Sorry... I probably shouldn't be doing this, but I'm desperate, really desperate right now. (So sorry for the double post - but I don't know how to move post)
So the laptop is a Sony Vaio Model PCG-61A14L
Product name VPCEG11FX
4 GB RAM
I'll rule out a couple things.
The harddrive shows up in the bios, I tried to press F10 to enter the recovery mode, and the laptop is stuck there. I can't boot from USB's not sure why (I changed the boot order everything)
So the problem is, too many cooks spoil the broth. She was having problems with her MS Word and some friend told her to create a system restore this, somehow she did this, and ended up formatting her harddrive. It was literally empty, now I'm trying to clean up the mess. Since 3PM !
I start up the PC it passes the bios screen (insyde H2Bios - I thought the Phoenix bios sucked, but now I totally love it compared to this) then it goes straight to "Missing operating system" figures, formatted harddrive, simple enough I figure I'd try to reinstall the OS. No go. I put in this Windows Vista CD, to try and start the installation from the USB after the computer has an actual OS on it, but it doesn't boot from the CD. The DVD drive kicks up for a while like it's reading, then it goes to "missing OS" I use a Windows 7 image file I had (I know, we shouldn't copy software) I used the image file, burnt it, created a Windows 7 disc, I put it in, it sticks at the bios screen for like 3 minutes then goes to "missing OS"
I say screw it, take up my Windows XP disc (bought a lot of PC's over the years, came with OS disc) put it in, and voila, it says boot from disc, I'm ecstatic, I press enter. It starts to do it's thing, I'm happy, like tremendously happy. Then it gives me an error after it's extracted everything, saying:
A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screne, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:
Check for viruses on your computer. Removed any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated.
RUn CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer.