Sony Vaio Computer (XP SP3) is running differently
This involves my Sony Vaio Computer (XP SP3) 4-years old. It is acting very strange. Last night we had lots of lightening - my computer was on "sleep." I have a high-tech power strip, but strikes were close so I got up in the night and hurridly shut everything down and UNPLUGGED all my equipment. Today, the computer booted up on a Sony default administrator page. Then it quit. (click, click, click) Ugh! - No start up, no safe mode - nothing. So, I thought I'd open it up and look around - maybe I'd see some burn marks or something. While there, I cleaned all the vile dust and cat fur out of it and checked connections and booted it up again and VIOLA! - it came on! Here's the rub: This was ALWAYS the noisiest computer I ever heard. The noise is gone. I'm not even sure the fan is running anymore. There was a message that said I had an "attempted attack by an intruder" - that my firewall was down. (Maybe the lightening temporarily knocked out my router)? I put it back up and checked it out. The computer ran well (still on Sony default at an earlier time, - not all the programs were on it). On closer inspection, I found everything. I found my files, but could not boot the computer to my old desktop/programs/etc. All my software, etc is on it and I had it well organized, so I just put up shortcuts on my new uncluttered desktop. There are new messages and organizational tools that had never appeared before. It is absolutely crazy! ! ! Honestly - it is like having a new computer. It has been on for 8 hours and it does not feel HOT and I have done several successful restarts. Do you think it can cause a fire? I cannot hear a fan. It is whisper quiet. It was never like this. Also, it does not have an "ON" light anymore. It always ground and clicked and the fan was monstrous. Now, it is like a dream computer. . . Have you ever heard of anything like this? I have complete back ups of everything. I think I should just use it and love it. What say you?
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Download the SP3 installation ISO. Save it to your Desktop. Download ImgBurn and save it to your Desktop. Double-click the installation executable for ImgBurn and click "Next." Follow the remaining onscreen prompts and click "Finish" to complete installation of ImgBurn. Insert a blank CD-R/DVD-R into your DVD drive. Open ImgBurn by going to "Start," "Programs" and "ImgBurn." Click "File," then "Browse for a source file." Navigate to your Desktop and select the SP3 ISO file. Click "Open." Click the blue "ISO to CD" button located on the bottom left of ImgBurn. The program will begin creating the Windows XP SP3 installation CD. This process may take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes to complete depending on the speed at which the CD-R/DVD-R is being burned. Click "OK" once the CD-R/DVD-R has finished burning. You've successfully created a Windows XP SP3 installation CD. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2fcde6ce-b5fb-4488-8c50-fe22559d164e&displaylang=en xp pro sp3 iso http://www.imgburn.com/ Download the iso also download the imageburn or
first remove all the USB Devices connected to the Computer, go to Device Manager, uninstall all the USB Drivers and restart the Computer. after the restart, the Operating System should reinstall the USB Drivers automatically as the USB Drivers are Operating System generic. If this does not work, go to Device Manager, right click on the USB Device having Yellow Exclamatory mark and click on Update Device/Driver and select search for the best driver in these location and in the location type C:\Windows\inf and click next. This should resolve the issue. If this does not work, you can try performing the System restore where the USB ports are working normally.
According to the website this model of VAIO does not support Windows 7. You should always consult the Microsoft website Upgrade Compatibility before upgrading OS. However, all hope is not lost. It might be possible to make the driver for XP work with your system. If you go to the Sony VAIO website, go to Support and download the XP drivers for the audio card to the desktop of your computer. Next, right click on the file and select Properties. Select the Compatibility tab, check the Run this program in Compatibility Mode for... box and select Windows XP with SP3. Also select Run this Program as an Administrator. Press Apply, run the program and you should be good to go.
Any VAIO Computer released 4 to 5 years ago is not equipped with a wireless card that supports 802.11N WLAN standards. All the older VAIO Computer supports 802.11 a/b/g wireless standard. Because of this hardware compatibility issues the Computer is crashing.
For this issue Sony has not released any general update. However, you may visit the Sony site for specific model to check for any update release to address this issue.
Try using Last Known Good Configuration if you can't start Windows, but it started correctly the last time you
turned on the computer.
If you notice your system behaving strangely and Windows is still running, try using System Restore
to return the system to an earlier point in time when things worked correctly.
Unlike Last Known Good Configuration, changes made with System Restore can be
undone (unless made in safe
mode), and System Restore provides different points in time you can restore
your system to.