Sony VAIO fails to boot after memory upgrade

  bumpkin 23:33 04 Jan 2012

Hi everyone me again, I dont want to keep posting but I seem to be having a bad run at the moment and know help is here.

I have a Sony VAIO for my daughter to use. Spec is XP Home, pent4, 2.8g, 120gb hd, mem 2x 256 ddr.

I thought I would be clever and put in another 516 mem card same type and speed in a spare slot. I also had a spare 160g hdd so I fitted that as well. That was the end of it nothing works any more even though I have removed the mem card and hdd.

I cant even access the bios, it shows the screen saying "start windows normally" but I cant it will just keep coming back to that same message. I have the original System Recovery Disk which will not boot unless I pull the power from the hdd and then connect again.

I have the message "Starting VAIO System Recovery Utility, Powered by Windows" but that is it nothing happens

I am not too bad on these things normally but seem to be master of destruction lately :-)

Any help much appreciated as always.


  bumpkin 23:50 04 Jan 2012

Hi, got a bit more info now I have given up with the recovery disk. Got an error message which I can only see part of but saying I think file missing or corrupt "System32\DRIVERS\pci.sys" Then it tells me to use the recovery disk and select "r" but this does not work unless I can access it.

  bumpkin 23:57 04 Jan 2012

now saying Sstem32\DRIVERS\isapnp.sys

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:36 05 Jan 2012

Boot to BIOS and set first boot device as CD/DVD drive second as HDD

This should allow you to boot from CD.

Do you have a XP CD? if so do a repair install as follows

Repair XP by install over the top of existing system

  1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

  2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

  1. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.

DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

  1. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

  2. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.

  3. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

Repair XP

  bumpkin 13:36 05 Jan 2012

Thanks Fruit Bat. I could get to the cd and press r but it would not do anything. This turned out to be a memory problem now sorted by replacing one of the cards. Thanks for your advice.


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