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Sony VGN A290 model: PCG-8R4L can't boot into windows without crash


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#1 p49k

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Posted 16 December 2015 - 10:18 AM

Laptop would boot to splash screen then BSOD with re-boot.   

 

I was able to get into safe mode.   I did a system RESTORE.    Laptop would boot up to Windows XP screen

then BSOD.

 

Using a Windows Live type CD I could bring up Laptop, look at Hard Drive, etc. with no BSOD.

 

Did a RECOVERY (Hold F10) key.  Performed RECOVERY to factory default.   Laptop boots

up to XP screen then  BSOD.  Sometimes I can get pass XP screen and start Registration of Windows.

Might get pass a couple screens then BSOD.

 

I swapped out the first 512 RAM chip located on the bottom of the LAP top.  No change with BSOD

 

I have not swapped out the 2nd 512 yet as it is located under the keyboard.

 

Does this sound like a Hard Drive problem?   Since I can do a F10 restore to factory is there a way

to copy the RECOVERY partition and put it on another hard drive, swap the hard drive and do 

a F10 again to install the RECOVERY back to factory install?

 

The BSOD is just a quick screen not giving me any time to read it.

 

Any ideas would be appreciated.

 

Thanks

Ken



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Posted 17 December 2015 - 05:55 AM

When you go into Safe Mode, one of the options is to disable automatic restart.

Select that and the system will halt so you can read the BSOD.

 

Meanwhile, try these free, bootable hardware diagnostics:  http://www.carrona.org/initdiag.html

Let us know the results and we'll move on from there.


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