My Sony Vaio VGN NS20E Laptop wont boot

April 9, 2011 at 12:28:52
Specs: Windows Vista

My Sony Vaio VGN NS20-e wont boot
it turns on, displays the sony sign for about 5 seconds then the next screen just has a flashing cursor at the top of the screen. moves down about three lines then just sits there flashing. it never gets past this stage. weird thing is pressing Alt Ctrl Dlt restarts the computer (which i thought only working in windows?)
tried switching around the ram, didnt work
just trying to figure out if its the motherboard, if so its prolly cheaper just to replace it.....

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#1
April 9, 2011 at 15:35:22

Try F8 to get to a menu. Choose last known good config or safe mode.

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#2
April 10, 2011 at 11:00:38

Thanks Guapo, tried pressing F8 while it boots up but the same thing happens

Any other ideas ???


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#3
April 10, 2011 at 14:06:08

Try to get the BIOS or some other screen. F11 will bring you to the recovery partition. You will lose all your files. Do that as last resort. Try some of the other F keys, ESC or DEL. If you get to the BIOS, reset it to defaults. Sometimes that works.

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#4
April 11, 2011 at 12:27:23

ok so pressing F2 got me into my BIOS menu, reset it to defults. nothing changed

then tried pressing F11 and it simply showed the sony loadup image, then just reset itself, and then did its usual trick of showing the sony startup image, then went to a blank screen with a flashing cursor.

is there a way of telling if its a problem with my Motherboard ??


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#5
April 11, 2011 at 14:33:27

I would say it's the hard drive before the mother board. Download the manufacturer's diagnostic tools for the hard drive & run the tests. That the hard drive manufacturer, not the PC brand.

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#6
April 13, 2011 at 15:37:11

I removed the HDD and put it into a case and i could read it all fine through a mates laptop.
shouldnt that mean the HDD is running fine?


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#7
April 13, 2011 at 17:38:44

That doesn't tell you if the boot sector is good, which was your original problem. You have to be careful but take a look at the following site on how to fix the MBR. I don't know if you can do it through your friend's machine.

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#8
April 18, 2011 at 23:09:10

Which site ??

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#9
September 28, 2011 at 11:54:56

My Sony Vaio is doing the same exact thing. Did you fix your problem? If so, how? I tried running "Restore C: Drive" from the VAIO Recovery Center (from pushing F10) and it tried to restart my laptop but got the black screen again with the cursor.

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