SONY VAIO notebook freezes on xp splash screen every 2-4 mos.
I have a SONY VAIO VGN FE790G laptop with duo Centrino processor, "Vista Ready" but running xp sp2. Bought it in December 2006 and over the last 6 mos. have encountered freeze on startup at the Win xp logo splash screen. Powered down ok just prior same day but twice now has gotten to this state. Only way to shut down was, on both occasions, to hold the power button down. On startup after this freeze, can go into Safe Mode only. If I try to start normally or use "last known good configuration," does the same freeze and again can only be shut down by holding the power button. Once in Safe Mode, tried to restore to a previous configuration profile but no change, on normal startup still freezes at the black xp screen. Both times the only way I could get it working again was to back up data to an external drive while in safe mode and then restore the computer to original shipped state and re-install all my software. Woulds like to know:
1) why this might have happened,
2) how to keep it from happening again, and
c) if it does happen again, how to fix it without starting from square one.
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First, ensure your system restore is turned on and make a restore point right now!...assuming you have run a thorough disk check and de-frag.
then, trust the system restore. I have used it with success 100% of the 20 or so times I have used it. Next, start using the "Hibernate" power down mode. I have found this to work wonders with third-party driver problems. It seems that once a good startup happens, then freeze it (and continue to get a good startup) with hibernate from then on. Last, check about every month for the quantity of restore points that have taken place automatically by Windows. Sometimes, depending on the size of the hard drive, too many points can begin to encroach on your free space that you want for virtual memory or data. So for example, I see 15 restore points in the last month, I will dlete them all by cancelling system restore. Then I use "clean disk" scandisk and defrag. Then I turn restore back on.
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According to the spec. it should be OK. Don't forget to download the drivers from Sony.com otherwise it won't work correctly.
Learn more about the Sony VAIO VGN-CR220E/P
SeriesVAIO CR Series
Operating SystemWindows Vista Home Premium
CPU TypeIntel Core 2 Duo T7250 2.0G
Memory Size2GB DDR2
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
Graphics CardIntel GMA X3100
Video MemoryShared memory
CommunicationModem, LAN and WLAN
Card slot1 x ExpressCard /34 Slot
Dimensions13.2" x 9.8" x 1.25-1.67"
TechIntel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology
CPU TypeIntel Core 2 Duo
CPU L2 Cache2MB
Wide Screen SupportYes
Display TypeWide XGA
Resolution1280 x 800
LCD FeaturesXBRITE-ECO technology
Operating SystemWindows Vista Home Premium
GPU/VPUIntel GMA X3100
Video MemoryShared system memory
Graphic TypeIntegrated Card
Memory SpeedDDR2 667
Memory Spec1GB x 2
Max Memory Supported4GB
Optical Drive TypeDVD Super Multi
Optical Drive InterfaceIntegrated
Optical Drive SpecDVD+R DL Write: 4x max DVD+R Write: 8x max DVD+RW Write: 8x max DVD-R Write: 8x max DVD-RW Write: 6x max CD-R Write: 24x max CD-RW Write: 16x max DVD±RW: Yes (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/DVD-RAM) CD Read: 24x max DVD Read: 8x max DVD-RAM Write: 5x max DVD-R DL Write: 4x max DVD-RAM Read: 5x max
ModemIntegrated V92/V.90 Modem (RJ-11)
WLANIntel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN Network Connection (802.11a/b/g/n)
VAIO Update has been disabled. Start , all Programs, VAIO Update 3, VAIO Update Options , Reenable the checkboxes and you shouldn't get the message anymore. This program runs at startup to check for updates with SONY, pretty useless.