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Find a USB memory-stick, and find a computer with Internet access and an available USB port.
Put the memory-stick into the USB slot.
Browse to ACER's web-site, and select your specific model of the Aspire line, and select Windows XP, and select network-controllers, and download the device-drivers, and copy them onto the memory-stick,.
Walk the memory-stick to your Acer, and install the device-driver.
can you go to bios? load default setings in bios, or optimized settings, then try... when something like that happens i usully pull out batery on mother board, than wait about few seconds and pul it back in... bu that is to much work. try above,, and let me know
The black screen with flashing cursor can be caused by the files needed to boot being located in sectors of the hard drive that can no longer be read.
You can try booting to the XP CD, and go to recovery console and RUN CHKDSK /F See if that fixes the file structure and allows the system to boot. If that fails, you can try a repair installation of Windows. If that fails, the most likely resolution is replacing the HDD and reloading Windows and the drivers.
check if dvd drive will eject if not if it doesnt - try another socket if still gets nothing - change fuse in plug if same - try another power adapter (preferably from same manufacturer and model) If still doesnt get power try get new power supply unit from repair shop or get quote for cost to fix