I have a Sony Vaio PCG-9B3L that wont start Windows XP Home Edition.
When I turn the computer on I get the normal SONY name on the screen then the Windows XP start screen. After a few seconds the screen flashes some kind of error screen then reboots. It is so fast that I cannot see what the screen is telling me so I have no idea what the error is that causes it to reboot. it stays in this loop. I have tried booting to safe mode, but the same happens. I have also tried "Last Known Good", but I get the same result.
I don't know how to get out of this cycle.
Next I thought that i would just reinstall with the recovery disks that came with the notebook. The CD's will not boot. I went to BIOS and made sure that the CD-ROM is first in the boot list. It is first, but with no + to activate it. When i do so, instead of a + sign I get a !. I left it there, saved the changes, but it still wont boot to the CD.
Can anyone help me through this? I appreciate your help.
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Boot off the CD (as in Windows XP) and enter recovery console. Type in ' chkdsk /? ' and then go for the option to recover bad sectors and perform volume scan (think it's chkdsk /p). This will correct any errors and also repair the Master Boot Record which is …
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