error recovery and give me options to run safe mode etc. When i select "run windows normally" it it just stays stuck at the windowns loading bar. When i select "run safe mode" it starts to load files, but then just stays stuck while loading the files. Does anyone know whats wrong with my laptop? Thanks for reading my post.

Answer:Sony Vaio boot up problem

it sounds like it can be a hardware problem. What was the last thing that happened. You can start by running memtest

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Hello, today a friend of my brothers came by and asked me for help because he didnt know what was wrong with his laptop. its a sony vaio, when its turned on it gives an error saying,
WIndows has failed to start, a recent hardware or software change might be the cause.
File: ntoskrnl.exe
status 0xc0000098
info: windows failed to load because a required file is missing, or corrupt

i have searched some similar post and most of them are from the very same laptop and have the same problem, i'm yet to find a solution. can someone help me.
thanks in advance.

Answer:sony vaio wont boot

Which version of Windows?

Do you have a Windows Setup CD/DVD? If so that would be helpful. If you have XP and also the Recovery Console installed that would help also.

Don't mess too much with your computer other than what we instruct you to. Your hard drive may be getting corrupted and if so, the more you write to the disk the more risk you take of overwriting/damaging data that you then will not be able to recover. I'm guessing that won't be much of an issue though since you can't boot Just don't experiment

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So my Sony Vaio, running Xp Home, won't boot anymore. Just comes to a black window right after pushing the power button... And list like computer specs. No options. Can't press any buttons or anything. I tried ctrl+alt+del just for shits and giggles, and the computer re-boots, and does the same thing. Cant do anything... But that proves the keyboard works. haha. Thanks is advance for your responses guys!

Answer:Sony Vaio boot issue

Here's the window that pops up when I turn on the computer. No bios or anything available...

| Diskette drive B : None----------------------Parallel Port(s) : 378
| Pri. Master Disk : 160041mb, UDMA 5-----DRAM Type : DDR SDRAM
| Pri. Slave Disk : 61492mb, UDMA 5-------SPD On Module(s) : Yes
| Sec. Master Disk : CD-ROM, UDMA 2
| Sec. Slave Disk : CD-ROM, UDMA 2

PCI device listing. . . . .
Bus No.-Device No.-Func No.-Vendor ID -Device ID--Device Class----------------------IRQ
0-----------2---------------0------------0006----------2562--------Display Controller---------------11
0-----------29-------------0------------0006----------24C2--------Serial bus controller------------11
0-----------29-------------1------------0006----------24C4--------Serial bus controller-------------3
0-----------29-------------2------------0006----------24C7--------Serial bus controller------------12
0-----------29-------------7------------0006----------24CD-------Serial bus controller------------9
0-----------31-------------1------------0006----------24CB-------IDE Controller---------------------14/15
0-----------31-------------5------------0006----------24C5--------Multimedia device---------------10
0-----------31-------------6------------0006----------24C6--------Simple COMM, controller----10
1-----------13-------------0-----------... Read more

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I was browsing on my laptop last night when the battery died. No big deal, I put it away and go do something else.

I tried to start it up earlier today, and it refuses. Makes it past the VAIO logo, and sticks on on the XP loading bar for ~10min before showing a black screen.

I power the laptop off and start it in Safe Mode, which works fine. I then shut it down thinking a proper shutdown will fix whatever problem is occurring.

No such luck. XP screen loads and then fades to black.

The laptop is about three years old, and I've never had any real trouble with it.

Answer:Sony VAIO won't boot in anything but safe mode

Welcome to TSG forums:
You might try starting it again in Safe Mode, use the arrow keys to move up to Last Known Good Configuration, click enter and let the computer do it's thing. Hopefully this will get you started again.
if this works I would encourage you to start, computer, right cick on "C drive" on tools second tab ) select error checking. It will as if you want it to run on next startup. After you mark the repair boxes, click yes and reboot the computer. This will repair any bad spots on the drive. This can take a long time to work, so you might as well enjoy a few cups of java, hot chocolate or tea, (which ever is your choice) and sit back and relax while this goes on...
Good luck.
Post back and let us know how it goes.

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I just got a sony vaio tap 11 and the boot time is very slow. It takes a couple of minutes to boot up. Anyone else ran into this or have an idea for a fix?

Answer:sony vaio tap 11 very slow boot time

Have you tried resetting/refreshing the device?
Also, check Task Manager first and see what's in the Startup tab, disable stuff you don't want running at first.
We'll start there.

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my system keep booting over and over after "window loading" screen. I try rebooting with window xp disk and nothing happen either. still reboot over and over after "press any key to boot from cd". what can i do?

Answer:Sony VAIO laptop Won't boot anymore

ok seems to be an update that has installed on your machine and has given you this problem i have had before....maybe you need to go into BIOS and change the sequence of the boot up drives to be CD-ROM as number 1 that way it should boot the cd first.....also have you tried pressing F8 before windows loads up to go into safe mode?Anile: [email protected]: www.heavyvibesonline.combb pin: 2157B9B7

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Can someone help me my computer wont boot up it keeps saying windows didnt start successfully select one of the follow which i have tried all of them safe mode, safe mode with netowrking, safe mode with command prompt, start windows normally and when i try any of them it acts like it going to start up but then goes right back to that screen. i have alot of family pictures that i would like to keep so im not really wanting to do a disk restore. if there anything that i can do to fix this. Some one please help me.

Answer:Sony Vaio XP wont boot up keeps restating

Hello obabygrl

This is a Sony Vaio so you might not have a proper XP installation CD. If you don`t you will have to borrow one and try the following

Configure your PC to boot from CD if it isn't already set up that way. You may need to enter the BIOS to configure the PC to boot from the CD.
Set the boot order to
Floppy (if present)
Hard Disk

Start your PC with the XP Setup CD in the drive. When you see the "Press any key to boot from CD..." prompt, do so and let the CD-based boot process begin.

When the Recovery Console option is offered ("Press R to start the Recovery Console"), do so. You may be asked which Windows installation to enter, in which case type the number of the Windows installation you wish to work on (usually "1").

When prompted, enter the Administrator's password for that Windows installation. If you did not set a password just press ENTER

At the command prompt, type
Bootcfg /Rebuild

The exact wording will depend on your setup, but after a few moments you'll see a prompt that says something like:
Total Identified Windows Installs: 1
[1] C:\Windows
Add Installation To Boot List?

Assuming the information you see is correct, enter
Bootcfg will start the process of rebuilding the boot list to include the indicated Windows installation

After a moment, you'll be asked to "Enter Load Identifier."
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I first posted this provlem in the Win 7 forum, but I am moving to this forum because the problem may be malware-related. I had suspected that the problem was related to a Windows update because the computer stopped working in the process of installing a Windows update. The computer is a Sony VAIO E series, model VPCEB33FM. It's running Windows 7 64-bit. It has Avast free, Threatfire, and a firewall. It's been running smoothly til now. The computer started installing the Windows updates the 2nd Tues in July, shut down to finish the updates, and wouldn't boot to windows when I turned it back on. The VAIO screen appeared, it looked like the computer was starting to boot, and then it went to black screen, no cursor. The computer wouldn't boot to safe mode, last known good configuration didn't help, startup repair wasn't able to fix the computer, restoring to a previous point isn't offered except through Startup Repair, and it can't find a restore point. Hard drive tests showed no errors. Booting with command prompt showed aswrvrt.sys and then stalled and went to black screen.I tried rebooting with a recovery disk (first disk of 3 created through a wizard when I first got the computer) and was not able to boot to Windows. Someone gave me Hiren's boot disk14-something and I've been able to boot to mini WinXP with that and open RegEdit; it offers to merge my registry backup but I didn't know if that was a good idea. Using Avast's uninstall utility deleted the program fold... Read more

Answer:Win 7 64-bit Sony Vaio stalls on boot after aswrvrt.sys

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A friend dropped off his laptop the other day and it's been a nightmare since. I'm attempting to get it up to speed without having to reinstall XP. Although if it were my own, I would have done so a long long time ago. Reinstalling though, if need be, will be the last option. I was just worried about all his data. Anyway, here's the breakdown:

System Specs:
*Sony Vaio PCG-Z1RAP Notebook
--Intel Centrino 1.5GHz
--512 Ram
--Hitachi DK23EA-60 HD
--Windows XP Pro (SP2)

*Basic Observable OS Symptoms:
-Normal Mode:
--Boot-up times averaging 25-28 minutes (breakdown shown below)
--Extremely slow system performance (~60 seconds to pull up MyComputerroperties window)
--Hard Drive seems to be constantly accessed (~90% activity)
--No obviously suspicious processes shown in Taskmanager, shows 0%-5% cpu usage

-Safe Mode with network support:
--similar to symptoms of normal mode

-Safe Mode:
--Boot-up times averaging 5-6 minutes (breakdown shown below)
--System performace appears to be on par (to my knowledge--I'm used to a P3-500)
--Hard drive activity seems normal

*Boot-up running timer breakdowns (I'm sure there are applications for this)
-Normal Mode:
timer started after bios splash screen
01:00 White line appears
02:30 finally starts moving
02:50 Windows Splash screen appears
05:35 screen goes blank
14:00 Screen breifly goes black (as if shut off)
16:00 Mouse pointer appears (on black background)
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Answer:Extensive XP Boot-up times on a Sony VAIO


For you future reference, it is not a good idea to update to XP SP2 on a system having any form of malware problems. It can usually make things worse. It is much better idea to fix all current problems first and then do the update. That being said, I would like to see your HijackThis log file from the PC.

You should read the tutorial in this Sticky thread NO HIJACK THIS LOG FILES BEFORE READING THIS: HJT Tutorial & LOG File Posting

Now post a HijackThis as a .txt file attachment to your message. All running programs should be closed, including your web browser, e-mail. Close before running Hijack This!

Do NOT run Hijack This from the Desktop, a temp folder, or a sub-folder of C:\Documents and Settings, or choose to run it directly from the downloaded ZIP file. Place it in its own folder, for example C:\Program Files\HJT

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Vaio VGN-Z520N won't boot past the initial BIOS splash screen. Screen goes blank, but power light is on and backlight for laptop screen is on. No HD access noises, fan winds down after the screen turns black. Can't check w/ external monitor, as I don't have the correct cables...

I have tried:

* Shutting it off and removing the battery for several minutes
* Resetting BIOS to default (can get into BIOS using F2 at splash screen).
* Re-seating memory chips.
* Checked for video and panel function using Knoppix - A-ok there, everything works fine in Knoppix.

System is running Win7 32 bit w/ 4GB RAM. Recently installed Win7 and all Win7 drivers from the Sony website.

Answer:[SOLVED] Sony Vaio VGN-Z520N Won't Boot

Hi -

Run HDD diagnostics; start with SeaTools for DOS -

Regards. . .



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I woke up this morning and tried to boot my vaio and it wouldn't. The fan starts and the power lights up on the system and the charger and you can eject the drive but nothing on the screen.You also can not power off the system with out taking out the battery.I tried removing the power and the battery and holding the power button and then trying with just the power lead but nothing.

Any suggestions would be great .

The system is running windows 7 64 bit.
If you need any more info let me know

Answer:sony vaio vpcea3m1e wont boot

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Im having an issue with my Sony Vaio PCG-71312L. Whenever I try to boot computer up, the power button will just flash green every 3-5 seconds and the computer will not do anything else. Wont even attempt to turn on. What are some tricks I could do to get it booted up for atleast a little while or at all?

A little bit of info on the computer.

Bought brand new in 2009
New motherboard put in back in early 2010
Never had any other problems besides this.

I have already bought a new laptop in the mean time, but I would like to get this back up and running for a friend to use and there are files I need off also.

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Sony Vaio PCG-71312L wont boot up

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I have the system (Win XP Home), applications and driver recovery CD's for my Vaio GR390. Use of the system recovery CD only contains a system image which over-writes everything with no control over the installation. When I re-installed after a system crash, I had to recover the Applications to restore the Fn - Function Key (HKserv.exe) capability from the Applications recovery CD.

Is there a procedure that I can use to create a boot CD (my GR390 version of XP does not have the ability to create boot/recovery CD's, according to Sony)?

Or, is there a technical user group that has detailed information about the format and contents of an XP boot CD?

I have a lot of computer systems experience, and understand disk partition and boot record requirements for older windows OS's, but I have been out of the loop for XP and later systems. Any help would be appreciated.

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I have a VAIO laptop that froze a few days ago during internet browsing and not won't boot up into windows.

I have tried the startup repair with no success. I read another thread where someone was having a similar problem and it turned out to be avast anti virus. I don't run avast - I do however have AVG and have heard that can also be a problem.

I can get into the command prompt by using the Windows DVD to boot or also by going through the repair menu. I have run a chkdsk /r /x and also chkdsk /f /x but neither resolved my issue.

I have seen some awesome advice on the threads here and hoping someone can walk me through some diagnostics to hopefully get this resolved.

Thanks very much!

Answer:SONY VAIO Windows7 won't boot into windows

I also did this below and it did not fix anything
cd windows\system32\config
C:\windows\system32\config>ren default default.old
C:\windows\system32\config>ren sam sam.old
C:\windows\system32\config>ren security security.old
C:\windows\system32\config>ren software software.old
C:\windows\system32\config>ren system system.old

C:\windows\system32\config>cd regback

C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy default c:\windows\system32\config
C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy sam c:\windows\system32\config
C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy security c:\windows\system32\config
C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy software c:\windows\system32\config
C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy system c:\windows\system32\config

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Ive just bought a Sony Vaio CR11Z/R which is run with Vista. When it is connected through the A/C cable it boots up perfectly well. However, when you try and boot from the battery only it comes up with a blue screen and notes driver errors. When booting from the battery just before the blue screen, the graphics (mouse pointer etc) are very fuzzy. The graphics card has been upgraded, which I guess could be the problem. But why does the Vaio work perfectly well from the mains adaptor.

Is this a software issue or a battery problem. The battery doesn't seem to fit very well, could it be shorting out and causing issues.

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Re: Sony Vaio Blue screen keeps restarting

Hi, my Sony Vaio VPCEH25EN which runs on windows 7, And I'm not sure about the service packs. It has Microsoft installed If that's any help, but my problem is when i start my Vaio up the Vaio sign lights up and a green square is behind it, it then goes to the "starting windows" with its logo and straight after restarts again, it doesn't allow me to pick safe mode or any mode only the option to pick "launch repair" or "start windows normally" and if I pick normal it will do the same thing, repair has done nothing, I can't restore as it doesn't let me.

Answer:Unable to boot Sony Vaio VPCEH25EN

Keep tapping F2 before you see "starting Windows". This gets you into the BIOS.
Set the items to boot as 1. optical drive 2. external media 3. hard drive.

If you created a system repair disk, now is the time to use it. If you did not, get someone to create one for you. Important You need to know if Win 7 is 32 bit or 64 bit. You can't use a 32 bit disk to repair a 64 nit Win 7 system. Likewise, you can't use a 64 bit disk to repair a 32 bit Win 7 install.

Instructions here:

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I just purchased Sony Vaio notebook, FXA-48 with Windows XP Home (English) edition pre-installed. Since most of my task requires to use the Japanese language, I would like to install Windows 2000 Pro Japanese edition on this computer. The 30 G. HDD is partitioned to C: (11G, installed Win XP) and D: (17G, free space).

1) I would appreciate if anyone could lead me step by step, how to install Win 2000 Pro-J to D: dirve.

2) I am wondering how to set default for Win 2000 Pro-J to start up as the main OS.

3) Also, wondering if the data folders could be shared with the both OS or not?

Thank you for your help.
Jim T

Answer:Dual boot, Win XP & Win 2K Pro-Japanese, Sony Vaio.

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my friend has asked me to have a look at her lap top, as she is compketeky computer illiterate. she thinks it has had a virus and now when you turn it on  you get the options start windows normally etc but it will never go past a blank screen. i have a vista dvd and thought id try a new install, went into bios to change boot option, it beging the dvd and i get opening files then it just goes to blank screen and nothing happens, does this give any clues to anyone what could ne wrong and what i can do?thanks in advance

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Hey guys,

so I bought a used VGN-NR110E on craigslist for cheap. It already had Windows 7 installed on it even though it originally comes with Vista... However, there were a bunch of files on it so I wanted to format + reinstall Windows 7 ultimate.

I put in the disk and the installation went well, up until the last stages... it checked the video performance and prepared my desktop for first use... and then it just said "logging off" and "shutting down"

When the computer restarted, it didn't boot windows, just went straight to VAIO recovery. In there, it gave me the option to scan for hardware related problems... I did just that and there were no issues. There was also an option to restore C to factory Vista, but I really hate Vista and that is my last resort on this laptop.

I ran startup repair multiple times to see if there was any errors, but everything looks fine.

edit: I also burned the W7 DVD again, this time at 4x and I'm still getting the same error. I've already tried it about 5 times, and every time it goes through the same final stages and then shuts down, then goes to recovery.

The weird thing is, when I load up Windows Boot manager, it doesn't even have Windows 7 for me to choose, even though it is installed... only the Vaio Recovery is available to boot.

oh and the laptop didn't come with a battery so I'm using it connected to the power supply... would that have anything to do with it?

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Answer:Installed W7 on Sony Vaio laptop, but does not boot!

Okay, so I deleted the recovery partition altogether(probably a bad idea) to make sure it doesn't boot to it anymore... and now when I boot, it just gives me this:

Where should I go from here?

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Please help if you know about system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys boot problem of Sony Vaio P4/XP. I have tried recovery, driver recovery discs but it seem to not get passed the boot straps at all..

Please help.. or any ideas to try...???

Answer:system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys boot problem of Sony Vaio P4/XP

Have you tried MSCONFIG?

If not run it and click on "expand file" (general tab)

File to expand: pci.sys
From: X:\I386
To: C:\Windows\system32

Where X is whatever letter is assigned your CD drive (you need your WinXP CD
for this), change it accordingly. If your system was preinstalled, you may
find this instead on the hard drive under C:\Windows\I386. If so, change the
"from" line accordingly. Reboot when finished.

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Hello there,I have a Sony Vaio Laptop PCG-FRV26 which bleeps when it is booting up just after the display of the SONY sign. The bleeping is stopped by pressing typically, the ESC key or 'F2'.I am grasping at straws but need to discount a virus...The bleeping is continuous and usually signifies a hardware fault. I have reseated the memory, run Memtest86 and checked DVD.. and thought that I was on to something when I ran Keyboard Test which reported that 'F9' was stuck. Taking the machine apart, I discovered that there was a hair beneath the key and reassembly and reboot ran without the bleep until I discovered that the keyboard wasn't connected properly! I ran Keyboard Tweak to disable 'F9'. When I put the machine back together again.. the bleep returned.The bleeping started with a SMART error. I cloned the existing disk to a larger disk after removing the partition on the original disk. Everything seems to run perfectly apart from Bootvis which reports that "Number of Physical Drives in the trace file is 0 Trace file had invalid configuration information" I wonder if the bootini is correct when it is set at:- multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)?Conflicts and Sharing in System Information/Hardware shows:-IRQ 10 Ricoh R/RL/5C476(II) or Compatible CardBus ControllerIRQ 10 Wireless-B Notebook AdapterIRQ 10 OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host ControllerIRQ 10 VIA Rev 5 or later USB Universal Host ControllerIRQ 10 VIA USB Enhanced Host Controller Memory Address 0xE0500000-... Read more

Answer:Sony Vaio Pcg-frv26 Laptop Bleeping On Boot

Hello and welcome to BC.
Apologies for the long delay in response. We have a large number of HijackThis logs to handle and it?s taking us longer to catch up. If you haven?t received help elsewhere already and still require assistance please post a fresh HijackThis log and I?ll be happy to help you.

Thanks for your patience.

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My Vaio Just got so many viruses and worms it died. All infected files were found in SYSTEM32 folder and would not boot up. When I tried to load system recovery it says that ****.sys could not be loaded. sorry about not knowing the filename but I couldnt remember and it is no longer showing me the error because I used fdisk to format and then installed windows 98SE just to try and get a operating sytem on it so that I could troubleshoot. My question is there seems to be a partition left on the drive and I think that's what is hurting me. Can anybody help me with any expierience in hard drive partitions and getting the vaio system recovery discs to load up? please help i hate to buy another drive because of my own stupidity. :giddy:

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when i boot my Sony viao PCG-84L laptop, i get to the point where its about to load windows and asks me if i want to load the last good configuration, either way whichever option i pick even safemode, the laptop just goes dead.... Then as for the LED indiators the first one is constantly on, while the next one blinking in orange, Any one with any ideas out there?

Answer:Sony vaio wont boot, and the green LED is on, any ideas?

Hi, and welcome to TSF!

Try disabling automatic restart on system failure and see if you get a BSOD (blue screen). If you do, post the entire technical information string that is displayed.

I am moving you to Windows XP support. This is most likely a Windows issue.

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Hello and happy holidays . A family member has a problem with a desktop computer that continuously restarts in a loop. When the system checks (or doesn't check ) with scandisk for improper shut down, it restarts before the XP user login screen.

No one in that household really does anything outside of the usual browsing and email, videos and music. It isn't even used for gaming. What might be the problem, and what can i do to help?

No one has a XP disk around here, but maybe some sort of boot CD or Zip drive? It can't even get into safe mode (I don't think, this is what I was told) however, I can get to the bios screen upon immediate start -up. Please help me do something good for the Holidays.

P.S - Would it be best or even possible to open the tower and take the Hard Drive and connect it to another desktop? If so, how can I do this for them?

Answer:*Sony Vaio Won't boot (Continual Resart when Loading XP)*

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Good Morning!

I have the following problem laptop:

Sony Vaio
Windows XP Home Edition

Here is what happens: I hit the power button. The Vaio screen comes up like normal then gose to a black screen with blinking curser at the top left corner. I have tried clicking different F- function button but response.

Also See a youtube video i posted to see what happens

Any ideas? Suggestions?

If you need any more information please let me know!



Answer:Sony vaio-will not boot past 1st load screen

What model of Vaio, please?


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Sony Vaio PCG7Y1L running Vista Home Premium gets stuck during the boot process where a progress bar and the microsoft copyright appears near the bottom of an otherwise blank screen. It sits there with the progress bar flashing but after hours of this does not complete the boot.
I know about using F8, and I also understand that there is a copy of the OS on the disk that supposedly can be used to restore, but I'm not sure how to proceed. By the way the disk access light does flash, and I can hear the heads moving, so i don't think there is a hardware failure there.

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my sony vaio pcg-k33 wont boot up, although the green power light is on and the fans run. That is, when I press the power button, it makes the sound as though it's about to boot, but the screen is as black as when it was working properly and the fans and power lights are running. What's wrong with it? What should I do?
I have followed all the majorgeek malware protection instructions since last year and my laptop was well protected, so it couldn't be a malware issue. I had the motherboard and DC jack replaced for new this year, plus got a new battery and a new charger/adapter, so everything was new except the outer body (shell), the RAM and harddrive. Is this problem to do with the RAM or hard drive or other? Please help.

Answer:My Sony vaio laptop doesn't boot, but power on, fan on!

Maybe the onboard video chip is gone that's why the screen remains black.
Do you hear any POST beeps? Did the computer beep once when it was working?

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i have a old sony vio PCGF70Amy cd rom become out of xp windows need to reinstall but i can not boot my notebook on external dvd driver or usb while the my flash memory is solve this problem whit flash its bios.

Answer:boot from USB in old Sony VAIO laptop BIOS not found.

The PCG-F70A is an antique. AMD K6-2 & max of 256MB RAM? I'm sure XP doesn't run very well on it. USB isn't an option in the boot order, you're out of luck. Replace the broken CD/DVD drive or better yet, buy a more modern laptop. I don't understand your comment about the flash memory.

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Out of nowhere my laptop wont boot. It starts and you see the vista loading screen then i get a STOP error 0x0e7 and it restarts. I tried system restore didn't do anything, tried startup repair and it couldn't find out what was wrong. I am not to sure but to my knowledge 0x0e7 error is a system thread unhandled error, how do I just randomly start getting that?

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Hello, I am trying to work on a sony vaio PCG715 Laptop with Windows 7 on it.. It will not boot fully to OS, even with F8 options it will not pass the Admin log in screen, when I sign in, It says "unable to log in OS install not complete" so then I try again to restart and it says "OS Install about to begin" I understand VAIO's do not ship recovery discs (GRRRRR...) and I cannot even get it to boot in to see if there is recovery options in all programs.. And There doesn't seem to be any F? options to boot directly into recovery.. Nor with F8 there is no "Repair your Computer" option so I can't get into recovery and perform reinstall that way either.. Are Sony Vaio's really that different/ Or am I missing small detail somewhere?, Any Suggestions? THANKS IN ADVANCE AS ALWAYS!!

Answer:Solved: HOW DO I PRE OS BOOT GET INTO sony vaio PCG715 Recovery?

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Please help if you know about system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys boot problem of Sony Vaio P4/XP. I have tried recovery, driver recovery discs but it seem to not get passed the boot straps at all..

Please help.. or any ideas to try...???

Answer:system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys boot problem of Sony Vaio P4/XP

Have you tried MSCONFIG?

If not run it and click on "expand file" (general tab)

File to expand: pci.sys
From: X:\I386
To: C:\Windows\system32

Where X is whatever letter is assigned your CD drive (you need your WinXP CD
for this), change it accordingly. If your system was preinstalled, you may
find this instead on the hard drive under C:\Windows\I386. If so, change the
"from" line accordingly. Reboot when finished.

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Hey, guys,

I got sony vaio about a year ago and just last month, it stopped booting.

When I turn it on, 1) CD player just opens and won't close even if I try to push it in, 2) booting stops.
The screen only displays this sony vaio logo and never proceeds to the next process. Does anybody have any idea what might've gone wrong?

I didn't open up the labtop since this is my first labtop.

Please help me solve this problem as warranty is also over (was 1year)


Answer:Sony Vaio booting problem, won't boot and CD player opens

Portables just don't lend themselves to too much Hardware trouble shooting.
You could try blowing the Rom drive(whole computer) out with compressed air.
You have to get the rom to boot the recovery disk or into Setup screens, if you are to have any chance.
Otherwise it's off to the Repair Depot.
Welcome to Techspot

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I have an old sony VAIO laptop which hasn't been used for a while. When I turned it on the 'VAIO' logo flashes on the screen and then the laptop switches itself off and the whole thing starts again in a continuous loop. The f8 or f10 keys do nothing but the f2 goes into the bios. I have also removed the hard drive and ram then put them back in but nothing has changed. I'm not very PC knowledgeable at all so any advice would be a great help. Thanks.

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I downgraded from Windows 10 to 8.1 the other day and after rebooting I got the error message below.

'Recovery, Your PC needs to be repaired, The boot configuration date for your PC is missing or contains errors, File \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\BCD, Error code: 0xc000000f

I have tried 8.1 installation media via USB as my Vaio doesn't have an optical drive and each time I go in to it I get that blue screen and when I press refresh or re-install it says "The drive where Windows is installed is locked.Unlock the drive and try again."

What can I do to resolve this? I have tried check disk, tried bootrec but nothing works, any help would be gratefully appreciated.

Answer:Sony Vaio Flip 15 Will Not Boot - Error Code: 0xc000000f

Model # SVF15N2A4E

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Hello all, thanks for your eyes and brains,

Sony Vaio v505 shutdown successfully and then attempted to restart about 8 hours later.

In short: nothing happens.
No noises or lights or anything on the screen.

Plugged the AC adapter in: no lights; nothing indicating AC power or battery charging.

I took the RAM and re-inserted it. Nothing.

Is this a system board error?

Any thoughts?


Answer:Laptop (Sony Vaio) won't boot, start; nothing; no lights or noises


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Hi folks, somebody recommended this forum to me as it helped them out! Here's hoping you might be able to do the same for me ...I have a 21 month old Sony Vaio (VGN- FE31H) and it went out of warranty on December 2nd 2007. Unfortunately it also seemed to 'die' a month later in January of this year, whilst I was 9 months pregnant with my first child... bah!Fast-forward to many months of online technical 'support' later....which has basically been a sham as they just keep on closing my queries and trying to SELL me the recovery discs that I feel should have been included with my initial purchase. I have done a little searching online and somebody with the same issue (or at least a very similar one) bought the recovery discs and they didn't actually work anyway.I cannot even access Windows or operate the computer in safe mode...the Sony Vaio logo appears then a BLUE SCREEN message:A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down in order to prevent any damage to your computer.Disable or uninstall any anti-virus, disc defragmentation or backup utilites. Check your hard drive configuration and check for updated drivers. Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your comp.0x00000024(0x001902fe, 0xf7cc780c, 0xf7cc7508, 0xf74711fc)ntfs sys - address 74711fc base at f7464000 datestamp 41107eeaI've tried to install a licensed copy of Windows belonging to my Brother and it just reached the actual installation bit ... Read more

Answer:Sony Vaio Blue Screen On Boot - Is My Computer Dead?

I am sure someone will be along with more ideas but to start you off,May one ask ; what antivirus program was on it and was it fully updated? Did you have Service Pack 2 installed??What kind of 'death did it apparently die?Did it suddenly play up or gradually and how?For what had the computer been used? When you press the F2 key what, if any, choices do you see and what happens if you attempt to select any of them?I guess you cannot even disable your Antivirus program?One wonders if it is infected or a hardware/software problem ( ps; Congratulations on your 'new arrival' I hope not too many sleepless nights for mum ? )

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Friend downloaded and installed Windows 10TP, not sure of the build. The machine is a Sony Vaio Tap-11 Tablet, Model SVT 112A2WL originally purchased running Win8. I have a feeling that windows 10 was installed over Windows 8 somehow. The tablet will not boot into windows at all. Receive error message: "Operating System Not Found". I used the built-in "Assist"button located on the back of the tablet. Tried all of the scenarios recommended by the MFR with negative results. The tablet has a USB port which i was able to use for an external drive hoping that maybe i could boot into an ISO file of Win10TP that i made previously on a DVD. Negative results. I am unable to even get a good command prompt for further troubleshooting. Any ideas out there. Cheers and beers

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I received a tiny Sony vaio picture book pcg-c1vp, and it is running gruelingly slowly windows xp professional. My idea was to load a linux build on it that used few system resources, long story short though, I can't get this laptop to boot from anything but the hard drive.

it does not recognize usb boot devices, ie boot thumb drives, or my usb dvd burner. It does not recognize a bootable sd card, and as a last resort i bought a 3rd party pcmcia cd drive and it dosn't boot from it either.

I have disabled the hd in the boot menu, and loaded as the secondary ide controller the settings for both removable atapi drive and cd drive, but when the system boots it just gives me the message "operating system not found". it should be noted that when i receive this error, reset and go back into the bios my secondary ide controller is set to none, as if the bios couldnt detect anything with the settings i gave it so just reverted to blank.

I thought to upgrade the bios but the bios flash utility from the sony vaio website dosn't work, it just gives me the error: "PheonixPhlash Error File open failed on PLATFORM.BIN press any key to exit"

Possible problems i could see just from the boot aspect is that maybe it won't boot off a 3rd party cd drive? I tried multiple booting cd's, and none worked, maybe i need to shell out $50 for a sony pcmcia drive.

Basicaly I need help with either getting the bios upgraded so it can boot from some... Read more

Answer:Sony Vaio picturebook alternate boot device failures

Replace the hard drive and see if the laptop will boot from the CD/DVD. Most laptops will automatically boot from the CD/DVD first. Reset the bios to remove what you have changed

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my daughter-in-laws laptop (Sony Vaio laptop windows 7 vgn-nw20ef) wont boot/load
it was working fine, she got the metropolitan ukash virus, she tried to reformat/recover/reboot (she doesn't know and cant explain!) and now the laptop goes round in circles at start up
when you start the laptop it asks what you want to do, you get a text screen with windows 7, option of press F8 for other options and some more text, when you enter win 7 it hangs and closes down
ive tried accessing the recovery partition in F10 and going through the process of factory reset but it gets to 100% and then closes down and you start again with the text window, ive used the tools to check hardware and that's fine
it seems she has deleted messed with win7, so it doesn't load...
whats my next best bet to get it going again?

Answer:sony vaio laptop windows 7 wont load/boot...

DO you have a win 7 DVD? or can you borrow one?
Did you make the backup Cds when you first got the machine?

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Hello Everyone,

I just recently started having problems with my Sony Laptop not booting. It would stop loading on the MS windows green loading bars then hang up. I would have to turn the power off as alt ctrl delete would not reset. Upon restarting I would be given option to go into safe mode or boot normally. If I chose safe mode it would boot andbe fine if I performed a full shutdown. It would then work for a while but at times it would freeze if the computer would be left idle. I turned off power saver to prevent power down but on the last few forced shut downs I would not even get the option to go to safe mode.

When it would not boot in safe mode I had to do a complele system restore. I do not have the option to repair windows as vista came installed on my laptop (Sony Vaio VGN-FW170J). I would restore the whole system reinstall programs, then back up. It would be fine for a while but eventually freeze during a reboot. I tried disconnecting from the network, tried different browsers to see if anything specific was causing a problem . I reinstalled the OS up to SP2 and did not allow updates to see if a update caused the problem but the last crash happened anyway.

I've also run check disk but it doesn't find any problems or bad sectors. Could a hardware problem with the optical drive cause this type of issue? How can I tell?

Given I've restored the OS to the original factory settings 4 times in the last month I'm open to any suggestions.

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Answer:Vista Home premium x64 won't boot - Sony Vaio core 2 duo


This could be a problem with your RAM, or with your Motherboard (blown caps) but the Optical Drive cant cause any errors without a disc.

Did you install any new devices or programs right before this?


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Hardware Information (This is from memory and may not be completely accurate):

The computer model is emachines
The processor is a dual core Intel Pentium
The graphics card is NVIDIA (Can't remember the model.)
4GB of RAM installed

Software Information (Also from memory, but this is likely to be more accurate than the hardware.):
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Antivirus software is Comodo Internet Security - Also the firewall (product information).
I often used Advanced System Care for optimization. - product information.

Okay, so, after searching the internet for ways to fix my problem for the past three days, I'm at a complete loss. I was told by a professional that my registry was likely corrupted and that my best bet would be to re-install Windows entirely. I was hoping it wouldn't come to that, but was prepared nonetheless.

So I inserted the installation disk, and wouldn't you know it, the installer wouldn't recognize my hard drive (BIOS recognizes it though). Searching for reasons why this was happening only turned up people saying to make sure it was recognized by BIOS, which I considered a no brainier. When it still didn't work for people in certain threads, they were told to try wiping their hard drives. I've done it. Windows still doesn't want to notice my hard drive.

After that, I decided to try and install Windows to an external hard drive. I know this isn't how Windows was designed, and I knew it wasn't how Windows was meant to be used, but I wa... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 Won't Boot (Can't even boot startup repair)

Did windows update your Atheros wireless driver lately? If so I can help.

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I am running bootcamp on a mac with windows 7 pro. A few days ago, I had problems with scrolling and strange mouse clicks that I tracked down to my wireless mouse not working properly. I removed it and computer was working fine. At that time I ran malwarebytes and found no issues. At this time I also ran ccleaner to free up some hard drive space (I cannot remember I did the registry cleaner option). The computer was working fine until this am when I again started having an issue where I could not scroll down page without it returning to the top. I removed mouse (different one) and problem continued with track pad. I restarted computer and windows 7 will not boot up. Startup repair runs but cannot repair failure. It will not reboot to 'last known working state' and memory test did not show any issues. I attempted to repair using WIN 7 install disc which did not work. I did want to reinstall windows if it meant losing files saved in windows on computer. Everything seems to be working fine on the mac side. Many thanks for your help and please advise.

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Hi all, I'm an IT professional that (like the rest of us) has taken on a task for a friend of mine whose original issue is that his PC will not boot up normally or shut down without a memory stick inserted into the front slot of his Sony Vaio laptop. Upon booting up his PC initially, I was immediately notified that he has a malware infection that his Norton Antivirus is detecting as attempting activity every few seconds. Armed with that information, I set out to remove the infection. Now comes the difficult part to describe. I have done SO MUCH WORK on this PC over the last week that I hope I can get across accurately the work that I've done.

So, to take a step back, a little more detail on the memory stick issue. When booting up Windows normally, without the stick inserted, it will get past the POST and to the Windows splash screen with the revolving progress indicator. After the progress indicator makes a couple of passes (not sure on exact number), it will suddenly freeze right in the middle. I have waited some amount of time for it to continue on its own, but never long enough that it has done so. However, at this point, immediately when inserting the memory stick the progress indicator will start moving again and Windows will continue to boot up normally. That has happened on multiple occasions after cleanup work has been accomplished and the PC rebooted. If booting in with the memory stick inserted, the PC just boots as it should; if booting into Safe... Read more

Answer:Malware-laden Sony Vaio Won't Boot Without Memory Stick Inserted

Are you serious about trying to remove this infection when it's this bad? Do you have an appropriate windows cd to run as a repair disk?The one expert who would be able to lead you thru this is away right nowI have had a little personal experience with an infection that moves thru usb drives before tool will immunize another flash drive and the computer it's run onIt would seem if it was run on your infected computer it probably would make booting into normal mode impossibleI would use the tool and another usb drive to try and move some tools onto the infected computer and possibly bring back some logsI would definitely keep that windows cd handy to run as a repair disk

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Power went out last night.  Restarted the computer today and it wouldn't boot.  It loads files and tries to repair itself to no end.  I've tried a System Restore to a recovery point that was created yesterday when I ran Windows Update.  It doesn't help and the same problem persists.  I've run CHKDSK for drive problems and don't see any (I'm mostly a neophyte though). 
I've gone into the Command Prompt and can browse all of my drives and access files.  The strange exception is C:.  When I dir on C, it says "Volume in drive C is System Reserved" and "File Not Found".  Further, when I run "wmic logicaldisk get deviceid, volumename, description" from the command prompt it says that X: is the Boot disk and that C: is System Reserved.  That seems opposite of my intution, but what do I know.
Anyone seen this issue before?

Answer:Windows Fails to Boot and Repair

Hit F8 at start-check to see if drive is C  drive is default boot drive. Correct if it is not.

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Alright, I'm really unsure as to how to approach this problem, and how to explain it, but here I go:

I was in a local computer shop and the guy who runs the place told me someone had dropped off a broken laptop, and it still had a working hard drive and had Windows 7 on it. I know the guy really well, so I know it's a legitimate copy. He sells me the hard drive and I have the CD key for the OS.

Fast forward to now, I stick the HDD into my computer, and change around the boot sequence. I get the Starting Windows message, and then it freezes, and says that there has been a change to hardware and that I have to do a system repair. I go to the system repair, and I let it run for about an hour. At the end, it tells me it failed, and to try to run Windows normally. So I do, and it freezes again at the Starting Windows message, and I get the same message.

I honestly don't know what to do. I mean, how do I approach fixing this solution, without a disk? My knowledge pertaining to this sort of thing isn't really too great, so I don't know how to proceed.

EDIT: Basically it's the start up repair loop.

Please tell me if I'm leaving out some crucial information or something, because I feel as though I am. Thanks!

Answer:System repair fails, won't boot at all

Did you have a prior malware issue?

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Hello thanks for the future help, but my Vaio Wont Boot up past microsoft Corp page, It just shows the Green loading bar for a good 5 to 10 mins then goes to back to the windows error recovery screen an say Windows has failed to start because of a recent software or hardeware change... im thinkin i burned it out playing Wow on it aha, meaning i need a new fan or harddrive or motherboard im not forsure what it could be, but i would like to find out what the exact problem is to fix it, Plus it is making a new sound.
Best way to describe this sound as a fan messin up on an exact tick leading me to belive it is the fan or harddrive

Answer:Sony Vaio PCG - 3F3L wont boot up past Microsoft corp page

Does the laptop seem to get hot, as in really hot?
Do you have a Windows Installation CD for it or did it come preinstalled?

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I have Windows 8 64 bit Pro Edition working fine using UEFI boot from a SSD disk. I've twice created a system repair disk on DVD but when I use boot override in the BIOS to boot from the DVD, I get the message "Non-system disk.....What might be the problem?

Answer:System Repair Disc Fails to Boot

Hello Steve,

How does it work with a recovery USB flash drive instead?

Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

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Hi all

Just trying to save you some work

I was messing around with vmware ESXi again on another machine - now this is quite fussy on what it installs on so I had to change the BIOS option for my SATA disks from IDE to AHCI.

esxi installed fine and I could test on that machine.

On restoring I forgot to change the Bios back again so of course it barely started the boot process before failing.

I though OK I don't want to re-set the disks back to IDE (legacy) so I tried to boot with repair option.

W7 could not repair this -- you need to RE-INSTALL again if you change the IDE option in the BIOS.

(Re-install via upgrade is fine however so it wasn't too painful an ********).

Mods what's wrong with this forum "bad language" control

unless my English is horrible what's wrong with the word E X E R C I S E - maybe too painful for a lot of people to do. There's a similar word related to devil cults etc but THIS word definitely isn't it.

Anyway the point of this post is hopefully to save you guys time if you make the same mistake I did.


Answer:Beware - in THIS case boot with Repair FAILS

Thanks for the advice jimbo!!

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So at some point over the weekend, my computer started having a minor problem which quickly turned major.

I came home yesterday afternoon to find my computer seemingly running but the monitor not working (nothing shows up on it when the computer isn't turned on), so I hit reset on the computer and everything seemed good, except at the bottom of my POST screen it said "IDE Channel 1 no 80 conductor cable installed". I don't recall that being there before, though it's possible I may have just not noticed it. Regardless, I thought nothing of it and windows booted up fine, but about 10 seconds after loading the desktop it crashed to a BSOD which went away too fast to even read. I tried a few more times with the same result, then decided to load the default BIOS, at which point and it loaded perfectly and didn't time. When I tried to restart the computer though, after changing nothing at all, it had the same crash as before.

I decided to run Windows Repair, which went along fine until it also crashed to a BSOD at about 34 minutes left in the installation, and did so about 3 more times that I tried. Also I have a second hard drive (an IDE one), which I managed to install windows on last night before I went to sleep. So right now I have windows running on my backup drive, and have the SATA drive which had been my main drive running as a slave to it. The odd thing about this is that the SATA drive works perfectly fine as a slave, but will not allow me to r... Read more

Answer:Computer won't boot & Windows Repair fails...

Hi , i think you'll find the 80 cable is the flat ribbed PATA (IDE) cable, (i think it's 40 pin cables and 40 cables between to stop crosstalk) In the past i've had a message similar and a BSoD when it hasnt been a faulty cable but a faulty drive, HDD or CD or even a faulty floppy. But you're message indicates channel 1. so try another cable or disconnect drives,check jumpers on the IDE and check BIOS settings agree with jumpers. All seems to be pointing the other way to the SATA but maybe the IDE channel is affecting the BIOS or board some way ?
Thats what i would try but maybe the others could throw in some suggestions ?


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Hi, everyone.

Today, after restarting my computer, I was faced with the Startup Repair tool, unable to boot Windows 7.
A couple hours later, after running startup tool a total of 29 times I have been unable to solve the problem.

I have also:

Tried booting in safe mode[didn't work]
Tried last known good config[didn't work]

Based on some advice I read elsewhere, I also ran chkdsk /r/f c: . It completed successfully.

Even just knowing how I can extract my files so that I can re-install windows would be a big help.
Startup tool doesn't take over a minute to complete, and displays these details:

Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 02: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 03: unknown
Problem Signature 04: 21200110
Problem Signature 05: AutoFailover
Problem Signature 06: 29
Problem Signature 07 CorruptFile
OS Version: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 1033

Startup Repair Diagnosis and Repair Log displays the following details:
Last successful boot time: 8/25/2012 11:35:21 PM(GMT)
Number of repair attempts: 29

Session details

System Disk = \Device\Harddisk1
Windows directory = C\Windows
AutoChk Run = 0
Number of root causes = 1

Test Performed:
Name: Check for updates
Result: Completed successfully. Error code = 0x0
Time taken = 15ms

Test Performed:
Name: System disk test
Result: Completed successfully. Error code = 0x0
Time taken = 16ms

Test Performed:
Name: Disk failure diagnosis
Result: Completed successfully.... Read more

Answer:Cannot boot windows - Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically


Can you boot into safe-mode?

Also, do you have either a recovery partition, recovery disk, or the windows installation disk? (some of the tools could help, especially if safe mode doesn't work)



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I just finished reading this thread as I'm having the same issue. Here's a brief history.

My computer was built by me and has been fine up until a few days ago after I removed some USB cables for devices that I then hooked up to another PC I have and reconfigured some USB devices as a powered hub I was using would not let them be recognized by Windows. When I opened the Attached Devices window to see if my devices were now recognized it took forever to open with the blue bar at the top never getting to the end. I Googled the problem and found that Bluetooth was may be causing the issues and to disable it. That didn't fix the issue so I tried other recommended fixes such as disabling printspool -- none worked.
I then started having the Cannot Boot problems so I let Windows try and fix it which it could not. I tried to let it restore from a previous good point but that failed and I would click Send Report and then it would shut down. This kept happening for several days until I came across the aforementioned thread here on the forum.
Last night I turned off the power and went to bed. This morning I switched on the PC and let it boot up. Lo and behold WIN7 started right up no problems -- the Attached devices window opened right up as well. Then I saw that it was loading drivers for 3 attached devices -- all USB devices and one r... Read more

Answer:Cannot boot windows - Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically

I unplugged two USB cables leaving just the keyboard and mouse an rebooted. Windows starts just fine but then starts to install drivers for three USB devices. Not sure what they are as all I have plugged in are the keyboard and mouse. Any way of finding out what devices Windows installed drivers for?

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Hello all, im new here, i found the site looking for topics like this one I am about to post.

A family members sony vaio will not boot up, the computer doesnt load windows XP (The windows XP loading screen appears but will then goes blank and reboots automatically.) When the computer first turns on a blank screen appears with text saying "we're sorry for the inconvienice, etc..." then has a 30 second timer for which option i would like to choose.
These are my options below (which none work).

It doesnt work on Safe Mode, Safe Mode (Networking), Safe Mode (Command Prompt) or even the "last known to work configurations".

Im totally lost on what i can do from here. I need assistence people!!

Answer:Sony Vaio Wont boot and Continues to Restart (doesnt even work on safe mode)

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Good morning,

I have a 4 years and a half old Sony VAIO computer with windows 7 home.

The computer was working properly until a month ago or such. Sure, maybe a bit slow since it's a bit old already yet it was working quite decently.

Unfortunately, one month ago the computer ran out of energy while it was starting (when Windows was initializing) When I tried to turn it on once again, I discovered it would go into an infinite loop trying to restore Windows 7 without success. I tried restarting it in every single mode, yet it wouldn't happen.

I tried to fix the error by using f8 and guiding myself by the assistance of the computer but did was a failure as well.

All I managed to achieve was to make a scan with FRST.

I would appreciate any help/advice on what to do next.

Here are the logs:
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST.txt) (x64) Version: 23-11-2014 01
Ran by SYSTEM on MININT-TP7Q5S4 on 23-11-2014 20:41:25
Running from G:\
Platform: WIN_7 (X64) OS Language: Espa?ol (Espa?a, internacional)
Boot Mode: Recovery

The current controlset is ControlSet001
ATTENTION!:=====> If the system is bootable FRST must be run from normal or Safe mode to create a complete log.

Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool: FRST Tutorial - How to use Farbar Recovery Scan Tool - Malware Removal Guides and Tutorials

==================== Registry (Whitelisted) ==================

(If an entry is included in the fixlist, the registry item will be restored to default or ... Read more

Answer:Sony vaio windows 7 home wont boot after interrupted power FRST LOGS


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Hello everyone!

My sister asked me to install her newly acquired copy of Windows 7 in her Sony Vaio, I formatted his Vista and then procceeded to install it, but then an error appeared every time on the second step, telling me rollback.exe was creating an application error and it would take me back to the "install now" screen.

I'd have to call my sister for more information so that's why my post may lack some, but I'm feeling bad cause now she can't even use her computer and I feel it's my fault since i convinced her to switch :/

I somehow guess it fails because those computers are pre-configured to work with certain setups only, but I'm not really sure and don't even know how to check it.

Hopefuly you guys know why this is caused and how to solve it, thanks!

Answer:Installation on a Sony Vaio fails

It sounds like a failing in-place Upgrade, but since you said you formatted the HD before install it may be that the HD needs wiping before clean install. SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Exactly how was it formatted? How is the installer being run now?

Where did you get Win7? Did you burn the DVD yourself?

It would be best to get the person actually trying the install into the thread here so we can walk them through troubleshooting steps. There is nothing to fear. It is a great learning experience with methods that have been used successfully hundreds of times.

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