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Check in the i386 folder on the install disk to see if this file exists:

DRIVER.CAB
Size: 74,902 KB.
Date: 8/23/2001, 7:00 AM

If it's there, then that's the file containing all native hardware drivers included with the OS. During installation of the OS, this file is accessed automatically when the install process see's a hardware device.... it checks the cab file to see if the driver required is present. If it isn't, then that's when it makes a yellow icon in Device Manager and calls it an unknown device. In that case, a driver is needed from an external source.

SFC.EX_ is also in the same folder in compressed format. During installation, it's extracted into SFC.EXE and written to the hard drive automatically by the install program.
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Jerry, Neither the recovery disk nor the XP disk I have were the correct disk. It wouldn't be an issue but the recovery disk that come with the laptop will not load windows properly for whatever reason. I am so lost. I have all the drivers and have installed all the drivers I know to install. Now I have no idea what to do from here.

What is an AGP Driver and could this be the problem?

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You will have to obtain the correct disk for your laptop. Anything other than the correct disk will not install properly on a laptop. Laptops require specific drivers from the laptop maker as generic drivers will fail install. This is a trait common to every laptop made (unlike Desktops, which can use generic drivers).

I suppose an AGP driver is the driver that enables the AGP video card slot (except I didn't know that laptops had an AGP slot).

A laptop without the recovery disk that came packaged with the laptop is worthless.
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I have the recovery disk that came with it. It has 2 and I have them both. Do you think it failed because I used the Windows disk to install windows on here? I installed the ATI catalyst, which in my understanding replaced the ATI control panel a while back. It installed without error. Now I still cannot adjust the display size to fit the screen.
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Yes, you're asking for trouble when you don't use the recovery disk made for and shipped with the laptop. Using a non-laptop specific install disk will cause nothing but trouble.

Again, laptops require specific drivers from the laptop maker. I've never used a non-laptop specific disk to install Windows or drivers but I know lots of people who have tried.... and failed.
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Why will my recovery disks not load windows? that is why I have not been able to use them to revert back to factory settings.
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I'm not sure what you mean by "load". Do you mean "install" instead? Load means to start up a program or driver.

You must have a setup.exe file dated 8/4/2004, 12:56 AM, with 1,284 kb. size, posted in the the root folder of the XP install disk.

Then there must exist a sub-folder called i386. The i386 folder is where all the os files come from.

If you need a XP install disk, check out this site: [url]www.thehotzone.org[/url] (registration is required and free)
You might even find one for your exact Sony laptop model (look in the Windows Operating Systems forum).

Note: I don't normally support (or promote) warez sites but it sounds like you are a legal owner so you should be able to download the os disk (if yours is defective). And it's an honest/clean site to download from.
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