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operating system not loading. start w out usbs occupied. if nothing in usb then start in safe mode.if u cant start in safe mode try w operating system disk in. if that fails test real time clock battery. if that fails find way to reformat hard drive. or get another.if u got the pc this way this is a bad sign
When you get to the BIOS window, do you get a message saying that is going to shut down in some period of time of does it just shut down?
Here is my best guess and solution. I believe you've got a worm virus. If you have nothing that you want on this hard drive, and you've got a full install Windows XP disk, I'd do a full install with a complete format, not a quick format, FAT32, if you can, NTFS, if you can't and reinstall Windows XP.
Run diagnostics on the harddrive. if possible reseat the Hard drive, i.e take it out and put it back again. and then try installing the OS. remember you have to boot from the laptop to install OS. Hope you are doing it correctly
Oops---virus may have destroyed the boot sector on your hard disk. Is there a CD in the optical drive, or a floppy in the floppy drive?? If so, remove before booting. If that's not the issue, you need to reinstall the operating system.
As far as original discs---perhaps you can get replacements from Sony if they still support the laptop?
This message means that the hard disk was not detected, this is due to either the BIOS setting was changed or the hard disk has failed.
Try booting up with a DOS disk and run FDISK, and see if it detects the hard drive, if possible run a diag test program.