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Sony Vaio VGN-SZ460N Freezes during Full Recovery

\015 Hey everyone - Sure could use some help on this.What i have is a stock Sony Vaio VGN-SZ460N - it was dropped and yes some supperfical damage occured - but repairable.The laptop was given to me due to the damage - but it worked fine software and hardware wise dispite the damage which is one of the hinges isn't attached to the screen. I can fix this easy enough.Before the computor was handed over to me - the mans Tech guy worked on it - deleting all personal files by way of supposedly doing a system recovery.didn't work - he interupted power.Yesterday i received there-covery dvd's from Sony.Attempting full System Recovery via Vaio Recovery console.No - go - freezes after attempting to start up windows. Screen states windows could not complete install - to install Windows please start install again." or something to that nature.I have run all diognostics i could find on the DVDRAM - HDD read - HDD repair for sectors - I tried both install with and with out the Vaio recovery system section included - it got farthest through the install with-out the Vaio recovery included - It has however when this happened added a drive E - (I was attempting to delete the partiions and it added this drive partion instead)I did do a full delete all data by writting 0 to the drive first.Last install attempt - got all the way through step 1 - made it to step two up to 82% of software install and froze - 3am! 6th attempt. Let it sit till 11am - still at 82% install - So - first how do i do a simple deletion of all partions on this laptop and wipe of the drive ? Sony seems to have complicated this process via there DVD's and propriatory software hardware idea.The freezing - Hardware issue maybe? It does not freeze at the same place each time.???? what are your thoughts on what could cause this?thanx\015

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Probably a memory problem even though it doesn't show up on a memory test. Enter the bios and select the option for default setup, "not the optimized setup". Also if you have more then one memory module, remove one and try the install, if you have two try using the one you removed first as the only memory module during the install process. If you have any cards plugged into the computer, remove them all before starting the install. Also all usb cables. Make the system as simple as you can for the new install.
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