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    Try reseating the RAM.Take it all of the way out, and plug it back in.
    And thats how you get ants!

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    Quote Originally Posted by borinka99 View Post
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    I can't find the CD that came with the laptop. Not sure where I put it. Is there somewhere I can download a replacement?

    Thanks for the help!
    I'm not sure, but you can try searching for a torrent. You'll probably have to buy a replacement disk from the manufacturer. Who is it made by?

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    So I backed up all of my data, and then made the recovery disc (32 bit) that I found here: Download: Windows Vista x64 Recovery Disc — The NeoSmart Files

    This loaded on startup:


    Then I did the startup repair tool from this menu:


    Restarted the computer, then I did the Memory Diagnostic Tool. It didn't find any problems.

    Then I tried to reinstall Windows

    Entered the code and kept getting this error:


    Any idea why? It won't let me do the system restore or complete restore because I don't have any back-ups. Should I try to find another recovery disc somewhere online?

    Quote Originally Posted by Creeping Death View Post
    Try reseating the RAM.Take it all of the way out, and plug it back in.
    Will try this today. Should I still do it even though I ran the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool and it came down without any errors?

    Quote Originally Posted by psychopuck View Post
    I'm not sure, but you can try searching for a torrent. You'll probably have to buy a replacement disk from the manufacturer. Who is it made by?
    Sony VAIO. I think they sell the discs for about $20.

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    Is this the RAM? It's pretty hard to take the cover off of the laptop. I don't want to crack anything. I did feel something shifting inside, but I think it's part of the monitor plastic hinge-thing that cracked a bit when it fell.

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    Yes. That is a laptop RAM stick.

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    Use that system recovery disk again and select Command Prompt.

    Type in...

    chkdsk c: /f

    Let it run chkdsk and see if it finds any errors. You will need to get a Vista CD or restore disk and try a Windows repair. It may fix the problem, but Im still thinking there is a hardware issue, likely the hard drive.
    And thats how you get ants!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Creeping Death View Post
    Use that system recovery disk again and select Command Prompt.

    Type in...

    chkdsk c: /f

    Let it run chkdsk and see if it finds any errors. You will need to get a Vista CD or restore disk and try a Windows repair. It may fix the problem, but Im still thinking there is a hardware issue, likely the hard drive.
    When I try that, it says "'chkdsc' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file".

    I am going to see if my brother can find his copy of Vista. If not, I'll order the recovery CD from sony.

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    Recheck what you are typing. It should be.....

    chkdsk c: /f
    And thats how you get ants!

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    this thread is cool

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    Fixed it! Downloaded Hiren's Boot CD to test the hard drive. The HD failed the test, so I bought a new HD from Fry's, installed Windows 7, and now it works! Thanks for the help guys.

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