Prior to the computer crashing on startup, the computer froze while I was away at work. Given that I had no control over the computer including the task manager, I had to manual hard reset. As the computer turned on, the VAIO logo and Windows loading screen seemed a little fuzzy around the edges. Then at the Welcome screen or Desktop, the computer just turns off.
To my thought, I did verify and did the followings in order:
-Opened the casing of the desktop to check if all wires and chips were not loose.
-Air dusted and cleaned any dusts in the case and all areas.
-Checked BIOS to make sure Motherboard was not fried.
-Safe Mode, Networking, VGA, BOOT logging works.
-Ran Checkdisk (CHKDSK) in safe mode including chkdsk with F parameter and R parameter. (Now this is where things gets weird. -The common applications like iTunes, AOL, Quicktime, McAfee Virus Scan, all failed to boot and start and I tried reinstalling the programs, but I was given a error message that the files are damaged.)
-Installed the Vaio Recovery Media Kit to restore the computer to factory settings and including the partition. (so all data is clean)
-Started safe mode again to re-check in CHKDSK and with F and R parameters. The disk came up as clean.
So then I went to VGA mode and the Sony Application installer booted and reinstalled all Sony files. Then I went to connect with the internet to download the new Windows Update including the SP3.
While downloading the update files from Windows Update, my Norton Anti Virus was also updating, but to my shock it blocked a Trojan Horse BLO attack. I had thoughts if this was an overall virus or trojan attack. So I restarted the computer with all updates installed and ran a virus scan , but the computer came as clean.
Now to finally narrow down the problem, my Sony desktop is a stock model and has the ATI Radeon X300 Video Card. I have tried and tested the display features and it turns out that when ever my computer is in low resolution, the computer works, but this is unacceptable. I do not have much experiance as to what to do with my ATI files because upon restarting the computer again, but the DrWatson Debugger pulled a Error Message and the usual Windows Help website popped up saying that it is most likely my video driver to be old or needs to be updated or I have to manually go to settings to adjust the monitor settings.
I went to ATI's website to download the X300 series download, but those didnt help as the message I got when installing was that I did not have a newer DirectX8 and the device was not the correct one.
So I checked the ATI in my Programs folder and double checked the files, but the installer file seems to not work at all.
I am certain this has to do something with the hardward because I know that if the monitor/graphics were not the correct settings the computer will shut down the system , but any help will be much appreciated! If you need more info let me know.
Edited by ZeroFighter, 22 February 2009 - 08:36 PM.