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click on the link system recovery and recovery disc information at the above site
Troubleshooting a notebook computer that will not start to the System Recovery CD but will start to the hard drive.
Confirm that System Recovery CD #1 is inserted in the drive.
Clean the System Recovery CD with a soft dry cloth to ensure it is not dirty or damaged.
If another computer is available, try starting to the Recovery CD on that computer. If the computer starts to the CD and produces an error message stating that the CD is not for that computer, then the CD is good. If the second computer does not recognize the Recovery CD the CD may need to be replaced.
Reset the BIOS defaults.
Create a startup floppy disk for use in performing a system recovery with a non-natively supported CD/DVD drive.
Sony uses generic driver which will support the vast majority of PC CARD ATAPI CD/DVD drives.
Use of the Recovery CD should work regardless of the brand of CD/DVD drive, provided it is ATAPI compliant.
Sony does not maintain any list of CD/DVD drives that are known to allow a system recovery and does not guarantee that any particular CD/DVD drive from another manufacture will work at all.