Sony Vaio will not boot past flash screen

April 25, 2011 at 22:03:44
Specs: Windows Vista, T8100 / 2GB
Sony Vaio VGN-CR353
Windows Vista.
Laptop will not boot. Goes to Sony splash screen and waits for a key press almost as tho there is an 'press any key to continue error. I can not see the error as the splash screen can not be disabled.
Have tried, new RAM, new HDD, removing connections to built in camera (in case USB error). Flashing the BIOS and setting BIOS to defaults. Removing HDD.
This occurs to matter what the boot device is i.e. if it is set to CD it still waits for a key press before booting.
If I set to boot from a CD but do not insert a CD and press a key it will then boot to the HDD.
This is what I would expect from say a keyboard failure/floppy failure press any key to continue scenario.

This seemed to happen over night. Was working fine one day and not the next.


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April 26, 2011 at 05:26:25
Try setting the setting in the BIOS to "hold on" from all error, to no error. Look for that setting in the Standard CMOS features screen. This will not solve the real issue but will indicate there is some error in the hardware configuration.

Are the BIOS values all correct? Like the date, time, etc? After flashing the BIOS is is necessary to reset some values.

Tapping the Esc key when booting MIGHT bypass the splash screen. If not, read your manual. I think there is a keystroke to disable the splash screen, at least temporarily.

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April 26, 2011 at 14:13:55

BIOS is too basic, there are no options to change/halt on error and no option to remove splash screen.
BIOS values are all correct (Date etc). After flashing BIOS I did set to default. Also looked through all BIOS options and there are not many in this BIOS.
No manual but have tried ESC and a few other key strokes to try and remove splash screen but it's very fast in coming up i.e. 1 - 2 secs max.
If I press a key the laptop boots aka 'the press any key' option.

Still no joy!

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