I'm trying to use my recovery discs. I've done this before with no problem. I press F2 to enter BIOS setup and I then select BOOT. Then, as instructed on screen, I select CD ROM DRIVE. Then I insert the system CD and press escape. I am invited to select yes to accept the changes but the machine does not allow me to do this. Instead I get a high pitched whine. If I then press Enter, Windows starts up and I go round in circles. What can I do?
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Re: ACER Travelmate 244
You could have a problem with the cdrom drive, thus the whine. Since it can't read the cdrom drive it goes then to read the hard drive (thus going around in circles).
If you have access to another computer, put the cd recovery drives on a flash drive, have the computer boot to the flash drive (if bios capable). The flash drive will recover your computer the same way your cd's did.
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You need to set the BIOS configuration to boot from the CD.
I'm not sure how the Travelmate enters the BIOS (Setup), it could be the F1, F2, ESC or DEL ket after the ACER logo and before the Windows logo appear on the screen. When the BIOS opens, go to the Config page, set the CD to be the first boot device.
In order to revert the machine back to its factory setting, you need to have the recovery disk (if you don't have it, call the warranty support line of e-machines so they can provide it to you).
To restore Windows from your recovery discs, you will need to insert the first backup disc and enable the F12 Boot Menu via the BIOS Setup Utility. 1 Turn on your computer and insert the first system recovery disc into the optical disc drive. Restart your computer. 2 During startup when the eMachines logo shows, press the F2 key to enter BIOS Setup, where you can set system parameters. 3 Use the left and right arrow keys to select the Main submenu. 4 Use the up and down arrow keys to select F12 Boot Menu. 5 Use the F5 or F6 key to change F12 Boot Menu to Enabled. 6 Press the ESC key to enter the Exit submenu, press the ENTER key to Exit Saving Changes. Press the ENTER key again to select Yes. The system will reboot. 7 After rebooting, when the eMachines logo shows, press the F12 key to open the Boot Menu. Here you can select which device to boot from. 8 Use the arrow keys to select the IDE1*, then press the ENTER key. Windows will be installed from the recovery disc. 9 Insert the second recovery disc when prompted, then follow the onscreen prompts to complete the restore. 10 Remove the recovery disc from the optical drive once the restore is complete. Do this before rebooting your computer.
When you turn on computer look for Acer logo on boot up. Press F8 or F10 or F2 while the logo comes up several times (if you miss turn it off and try again)and then you can access your bios. Use arrow keys and enter to clear the password. Follow the bottom of the screen for directions and if you need more help let me know and thanks for using FixYa.
The Recovery disc will help you to restore the hard drive with the
original software content that was installed when you purchased your
notebook. Follow the steps below to rebuild your hard drive. Your drive
will be reformatted and all data will be erased. It is important to back
up all data files before you use this option.
1. Press the power button to turn the system on.
2. Select to boot from a USB optical drive. There are two ways
to do this:
2.1. Press <F2> during the Power-On Self-Test (when the Acer
logo is displayed onscreen after bootup) to enter BIOS Setup.
2.1.1. Select the Boot menu.
2.1.2. Refer to onscreen instructions to set the first device to any
bootable optical disc drive.
2.2. Press <F12> during the Power-On Self-Test (when the
Acer logo is displayed onscreen after bootup), and select the USB ODD
from the list that appears.
3. Ensure the Recovery disc is in an external (USB) optical disc
drive, and exit the boot selection menu, by selecting Exit Saving
Changes from the Exit menu or pressing <F10>, or by pressing
<Enter> as appropriate.
4. Select Exit Saving Changes from the Exit menu or press
5. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation
6. When you finish the recovery process, please remove the
Recovery disc and insert the System disc again.
7. Restart your computer.
Create a Recovery USB device
You will need a second computer with an ODD to complete this procedure.
1) Insert the Recovery CD into the optical drive. Plug in a
USB/flash drive with a minimum capacity of 1 GB.
2) Enter the BIOS setup and set the first boot device to the
ODD. Save the changes and exit.
3) Allow your computer to boot up.
4) From the list of options, select "install2usb".
5) You will see a list of available disks, select the USB drive
you plugged in.
6) Click the next button to complete the procedure.
7) Remove the USB ODD and USB/flash drive. You now have the
Recovery system stored in your USB/flash drive, for future use if
yes indeed nowadays laptops are designed for windows vista and better versions as these are equipped with SATA harddisks. to install windows xp in these systems u need to change SATA settings in bios which can be done by
1->pressing F2/DEL key during the starting acer empower people screen which v get once v switch on the laptop
2->in the BIOS screen go to MAIN tab by pressing right arrow
3->scroll down till u get SATA mode->press enter .two options ll be available 1.AHCI 2.IDE
4->select IDE and press enter.
5-> go to exit tab and select save and exit
6-> now try installing xp pro!!
Select models have the ability to have the operating system reinstalled from a hidden drive built into the netbook. To start the Acer eRecovery:
Tap the Alt and F10 keys togther during Power-On Self-Test (POST while the Acer logo is being displayed).
When prompted with a boot screen, hit the Enter key.
After the Acer eRecovery program has loaded follow the prompts to reinstall the operating system.
If the ability to reinstall from the previous method is not available or fails during the recovery, recovery of the operating system will need to be from Acer Recovery Media. In order to recover the system using Acer Recovery Media an external optical disc drive is required.
Press F2 to enter BIOS Setup during Power-On Self-Test (POST while the Acer logo is being displayed).
Arrow over to "Boot".
Ensure that the external optical drive is plugged into a USB port.
Refer to on screen instructions to set the first device to "USB CDROM".
Press the CD-ROM drive eject button and insert the System CD.
Close the CD-ROM tray.
Press "F10", then press "Enter" to save the changes and reboot the system.
The netbook will boot from the Acer Recovery Media, follow the prompts to reinstall the operating system.
Note: the recovery process helps you restore the C: drive with the original
software content that is installed when you purchase your notebook.
You can try ALT+F10 or CTRL+F10 during the initial boot cycle. This should prompt
the laptop to access the recovery partition on the hard drive.
If it doesn't work :
Activate BIOS Setup Utility, press <F2> during POST.
Check the BIOS settings.
a Check to see if "Acer disc-to-disc" function is enabled or not. b Make sure the [Acer D2D Recovery] setting in [Main] is [Enabled]. c Exit the BIOS Setup Utility and save changes. The system will reboot.