Computer would shut down, installed new hard drive, but now can't get software to load and sometimes will shut down while trying to load software. Now computer doesn't want to start thinking it might be power supply issue but don't know what kind to get to replace and don't know what screws need to come out to get to power supply. Need booklet on internal access, type of motherboard and power supply. If you have other thoughts they would be greatly appreciated. I'm trying to help a friend and am getting more frustrated by the hour.
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Desktop computer cases have mountings that suit the majority of motherboards. You most like need a new switch mode power supply as the existion one won't have the correct power connectors and won't supply enough power.
Hi Sony notebook computers must be taken apart to reset the BIOS password to the factory default when the current password is forgotten or simply unavailable. A small battery inside the computer must be removed for a period of time in order for the password to reset. This requires notebook repair skills specific to Sony notebooks, and should only be attempted by a technician who is familiar with the process of taking Sony notebooks apart and putting them back together without damaging the parts. Two way to remove BIOS password. 1) Soft reset2) Hard reset Soft Reset BIOSpasswords can be reset in two ways, 1. using software 2. using hardware.
I would first try resetting using software, here are two software's to reset orretrieve BIOS passwords.
!BIOS- is a PC BIOS toolkit offering password removal/decrypt and BIOS settingsmodification/backup/restore.
Step 1 Back up the hard drive to optical discs, an external hard drive or a network location to safeguard any important files.Step 2 Shut down the computer by clicking "Start" (Windows Orb) and choosing "Shut Down."Step 3 Disconnect the Sony notebook power adapter cable from the wall and from the back of the laptop.Step 4 Close the lid and flip the notebook over to expose the bottom screws and compartments.Step 5 Remove the main battery from the bottom of the Sony notebook.Step 6 Remove the compartment covers for the RAM and the hard drive.Step 7 Remove the hard drive by unscrewing the bracket that holds the drive in place and pulling gently on the drive until it disengages from the socket.Step 8 Remove the RAM by spreading the small metal retention clips that hold it into place, and then pivoting the RAM up slightly and pulling it out of the sockets.Step 9 Remove each of the small screws from the bottom of the Sony notebook, and place them on a clean, flat surface in a pattern that represents which hole each screw came from.Step 10 Gently flip the Sony notebook right-side up and open the lid.Step 11 Separate the base of the Sony notebook from the upper case by gently pressing the plastic knife or credit card into the seam and pulling the top away from the bottom.Step 12 Disconnect the wire that connects the small coin cell battery pack to the motherboard, or remove the coin cell battery from the socket, depending upon the model of the Sony notebook. Some models may require that the motherboard be removed from the case in order to access the battery.Step 13 Wait one hour with the battery disconnected and reassemble. The BIOS password will be cleared and the computer will boot into the BIOS setup program or to the operating system. This process does not clear any operating system passwords.Tips & Warnings
Reset a known BIOS password on Sony notebook computers by entering BIOS setup using the "F10" key on startup. Enter the existing password, and navigate to the security screen in the BIOS setup program to choose a new password. Consult the owner's manual for specific instructions on particular Sony models. Use a blank piece of paper to set the screws as they are removed, marking them or arranging them as necessary. It is important to replace the exact same screw into each hole that it came out of as there are often several different s of screws.
Notebook computers are assembled with small, delicate plastic tabs that are easily damaged. Internal cables and assemblies can be broken or damaged with relatively little force. Leave this technique to a professional technician if unsure of how to take a Sony notebook computer apart. Do not let the computer go into sleep or hibernation mode or simply shut the lid as this is not a full proper shutdown and the hard drive can become corrupted if the computer is not properly shut down for this operation.
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reformat the Vaio back to it's original state by going to All Programs
-> Vaio Recovery Tool -> Vaio Recovery Utility and choosing either Recover Drive C:\ only or to recover the whole computer back to
usually when installation of windows fails is from more than one reason and lets hope that ur hard drive is not damaged (contains bad sectors).
try these steps :
1- use a different windows cd and a different cd rom if u can find one.
2- change the sequense of drives by changing their jumper positions and data cables ( master, slave)
3- try to clear cmos with the jumper located usually near the mainboards battery (short it for 3 seconds)
4- try ( low-level format) to ur hard drive and reinstall windows.
if the message is still seen then your hard drive could be seriously damaged.
Simply....... no. Once formatted it's reinstall time.
You can load you're windows cd into the cdrom drive & try to get windows to load. If you do get the cdrom to load - (Press any key to load from cd...... ) & press any key. Once in windows setup ( DO NOT format the drive) but do reinstall windows, if windows see's another windows on your drive, great install over it. If windows does re-install it's self you should have enough time to install burner software & back up your personal data to CD or DVD before your partition looses it's cookies & shuts you down.
You can also leave it alone & install another drive & setup windows complete & slave it back into you're system for IDE.
SATA's are all master drives. Than copy your data back to you're new drive. In these cases I always suggest the user go to the web site of the hard drive & download the Mfg's bootable software tool's/setup utilities. Windows is not perfact at formatting.
Hi iggulden, I suggest you back up your personal data. Get it off the primary hard drive. While your windows is still running. When you’re finished, find the Mfg's name of your hard drive & S/N. Go to the Mfg's web site & download their software tools for checking the hard drive/testing & setting up the drive for a fresh install of windows. Most Mfg's have software to create a bootable floppy disk & or a bootable CD. (I doubt your troubles are from the motherboard just by your description). After running the Mfg's software & a fresh install of windows your system will run much better. Give it a try before you attack your motherboard.
Good Luck! Take your time. Have more questions, feel free to ask. Mike