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Changing Sony Vaio BIOS

I'm unable to change the BIOS so I can boot from the CD or DVD rom drive to install a linux OS. I tried removing the jumper to flash the BIOS, which enables me to restart the computer and change the BIOS, but the settings won't change. When I return to the BIOS the settings are the same. And I cannot access the disk to boot from it and install VectorLinux.

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  • Rue Felix Jan 10, 2008

    I'm sorry I should've clarified. When leaving the BIOS, after I've set the master and the slave, and also the boot sequence, I saved the changes first, then exited while saving changes, over and over again, and no dice. Now I've gotten to the point where I believe I'll have to set my cd drive to master and my harddrive to slave to boot, and if that doesn't work I guess I'll just keep trying. I've used other harddrives set to master and the one I'm attempting to format to slave to do it that way, but I get a NTLDR is missing error. Very frustrating. but thanks for your help.

  • ares_766 Sep 18, 2008

    I have a sony vaio laptop and I'm trying to format it. I managed to enter BIOS and I've setted the dvd-ram as primary and tried to install windows but it says I have no hard-disk enabled. How can I install windows and format the hard also?

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I couldnt get the boot menu to come up either, so i had to disable the hard drive from booting in the BIOS, so the system had no choice but to boot to the cd-rom. Worked great!

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You should be able to exit and save changes, which my guess is you are exiting without saving the changes. theres is a way around this, by pressing either F8, F9, F10, or F12 to access the boot menu, and then you can boot from cd to install your linux operating system

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    but,it can not.

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