Sony vaio laptop won't boot past vaio screen

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  1. ericwalker87

    ericwalker87 Junior Member

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    My four-year-old sony vaio laptop is stuck on the vaio screen that comes up before anything else on startup. I cannot bypass it with any function button commands. Pressing F2 goes to a different screen which says "entering setup" on the bottom but goes nowhere from there. I even tried putting in the recovery disk to reinstall the OS and everything else, but I can't boot to it. Do I have a BIOS problem or something?
     
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  3. stlcardinals

    stlcardinals Senior member

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    Have you tried unplugging the ac adapter and pulling the battery? Let it sit for a minute or two without either before plugging it back in and see if that helps.
     
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    I've unplugged and replugged in every possible way with no success.
     
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    So can you get into bios or does it stuck before that? if you can then you can choose "boot from CD" from the priority list, otherwise seems to be a memory problem. try reseating the memory, if no success, try to get a piece of old ram with similar speed and stick that in there and see if it boots
     
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    Tried reseating the memory and all is good now. Thanks
     
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    Correction. That worked until the next time I tried to start up from shutdown, and it did it again. Reseating the memory worked again, but that's definitely not an option for everytime I shut the laptop down.
     
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    So here's the current situation. Almost every time I turn the laptop on, it stops on the vaio logo on startup and just sits there. Once this happens, I can turn it off, unplug, and then reseat the memory. This works sometimes to get past the vaio logo. Trying different memory didn't change anything, so the memory is not the problem. I'm not sure where to go from here. I don't know if it's hardware, bios, etc. It's not the OS because i've done a clean install since this originally occurred.
     
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  9. stlcardinals

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    Do you have the latest BIOS update from Sony installed?
     
  10. ericwalker87

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    Yes. I updated the BIOS a few days ago.
     
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    Alright, I think I've fixed the problem now. I took the laptop apart and checked as many connections as I felt comfortable messing with. I think the dvd drive connection was a little loose after years of use. It has been booting fine ever since. I'm hoping it stays that way. I'm kind of surprised that was the problem.
     
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    I experience the same thing and I tried everything you said but still it doesn't work... Please help me also
     
  13. C1

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    The systems are stopping on the BIOS logo screen suggestive of an issue with the BIOS firmware.

    Replace the CMOS battery as 4-5yrs is typical life span?