Sony partition bios/boot issue

February 8, 2011 at 18:42:08
Specs: Windows XP
I have an old Sony RV772. I used partition magic to erase partitioning. It was having some issues and I'd never updated any drivers, so I had the bright idea to download any updates - this included BIOS. I'm now getting a boot error and it's calling for the system discs. I think it's failing the partition check at POST (maybe?)?? I know just enough to break things, not enough to fix. Can anyone advise how to get past this?


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February 8, 2011 at 20:09:34
If you have erased all partitioning.....then the drive is blank, and has no recognizable operating system anymore. So you need to boot off the windows disk and as it installs it will see the hard disk, and create a partition to install on, then format and carries on with the install. Currently you have destroyed what was there, by deleting the partitions.

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February 9, 2011 at 05:44:28
Thanks - I'm sorry I wasn't totally clear. Sony came with 2 partitions on the hard drive (C and D). Years ago I used Partition Magic to blend the D partition (it was blank) and into the C drive. That went fine. Then yesterday I downloaded a BIOS driver update and an SIS sound driver update. I also loaded Garmin MapSource for my husband's new and my older Nuvi which required two different versions of MicrosoftNET.

The computer worked great, hibernated and then crashed as is was coming out of hibernation. It cannot get past the initial black DOS screen (POST, I think) without the boot error and prompting for system disks.

Could the new BIOS driver have it looking for the D partition I killed long ago? Is there some way to skip this stage and get to windows to try to fix it? Should I just try to salvage what's on the drive and totally reformat? Thanks again - I'm feeling like quite the silly novice over this whole thing.


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