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    Moderated By: jttar
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    PCV RX406 Recovery Problem Dashboard
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    Last Reply: October 12, 2009, 3:14 pm

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    Sifi

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    Joined: Nov 16, 2005
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      Posted: 2005-11-16 15:53

    Hi People
    Have done the necessary , F5 in setup for defaulting system bios. Cd in tray and F10 exit saving changes. Displayes recovery in progress. Then comes up after 30 secs " Cannot normally execute the initial setting of partition information. This utility exits and your computer rebooted. " Vaio desktop came with partition 60 gig divided into c: 27.9 gig d: 27.9 gig . Checked a few forums . nobody seems to know. Any Ideas would be gratefully appreciated ..........

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    jttar
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    From: Chicago,IL, USA

      Posted: 2005-11-16 22:00

    Sifi,

    Greetings and welcome. I did a search for an answer to your problem and found THIS post. Give it a read and see if it sounds like what you are running up against.

    Joe


         
    Sifi

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    Joined: Nov 16, 2005
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      Posted: 2005-11-17 17:22

    Joe

    Thanks for link, i have got myself a win98 bootup disk and have put it in drive and restarted. Message comes up "Remove disks or other media. Press any key to restart." I know it isn't the disk i've tried 3 different disks. I think sony has put some kind of boot disk stop device on it. took it to pc world and they have 30 day christmas waiting list. I had this exact problem 12 months ago when i put to much crap on it. it started to slow down. so when i tried to recover then it did the same thing . they managed to sort it out at pc world i just haven't a clue how. I just cant believe how hard it is.

    Si

    If there's anymore you can think of it would be gratefully appreciated....

    Thanks again.


       
    herbalgerbal

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    Joined: Aug 24, 2005
    Posts: 10
    From: london

      Posted: 2005-11-20 13:43

    hi Si,

    i have the same pc and about 2 months ago the same problem,
    a friend sorted it out for me and i was not quite sure how he did it,  but,

     this is really vague help from me but i seem to remember he opened the tower case and removed the small battery for a minute or two (to reset something) then went into bios mode, deleted the partition and then ran the recovery discs which naturally restored the partition and system applications again.
     
    This problem seems to occur when users change the partition settings whilst the pc is working fine, which causes complications when runing recovery discs.

    There are valid reasons for having a partitioned hard drive (so i'm told)

    I hope this can help in some way,?, i should have paid more attention when my pal fixed mine.


       
    jttar
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      Posted: 2005-11-21 00:07

    herbalgerbal,

    Good to hear from you and thanks for the help. What your friend did was to remove the battery from the motherboard to clear the CMOS. Hopefully, your post will be able to help Sifi.

    Joe


         
    Sifi

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    Joined: Nov 16, 2005
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      Posted: 2005-11-21 18:53

    Hi Guys

    Have removed cmos battery to produce more settings in bios which configure cpu bandwidth and so on. But there is nothing in bios in all sub menu's about deleting the partition. Before when i took my pc to pc world all my files were still as i left them on the d: which is my non system partition. I have tried win 98 cd's just so i can boot harddrive with cdrom support but when i try to c:fdisk/mbr to remove partition it doesn't recognise my hdd. tried typing all letters just incase. a: b: c: d: ......... a: is temp setup drive D and E are dvd roms. But no sign of hd (only when i put win98 boot cd setup for fdisk purpose only). My operating system is XP home . Just wanted it to run fast again. Pc world still got 28 days waiting.

    Herbalgerbal, would you be able to speak to your friend for a more technical note on your above comments as it would save these tension headaches i have been getting for a week. I would be most abliged.

    Jttar, Thanks for all your Efforts.

    Sifi.....


       
    herbalgerbal

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    Joined: Aug 24, 2005
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    From: london

      Posted: 2005-11-22 18:17

    Sifi,

    I tried to contact him before i posted the last reply.
    I'll give it another go tomorrow, its a bit late tonight...

    Hope we can solve this problem before you part with money to PC World!!




       
    Sifi

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      Posted: 2005-11-24 14:54

    Hi HerbalGerbal

    Did you manage to speak to him

    Sifi



       
    herbalgerbal

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    Joined: Aug 24, 2005
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    From: london

      Posted: 2005-11-25 15:55

    Sifi,

    Ok i spoke to my friend and he said that the problem i had was that my hard drive jumpers were incorrectly set, obviously this may not help you if you havn't replaced your hard drive but its all i can offer in the way of help, my friend fixes lots of pc's and cant remember too much detail other than the jumper episode, hope you find out how to fix the problem, and i would be very interested in knowing how myself, i wonder if you could let me know once you have done it, you got my user name.......

    good luck


       
    Sifi

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    Joined: Nov 16, 2005
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      Posted: 2006-05-02 17:06

    Hi guys tought i'd let you know how i done the recovery


    lost website so couldn't remember it when formatted
    last year

    1.) turn off pcv-rx406
    2.) carefully pull out ide cable from hdd only
    3.) try recovery disk it will go through motions then tell you there isn't a hdd connected.
    4.) hold down the blue button to turn off computer do not press enter or it will not work.
    5.) reconnect ide cable turn on pcv-rx406 again and it will now recover.

    Took me ages to figure it out i know it doesn't make any sense but it works i've done it 3 times now.

    Sifi


       
    jttar
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    From: Chicago,IL, USA

      Posted: 2006-05-02 23:17

    Sifi,

    I have never heard of using this method to do the recovery but even if it is unorthodox, it works, and thats what counts. Thanks for taking the time to post back you discovery. Hopefully it will save someone else the time it took you to figure it out. Nice job.

    Joe


         
    ryan2009

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    Joined: Sep 22, 2009
    Posts: 2
    From:

      Posted: 2009-09-22 02:36

    Thank you for the post, it does work ! However i created new problem when i get the recovery cd stage and the mouse was not connected. i turned off the computer using the blue botton and repeated the steps but could not get the recovery cd to work. what do you think i should do , i'm really disappointed that i got this close the could not recover my pc.
    your help is truly appreciated.


       
    ryan2009

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    Joined: Sep 22, 2009
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      Posted: 2009-09-23 23:30

    Sifi,
    can you offer any help to solve my problem ? i belive something wrong happend when i reached to teh Recovery level and powered off using blue botton without completing the setup. i can't get it to work again.
    please advise.
    thanks


       
    Sifi

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    Joined: Nov 16, 2005
    Posts: 6
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      Posted: 2009-10-12 15:14

    Hey Ryan

    Listen mate the best thing to do is get yr hands on a disk of windows xp (Make sure it's a genuine microsoft certified ) cause it doesnt put as much unused system programs clogging up the memory as when you use the recovery disks. Hope this is of help . Obviously be carefull you dont delete the D: and you can save all of you photo;s vids and music onto that one.


       
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