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Cannot Access Laptop BIOS, and OEM Battery

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Hello,

I have a very old Sony VAIO E Series 11 SVE11125CXB 11.6" Laptop that used to have Windows 8 from what I remember. I'm wanting to put Linux Mint on it, but every time I power on the laptop, I cannot access the BIOS menu no matter what key combination I press, including pressing and holding the Vaio and Assist buttons while powering it on. The only thing I'm greeted with is a very quick flash of the Vaio logo and an immediate DOS prompt stating "Operating System Not Found". I cannot access any other commands.

Furthermore, I'm wanting to order a battery for it, but I have the option for a 10.8 V or 11.1 V battery, and I'm not sure which one to get. Also, I don't know a reputable place to buy batteries from.

 

I greatly appreciate any assistance given. Thank you!


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Suggest that you stick with addressing one thing at a time, battery second.

 

I cannot access the BIOS menu no matter what key combination I press, including pressing and holding the Vaio and Assist buttons while powering it on. 

 

 

Have you tried pressing those keys after the Vaio logo has been gone for a while.

 

an immediate DOS prompt stating "Operating System Not Found". I cannot access any other commands.

 

 

Have you tried booting from a WIndows 8 ISO on a USB flashdrive, alternatively what about a bootable Linux distro.

 

Have you tried connecting a USB keyboard to the notebook to see if that gives you any other options.


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1. If anyone knows I would like to be able to go ahead and order it while we figure the rest out.

2. Yes I have.

3. I did try using a Ventoy drive with Linux Mint and Kali Linux on it. I don't have a Windows 8 image.
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Entirely your choice and likewise your cash that will be going to waste should you purchase a replacement battery only to find out that the MB is bricked.

 

Two suggestions;

 

Removing the RAM and giving the slots a clean and the same with the gold finger on the RAM.

 

Replace the CMOS battery with an out of the wrapper new one.

 

Yours is one of four versions of the same computer albeit they each have slightly different specs, the guide here is meant to be another model from the same range.

 

Fwiw: It saves time if when you start a new thread you include anything that has been tried already  :yes:


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Entirely your choice and likewise your cash that will be going to waste should you purchase a replacement battery only to find out that the MB is bricked.

 

Two suggestions;

 

Removing the RAM and giving the slots a clean and the same with the gold finger on the RAM.

 

Replace the CMOS battery with an out of the wrapper new one.

 

Yours is one of four versions of the same computer albeit they each have slightly different specs, the guide here is meant to be another model from the same range.

 

Fwiw: It saves time if when you start a new thread you include anything that has been tried already  :yes:

I'll give that a try. I'll let you know the results. I probably won't be able to get to it today, but I will in the near future. That guide will be really handy... and of course they don't put the CMOS battery to where it's easily accessible...

 

That's true. I usually do, but I just got off of a 12 hour shift at the time and my brain was a little too worn out to remember to put those details in, sorry.


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Ok, so, I did everything except replace the CMOS battery (one of those ones with wires and a connector. I just disconnected it). It's still giving me the same message. I'm not sure what else to do. I have a feeling that the BIOS is corrupted or something but I'm just not sure.
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Sorry but simply disconnecting the CMOS battery and expecting anything to change anything makes no sense, if the battery has expired it being connected or disconnected would make zero difference, a new battery may not help but keep in mind that one is far less expensive than the replacement keypad that you were prepared to pay for.


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Sorry but simply disconnecting the CMOS battery and expecting anything to change anything makes no sense, if the battery has expired it being connected or disconnected would make zero difference, a new battery may not help but keep in mind that one is far less expensive than the replacement keypad that you were prepared to pay for.

I read 118 mV across the CMOS battery. What should a good one read, what would having a good CMOS battery have to do with that message appearing on the screen, and what do I do now? 


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Some  Sony are 2.4V  and some 3.3V.

 

A dead CMOS battery means that any bad settings cannot be cleared + the time, date and boot sequence settings will not be retained once a computer is turned off at the mains. 

 

As has already been advised, a dead CMOS battery may not help but if you are not prepared to purchase a known good battery you are going to have take the notebook to a tech.

 

The message on the screen means one of three things, the boot sequence is incorrect and the BIOS therefore unable to find the boot drive, the boot drive is toast or the OS on the boot drive is hosed ( Worse case scenario is both ).


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