Solved! Sony Vaio not showing display and has a flashing hardrive light

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I have a Sony vaio laptop with a hardrive problem (I think). When I turn on the computer it will often not show a display and there will be a ticking inside the laptop which corresponds with the flashing of the hardrive light. Any solutions to the problem would be much appreciated.
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The drive having issues wouldn't usually make the display not work. Try the following and see if you can see whatever errors may be showing on the screen (if the drive is having problems).

Try this...

1. Turn the laptop off (not sleep or hibernate but off).
2. Connect an external monitor to the laptop.
3. Turn on the external monitor.
4. Turn on the laptop.

NOTE: You may have to press an "external monitor" button. Could be the f4 button or a button with two monitors on it, for the external monitor to work.

If you can see fine on the external monitor, then your attached display, or the ribbon cable that connects it, are your problem.

If you can't see on the external monitor at all, or the problem occurs on the external monitor as well, then it is probably the graphics card/GPU that is the problem, which may require the motherboard be replaced.

You may also want to try hitting CTRL + SHIFT + WIN + B to try and reset your graphics driver as another possible fix.
 
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