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You could try a factory reset as described here:

Sony Vaio P... | Answered on Feb 09, 2018

reboot the system, wait for the VAIO logo to appear, and then start pressing F8(keys depends on the model ) . The Advanced Boot Options screen will appear shortly. Use the arrow keys to highlight the “Repair Your Computer” option and press Enter.

Sony Vaio P... | Answered on Oct 15, 2017

Download the drivers from Sony and if you run them they will install over the windows drivers.

Sony Vaio P... | Answered on Sep 18, 2014

Here's the most common issue I run into with these little laptops when people bring them in: The power supply.

1. Flip the computer itself upside down and look for what voltage and amperage it's rated at. I think it's 10.5v by 1.9A. Now look at your charger, does it have those same specs? If you have an after market charger, it may have been lumped in with it simply because it fit in the jack, which stinks.

If the voltages/amperages do not match, take it straight to a repair shop and see what they can do. Something's been fried. Even under powering it can cause massive issues.

2. Make sure your power supply actually works. If it has a light on it anywhere that used to turn on when you plugged it in, look to see if it still does. If this doesn't help, take the charger to an electronics repair shop and have them test it. If none exists, cross your fingers and go into a Radio Shack. They have all the equipment needed to test this, but they may or may not do it for you - it entirely depends on their mood that day.

3. If it's out of warranty, or whatever, and you think it might be worth putting a few dollars into, pick up a generic charger for it on the cheap just to give it a go. I found one here
Amazon com Super Power Supply AC DC Laptop Adapter Charger Cord for... for about twenty bucks. I also found a car charger that was 8 dollars cheaper (we're just looking to see if the adapter was the problem after all)
UpBright Car Adapter For Sony VAIO Lifestyle VGP VGN Series VGN P530H... Look around more yourself and you will most likely find one of these even cheaper than I did, I only spent about 20 seconds looking.

4. If the power supply is not the issue and all the voltages and amperages match up.. Well, unless you've got some cool equipment and mad soldering skills (which you may very well have! I don't know) you could be in some trouble. Check around town for a computer repair shop that works on laptops. Compare prices with what Sony tells you over the phone for their own "in house" repair center.

Sony Vaio P... | Answered on Mar 07, 2014

where does it stop? Does it crashes to BSOD, or just restarts?

Sony Vaio P... | Answered on Nov 05, 2013

You can download the device drivers from the Sony WEB site.
Select your model notebook and the Windows drivers you require. Please click on this link to the Sony support WEB site :-

Sony Vaio P... | Answered on Jan 31, 2013

Remove the battery, remove the power cord and start taking the laptop apart. You will need to remove the CMOS battery located on the motherboard and let it sit for an hour or two. Then but it all back together. The CMOS battery is a silver battery about the size of a nickel.

Sony Vaio P... | Answered on Mar 25, 2012

you can try to see if they have set an administrator password, start the computer in safe mode (Hold down F8 when booting) and when it boots click on the administrator logon icon, if there is no password (as there sometimes isn't) you can log on and go to the user control in control panel and create a new user. then re-start and logon using the new account you created.

Sony Vaio P... | Answered on Mar 06, 2012

you will need the restore cdrom's to fix this issue. sounds like you the wrong upates! you should only updates that come from the sony web site for your particular sony item.
refer to sony tech support.

Sony Vaio P... | Answered on Aug 23, 2011

To restore your computer to factory default you can do this: Turn the computer on. While the computer is turning on, keep tapping F12 on your keyboard. System recovery partition will open. choose restore your operating system. Wait for the process to complete. The computer will restart by itself.
***Note: Doing this will delete everything that you have said in your computer. back up your files before doing this.***
Hope this can help. Take care.

Sony Vaio P... | Answered on Jul 26, 2011

try to open bios menu n select first boot device internal hdd n save the setting n restart.

Sony Vaio P... | Answered on May 30, 2011

You may have faulty memory.It's still under warranty so why not let the seller repair it.
It will be helpful to them if you can log when it does it and what was running etc. when it happens.

Sony Vaio P... | Answered on Mar 07, 2011

It's a simple fix , but one that requires a generic Vista disk, not a recovery one , like the one which would have come with the laptop. You will need to borrow one from a friend (or download one from an address i can't give you here, just google Vista, iso and torrent) and follow this

Sony Vaio P... | Answered on Feb 15, 2011

To start the computer in safe mode 1.
You should print these instructions before continuing. They will not be available after you shut your computer down in step 2.
Click Start and then click Shut Down.
In the drop-down list of the Shut Down Windows dialog box, click Restart, and then click OK.
As your computer restarts but before Windows launches, press F8.
On a computer that is configured for booting to multiple operating systems, you can press F8 when the boot menu appears.
Use the arrow keys to highlight the appropriate safe mode option, and then press ENTER.
If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot system, choose the installation that you need to access using the arrow keys, and then press ENTER.

Sony Vaio P... | Answered on Jan 10, 2011

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