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If you are trying to install Windows XP then - The problem is that XP installation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a SATA drive on a disk etc. and can install the driver when XP asks for a hard drive driver then, XP cannot detect the hard disk and therefore won't install XP. The FIX. Go into the BIOS and disable the SATA drive (enable IDE emulation), this will make XP think it is a IDE/PATA hard disk. Then you can install XP normally. When Windows has been installed then install all the device drivers (including the SATA driver), then shut down and boot up and got into the BIOS and enable the SATA drive.
This model Sony came installed with a 80Gb hard disk and a 40 Gb Do a clean Windows install on this old hard drive - Boot up with the Windows installation CD install Windows on the hard drive Delete the existing Windows partition Create a new partition Format the new partition (full format not Quick format) Continue installing Windows.
What you are saying is like "how to listen to Bryan Adams' music on your PC without having a PC". You are gonna need atleast a OEM edition of the operating system if you want to re-install. The OEM version costs about 40 bucks on stores like ebay and Amazon.
With the Sony, if you do not make a recovery disk set from a functioning laptop, you are out of luck. However, you can load any retail version of an operating system, go to this link http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-list.pl?mdl=PCGTR3A
to download all of the device drivers, and continue using your laptop.
Due to regional differences of the models, some model numbers may only be applicable to certain limited regions, could you pls try and verify if your PCG-8N1M is identical to the PCG-GRT895MP. If yes, you may want to try here.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.
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you can go to your BIOS system set up and select the right sequence if you prefere HDD first then CD-ROM,
depends on your manufacturers settitng pls press F2 or F10 immediately upon start up then you will be prompted to enter password, ( if you know ) then scroll down until you see the booting sequence, dont forget to save this and end your system set up