First things first: Use Ubuntu to back up all files you want to keep.
Instructions above are for running Ubuntu as a Live CD. That means no Ubuntu files are installed on your hard drive; everything that Ubuntu needs is running in system memory or on the CD itself. Once shut down, Ubuntu will disappear. That is not to say you cannot reuse the Live CD again, you can. It is just that Live CD operation is volatile and temporary. If the power happens to go out while running as Live CD, no harm can be done to your system.
It is clear that you are at an impasse. Some choices must be made to save your files; Ubuntu will do that for you when you operate within Ubuntu to copy and paste your files. Getting the restore media from Sony is not a given, given the age of the machine.
Restoring the system with the Sony media will wipe out all important files, and will put your system back to the day you first got it, so back them up first. Commonly, favorites and bookmarks are forgotten, but should be saved along with all the other files. This will allow you to pick up where you left off, without having to recompile all bookmarks/favorites all over again.
Turning over your system to your repair shop may be a good option. However, I have heard of cases where the tech failed to back up user files before restoring the OS on the machine. So, it is probably best for you to do this before you take it in.
As for the last driver line (agp440.sys) in safe mode, it is likely a .sys file is supposed to load after that, but this line will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer of different systems, so impossible for me to know what file following is missing/corrupt.
You can check these posts on Google here, but first get WOT installed in your browser to avoid less than reputable sites on your good system: http://www.mywot.com/
After that is done, see: https://www.google.com/#hl=en&gs_nf=1&cp=35&gs_id=d&xhr=t&q=windows+system32+drivers+agp440
You may find a situation close enough or exactly like yours somewhere in there. WOT will protect you from visiting a bad site, and will allow better and safer choices to be made in the future.
If you are having trouble starting the Live CD, check your BIOS settings to make sure the CD/DVD-ROM is set to boot first and not the hard drive Windows is on. This setting can be changed within BIOS by moving the hard drive below the CD/DVD drive. Be sure to tell your computer to save the new setting when you exit the BIOS.
The Ubuntu link above will give you an older version of Ubuntu with a familiar desktop. It should not take too long to learn how to move around and navigate within it to do what you need to do, unlike the newest version, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. That version has a different desktop and different ways of doing things in there, and is harder to operate within that environment as it is so different from what you are likely used to.
This is the easiest way to back up your files I know of, even if Windows is dead in the water.
Watch for three things when booting as Live CD:
1,) Keyboard and little man icons at bottom of screen. Hit enter on keyboard right away.
2.) Main Options screen: "Try Ubuntu without installing" is the default option and first in the list. Hit enter on the keyboard right away. This is the Live CD option.
3.) Language selection menu will pop up. If you want English, hit enter on keyboard right away.
Ubuntu will continue to load off the CD. This will take awhile, so go get a cup of coffee and relax.
To shut down, select the power button far upper right hand corner and select 'Shut down...' when you've got everything done. CD will pop out, remove it, press enter on keyboard, and system will shut down.
BTW, it is possible to surf the internet with the Live CD on your damaged system. Just so you know. Just do not save any files to your hard drive, but put them on a backup usb media instead.
Hope this helps. Ubuntu is a nice little tool to use to recover from disaster.
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