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iNTANGiBLE  posted on Sep 30, 2011 12:09:53 PM - Report post

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OK, so I have a Sony VAIO VGN-Z12MN. In the past it had Vista Business but then I decided to format and install Windows 7. Now all was going great, except for a Stamina/Speed switch which selects a certain GPU (Intel/NVIDIA). Obviously, it's always choosing the Intel one and not NVIDIA. Anyway, I want to do a recovery, but, there's a problem. I have all the recovery files on the HDD on a "recovery" partition. Sony users say I have to press F10 during boot to boot from that partition. Well I did that, but I get a 0xc00000e9 error, and from my search, it seems it has something to do with the MBR, which I have no idea how to fix. I have the Windows 7 installation disc if I need to use CMD or something. Please help me
 
Neo7  posted on Sep 30, 2011 3:03:36 PM - Report post

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You need to check your manufacturer's website for they hybrid drivers for your laptop. nVidia does not directly support these types of graphics setups (instead, delegates it to the OEM).

They're usually poorly supported by the OEM and many have ditched hybrid graphics in favor of the newer Optimus Drivers.

This link may be of interest to you and contains "updated drivers" however these are unofficial and community supported (meaning you use at your own risk):

Link

Edit: Also boot the installation disk and go into the recovery options and select "Startup Repair" to fix any MBR issues.

[Edited by Neo7, 9/30/2011 3:05:06 PM]

 
iNTANGiBLE  posted on Sep 30, 2011 9:48:43 PM - Report post

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Well I want to do the recovery anyway, since I have "other problems".
And Startup Repair couldn't fix it :/ Is there a way I can boot from a particular partition? There is C and D. Of course the recovery is on D.
 
Neo7  posted on Oct 01, 2011 7:34:06 PM - Report post

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Is the partition accessible in any other way? Can you access it through Windows Explorer, Command Line Interface, or by mounting it in a Linux Distribution?

If you cannot do any of those three, the partition may have been corrupted.

If you can access the partition through command prompt and the restore image is stored as a .wim file, you can perform an advanced form of recovery by deploying it yourself using the imagex program from the recovery environment:

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iNTANGiBLE  posted on Oct 01, 2011 8:16:24 PM - Report post

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Woot. Yesterday, I had found the recovery partition become %100 free (although I didn't do anything on it), so I guess it's useless now. Well, I solved my other problems, but they might arise later -_- As for the GPU issue, it seemed I had to update the BIOS so that it would work on Windows 7.
Thanks for your help anyway Neo

[Edited by iNTANGiBLE, 10/1/2011 8:16:43 PM]

 
HunterTank95  posted on Oct 11, 2011 1:33:34 PM - Report post

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quote:
originally posted by iNTANGiBLE

Woot. Yesterday, I had found the recovery partition become %100 free (although I didn't do anything on it), so I guess it's useless now. Well, I solved my other problems, but they might arise later -_- As for the GPU issue, it seemed I had to update the BIOS so that it would work on Windows 7.
Thanks for your help anyway Neo

[Edited by iNTANGiBLE, 10/1/2011 8:16:43 PM]

I know this is way after the fact but it sounds like you had a bad OS install. Whenver upgrading operating system software (ESPECIALLY when it involves crappy Vista) make sure you do a CLEAN install. Upgrading from home premium to enterprise or ultimate or something like that you're fine doing an upgrade install but otherwise I always stick to clean installs. Rip your files to an external, wipe the drive partitions and install the new OS, then rip your files back on.

 
RageaholicRick  posted on Oct 13, 2011 2:17:39 PM - Report post

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quote:
originally posted by HunterTank95

quote:
originally posted by iNTANGiBLE

Woot. Yesterday, I had found the recovery partition become %100 free (although I didn't do anything on it), so I guess it's useless now. Well, I solved my other problems, but they might arise later -_- As for the GPU issue, it seemed I had to update the BIOS so that it would work on Windows 7.
Thanks for your help anyway Neo

[Edited by iNTANGiBLE, 10/1/2011 8:16:43 PM]

I know this is way after the fact but it sounds like you had a bad OS install. Whenver upgrading operating system software (ESPECIALLY when it involves crappy Vista) make sure you do a CLEAN install. Upgrading from home premium to enterprise or ultimate or something like that you're fine doing an upgrade install but otherwise I always stick to clean installs. Rip your files to an external, wipe the drive partitions and install the new OS, then rip your files back on.

I just try to stick with what originally came on the computer. Its easier that way to me.

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