I’m so sad, my lovely Sony VAIO VGN-T140P has died. Will hang before it gets to the VAIO splash screen. Trying to call Sony is a lost cause, more succes with their web “chat”:
They have a bunch of web things to try including:
* “How to troubleshoot power issues”:http://www.iq.sony.com/srvs/autoresponse.asp?id=274998. Basically, there is a reset button that you can try to hit on the back. Also, there is a procedure where you hold the power button for 15 seconds. And, the light sequence tells you alot.
* There are some magic keys to try too, F2 when you boot will show you the BIOS bootup. F5 will do the normal XP alternative startup and F10 will get you to the invisible partition that will reinstall all the startup software and get the machine back to the factory configuration.