Greetings. I have an old, but functioning Sony Vaio (PCG-FX203), using Win ME. Initially, I wanted to increase the RAM, and bought the right stuff. It wasn't picking it up, and I have since discovered that (apparently) Sony are known for "bad" RAM slots. There was a lot of mucking about trying to get things working, and it ended up 1) not booting every time then 2) not booting at all (power light on, but black screen.) This was (apparently) because it wasn't picking up / happy with the RAM connections. This has been fixed, and it IS booting up ok - reliably, and is perfectly useable.
As I had not been online on the machine for a while, I updated my (Norton) virus protection whatnot, and ran a scan.
It told me it was not finding the Master Boot Record to scan (MBR missing.) Presumably this was caused by the constant attempts to get it working post RAM addition (repeated forced power downs.) Presumably, also, Fdisk (fdisk /mbr) is designed to deal with such things, but I am worried about blowing its beautiful brains out (it IS a lovely little laptop...)
As I say, it IS booting up ok - everything works - what do you guys out there reckon...to touch or not to touch?