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Windows 7: Sony VAIO laptop, S series, Windows 7 won't boot

1 Day Ago   #21

windows 7 pro 64


Ok, so I need to shut down, and try to boot from the repair DVD that I just made. I assume that I just place the DVD into the slot with the power shut down, then hit the power button. Then if/when I make it into the repair disc, I should then follow the prompts/make choices to get into the System Recovery Environment, (how?) then run CHKDSK, on the C: drive, from a command prompt Window in the System Recovery Environment.

I've read and photocopied the 'How to use the Windows 7 System Recovery Environment Command Prompt' article you linked me. Will this newly-made repair DVD offer me the exact path shown in this above artlicle to get over where I can choose to open a command prompt window, and proceed from there with CHKDISK on the C drive, as indicated in the above article? Or could there be some variation of dialogs before getting the choice to start the command prompt session?

Ok, at this point, before I try all of the above, I'd like to state that my opinion on this problem at this time, is that because it succeeds into booting normally from the power-off state, after a number of attempts, it appears to be a physical problem on the motherboard, perhaps as simple as a dead CMOS cell no longer supporting the Bios chip. I bought the computer in Sept 2012, so the CMOS cell has 6 years on it. Once the power stays on long enough, the machine boots as if nothing is wrong. I think we can eliminate the possibility of a problem on the current HDD, because the problem even occurs when I put in the original HHD, which has never suffered from the possibility of being a clone with a possible problem inherited from the current disk (recall that my last-year's clone is made from my current drive, not the original).

But as long as running CHKDISK on the C drive doesn't cause any problems on my current HHD, and I can still use the computer when it eventually does boot up, then hopefully we can continue to try and resolve this issue. I will note any and all details such as flashing keyboard lights, etc, while performing these tasks. In 2 weeks, I'll be moving flats here, so all with be in confusion for a while, so I really need to consider doing this activity ASAP, while I'm in a well-known environment.

I'll check in here for responses, and to inform you guys of my progress.


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1 Day Ago   #22

windows 7 pro 64


When the fan speed issue began 3 years ago, I did check all of the Vaio Care settings regarding fan speed and power-saving settings on the computer. I researched everything I could find on the 'fan-speed always high in Windows 7', but nothing seemed to apply in my situation. I even updated the Bios, because it was said that it might fix it.

The CPU runs at a low percentage most of the time, unless I'm rendering video or processing audio, but the problem just suddenly began one day 3 years ago, and persists to the present.

The only thing I haven't attempted to try, in order to fix this issue, is re-seating the fan assembly with new thermal pads to see if perhaps they aren't sinking enough heat. I haven't done this because there is nowhere to find the thermal pads for this Vaio, and the "service manual" has absolutely ZERO info or specs for anything in the computer. It's useless, as I've stated earlier.

My Vaio Care fan and power settings are, respectively, "balanced operation" and "50% charge on battery to extend battery life". The temperatures indicated by my CPUID Hardware program seem to be reasonably low (currently 48C/118F - CPU cores), and the fans are running at their fast speed, as they have for 3 years now.

This computer, outside of these several chronic issues (fan speed, loss of the Centrino wifi card) has operated perfectly, well over my expectations, and continues to do everything I want it to do (net-browsing, video/audio editing/repair, Photoshop, playing any and all media). Additionally it's running 7 perfectly, and everything on the laptop is well-matched to it, without issues. It's a familiar and dependable environment. I'm using Kaspersky AV Internet Security, and that's about it. As long as it continues to work well, I'm satisfied, and don't need or want Windows 10, and new hardware that may not run my sw.

I do want to fix this difficulty at power-up issue, though.

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1 Day Ago   #23

Windows 7 HP 64

Fan speed has a controller to keep temperatures low. If the fan is high and the temperatures are around 50C, it can be that the heat sink is clogged with dust.
Thermal paste or thermal pads doesn't need to be changed, unless you take the heat sink from CPU / GPU.
If you can open the laptop and remove the fan WITHOUT removing the heat sink it can be the solution.
Another thing you can try is to block the fan from spinning with a paper clip and then blow compressed air. I don't like this solution because you dont take the dust out, you move it to another place but is something you can try.
I use Open Hardware Monitor - Core temp, fan speed and voltages in a free software gadget. It doesn't need to be installed. Expand it to C:\Program Files (x86)\HardwareMonitor, run it, go to options and set to start with windows.

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15 Hours Ago   #24

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone


Check your progress when you reach these screens:
> Select a keyboard input method
> Select operating system
> Choose a Recovery Tool
> Command Prompt

When you go to use the system repair DVD you want to acheive two things:

(1) That you can startup computer to boot DVD without any black screens.
(2) Run CHKDSK /r C: from the System Repair DVD command prompt (system repair DVD recovery tool).

If you encounter problem with (1), then using (2) might not be much use to you. If you are successful doing 1) with no error, then carry on to use 2).

Hope that helps.
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 Sony VAIO laptop, S series, Windows 7 won't boot

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