CD ROM will not boot up VISTA repair CD

Sony / Vgn-nr430e
December 31, 2010 at 19:16:35
Specs: Windows Vista
I have a Sony Laptop VGN-NR430E. The harddrive was formated and completely wipes and all partitions removed. I want to re-install the software from the recovery DVD's. The system will not boot from the dvd drive. I have toyed with the boot order, even making boot from internal optical the only option and nothing. I have removed the harddrive (2.5 sata) and put it in my desktop machine, installed vista, verified it works fine in the desktop, replaced it into the laptop.Error loading OS. Did the same for XP with the same outcome Error loading OS.

Pulled the HD again put it back into the desktop, tried the recover DVD. Booted into VIAO recover center(on my desktop machine) but get errors trying the restore features there.

So as far as I can tell I have verified the HD is working fine, and the recovery DVD's are bootable and working.

When the HD is in the laptop I can use a hiren's boot flashdrive and tinyxp to see the contents of the harddrive. I am stumped, any ideas?


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December 31, 2010 at 19:52:52
If you preinstall Windows on one system, then transfer the HDD to another, Windows will detect the difference in hardware & refuse to load. You aren't doing anything "wrong", the software is just doing what it was designed to do. That installation can be repaired, but you still have to boot from the disk to be able to do it. It would be better to just do a clean install on the system the HDD is being run on. You need to figure out what's wrong with your optical drive.

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December 31, 2010 at 20:16:50
Ok, Ill go get an external dvd drive and see if that fixes my issue, if it does then I will look for a replacement to the internal one. I

s there any way to put the recovery dvd's on a flashdrive and run it from there?

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December 31, 2010 at 21:19:36

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December 31, 2010 at 21:58:01
Thank you for the information on booting XP from a flashdrive. I am reading and doing it now, I will report back on my progress.

I am also going to try the dvd drive from another laptop and see if it works.

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January 1, 2011 at 21:52:51
I installed the different dvd rom drive for another laptop,and I could boot the restore cd's.

I kept getting error 303 and 304 at 80% complete. I ran all the diagnostics I could find, HD ok, CPU ok, MEM test locked up. Pulled 1 memory stick and everything worked perfect. Restore went to 100% and all is working fine, - 1 gig of ram.

So for me the DVD drive was bad and 1 stick of ram was bad. Odd that it all happened at once, but its working again now.

Thanks for all the help

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