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philtec Jan 10, 2009, 06:56am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
Try running with only one stick of memory.
Remove one if that doesnt work put back and remove the other.

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Vasant Dandekar Jan 10, 2009, 06:57am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
Something happening to my laptop. It won't start unless I remove the battery and dis connect power cord completely for 10 seconds. After I re connect the power cord it will start but not on battery.

Any one has any idea what's going on?

Vasant

philtec Jan 10, 2009, 07:00am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Vasant Dandekar said:
Something happening to my laptop. It won't start unless I remove the battery and dis connect power cord completely for 10 seconds. After I re connect the power cord it will start but not on battery.

Any one has any idea what's going on?

Vasant


Try using the reset button. Hold it down for at least 30 seconds.
Then remove one or the other memory sticks and run it with only ONE stick.

Vasant Dandekar Jan 10, 2009, 07:16am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sony Vaio laptop wont boot?
philtec;

Thanks for the reply.

I am sorry but where is the reset switch?
I know I have memory problem. Even though I have two memory cards of total memory 512 mb it shows only 256 total memory. I tried to re solder the slots but didn't help much.

Vasant

philtec Jan 10, 2009, 07:27am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Vasant Dandekar said:
philtec;

Thanks for the reply.

I am sorry but where is the reset switch?
I know I have memory problem. Even though I have two memory cards of total memory 512 mb it shows only 256 total memory. I tried to re solder the slots but didn't help much.

Vasant


Reset switch is on the bottom at notch on memory flap cover.(use ballpoint pen or pin and press in and hold down)
I would first try to run with only ONE memory stick at a time.
It will not run with both installed.
I have a GRX560 that has this problem for 3 years.
I have run it with only one(256) stick for that time.
Just this week I purchased a 512 stick from memoryamerica for $21.00 and now have finally 512 again.
One of the memory sockets is defective.
Your soldering might have messed you up.

Vasant Dandekar Jan 10, 2009, 07:50am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Do I reset while the computer still 'ON' or 'OFF'?
Please give me the information memory place so I can also buy 512 mb for my laptop.

Regards;

Vasant

philtec Jan 10, 2009, 08:00am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Vasant Dandekar said:
Do I reset while the computer still 'ON' or 'OFF'?
Please give me the information memory place so I can also buy 512 mb for my laptop.

Regards;

Vasant


Do it while it is off.
If you do it while it is on it might reset your bios to default.(where it might be set now)
I began posting on page 85 about this problem.
Did you get it to boot up with only one stick installed?

http://www.MemoryAmerica.com



Vasant Dandekar Jan 10, 2009, 08:45am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Sorry it didn't help. I tried both resets while 'OFF" and 'ON' either way it didn't work. I am using only one memory chip.
Other problem is that if turn the laptop on using only battery I get OS not found message. Means IDE does not find my hard drive. It works only if I use power cord.

Could this be CMOS battery?

Regards;

Vasant

philtec Jan 10, 2009, 08:58am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Vasant Dandekar said:
Sorry it didn't help. I tried both resets while 'OFF" and 'ON' either way it didn't work. I am using only one memory chip.
Other problem is that if turn the laptop on using only battery I get OS not found message. Means IDE does not find my hard drive. It works only if I use power cord.

Could this be CMOS battery?

Regards;

Vasant


It could be the cmos battery?
Try putting the memory board into the other socket by itself as well.
If you shorted any of the leads on the sockets that you soldered you might have made yourself a new paperweight.
I keep mine pluged in all the time and when I put the 512 stick in and tried to turn it on with just the battery I discovered that the battery was totally dead or it just does not recognize that it is in there,as powerpanel says no battery is installed,when it is in.

M Riad Jan 10, 2009, 01:24pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Allan,
Your most important issue now is the dim screen. I recommend you focus on that only or at least until you get it fixed. Changing from vista to XP now is irrelevent because you cannot see any picture. As a matter of fact without any hard drive installed you should still see picture and go to the bios or the set-up screen. So it is not a hard drive issue.

Your laptop problem is one the four issues I will list below:
1- the screen kill switch which is most probably located under the latch closure area. with a small screw driver puch the metal down and listen to a small tick sound. if you hear a tick tuck sound, your switch is working.
2- the inverter which is the most common one to go on these laptops
3- the bulb in the LCD screen which is highly unlikly is the case because the screen did not turn red for few days and then died. you said it flickered and then died almost instantly.
4-The video chip which is checked by hooking up the laptop to an external monitor. If you see a picture on an external monitor, it is the inverter for sure and not the video chip.
Did you hook up to an external monitor?
Mike

M Riad Jan 10, 2009, 01:35pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Vasant,
If you took your board out to resolder, you may have not put back the battery board properly which will cause a short and put your lap top in a kill mode. Make sure the board is sitting properly or it will never work with the battery.
If you remove the power cover and the keyboard, you will see a couple of screws the holds the battery board in place. it is at the bottom mid section below where the keyboard cable hooks up to the main board. You need to push hard on the higher area to force the board to go into place and then try again with the battery. You may also consider removing the plastic cover and make sure this board is seated properly.

Does your battery charge on AC power?
Mike

Allan Kostyk Jan 10, 2009, 03:10pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike,

Yes I had success connecting to an external monitor, so I am guessing that inverter the guy used to replace mine was bad, he did say it was a used part.

M Riad Jan 10, 2009, 03:30pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Ok you are correct it is the inverter. Make sure he replaces the inverter with the correct one. the inverter has a printed make and model number and he cannot use a different one simply because your inverter is required not only to give AC current to the bulb but also be able to give different voltage to dim the screen light to the user options. so it is a dimmer function along with the conversion from DC to AC function.
I think you will find the inverter on eBay but you need the part number.
Good luck,
Mike

laptops only Jan 10, 2009, 05:03pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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the graphic chip is faulty and statick charge is gathered on the main board. by removing the battery and ac adaptor, you discharge the charge and it will start up but this statick chrge will eventyally burn your main board if it is not repaired.
please visit my website for more inf http://www.latopsonly.co.uk

Allan Kostyk Jan 10, 2009, 06:04pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Yea, I think he got a bad one, being in Holland its tough to get one,I am an American that moved here in 2002 and bought this Vaio while in the states visiting my family.


thank you very much for your help, Mike.

Balage S. Jan 18, 2009, 04:56pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello Joe,
I have also a GRX (315MP, European model) since 2002. In 2007.07 the memory slot problem appeared. It was powering up but not booting and the screen stayed black. I figured out the solution by changinng the RAM modules and later on by pressing a bit the covering. Finally a "specialist" checked it and after all the whole pc was totally dead - any sign of life and electricity anymore. I gave it up almost and I didn't use the laptop since that time but now I found and ordered a used but tested motherboard (GRX516SP) from UK... but the result is still the same... :( No sign of life, even a led.

After all I found this great page here today and realized this is a common problem for those notebooks. Well, at least the memory slot problem. Can the power button cable cause this effect (no power) maybe? Can you dangle me with something? Is there any hope? And if so, for how much? All ideas or help would be accepted.

Cei Layton Jan 22, 2009, 08:19pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have the problem of my Sony Vaio FS315S not booting, as with many other posts I have noticed it was a sudden occurance and the power on indicators will light but nothing happens unless I put pressure on the bottom right of the laptop base!!!

In addition I sometimes get an error message stating "Insufficient resources exist to complete the requested API" and the system shuts down? I also always get a message in windows asking me to reboot to finish hardware setup...but if I select yes the system shuts down and won't start again!?

I am confused by all this talk of memory sticks and I can't find a reset button anywhere!!?? Is there anything I can do (that doesn't cost a fortune) that doesn't require any technical ability to fix the problem that anyone knows of?? I really don't want to have to invest in a new laptop as I am most attached!!

philtec Jan 23, 2009, 06:29am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Cei Layton said:
I have the problem of my Sony Vaio FS315S not booting, as with many other posts I have noticed it was a sudden occurance and the power on indicators will light but nothing happens unless I put pressure on the bottom right of the laptop base!!!

In addition I sometimes get an error message stating "Insufficient resources exist to complete the requested API" and the system shuts down? I also always get a message in windows asking me to reboot to finish hardware setup...but if I select yes the system shuts down and won't start again!?

I am confused by all this talk of memory sticks and I can't find a reset button anywhere!!?? Is there anything I can do (that doesn't cost a fortune) that doesn't require any technical ability to fix the problem that anyone knows of?? I really don't want to have to invest in a new laptop as I am most attached!!


The reset button is on the bottom, inside of small "round" hole with silver metal inside.
It can only be pressed in with paper clip or ballpoint pen tip. It has to be pressed in till it clicks.

Duncan Brooking Feb 02, 2009, 05:28am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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These are the symptoms of my VGN-T17GP (PCG 4C4P) as detailed on vaioshutdown.com:

* At power-on, the (green) power light comes on and stays on.
* The (yellow) HDD light flickers and goes out.
* There is no image on the screen, and no sound from the speaker.

The diagnosis is a memory slot issue. I've tried following the instructions regarding the springs but the problem is the RAM chip is on the mother board. There is 1 slot only and it is empty.

Has anyone had any experience with this model?

SHANE DAV Feb 11, 2009, 10:25pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have a PCG-GRS700 and yes it will not boot. I get a 0200 DIsk Failure error.

Should I bother ordering a recovery disk from Sony. I was thinking of getting a new hardrive thinking that is what the problem is...


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