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I think I blew it up! Windows Vista issue

By E46Razor
Oct 8, 2008
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  1. E46Razor

    E46Razor Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 26

    I did run "no auto reboot on error option" and it did the exact same thing as when I did not run.

    Really weird ? ? ? ?
  2. E46Razor

    E46Razor Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 26

    This is getting really frustrating, nothing seems to work. I did manage to get chkdsk to run with no problems found.
  3. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,366   +167

    heheh... well i like a quote someone once offered on here
    "I don't need a hobby. I have a PC!"

    Will go look at some options and be back shortly
  4. E46Razor

    E46Razor Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 26

    By the way I identified the Version of Vista, it is Windows 6.0 build 6000 which from what I have found is not the 64 bit version.
  5. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,366   +167

    1. Have you removed all extra external devices before rebooting (memory sticks, USB drives, etc.)
    2. Removed any CD in the CD drive?
    3. One would think the visible build number would distinguish between 32 and 64 but it doesn't. (e.g see here someone testing both with same build numbers).
    4. You said no repair option when you see advanced startups? WHen you said no restore points how did you get to the Restore function then? Was there an other option somewhere for repair?
  6. E46Razor

    E46Razor Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 26

    All external devices removed except CD because I downloaded the Vista repair disc and burned it, that is how I am getting to repair.

    Thought I had it figured out on the 64 bit, is there any other way to determine?
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    6.0.6000 is the version number for the original release of Vista. The 64bit and 32bit architecture will have the same version number.
  8. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,366   +167

    You'd think they'd make it obvious/simple to know. Am not that familiar with Vista to know myself.

    The Sony site itself indicates only indicates it comes with Vista Home Premium. and doesn't distinguish. And maybe my guess (32 vs 64) is wrong as guessing why the problem occured.

    Am also confused why repair option not on advanced startup per Sony ... tho i have to run out again would have to look again later in any case
  9. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I contacted MS on all these versions and numbers (they are really growing, even Xp) Anyway, they directed me to Wilkipedia, but it didn't exactly help!

    Anyway, I'm replying because I thought maybe (um not sure) Gparted live BootCD might show the 32/64Bit formatted to, information (it might :confused: )
  10. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,366   +167

    While i was out had a moment to think about what i said/my guess in haste earlier about 32 vs 64 causing disk corruption... and i don't know what i was thinking when i said it!

    32 vs 64 maybe will cause a system fault(CPU crash) but they all (Vista or XP 32 or 64) write to an NTFS formatted disk file system. One might inadvertently overwrite/change a file (like editing a config file) by mistake but any of the versions should be able to read/write to NTFS files and folders without corrupting the file system (as chkdsk proved when you ran it)

    That said, here's a couple other things:
    - Are you getting to Advanced Menu using F8? Trying hitting F10 instead.
    - And give this a shot: The boot file you attached stopped at loading cdfs.sys. Is that true for both Safe and Normal boots? In any case, worth trying to re-seat the CD drive. There should be a latch or something (may have to hunt Sony documentation) allowing you to slide the drive out. Then slide it back in firmly with a finger on each edge to put it firmly and evenly back into the computer

    Nope. Shouldn't be the issue.
  11. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Ok I don't want to interrupt and go on some wild tangent
    But just sliding out the CD and putting it back in won't help (ie you missed the replug the connections bit)

    You know you could just unplug it all together to see if Windows boots (but I haven't gone over the thread again, so not sure if it'll work) Just a try.
     
  12. E46Razor

    E46Razor Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 26

    kimsland, I am currently running through gparted to see what I can come up with, I will remove the drive just as soon as I get done with that.

    Thank you so much
  13. E46Razor

    E46Razor Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 26

    While looking around in gparted it shows a 6.61 gig partition labeled recovery, this did not show in UBCD. Is this common?
  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Oh you have a Recovery Partition that's good

    How about backup any data
    And just fully recover, that's what I'd do
  15. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,366   +167

    np... good to clarify.. as I'm not following now. So I am of the understanding:
    • This is a laptop
    • using an internal CD drive (so what would one unplug?)
    • The last line in the boot log was loaing cdfs.sys so the CD drive may be causing a driver crash

    And seeing the current thread.. yes! Try hitting F10 instead of F8. That's probably why you're not seeing the repair option. You get to the recovery partition via different function key
  16. E46Razor

    E46Razor Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 26

    And you guys ROCK! There it is, the recovery Center ! ! !

    F10 is your friend!
  17. E46Razor

    E46Razor Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 26

    I am going to try everything before doing a complete re-install because I have no idea what software to save and what to lose. She will have to come over and look at it to determine that.

    At least I am able to do something instead of just sit here and look pretty ! lol lol
  18. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    This is where putting your System Specs information in your Profile helps (but anyway, you said not your computer).

    Well I'm done !

    Edit:

    Also instead of replying to yourself (causing excessive emails on all members attached to the thread!) just edit your last post, if that is still the last post in the thread,( ie like this one presently)
  19. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,366   +167

    We try to help...

    Suggest you go to Sony site, under support for that model. Check on the various steps for the recovery console (Didn't realize you reached recovery options earlier via a download. Tipped off when you said all advanced options appeared except repair)
  20. E46Razor

    E46Razor Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 26

    Kimsland, Sorry if I have caused excessive emails to other members including yourself but my experience on forums is to get your info in front of members as often as possible because like you I am sure they are also attached to numerous other threads and can get lost in the shuffle. I am sincere in my apology, I will do my best. Thank you.

    LookinAround, Thank you also for all your help today and last night. I am going to try to run most of all the suggestions printed here again and see what I can come up with. I will post updates as they arise.

    Thank you all,

    Mark
  21. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Ok

    I didn't thanks though :(
    Everyone thinks I'm horrible :suspiciou
  22. E46Razor

    E46Razor Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 26

    Kimsland,

    Looks like I will be doing a complete reinstall as you suggested in your original post. (Thank you by the way)

    I was hoping to not have to lose everything on the drive but my friend said today that there is nothing life threatening on here so wipe it clean.

    I will get to that later tonight and will update when finished.

    Thank you,

    Mark


    p.s. I DO NOT think you are horrible in any way, your the bomb!
  23. E46Razor

    E46Razor Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 26

    Reloaded Vista with no issues at all and returned everything to default.

    Thanks to everyone that helped me figure out my issue.

    Peace!
  24. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Thanks for the update :grinthumb
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