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#1 Depthcharge

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:08 PM

I have an old Sony VAIO netbook that I thought was dead. I removed the HD in an attempt to find a new one. After my local Hack-Shack failed to have the part I needed, I plugged it back in and much to my surprise it booted up. I tried installing MSE, but for some reason it won't load. I also tried Malwarebytes, but same problem. I no longer have the system recovery discs or the external disc drive. What can I do to fix this machine? I think a clean reinstall may be in order, but I have no idea how to do this. Please help. Model # PCG-SRX77

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:44 PM

You could...contact Sony for replacement disks...or buy such from any one of the seemingly many retailers who now sell such.

You could also check the Sony website's documentation for whatever model it is...and see if it reflects a restore-to-factory-defaults partition and mechanism for restoring to factory defaults.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:59 PM

Alright than, barring a reinstall, what's the best way to clean-up and debug? MBAM ran and it's clean.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:06 PM

^but keeps crashing

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:31 PM

How much work / expense do you want to put into this unit ??
Is it a throw- away toy, or a serious project ??

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:34 PM

More or less a toy, something I can throw in my pack and not be too upset when I drop it. It seems to be too glitchy and slow for use right now. I'd like to do all I can using whatever free software is available. Thanks.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:51 PM

^but keeps crashing

This indicates you will spend a bit of time on it (barring a reinstall) -
We can list chkdsk /r as a basic check (about 1 hour run) and Memtest 86 to check the RAM (4 to 10 hour test)
But can you beg, borrow etc a Genuine XP CD ??

Please post a snapshot with Speccy -
How to Publish a snapshot with Speccy <<-- Directions

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:55 PM

Genuine? Doubtful. Bootleg, maybe. I do not mind spending any ammount of time, it is a back-up.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:01 PM

I did not say to Purchase one now, just Borrow one -

There are Millions of them floating around -

Please post a snapshot with Speccy -

Edited by noknojon, 12 April 2012 - 05:01 PM.


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Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:01 PM

Speccy...

The procedure entry point GetExtendedTcpTable could not be located in the dynamic link library IPHLPAPI.DLL

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:03 PM

It's the disc that's the problem. No external drive.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:31 PM

It's the disc that's the problem. No external drive.

You have already found one expense if there is not an old one in your shed - :wink:

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:36 PM

Honestly, I don't need it. It is mostly for music/movies/documents. If I can get it running smoothly, I am happy without it.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:36 PM

As I see it...

You are talking about a netbook...and you cannot rule out the possibility of hardware problems.

I'd eliminate the possibility of hardware problems...before I spent any time on it. That's difficult, since it is a netbook and it's a Sony product (Sony does not seem to provided exhaustive documentation of its systems in the manner that some other OEMs do, IMO).

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:38 PM

Suggestions?

BTW Speccy was a non-starter (see above #10)

Let us assume for the moment the hardware is functional. It boots, connects, the keyboard, mouse and wheel all work fine.

edited for grammar and clarification

Edited by Depthcharge, 12 April 2012 - 06:19 PM.





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