Sony-Vaio PCV-RZ-221-Recovery Disks.

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Badcompany, Oct 19, 2006.

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  1. Badcompany
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    Hello Forum,
    Does anyone at wilders have a ( Sony Vaio-PCV-Rz-221.) The computer comes with 4 recovery disks.My problem is, after installing disk 4 it tells you to click on finish to re-start your computer,you should end up with windows, but all i get is a black screen.Does anyone know how to fix this problem,or knows why this is happening.Your help would be appreciated.
    Badcompany.
  2. ThunderZ
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    Had limited experience with Vaios` in my previous line of work. Did sub-contracted in home warranty repair work. They were generally pretty solid PC`s. First thoughts that come to mind are corrupted restore disks or the beginning of hardware\ hard drive failure. leaning toward HDD failure :doubt: Is it still covered by warranty?
  3. Badcompany
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    Hi ThunderZ,
    Warranty finished last year,All the programs installed except for windows.When installing the 4 disks i never received an error message, Do you know if windows is on the forth disk, and do you know what the black screen means.I've used a copy of windows xp from a friend.
    BC.
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    Would think windows is on the first disk (never really thought about it or checked into it) as it would need to be installed prior to all other programs. But, I`m a little confused, you say you have restore disks, then you say you used a friends. Most\all PC`s are branded now. Meaning the software on the restore disk(s) is tied to the hardware configuration by a string of "code" written to hdd.
  5. Badcompany
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    After installing the last disk ( number 4 ) It tells you to click on finish, after clicking on finish it re-boots and you have windows normaly, but all i get is a black screen.I thought windows had not installed because i got a black screen,That is why i tried a friends copy of windows.If I try again and get the black screen is there anything i can do.
    Bc.
  6. ThunderZ
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    Are you doing this as a fresh install (f/disk) or over the top of a previous install?
  7. Badcompany
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    This is a fresh install,When you insert the first disk it tells you that everything will be removed from your computer,and it will be restored to factory settings.
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    Ok, I still need an answer about your friends disk. Did you at one time install it. This sounds like it may be a branding issue. If you did an install from another disk it sounds like the "string" I mentioned is gone so now the restore disks may not work. You could do a search on Sony Vaio branding. It will probably help you out more then anything I can tell you.
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    I only used my friends copy after I kept getting the black screen, I have never used it before.I have only used the 4 recovery disks once before and it worked perfect.what does the black screen mean.
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    It means windows is failing to load. Could be for one of the reasons already mentioned or a number of others. One other thing you could try, if you know the manufacturer of the hdd go to their website. There should be a utility you can download that will make either a bootable floppy or CD that when booted from and will wipe your hdd to all zeros. Then you can try your restore disks one more time. After that I`m at a lose without being there.
  11. Badcompany
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    Thanks for your help and info, much appreciated.
    BC.
  12. ThunderZ
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    Keep us posted and let us know how things work out.
  13. Badcompany
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    I've sent an e-mail to Sony i will PM you when i receive a reply.
    BC.
  14. yeta17
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    Hello,

    I got a PCV-RZ too but my H.D. crash before i make the recovery CDs. :'( Can anyone help me?

    Thank's
  15. ThunderZ
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    If you are talking about a hardware\mechanical failure then other then the warranty (if it is still covered) most options are expensive with no guarantees of success. If you are talking about a software\operating system crash then there are several options.
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