Sony Vaio Recover Disk wont install OS

April 5, 2011 at 09:28:52
Specs: Windows Vista
So my Sony Vaio VGN-NR160E recently fried it's hard drive. I had that replaced and went to reinstall everything using the recovery disk. I put the disk in and started the computer...after it starts it asks for an OS, saying it didn't find one on the disk. I have two different sets of recovery disks for this computer and both do this. How do I fix this? I really don't want to buy recovery disks from Sony that won't do anything differently... Of course it's out of warranty and depending on who I talk to at Sony I get a different answer each time...either buy the disks or no it's a system problem and I need to pay money to the out-of-warranty tech support to fix it...

I have a friend with a Dell Vista recovery disk, but I'm not sure about using that on my Sony -- I have the product key for mine, so it should be ok...but then it'll be branded a dell...I think.

Thoughts, ideas?

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April 5, 2011 at 13:49:51
You have to be sure your DVD's or CD's are really the thing that is booting. My guess is you need to set bios to cd as first boot order.

You can maybe test the Dell to see if it will boot but you can't use it to install. It may be that the cd is bad also or the drive or the drive chip on the motherboard or you need to check wiring.

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April 7, 2011 at 22:14:13
So thanks, but it turns out it wasn't any of those things. When I received Sony's recovery disks I purchased and it still didn't work despite booting from the cd/dvd drive, I again contacted Sony. It turns out that because my new HD is 250GB rather than the original 160GB the recovery disks won't work. They also state there is no way to make it work.
Now I'm stuck either buying Windows 7 full edition OR as my friend's Dell disk actually worked (I changed the product key to mine so it's legal) I'm thinking about just upgrading to Windows 7.
The only problem I had using my friend's Dell disk is that my computer now thinks the screen size is smaller than it really is. I'm worried that this won't be fixed with the upgrade...any thoughts? Or any other suggestions on how to fix the screen size discrepancy?

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April 7, 2011 at 23:44:10
... you may need to install the correct video graphics driver(s)

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