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yukinojo

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Hi,
My mother's computer isn't able to start-up. The computer doesn't even reach the BIOS section. The first message that pops-up "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected media boot device and press a key."
Her computer is a VAIO, and fortunately I have the same model/type w/win xp. I have used the the "Start up and Recovery discs."
The final message reached from the recovery wizard is "Cannot determine partition settings, this utility exits and your computer is restarted." After that same problem loops back.

Can anyone help?

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Edited by yukinojo, 29 March 2006 - 08:32 PM.

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TakeBK

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Is your hard drive bigger/smaller than hers?

Does it give a series of beeps when it starts?
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yukinojo

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drive is the same size 200gigs. And there is no beep when it starts. However I learned that she plugged in those new disc-less camcorders (The ones w/a built-in hard drive.) She of course installed the the software that came along with the camera.
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Try tapping F8 when it starts up .See if you get a screen with choices to boot.Choose "Boot in last known good configuration"
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remove the newly installed hardware (camcorder), try restarting and see what happens. If still having problems, try to go to bios and see if the harddrive is detected. If detected try booting from xp setup disk and choose repair installation and see if the setup recognises disk partitions properly.
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