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System Restore : Sony VGC-RB40 XP home edition

by SonyXP / November 8, 2010 12:52 AM PST

Hello,

I am trying to complete a system restore on a Sony Desktop (VGC-RB40). There was no boot disk provided with the PC and system restore from hard drive (pressing F10) was suggested. System restore started and while going through the process a blue screen came up with an error message that mentions something about not running ISSAS.exe due to a missing .dll file. I have retried the restore process but the blue screen with the error persists and I am not able to complete the process.

I would appreciate it if someone here could help me with this issue. Thank you very much.

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Looks like the restore disks are required for this one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 8, 2010 12:55 AM PST

When the F10 option fails we need those restore disks. Why? Because the hard disk contents can be corrupted and the CD/DVDs are not exposed to whatever corrupted the system.

Your cheapest fix is to order the restore media from Sony.
Bob

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System Restore
by SonyXP / November 8, 2010 12:50 PM PST

Hello,

Thank you for your reply.

I am in the process of locating the restore media disk, which Sony does not supply anymore. Any comments on where I would be able to get one would be very much appreciated.

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If the Revovery Disks are not found
by lacsr / November 8, 2010 9:21 PM PST
In reply to: System Restore
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Sorry for the lesson.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 8, 2010 11:48 PM PST
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That is, many learn about the need for restore media when this happens. I find that most don't want to bother with keeping these or backups of their files.

Since Sony doesn't have the media, check to see if they have Windows 7 drivers then install that OS.
Bob

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Sony XP Restore
by SonyXP / November 10, 2010 12:11 AM PST
In reply to: Sorry for the lesson.

Thank you for your comments.

I tried system restore again without the discs. This time around, the error with missing .dll file does not show up. However, the blue screen persists with a new error : UNMOUNTABLE BOOT VOLUME and then error code with lots of zeros. Is it possible to go past this?

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Only with the restore media.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 10, 2010 12:39 AM PST
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It is possible the hard drive has failed but given no restore media we can't see if that's it or not.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116716 shows that repair looks to be about 176 bucks and maybe a new 50 buck hard drive.

You still need to research if Windows 7 drivers are available. At least you have a handle on the repair costs to run Windows.

--> Here's an idea. If this machine just needs to run something, why not some Linux? Ubuntu (see google) is free.
Bob

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Linux Install
by SonyXP / November 10, 2010 3:11 AM PST

Hello,

Thank you again for your help.

To install Linux, do I need to reformat the hard drive? I was wondering if I can install Linux operating system on the hard drive, with the current Windows XP errors, without any problems.

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Let's find out.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 10, 2010 3:50 AM PST
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If there is sufficient disk space Ubuntu might be able to shrink partitions and install in the freed up space so it may be possible to leave XP in the state it's in. Given the story it sounds like XP is not working so only you could tell if this is worth the effort.

But you write "without any problems". The problem here is, we are talking about computers.
Bob

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Linux Install
by SonyXP / November 11, 2010 11:43 PM PST
In reply to: Let's find out.

Hello again,

Thank you for the info. regarding Ubuntu.

I have decided to purchase a new hard drive and install Linux only, thus minimizing any problems with the current hard disk (hopefully). Would I be able to use the new hard drive as is and install Ubuntu? Or is there formatting or any other tasks required for the store bought hard drive before Linux installation?

I would appreciate your comments.

Thank you.

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Should be fine.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 12, 2010 12:13 AM PST
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I have yet to format or do any other task besides install the new HDD before I install UBUNTU. I leave how to install UBUNTU to their web site and detailed instructions (which I never read.) I pop in the bootable CD and install it. Couldn't be simpler.
Bob

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