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My friend has brought his dead laptop over. It is a Sony Vaio with Windows Vista.

When booting up, it blue screens and reboots.

I have tried to boot up with Knoppix and this will freeze when starting up PCMCIA. If I start Knoppix with

knoppix nopcmcia

it disables pcmcia and boots up fine. So I presume there is a problem with the PCMCIA controller on the laptop. My friend does not use any PCMCIA cards, so doesnt really need it.

Is there anyway I can similarly disable PCMCIA so that Windows will boot up fine?

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