Restart Loop with no fix in sight

Microsoft Windows vista home premium - 3...
July 9, 2010 at 22:07:43
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium
Hello all, been searching for a few hours straight, but can't find
anyone with the same problem nor a resolution. Hope i can find help

Have a sony vaio (model: pcg-7112L) laptop with a valid vista
home premium o/s that is stuck in a reset loop. Basically before the the
login screen appears it resets and goes through the whole startup
process again. You'd think the solution is simple.... start in safe mode
load a previous configuration, yada, yada........ NOPE!!

Whether i select safe mode, safe mode with networking, or any
other option it still does the same thing. After a few files/drivers are
loaded it still resets and goes through the whole caboodle over again. Now
here i bet you'd think you can insert the installation cd, boot through the
cd and repair the windows installation right? NOPE!!!

When i insert the installation CD it loads all windows files even
shows the fancy green scrolling bar letting you think that windows is
going to load, but instead i see the mouse cursor and the screen stays
black. No picture, nothing to click..... Nada!

Here i thought, heck let me download and create a Vista
Recovery CD, maybe that will work. NOPE... Does the same that the
installation cd does, mouse cursor, black screen, and nada.

So now, i'm sitting here scratching my head. Wondering what the
hell can i do? Even if i wanted to format and install a fresh copy
windows i couldn't because i get no picture on the screen. Before you say
anything yes the lcd on the laptop works because i do get some
picture, like the scrolling graphic.

The BIOS on the machine is the most basic bios i've ever seen
on a pc. Nothing there will help.

I have to think that it is the video driver. I have auto update
enabled so installations may happen over night. I've done some research and
there have seen some vaios with video driver issues that show similar
symptoms. But either a solution wasn't found or the recovery disk
worked. Here nothing will work. Is there any way to have a basic
video driver or older driver installed through the boot sequence? Any
other options than replacing the hard drive?

I'll be extremely grateful for any help.

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July 10, 2010 at 05:57:46
If you boot into Vista Advanced Boot Options by tapping F8 during Restart, I remember there will be an option Disable Automatically Restart. If you can disable automatically restart, then you will see the stop error codes on screen next time the problem recurs.

Please let us know these codes.


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July 10, 2010 at 06:04:58
Unlikely to be the video driver or it would work fine in safe mode.
If you have a full Vista disk, or a Vista recovery disk (Microsoft's,
not the manufacturer's), then try doing a startup repair -
instructions are HERE

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July 10, 2010 at 14:45:33
I'd run ultimate boot cd. Start with memtest. Actually Vista dvd has it too. Run both.

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July 11, 2010 at 20:05:00
suatcini here is the error:

if this is the first time you've seen this Stop error......

Technical information:
*** STOP: 0x000000ED (0x8565AB90, 0XC0000185,
0x00000000, 0x00000000

johnr and jefro, will be trying your suggestions now. Will post

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July 11, 2010 at 20:26:03
Unfortunately, your hdd may be failing. Otherwise, you should have been successful repairing your Vista installation.

If you can find a diagnostic program for the hdd in your Sony Vaio, that will be great.

If you do not know the make of the hdd, then I advise you should use Seagate Seatools.

Hope this helps.


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