A month ago or so, I attempted to reformat my laptop to clean out all the junk, but the process would not continue past 0%. I turned off the computer and reattempted this with the same resulting problem. After about my 5th attempt of reformatting the computer simply turned off. It now is completely dead, with no lights on whatsoever. My brick (power block) does have it's light on, however. I gave the computer to a friend of a friend to look at and he said that he could not test the brick because the plug was so unique, and he concluded that it was either a power issue or my mother board was dead since there are absolutely no signs of life within. Is this a reasonable/probable diagnosis? Any information is greatly appreciated.
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When your operating system stops working correctly, you might need to re-install it. In many cases, when you continue operating the same computer for years, installing and un-installing programs over and over again, sometimes certain operating system files don't work as well as they once did. When that happens, you can also start a re-installation of your operating system. If you use the same operating system for a number of years, it is often helpful to re-install the system software every now and then.
1. Put the original CD or DVD for the operating system in your CD or DVD drive.
2. Shut down your computer and restart the computer. Boot from the CD, if your system asks. This will start the installation process and will pause when a blue installation screen appears.
3. As the screen directs, press the "Enter" key to continue the installation process.
4. Press the "F8" key to continue the installation, agreeing with the Windows Operating System licensing agreement.
5. Press the "R" key on the next screen to attempt the repair process. This process will attempt to re-install all the operating system files that are on the installation disk without bothering any of the customization that you have done to your operating system. This process may take a few hours to complete, but when it completes, you should have Windows XP re-installed and working on your laptop.
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Using Dell System Restore Utility
1.Turn on your computer, and then press "F8" as your Dell Latitude is booting up to enter the "Advanced Bootup Options" screen.
2.Press the down arrow, and then select "Repair Your Computer." Press the "Enter" key to continue.
3.Select "English" as the default language, and then click on the "Next" button to continue.
4.Enter your administrative username and password, and then click "OK." Click on "Dell Factory Image Restore," and then click on the next button to continue.
5.Click on the box next to "Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition." Click "Next" to continue. Wait for the factory restoration process to complete, and then click on the "Finish" button to complete the system restore process.
Hope this resolution fix the problem on your computer.
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the Acer Aspire one (should) come with a restore partition.
There should be a program on your start menu something like "E recovery" or "Acer Easy recovery" which will run your through making your restore discs. Typically this requires about 2 DVDs, but may require more.
even with the restore discs made there is another method to reformat the entire system. during startup, tap on F2 to get into your BIOS (some systems use ESC, others use DEL, I believe the aspire one uses F2 for startup options). There should be an option called D2D Recovery - make sure this is ENABLED. save your changes and restart the system.
As the system restarts, hold down the ALT key and tap on F10. this should initialize the system recovery process. This process will restore your windows and system drivers to an "out of the box" state. any personal data or other programs will be wiped off the system during this process.
When you reformat your computer, please note that you will lose all data, pictures and files etc. Please take time to back them up if you wish to keep them.
Turn off your computer by holding down power button for 10 seconds. Press and hold zero key and press your power button one time. (do not let go of zero key) If done correctly, you will hear a series of beeping. When you hear this, release the zero key. You will be asked with a warning screen if you wish to continue. Select yes. Select recovery for factory default and hit next. Then select recover out of state box. Then, select next. You will continue on, click next and this should start recovery!
You will not have to reformat your windows when this is done. It sets it back to original settings.
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If you have the recovery cd, you can just
pop-in the CD, select the reformat option and the installation process
will continue automatically. Some laptop might have a special partition
in the drive contains the operating system, drivers, etc. in case you
want to reformat your laptop without the CD.
you don't have the recovery CD, you usually can request one from the
manufacturer. Otherwise, if you want to do a clean install, make sure
you download all the drivers for your laptop, this may includes:
motherboard, chipset, graphic card, sound card, modem, network card.
Once you do that, put in the OS CD and start installing.
you decided to do a clean install without the recovery CD, it would be
best to create partition on your harddrive first, so you can have
dedicated partition for operating system and backup. The next time you
want to reformat your harddrive, you can just reformat that particular
partition ex. C:\
the reformatting process finished and you have installed a new clean
OS. Install drivers one by one and restart when it's required. Try to
do it in order from basic function -> secondary ex. motherboard,
chipset, graphic, sound, modem, networking, etc.
back all programs that you might need. If you already backup the
installation programs or have the installation CDs handy, you can do
this pretty fast.
the look and customize your new operating system, refer to the
screenshot you have taken earlier before the reformatting process begin
if you want to get the same look and feel.
Do a recovery first and if you are still getting a blue screen on this 1525 call dell and ask for a replacment do not go any further in trying to repair it yourself as anything you do would just make matters worse if its out of warrenty then the only thing you can do is try:
1. clean the unit if there is any dust
2. try new memory modules
3. run a memory diagnostic on it using windos diagnostics
4. recover the operating system.