Question about Sony VAIO FR130 Notebook

1 Answer

Laptop won't boot up

I have a Sony VAIO PCG FR130 that won't boot up. All I'm able to do is get into the setup menu using F2. When there I have no Primary Master and the Secondary Master is the Optical Drive. I want run my restore discs that came with the laptop but it tells me there is no Hard Drive. I've checked to make sure the connections are secure but no joy there. I know the drive isn't faulty because I've gotten it to boot up just prior to this error message and backed up all of my data. For reasons I couldn't figure out it went from not recoginizing the hard drive to recognizing it and allowing me to get my data and then back again. I want to run my restore discs. Any ideas?

Posted by on

  • pamela_lude Feb 23, 2009

    Thank you Mike. I tried this too, I can't even get that far. The only available boot drive at the moment is the floppy. Any other suggestions?

  • pamela_lude Feb 23, 2009

    Hi again Mike,



    here is the list as it reads in setup:



    Primary Master (names the hard drive)

    Secondary Master - Optical drive





    then the Floppy drive is listed

    then the option to boot with a network



    To the left of the floppy drive is an asterisk. But none of the other drives have that. I tried selecting them using the instructions in setup which are to use the shift + 1 but all that does is put an exclaimation mark to the left, it doesn't 'select' it. But here's another interesting thing, when I try to select the boot order on the first screen in setup I cannot select either the hard drive or the optical drive - period.



    No, I can't boot up in safe mode - I can only get into the setup menu and now it doesn't recognize the hard drive at all. In Primary Master it only says 'none'. I did a bit of research on the hard drive and have learnt that this particular one has been problematic. I don't know if I have to simply replace the hard drive now or what.



    It's an Hitachi HTS541040G9AT00 - 40GB 5400rpm 2.5" IDE Notebook Hard Drive.



    I have found a larger drive made by Western Digital and am considering doing that. But I still welcome any suggestions you may have to 'rescue' the original one that came with my notebook. It's been a REALLY good and reliable notebook up to now.



    Thanks for your help Mike!



    Cheers,



    P



×

1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that gotĀ 5 achievements.

    Governor:

    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 20 times.

    Scholar:

    An expert who has written 20 answers of more than 400 characters.

  • Expert
  • 135 Answers

In set up, set your your optical drive to be the first boot option and put your restore disk in the drive then reboot.

This should then read from your disk before trying to access any hare drives.

Posted on Feb 23, 2009

  • My reply is Feb 23, 2009

    Pamela,

    In your set up display, which drives, if any, other than the "floppy" are displayed?

    Also, are you able to boot in safe Mode?

    Regards,

    Mike.



  • My reply is Feb 23, 2009

    Hi Pamela,

    I really don't think the drive is kaput but it maybe?
    I'm still trying to figure out why the set up menu will not allow you to set the CD drive as the first boot option !

    If you do opt for a new drive, I suggest you buy a usb "Caddy" for your old drive (they're not expensive) and maybe you can access it from there to rescue any files you have on it or use it as another back up drive.

    Oh, last question ..... what operating system are you using. XP or Vista?
    There may be a slight chance of making a "Floppy" boot disk and fully reformat your drive or even rescue it. It's a slim hope but better than no hope!

    Sorry I haven't been much help.

    Let me know how you get on.

    My best wishes,

    Mike.

×

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

3 Answers

Boot menu sony vaio sve151j13m


Hello there, to get into bios on your Sony Vaio SVE1513Q1EB. You need to hold down the Assist key and then turn on your laptop, after few min it will take you to the Vaio Assist menu and then you can easily choose the Bios optoin by pressing the F2 button. In bios you need to nav to the boot menu and then change boot option UEFI to Legacy and then change the first boot deive to cd rom and then you good to go.

Aug 12, 2013 | Sony VAIO F540 Notebook

1 Answer

Sony vaio a417m wont boot


If you only want to enter BIOS then you can try the below keys .


Sony - VAIO, PCG-Series, VGN-Series
  • Press F1, F2 or F3 after turning on the computer.

Aug 06, 2012 | Sony VAIO Notebook

2 Answers

How can I start the laptop up from the CD Sony PCG-FRV25


when you start the computer press on F2 to take you to the setup page, then move to the boot sequence and move the CD to be the first so the computer will read the CD once the computer starts. I hope this solution has been helpful.

Sep 23, 2010 | Sony VAIO FRV25 Notebook

1 Answer

Cd rom dr is broken. I want to install OS with a usb drive, the bios doesnt have an option. can I go around that. tk


press either delete or f2 or f8 when booting... one of these should take you to the boot menu... there you can set your laptop to boot from usb... if its possible

Dec 26, 2009 | Sony VAIO PCG-K33 Notebook

2 Answers

Sound problem


look for the driver of your sony.. it always available on the website donwload page.. just check your model..

Aug 25, 2009 | Sony VAIO FR130 Notebook

2 Answers

Sony pcg k45


Put the cd in and restart. If it doesn't give you a message to press "x" to boot from cd, then you need to chage the boot order in the BIOS.

To get into the BIOS, restart and press del or F2 (it might say something on the screen like press del to enter setup) that is the BIOS.

Change the boot order to CD first.

Dec 18, 2008 | Sony VAIO K45 Notebook

1 Answer

BIOS Password For Sony Vaio


I Want to clear my bios password.

Jul 11, 2008 | Sony VAIO FR130 Notebook

1 Answer

Install Windows XP without a CD drive


You'll need to assign the CD drive (which should show up as USB devicein BIOS or setup) as first boot device, if capable on your model/Computer. After you press power button, you should see a menu or dialog that shows something like 'press F2' or 'Delete' to enter setup. Once in setup, you should navigate thru until you find boot options or something of that nature. Select 'Boot from CD' or ' USB Device'. You should now insert your XP CD into the drive, close the tray, then choose 'Save'. It should now let you boot from the XP CD. At the first screen, you should select 'R' for repair console. It will then ask you to select an installation, type a '1' and then press the 'Enter' key. Next line will ask you to type an Administrator password. If you have one, type it, then press Enter. If no password, just tap the Enter key. Now, at the prompt, type CHKDSK C: /r as in (C: a space /r). then tap the Enter. It shoild now attempt to repair your Windows 2000 installation. When it finishes, reboot, go back into Setup and change first boot device to hard drive. Select Save and reboot LT. Have fun!

Jan 06, 2008 | Sony VAIO PCG-K25 Notebook

Not finding what you are looking for?
Sony VAIO FR130 Notebook Logo

154 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Sony PC Laptops Experts

micky dee

Level 3 Expert

2630 Answers

danielle yancer
danielle yancer

Level 2 Expert

87 Answers

Jax Planet
Jax Planet

Level 2 Expert

921 Answers

Are you a Sony PC Laptop Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...