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My older Pentium II Sony VAIO laptop is running WIN98 SE with 192 MB RAM. It recently stopped working in that it shuts down all applications, the display, keyboard and mouse. The cooling fan remains running and the only way to restart it is to power down the laptop and power restart it. After approx. 1.5 minutes after it has restarted, it will shut down again…this problem is ongoing. However, when I start the laptop in "Safe Mode", it stays running for as long as I need until I manually shut it down or restart it.

I have formatted the hard drive and reloaded the laptop with the System Recovery CD's several times. Even after a fresh reload from the System Recovery CD's, with no new applications or programs loaded, the problem still persists. I have also accessed the BIOS to disable all power management functions and, while in "Safe Mode", I have modified the power management controls in the Control Panel to the "AC Power" and "Always On" setting.

None of this has helped to resolve the problem.

What else can you advise me to try? (Obtaining updated system drivers is not the answer as the laptop has been loaded with exactly what it came with when I bought it originally.)

Thank you.


This question was answered on October 30, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Hello, the problem would be the Battery charge which might having difficult in powerup your Laptop, I don't know what type of Battary supply you are using could be Lethium battery, but it would be weird if it is because there it work fine

I suggest to replace the battery charge either in the retail store where you got your laptop or from the manufacture of the laptop also try to remember when do this problem Occur and what you did before this problem Occurs.

Reformatted would not solve this problem, because is a hardware problem meaning a physical problem.

Also please unchange the setting of the BIOS, put the default setting of the BIOS, you didn't had to change it and not even the power managment, it should be turn on, this will save you energy in case your laptop run out of power.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on October 30, 2003