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Sony Vaio vgc rb-38g freezes and have to hard start to access

Computer will freeze up and when rebooting, the bios sticks at detecting keyboard mouse and will not detect the hard drives and cd drives. ctrl/alt/del to try again. May take several trys to get it to complete bootup.
Once booted, will work fine for awhile and freeze again. Also the rear fan will not work either, had to wire it to a molex connector to get fan to run. Does not have any monitor or control of the rear fan.

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There is a problem with the RAM, take it out and reseat it firmly, also clear the CMOS too (you have to reset the time and date if you clear the CMOS)

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