OS not found. Hardware issue or reinstall?

Sony Vaio vpccw21fx/w notebook
November 11, 2010 at 20:56:16
Specs: Windows 7
My computer was having some graphics card trouble, then when I came back to it in a couple hours it said Operating System Not Found and any key I press makes it say the same thing.
I have tried the recovery disc, but it won't let me do anything either because it says it can't find drivers for the hardware.
Will reinstalling the OS help, or is this a hardware issue that would best be solved by a repair shop? Warranty is not an option, this thing has been through hell. I'm surprised it still works at all.
Sony Vaio VPCCW221FX was running Windows 7 Home 64 bit.

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#1
November 11, 2010 at 21:55:25
My first guess is a bad connection. What kind of graphic card trouble.

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#2
November 11, 2010 at 23:12:03
I'd think a problem with the hard drive. Is the drive recognized in cmos/bios setup or the posting screen?

When you tried the recovery disk, was it drives or drivers it said it couldn't find?

Real men don't use AntiVirus; they just reformat


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#3
November 12, 2010 at 11:10:57
Driver, and I can't get into BIOS for love nor money. Am I right in thinking it's probably hardware and not software?

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#4
November 12, 2010 at 12:29:06
"My computer was having some graphics card trouble,"

Describe the symptoms - as much detail as you can come up with.

Sony Vaio VPCCW221FX is apparently a laptop.

Most laptops have a video adapter that's built into the mboard and it cannot be removed - in that case, it's NOT A CARD !

"it said Operating System Not Found "

If you have NOT been messing with settings in it's bios before that happened, the most likely thing is your hard drive is failing.

If you WERE messing with settings in it's bios before that happened, you may have set something wrong.

Make sure you have no USB connected drives plugged in while booting - in some situations the bios will try to boot from a USB drive and in most cases it's not bootable, then the bios will probably then NOT try to boot from anything else.

"I have tried the recovery disc, but it won't let me do anything either because it says it can't find drivers for the hardware."

You are supposed to boot the computer from the disk - you should have seen "Press any key to boot from CD" or similar early while booting, and you then press that key while that message is on the screen - is that what you did ?

If there is more than one Recovery disk, it may be only the correct first one that is bootable.

If you DID boot the computer from the correct disk or correct first disk,

- there are two main types of Recovery situations

- with the older type, you have only one Recovery disk, and it allows you to load a large amount of data already on the hard drive on it's second partition to re-load the contents of the much larger first partition - what you see as the C drive in Windows. That is NOT common for recent computers (ones less than 5 years old or so) . In that case, if there's something wrong with the data on the second partition on the hard drive, the Recovery disk may not be able to find the drivers. Test the hard drive.

- with the newer type, you probably have at least two Recovery disks, usually the first one installs the operating system, the other one or ones are used to load the drivers for your system that are not found automatically by the operating system, and applications (programs) that came with the original software installation. In that case, then the first disk should find the drivers Windows has built into it fine, because they are on the disk, not the hard drive, unless
- the Recovery disk is "dirty" - clean it off if it is.
- the laser lens on the drive is "dirty" - eject the drive's tray, and with no disk on it, clean the obvious laser lens with a tissue or a soft cloth
- you are experiencing errors reading from the ram - that's not likely unless the laptop was physically jarred, or the ram wasn't installed all the way down in it's slots, since it last worked properly. Errors reading the ram can also cause weird video symptoms.

- less likely - the optical drive is defective - if it has been used a lot, then that's a possibility.

"...I can't get into BIOS for love nor money."

You should have no problems getting into the computer's bios Setup, unless you have no video while booting BEFORE Windows is supposed to load from the hard drive.
You should always have video while booting BEFORE Windows is supposed to load from the hard drive, in any case, because no software on the hard drive is required to be loaded before the operating system loads in order for you to have video.

You must tap the right key repeatedly that you need to use to get into the bios Setup - don't hold it down - very early while booting - on recent computers you may need to start tapping it as soon as the display's led turns the color it is when it has a video signal and is not blinking.
.......

It's a waste of your time to try to re-load the hard drive if the hard drive is failing.

Check your hard drive with the hard drive manufacturer's diagnostics.

E.g.
Seagate's Seatools will test any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibility, on another computer if you need to.

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.


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#5
November 12, 2010 at 22:06:05
If you have a floppy stuck in it remove it.

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#6
November 13, 2010 at 10:00:07
Condescending, much?

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#7
November 13, 2010 at 11:29:04
sallyluv

Get off your high horse and supply us with more details, comment about what we've said, otherwise we don't have enough info to be able to possibly cure you problems.

Or

Take it or show it to someone you know who likely knows enough about computers that they can probably figure out what's going on, or to a local computer place that can do the same.


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