I've had my Sony VAIO laptop for a little over a year and a half. Everything had gone smoothly up til about a month ago. I had recently installed XPSP2 and about a week or so after, I downloaded the Winfixer bug. I got rid of that and had a smooth couple of weeks. Recently as of Monday, my computer is now crashing after about 10 minutes of booting up. I've gotten the blue screen with the words KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR inevitably followed by a black screen with the words Operating System Not Found. Two files have popped up on the blue screen as well at two different times: WIN32K.SYS & ATAPI.SYS. I've tried the BIOS troubleshooting from Sony, which basically tries to reset the startup values back to the original settings, but that doesn't work. After a crash if I try to boot up right away, Windows won't even load. I have to wait a while until I can successfully bootup for those 10 minutes. I also didn't have system restore on for the last month, so that option is out of the question. I called Sony last night, and they'd like me to back everything up and then use their system recovery, basically giving me my computer back to the way I bought it.
I'm writing you guys because of I'm wondering if that's what I'm left with doing? They thought it might be a hard drive issue, but since it even has trouble booting up into safe mode, they think it's an operating system issue.
Any help would be greatly appreciated, and I'm sorry if this topic has been discussed many times before.