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I have a VAIO laptop which has not been working as expected recently.

At first, I had the Blue Screen of Death coming after some minutes of working with Windows and a crash dump. I used to ignore it since it restarted windows whenever it happened and it wasn't too frequent: about two-three times a week.

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After a month the computer became very slow and I couldn't work with it any more.

I re-installed Windows 7 Home Premium again, but after a day it became as slow as before. I tried installing windows 8, but it was the same. I finally installed Windows 7 Home Premium while formatting and deleting all partitions during installation.

Now after four or five days, again there are problems and today the Blue Screen showed up again. chkdsk found 0 bad sectors. I also tried system start-up repair the second day after installation.

I don't know what is wrong with my laptop that a fresh installation cannot fix the issue.

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Here is the link to sony's support esupport.sony.com –  idavid Jun 15 '13 at 11:21
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Unless you post the crash dump and the BSOD error message we won't be able to help. Your HDD is unlikely the problem if you have been able install several different operating systems without a problem. The best advice is you stop reinstalling operating systems until you figure out the cause of the crashes your experiencing. –  Ramhound Jun 15 '13 at 12:39
    
Use BlueScreenView to recreate your blue screens and post them here (only one if they all have the same STOP info). Post also screen-captures of the analysis of the dump by BlueScreenView that shows which driver caused the crash. –  harrymc Jun 17 '13 at 14:29
    
@harrymc: Done, thank you for your help. –  Gigili Jun 17 '13 at 15:13
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bug check code "0x0000007A" is key. Google that code and see what's going on... –  MDT Guy Jun 17 '13 at 15:47

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STOP code 0x0000007A with the third parameter 0xC0000185 means STATUS_IO_DEVICE_ERROR, which is defined as "improper termination or defective cabling on SCSI devices or that two devices are trying to use the same IRQ".

This means that the problem is more probably hardware than software, but it can still be a problem with a new device driver introduced by Windows Update. This can be verified by trying to roll back the driver associated with the disk.

The advice given is normally to open up your computer and check for problems in the disk cabling and the SCSI termination. The disk cable might need reseating or replacement. Question: Do you have SCSI disks?

If you have no experience with checking these kinds of disk problems, better get professional help. You can point them to the disk(s) as the most likely problem area, but of course the problem can be elsewhere. Unfortunately this kind of problem can have lots of causes, such as virus/malware, drivers, memory and disk corruption. And there can even be combinations of those. Added possible causes are hardware errors such as damaged motherboard or other hardware.

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You get this error:

Bug Check 0x7A: KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff559211%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

The KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR bug check has a value of 0x0000007A. This bug check indicates that the requested page of kernel data from the paging file could not be read into memory.

Parameter 2 shows the error status (usually an I/O status code). In your case it is 0xc0000185, which means there is an IO error with your hard drive.

C:\Users\André>err 0xc0000185
# for hex 0xc0000185 / decimal -1073741435
  STATUS_IO_DEVICE_ERROR                                         ntstatus.h
# The I/O device reported an I/O error.
# 1 matches found for "0xc0000185"

So run a diag tool from your HDD manufacture to check for HDD errors.

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Run Hardware Diagnostics. Nine times outa ten, If you re-install your OS and still get the BSODs it's hardware. In this case it sounds like it's a HDD. Replace it, they're a dime a dozen.

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Could you elaborate a bit how to run memory diagnostic? I tried to download and install memtest but to no avail. –  Gigili Jun 17 '13 at 15:19
    
were you able to boot to the memtest disc? –  MDT Guy Jun 17 '13 at 15:46
    
Unfortunately not. –  Gigili Jun 18 '13 at 19:29
    
You need to get both your HDDs and RAM tested. –  MDT Guy Jun 18 '13 at 19:50
    
Right, but how? I need a step by step guide. –  Gigili Jun 19 '13 at 8:40

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