System Issues?

  wonderwill 18:10 30 May 2009

Sony CVaio laptop running on XP.

A range of differing issues:

Sometimes it gets part way through the boot sequence and switches off.

A range of error messages and then switches off:

Insufficient sytem resources.....
Not enough virtual memory ............

Sometimes when I do actully get in it is loading new hardware - ACPI Uniprocessor PCI

No virus, no adware, no trojans - totally clean

Have the most up to date bios.

Any thoughts?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:50 30 May 2009

Suggest either heat or bad memory.

Clean out all grills and vents run memtest

MemTest - click here
Tutorial: How to use Memtest - click here

  DieSse 20:55 30 May 2009

I agree with Fruitbat - just seen a system with very similar problems due to faulty RAM.

  wonderwill 11:00 31 May 2009

Justcompeted 9 passes on Memtest and there are no errors?

Anything else I can try?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:30 31 May 2009

Hard drive full?

  wonderwill 23:01 01 Jun 2009

No the hard drive is not full.

Having difficulty getting in at all now. Can I prepare a boot disc from another xp pc?

It couldn't be a hard disc issue?

  lotvic 00:22 02 Jun 2009

Vaio laptop same problem on another forum click here you could try some of the things they suggest.
As it is not doing the POST properly maybe reset the bios by taking out the cmos battery for 10 minutes
To find out if it is the HDD take it out and see if that makes a difference to POST.

  phono 00:36 02 Jun 2009

Does it run normally in safe mode?

  wonderwill 12:55 02 Jun 2009

Thanks for this, I will not be able to try this until tomorrow.

Excuse my ingnorance but what does POST mean?

  DieSse 13:10 02 Jun 2009

Power On Self Test

The diagnostics built in to the computer that do a basic check that things are working before trying to boot up.

If the system fails during the POST, then it cannot be due to software or settings in software (it can be due to BIOS settings though). It's not always readily apparent exactly where the POST ends and the boot process takes over (and the initial stage of the boot is also built-in to the hardware).

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