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Sony Vaio Will Not Start

By carlfmiller ·
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I searched TechRepublic and see similar experience but not the same solutions. I have Sony Vaio PCG-FXA36, and it will not start: pressing power button gets LEDs to light momentarily, then in 2 sec they go out and nothing starts. Dull flash on monitor is sometimes visible for about 1/2 second. I have tried the power-off/battery out reset per Sony instruction, no change. NOTE: 3 times in this condition I got it to start after about 100 tries; now it seems it won't go again no matter how many tries. When I got it going those 3 other times, if I turned it off, it started right up; but then when I left it off overnight, next day the problem returned. When it did start , error message said "Error 210 stuck key 2C" but then the computer ran perfectly. CMOS Battery has not ever been changed. The NB has been in storage a long before these events; but reagrdless of the main battery it will not start. Looking for other things to try before I give up amd send it to professional (expensive, probably not worth-it) repair facility.

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A couple of checks

by Jacky Howe In reply to Sony Vaio Will Not Start

The Notebook or Laptop will not start up

To turn on the computer, press the power button. When the computer is turned on, the power light is turned on.

If the computer and the power light are not turned on when you press the power button, adequate power may not be available to the computer.

The suggestions below may help you determine the reason the computer will not start up:

If the computer is plugged into an AC outlet, verify that the AC outlet is providing adequate power by plugging another electrical device into the outlet.

If the computer is running on battery power or is plugged into an external power source other than an AC outlet, plug the computer into an AC outlet using the AC adapter. Make sure the power cord and AC adapter connections are secure.

If the computer is running on battery power:

Remove the primary battery pack and travel battery pack (if applicable) and plug the computer into an AC outlet using the AC adapter. If the computer starts up, one of the battery packs may need to be replaced.

If the battery light on the front of the computer is blinking, the battery pack has reached a lowbattery condition, which may not allow the computer to start up. Plug the computer into an AC outlet using the AC adapter to start the computer and allow the battery to charge.

You could give the inside of the case a blowout with compressed air. When blowing air through the fans make sure that you physically stop them from spinning, as they may generate power and cause damage.

Next, remove the Heatsink, give it and the CPU top a thorough clean with a cotton cloth and reseat the CPU applying new CPU grease. Arctic is a good brand.

If the Fans spin freely when you give them a spin they are probably OK. If there is resistance replace them.

Clean the Cooling Vents

Depending on the model, vents can be found on the side, back, and/or bottom of the notebook PC. These vents allow air to flow through the PC and keep it cool. Buildup inside these vents impedes the cooling process.

Clean I/O Ports

The back of the notebook PC has a series of ports. After cleaning the cooling vents, take the compressed air and **** out any debris that may have accumulated in and around these ports.

Clean the RAM

Clean the golden edge of each memory stick with a soft rubber/eraser, remembering not to touch the golden edge of the memory stick. Check with one stick at a time, remembering to disconnect the power from the PC.

One way to help in this situation to help cool the unit is to use a Notebook Cooling Chill Mat, something like this.

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for starters....

by robo_dev In reply to Sony Vaio Will Not Start

Plug it into the mains adapter and remove all pluggable parts (battery, CD-ROM, modem, lan adapters) and try it, maybe a shorted or faulty component is at fault.

Is the hard drive spinning? Listen for the normal sounds of the hard drive resetting and spinning up. Hard drives sometimes get 'stuck', especially if it's been stored awhile.

If you hear the hard-drive going 'doink doink doink' but not spinning up, then it's stuck. Sometimes removing the drive and shaking it in your hand can get it unstuck.

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