Seems like a serious issue. If you had made that restore disks you might have tried a restore to factory conditions, but it's not unlikely at all that it's a hardware issue. Then a fresh copy of the OS wouldn't have helped either.
As a test:
1. Run a Linux Live CD.
2. Install Linux on the hard disk
3. Install any Windows 7 on the hard disk. It probably won't function completely, and it won't activate, but the 30 day grace period should be enough to see if it works at all.
If all are succesfull, order that restore media with Sony. Cheaper than a new laptop.
Last night whilst browsing, I opened a comic I'd downloaded, it had not triggered any anti virus alerts but it froze the screen, I got a message that microsoft was not responding and the hard drive made a horrible clicking sound.
I held the power button down to turn it off, when I restarted it seemed to work, asked for my password then froze again, now everytime I start it it tries to run diagnostic, says it's loading files then goes to the blue load up screen and stays there, I can use the splashtop browser, which I'm doing now but can't access the hard drive to system restore or to delete the comic files.
I think I've done for the Vaio but I wanted to see if anyone had any advice please?
It uses Windows 7 and I don't have any restore discs as I'm a twit and never made any.
I've tried F8 and not an single option that gives me does anything than what I mentioned above, blue screen, I also tried F2 and F10 and the inbuilt Vaio Assist button which I've system restored with in the past, again nothing happens.
Have I killed my literally just out of 6 month warranty laptop already?
Thanks for any help or advice.