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The battery may be dead. How old is it? A battery has a "lifecycle" of sorts, just so many charge/discharge cycles.

Sony VAIO... | Answered on Dec 27, 2012


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Start your computer in the Safe Mode.
To start in Safe Mode
Turn your computer on
Keep tapping F8 while the computer is starting up
When the computer starts select Safe Mode
1. Uninstall any softwear you may have put on the computer before the problem started.
2. Do a complete System Restore: Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Restore.
This will bring your system back to a time before you installed the softwear or Microsoft installed drivers,etc.
Note: Just be sure to use a date in a darkened box before your trouble start date.
When you have done the above, restart the computer and if your still getting the blue screen of death, the installed drivers,softwear,etc might have
corrupted the Operating System.
If that happened then that means either repair or reinstall the operating system.
You will need to do the following:
1...Repairing the Operating System...
A...You will have to have the Operating Dics that came with the computer.
Note...If you do not have the disks that came with your computer or the ones you should have made when you first got your computer...then you will have to go to the manufacture's webpage and see if they have a recovery disk available for your computer, if they do not a recovery disks available then you can also try ebay to locate the recovery disks.
The original disks will have your product key number that came with the computer, you can also find it on the tower, or under the bottom of your laptop, or maybe the piece of paper that the CD orginally came in may have the number on it.
You can also download a small program and it will tell you your product key number.
Go to the following webpage to download your FREE key finder.
http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/
B...You will now insert the disc into the CD/DVD player
C...Restart the computer
D...When the window opens that tells you to press "Any" key, you will press any key you want to press.
E...If you do not receive a message that says "press any key to boot from CD", then then the computer is not ready to boot from a cd.
To correct this problem you will have to go into your computer's Bios and change the computer to boot from a CD.
To get into the Bios, shut the computer off,restart, while the computer is starting up keep tapping F1 as the computer is starting up.
When you are in the Bios, select to boot by CD by moving the cursor with the direction arrows on the keyboard.
Once you have selected to boot by cd the exit and restart the computer...the disc is already in the cd/dvd player.
Your system will then boot from the cd.
F...After a minute or less it should ask you if you want to Quit Repair, or Continue.
You will select Repair this time, but you may have to come back here and select Install if the repair does not work.
It will ok the agreement document if it asks you too.
Tap F8 on your keyboard to pass it when ready.
It will ask you if you want to Install, Repair, Delete Partition, or Quit.
Select Repair
Inside the box there will be one or two partitions.
Choose the largest partition.
After you have chosen the largest partition, you will then press the "r" key to start the repair
After the repair is complete, then you will need to restart your computer.
G...Computer Restart
After the repair is complete, shut the computer down (the computer will shut down a few times during the installation of the operating system
that is normal).
Then restart your computer, when the computer restarts it will have a box to put your product key...put the product key in the box and click.
The computer should start up and run as if it was a new computer.
You do not need to re-register
You can now remove the disc.
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If this fails to clear your problem then you have a hardware problem.
It could be faulty ram
If you still get the problem then you have two choices.
1.Reinstall the entire Operating System and you may have to update some drivers.
This will require you to go back to the start of the repair info and select Install instead of Repair.
2..Take your machine in to have the hardware tested.
Keep in mind that if you do a complete reinstall of the Operating System you will lose all the information on the computer,such as pictures, programs, videos, everything you installed will be gone.
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Sony VAIO... | Answered on Dec 12, 2012


  1. turn off the computer
  2. disconnect the ac adapter and remove the battery
  3. reseat the RAM or memory
  4. press and hold down the power button for 7-10secs to release static electricity
  5. reconnect the battery and ac adapter
  6. try turning it on
if still no go, unit needs service

Sony VAIO... | Answered on Dec 06, 2012


First, remove the memory and replace the old memory, does the help? Be sure to unplug and REMOVE battery. Second, do a system restore to before this problem. Is the memory the exact type that was removed? Open the Task Manager and look for a process "explorer.exe" select and click on "end process", in the task manager open file, New Task (run..) in Create new Task type: explorer, click on OK.

Sony VAIO... | Answered on Nov 17, 2012


Contact Sony with the purchase date/info & seriel #. They will either replace the disks free or for a nominal charge in most cases. They are the only source to get the recovery disks for your system as purchased. Sorry.

Sony VAIO... | Answered on Oct 27, 2012


I would start by pulling up your laptops configuration and see if it has a bluetooth card installed, most newer laptops do but it all depends on how the laptop was configured when ordered or purchased. Check your connections section and see which wireless cards are installed.

Sony VAIO... | Answered on Oct 08, 2012


You can remove or change the Window's User or administrator's password. You need access to a computer with Internet access to download the Hiren's Boot CD and burn it onto a CD. Then insert this CD into the laptop/computer and boot up the laptop/computer with the Hiren's CD and follow the instructions. There are very useful utilities CD and it a Linux boot CD which contains quite a lot of Utility programs including a password removal program. Click on one of these links to download HIREN'S BOOTCD :- http://www.hirensbootcd.net/ http://67.20.82.163/

Sony VAIO... | Answered on Sep 20, 2012


Formatting the hard drive is not a function of the BIOS. You will need to boot the machine from either the Windows CD and do a fresh setup (which will give you the option to format the hard drive) or boot from a bootable CD or floppy disk that has the format command on it. From there you execute the format command and follow the directions.

Sony VAIO... | Answered on Sep 14, 2012


The graphics card is a part inside the laptop, to replace it you would have to either open the bottom cover of the laptop or take apart most of its casing.

In most cases the part is integrated to the mainboard and can not be replaced in your case it may be possible to remove the card and install another one in its place.

Sony VAIO... | Answered on Aug 26, 2012


If you are looking to upgrade to a solid state drive, or already have a solid state drive and just want to upgrade the size, you will have to purchase the new drive, when you receive the drive you will have to turn the notebook over and there should be a rectangular panel underneath about 5"x3" inches which can be removed by a small Philips head screw driver, remove the panel, carefully remove the hard drive installed, and install your new drive. Put all the parts back, and then you will have to do a clean install of an operating system on the new system. Good luck!

Sony VAIO... | Answered on Aug 17, 2012


You will most likely have to replace the keyboard to fix it

Sony VAIO... | Answered on Aug 17, 2012


so whats the prob....??

Sony VAIO... | Answered on Aug 16, 2012


This problem could happen due to some virus running in backyard so the moment you connect the internet it get active and start its process.First thing you do is scan your computer with latest and the Updated Anti Virus.

Sony VAIO... | Answered on Aug 10, 2012


If you only want to enter BIOS then you can try the below keys .


Sony - VAIO, PCG-Series, VGN-Series
  • Press F1, F2 or F3 after turning on the computer.

Sony VAIO... | Answered on Aug 08, 2012


As far as I know, You can reset windows user account password in safe mode(F8 when booting up). But if you forgot administrator password, you must reinstall windows OS or use the "Windows Password Seeker". Official site: http://www.passwordseeker.com

Sony VAIO... | Answered on Jul 26, 2012


The CMOS is a block of static RAM that will lose its data if power is removed.
most newer laptops are using a small block of Flash RAM (perhaps a block of addresses within the Flash BIOS chip itself) or other type of EEPROM chip to store the password.

No amount of removing batteries and pressing power buttons will change it


http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/model-documents.pl?mdl=PCG-3E2L

you might get some more information from the manual

hope this helps

Sony VAIO... | Answered on Jul 24, 2012

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