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18-Jul-2011, 08:17 PM #1
Vaio Laptop - Black Screen Upon Startup
Hello.

Whenever I start up my laptop now, it immediately goes to black screen with a blinking "_". I've been able to boot into the Vaio diagnostic by holding F10 on start up. Through here, I've ran the hardware diagnostic and found no errors on the cpu or hard drive. I then reformatted and restored the factory settings through the diagnostic. The laptop still boots up to the black screen. I'm out of ideas, so hopefully some of you out there would be able to help me.

Sony Vaio VGN-FW510F
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 Processor
4GB DDR2 800MHz Memory
500GB Serial ATA 5400RPM Hard Drive, DVD±R/RW Optical Drive
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18-Jul-2011, 09:16 PM #2
1.) Have you tried "clearing CMOS" on your laptop?

Or...going into your BIOS setup menu, and finding the "default settings" or "fail safe settings." Then, choose the "fail safe" setting and save the changes. Allow the PC to restart. Do you know how to access the BIOS setup menu, and where you will find the setting shown above?

See if that helps any.

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2.) Have you checked your memory for errors?

If not, download Memtest and burn it to CD.

Download it by clicking here.

Allow it to run when your computer boots (your PC will need to be set to "boot from CD/DVD").

When it runs, let it run for several hours to check your PC for errors, or at least until it reads "100% pass" etc.
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18-Jul-2011, 11:46 PM #3
Thanks for the reply. I don't know how to clear CMOS, so I haven't done that. But i tried using the default optimized settings in the BIOS. Still getting the black screen though. Going to try the Memtest.
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19-Jul-2011, 01:01 AM #4
Hmm, I ran the Memtest and it said there's no errors.
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19-Jul-2011, 03:30 AM #5
have you got a spare monitor to plug into the lappie to check graphics
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20-Jul-2011, 08:52 PM #6
Yes, I do. Anything I should try with it?
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20-Jul-2011, 08:55 PM #7
plug it onto the laptop and boot up, try safe mode boot up as well
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20-Jul-2011, 10:06 PM #8
Hmm, I just realized the monitor is vga and the extra monitors are both dvi. I tried however plugging my tv into the hdmi plug of my laptop without anything happening.

I also tried to boot up pressing all of the F# buttons and the delete button(I'm unsure which button to press to boot into safemode). F2 was my BIOS and F10 took me to a "Edit Boot Options" menu which has text:

Edit Windows boot options for: Start VAIO Recovery Center

Path: \windows\system32\boot\winload.exe


[ /MININT RDIMAGEOFFSET=8192 RDIMAGELENGTH=3161088 RDPATH=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk
(0)partition(1)\sources\boot.wim ]

I click enter on that and it takes me to the VAIO Recovery Center, which I've already used to check the cpu and harddisk for errors(there were none), and I tried to restore the system(to no avail).

I then tried starting up with my old WinXP install disk, hoping I could format my computer and install WinXP(I can't find my Win7 disk atm, and my laptop didn't come with a restore disk). But upon installation, I get a bsod with this error:
***STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF78D2524,0xC0000034,0x00000000,0x00000000)

I'm going to try my Win Vista disk.
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20-Jul-2011, 10:57 PM #9
extra monitors are both dvi check should have vga plug id the monitors are lcd if not then you need an vga2dvi adaptor
safe mode hold down F8 on bootup till the screen pops up.then try last known good configuration.
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21-Jul-2011, 02:46 AM #10
I held down F8 on bootup, and it just goes to the black screen with the blinking "_"
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