Have sony vgn-a270 laptop, running xp. it was working fine last week now upon boot up get "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device & press any key"
logged into setup and checked boot order and its correct. reset the default values in setup and rebooted and still get same problem.
also inserted a win98se cd into to cd/dvd player and was able to access the cd drive. also was able to get to a dos prompt and could not get to the c: drive/HD.
after checking internet, it sounds as though the HD, the motherboard or there might be a ram problem.
Can anyone help? My daughter claims she doesn't have the sony recovery disk and i can't figure out what to do. Is there anything i can do? if i have to replace the HD can someone assist me or instruct me how to remove the bottom panel of the laptop.
I've gone to sony and they only have a users manual for my laptop and that doesn't show instructions for back panel removal. the service manual only shows the part numbers, no instructions.
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Re: system will not boot
It sounds like the hdd. If you want to check the ram just take one stick out at a time and try to start it up then replace and take the other one out. To replace the hdd look on the bottom for a picture that looks like a cylinder take the screw out of the cover beside it. Look for screws holding the hdd if there is not any just slide it back and remove. Another solution is to use a live cd like puppy linux or something and run a disk check utility on it to see if the hdd shows up.
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You can either try to spam the F12 button upon start-up to directly select which device to boot from, or either F4 or Delete are the typical keys used to get into the BIOS and you can change the boot order from there to automatically select a CD drive device if it ever detects one.
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To install new version of XP. Insert XP CD into drive,
reboot pc pressing ESC button, or delete in
some machines. This takes you into BIOS, change your primary boot device to
CDrom, save changes and reboot. Select boot from CD once this appears and wait
for files to be installed. Select the part of the hard drive you wish to use
for your operating system (usually the largest) and select partition this
drive. Delete any previous os, and reformat hard drive. (Be aware this removes
everything saved on your hard drive, so always back up first) Re boot
afterwards and reinstall operating system.
its basically telling you that your master hard drive with O/S installation cannot be found in the booting system...Check if your master HD is not corrupted and see if your O/S still exist or maybe wiped out..
When putting a new system online before configuring any antivirus or other security software opens up the system to immediate infection. It is possible that if you spent any amount of time online before properly configuring your Antivirus and/or firewall that your system was infected with a virus that manipulates your system to thinking the Windows installation has been corrupted. Running a installation repair on your windows installation will resolve the issue. Simply press f8 on startup and select use last known settings that worked, or you may need to use your disks to restore the system.
The problem is due to System startup failure. It could be due to many reasons like abruptly shutting down the system, Services not starting, Malware or trojans infection, Corrupt Hard drive, corrupt system files,etc.
Method 1 : Start your system by pressing F8 upon startup. Select "last known good configuration that works" Check it it can get you to your Desktop. Reboot the system,everything will be fine.
Method 2 : Start your system by pressing F8 upon startup. Select "Safe boot" Check if it can get you to your Desktop. Now, Click Windows startup button Select "All programs" Select "Accessories" Select "System tools" Select "System Restore" and try to restore the system in an ealier point. your system will reboot now and check if it works fine now.
Method 3 : Download "Hiren's Boot CD" Below is the link http://hirens.longcomputerservices.com/Hirens.BootCD.10.1.zip Extract the zip file using Winzip or Winrar. Burn the ISO image file with Nero or PowerISO in a CD. Boot the system using that CD ( Set your BIOS to boot from CD-DVD Drive) Select "Windows XP Mini" upon startup. Use tools that are available in the CD
It will most probably solve your problem. If the problem still persists Use can always Backup your important files using that CD to an external USB Drive or to any Network Share location.
When XP gets into the rebooting mode, you will have to run a chkdsk or do an XP repair. You will not lose your data. But you do need your recovery cd or a WinXP cd.
Take the Windows XP disk. Boot from it, then DO NOT select F2 (automated system recovery) but continue through the procedure until you get to the point where you can choose between installing Windows XP and entering the Recovery Console. Once you get into the Recovery Console, do chkdsk and fix potential errors on your disks! Type chkdsk C: /R at the prompt in the recovery console.
XP repair When you boot with the Win XP install CD-ROM, it loads a minimal operating system, similar to DOS, but compatible with Win XP. At the first screen you select install Win XP (not Recovery Console) and at the next screen it will find that you already have Win XP and offer to attempt a repair. This repair should not touch your Applications or data; it just reinstalls the Windows files. This is great because when it works you don't need to reinstall all your software. Lastly, your drive can be taken out of the unit and set into an enclosure or adapter. The data can be saved, the your hard drive can be formatted and programs and data reinstalled. Good Luck, If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it. Thanks, Joe