Sony VAIO shuts down immediately after startup

Posted on 2004-09-07
Last Modified: 2011-09-20
This Sony VAIO runs Win 98. It shuts down immediately after booting. I ran a Virus check, nothing found. I reinstalled the Sony Recovery CD, same problem.
What could be causing it?
Question by:RichardCoeurdeLion
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Expert Comment

ID: 12003472

Check out these links:

Can you check whether there are loose cables or wiring inside the laptop?
And can you also check whether it supports enough power to the laptop?


Author Comment

ID: 12003590
Thanks for the links - not sure they help in this case. I reinstalled Windows 98 from the Sony Recovery CD, so I can't believe it's a s/w problem.
If it's a H/W problem then I'm not qualified enough to start stripping down Sony laptops.
One thing, I can't seem to get into SAFE mode, I press F8 at startup but it eith ignores it, or just hangs until I stop pressing. Is there any other way to get into SAFE mode?

Expert Comment

ID: 12003605
hmm....take a look on what's going on when it restarts....

when you see the win98 logo, try to press the ESC key and you will see what's going on behind the logo....i mean you can see the DOS screen....maybe something is not loading or something is wrong while booting up.

do you still have a warranty for your sony laptop?
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Accepted Solution

ilovemykeyki earned 250 total points
ID: 12003640
So if it's a hardware trouble, maybe it has something to do with the temperature instability.....

Again after researching I found these 2 links that can assist you,

Then if you can afford to avail a $150 service fee to repair you VAIO you can visit the site


Author Comment

ID: 12010193
Thanks for the 2 links - I am sure that somewhere on there is the answer. I have sent the customer the links and asked him to consider what he wants to do during my vacation (2 weeks in la bella Italia).

Expert Comment

ID: 12012583
Gee thanks....

Anyway, happy trip.

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