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Re: computer shuts off when booted, shut off right after...
If you can get into the bios screen, try loading the default settings. If you are running XP and have an install CD, you can try to boot from it and choose the "R" or repair option. When you get to the command prompt, run chkdsk/r to repair any HD file issues.
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Sony desktop computers can be placed into factory restore mode by shutting them completely down, and then pressing the VAIO Assist button to turn it back on. Follow the on-screen menu to get to the restore mode that resets to factory state.
It is a very simple thing to upgrade your Ram which is a great idea since you have only 512 MB. I suggest you buy at least 1 GB or more if you can afford it. Go to the link I am posting and let them scan your computer. They will tell you exactly what you can install and the price. This is a reputable site I use all the time. This will require a download of the scanner tool which is perfectly safe. http://www.crucial.com/
try to remove the ram and c-mos battery and repalce it again...the try to boot the system....if it boots and shows some error let me know...else if it doesn't boot...then it goto b motherboard problem...contact intel via mail support....
When was the last time you cleaned your computer? Overheating from dust accumulation can cause this kind of problem.
Check to make sure no dust has accumulated in the vents. You may need to carefully open up your computer, and use a can of air to clean out dust on the components. Be aware static electricity can destroy pats of your computer. Make sure you ground yourself by touching a piece of metal before opening the computer case. You don't need to touch anything in there, however. Just carefully use the canned air to clean things out.
one of the files in the system32 directory in the windows folder is corrupt, the files in the system32 folder contains vital files for the boot procedure, try to start the machine in "safe mode" by pressing F8 after the sony boot screen, if it allows you into the operating system you will need to choose "system Restore" take the time back to at least a week before your problems started DO NOT CREATE A RESTORE POINT