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#1 Matt169

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 07:18 AM

Hi all,

I have been given a Sony laptop from a friend which has developed several faults however if they can be fixed it will be a good laptop to use so I am trying to fix them.

The problem is that it keeps getting the error message "Operating System Not Found" or something along those lines.

I have a Fujitsu laptop so tried the HD from that and got the same error message but when I put the Sony one in my laptop something at least came up like start windows normally. (it needs formatting and a new os installing so that is not a problem) So although mixing brands is not the best way to go it at least "reads" more than it does in the Sony one which did not take either.

Therefore would it be something to do with the SATA connectors etc?

There are some other problems such as the power button takes two or three presses to boot the machine and show something on the laptop but hopefully they are not related and can be fixed after the HD one.

Thanks for your help not sure if this is the right place to put it.




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Edited by Matt169, 25 February 2009 - 07:22 AM.


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Posted 25 February 2009 - 07:25 AM

When you take a hdd with a Windows OS installed on it that you have been using on one computer and then install it as in another computer you are asking for major problems. The excerpt below is from a Intel article which describes in detail what happens. The article also mentions a reference to an article by Microsoft, it can be seen here .

"Moving a hard drive with Windows* 2000 or Windows XP* already installed to a new motherboard without reinstalling the operating system is not recommended.

If a hard drive is moved to a new computer, the registry entries and drivers for the mass storage controller hardware on the new motherboard are not installed in Windows for the new computer and you may not be able to start Windows. This is documented in Microsoft's knowledge base article. This is true even if you move the hard drive to a motherboard with the same chipset, as different hardware revisions can cause this issue as well.

Additionally, moving a hard drive to a new motherboard may not exhibit any errors until you install new IDE drivers. This is because each chipset uses a different Plug-n-Play (PNP) ID to identify it. If you move your motherboard, your registry will have multiple PNP IDs (for the old hardware as well as the new hardware). If there are multiple entries in the registry, Windows cannot determine which hardware to initialize and therefore fails with a STOP error."


Have you looked in the BIOS to see if the hdd is being detected and is the first device in the boot order?

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 07:32 AM

Yeah I thought it would probably mess things up :thumbsup:

It seems that it doesnt show up in the BIOS, although I did move it to top of the list in boot order and still nothing.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 07:38 AM

You might want to go to the web site of the manufacturer of your hdd and download their diagnostic tool and see what kind of shape its in.

If you have a bootable disk you might want to see if you can boot from it, of course you will have to make the CD-ROM the first device in the boot order. If it will boot the excluding the hdd your hardware should be good.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 07:40 AM

thanks will look around for one, thought it would only be on order from sony though

sorry forgot to add that it did run a ubuntu live cd so as you say it might not be dead, but would not install as no hd found there either :thumbsup:

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 07:44 AM

Do you have the installation disk for Windows? If you do try using it to access the Recovery Console and run chkdsk /f /r/.

To run the Recovery Console from the Windows XP startup disks or the Windows XP CD-ROM, follow these steps:

1. Insert the Windows XP startup disk into the floppy disk drive, or insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.

Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted.

2. When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.

3. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you must access from the]Recovery Console.

4. When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.

5. At the command prompt, type chkdsk /f /r , and then press ENTER.

6. To exit the Recovery Console and restart the computer, type exit at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 05:05 PM

Thanks all sorted on the OS front just need to get the power button to function correctly although I think it may be something on the motherboard that has gone although strange that it turns on in the end too.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 01:33 AM

What exactly is or isn't happening now?

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 05:49 AM

Installed Vista which is able to load, also downloaded all the drivers from Sony

However when starting it sometimes takes up to say 10 presses of the power button, although rather than nothing happening it does seem to power up eg fan sounds and so on. But the problem is that the monitor stays blank just as like on a PC if you unplugged the monitor cable I guess.



Thanks,

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