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Sony PCG-8J1L vaio Laptop. I bought this laptop on ebay with no O.S. and i have not been able to install no OS with my cds. nb I have installed win 7 and xp on all my other pc and laptops. It keeps saying:"operating system not found" when I put in the BOOTABLE cds. Where can I find the bootable cd for this laptop? I'm in circles on the sony site?

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Hello,

Is there a way you can format the hard drive on your laptop? If there is, i will advice you first format the laptop before trying to load the operating system, but there is no way you can format the hard drive, there are still two other options i will suggest to you, first is, you will need to look for a friend that uses this kind of laptop and get the operating system from the friend to use on your laptop. Second option is, the hard drive on the system might be bad, so i suggest you get another hard drive on the system and see if you can load the operating cd with you on the cd, am quite sure,it will load on the new hard drive, and the problem should be solve.

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Base from the description of your problem, what we can do first for this is to make sure that the laptop is set to boot first from the CD ROM , then also make sure you're using a bootable operating system CD and also by the way check if the hard drive is detected under BIOS and if not open the laptop and make sure the hard drive is connected properly.

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  • Raphael Josiah Aug 07, 2010

    already did all of the above

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First make sure your harddrive is detected in bios .Also make sure SATA is disable in bios. You can enter in bios with below method.For that you need to buy windows disk you can buy it from nearest computer shop or online. Click here Click on above link and buy windows. Then insert that disk into cd/dvd rom then when you power up the computer press F1 or F2 or del or aLt+f2 to enter in bios. Then go to boot menu and set first boot device as cd/dvd rom then save settings and restart then it will boot with disk follow the procedure on screen then install new windows if you want to repair old windows choose R for repair previous windows if you want to install new windows then format 1 partition and then it install windows on it. Windows disk is very useful for your computer's life you can solve any issue with windows disk. Let me know if you need further assistance. Thanks for using FixYa.

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  • Raphael Josiah Aug 06, 2010

    I ALREADY have the windows disk. My hard drive is detected.

  • Boot computer with windows disk with my first email solution then enter in recovery console then type in prompt "chkdsk /r" then press enter then it will fix and recover errors on harddrive then again boot computer with it then delete all partition and create again all partition then you can install windows on it.
    Let me know if you need further assistance. Thanks for using FixYa.

  • Raphael Josiah Aug 07, 2010

    Ok. i got it with the hard drive wiped CLEAN so i cannot do recovery. It seem like the optical drive is not working or something. Its not reading.

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