Acer apspire one--set up without a cd rom drive???
I just received an acer aspire one as a gift. it comes with a connection manager application disk and information about downloading windows. but i need an internet connection to download windows and can't get one. i don't have a cd rom drive or an external drive. i do have a desktop computer with everything i need on it. how do i load all these programs if i can't get an internet connection in the first place and it doesn't come with a cd rom drive? i have a wwan connection with my desktop but don't know how to hook the laptop up to that either. i'm lost! any help would be wonderful!
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Re: acer apspire one--set up without a cd rom drive???
On most Acer laptops , you can run an eRcovery: Acer eRecovery At the Acer splash screen, you can press Alt and F10 (at the same time you would press F2 to enter the BIOS) to bring up a DOS style version of eRecovery. ·The unit is able to reload Windows from this mode faster then from CD. ·The password by default is 000000 (6 zeros) and it is displayed when you are asked for the password. ·Users are able to change the password in this mode for eRecovery only. ·The system can recover from the hidden image on the hard drive (PQService partition) or from CD/DVD media. ·It is possible to reload from the factory style CDs/DVD or the snapshots that the Windows version of eRecovery creates.
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Try this method it may work. If you can boot up with the external USB hard drive on your Acer, then use a working computer and copy the Windows installation CD onto the external hard disk then connect the USB externak hard disk to the USB port on your Acer and boot up using the external hard drive.
The Aspire One is a netbook produced by
Acer; it does not come equipped with a CD ROM drive, so a traditional
hard drive reformat and Windows reinstallation is not possible without a
peripheral storagedevice. An external USB CD or flash drive will suffice, however.Difficulty:Moderate
Plug in the external CD drive, then turn on your netbook and let it boot to your operatingsystem.
Open your web browser and go to
the BootDisk website (see link in Resources). Download the Windows XP
Fresh Install Bootable CD, then burn these files to a blank CD via your
external CD drive.
Ensure the files have burned to your bootable CD, then restart the netbook with the CD still in the drive.
The netbook should boot to the
CD upon the restart. Follow the instructions prompted for installation.
Upon completion you will have a clean installation of Windows XP on
your Acer Aspire One.
There is a recovery console on your HDD (Hard Disk Drive) this is a hidden partition on your HDD. If you power on your laptop and hold the ALT key and keep tapping the F10 key while it posts to the acer logo screen it will goto a black screen with a flashing cursor on the top left then stop tapping F10 and remove your finger from the ALT key, you will then see windows loading files. This will take you to the recovery console and from there you can select restore laptop to factory defaults or restore laptop retaining user data.
before formatting take the backup of your hard drive. For formatting you need windows xp bootable disk .just insert the disk in to cd rom drive and set the option in bios from cd-rom drive when it boot it will prompt press any key to continue just press the space bar and follow the instruction.
create a bootable cd with the bios rom file, and a dos based flash utility (included with bios download). Boot to cd and flash.
Connect a usb floppy drive and create bootable floppy. Copy rom file and flash utility to floppy, boot to floppy and flash......option 2 may be easier if you are not familiar with creating bootable cd's.......Let me know if this helps or not.
Acer eLock Management
Acer eLock Management is a security utility that allows you to lock your removable data, optical and floppy
drives to ensure that data cannot be stolen while your notebook is unattended.
Removable data devices - includes USB disk drives, USB pen drives, USB flash drives, USB MP3 drives,
USB memory card readers, IEEE 1394 disk drives and any other removable disk drives that can be
mounted as a file system when plugged into the system.
Optical drive devices - includes any kind of CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drives.
�� Floppy disk drives - 3.5-inch disks only.
�� Interfaces - includes serial ports, parallel port, infrared (IR), and Bluetooth.
To activate Acer eLock Management, a password must be set first. Once set, you can apply locks to any of the
devices. Lock(s) will immediately be set without any reboot necessary, and will remain locked after rebooting,
You can try this:
You can reset the system to its default settings (all devices unlocked) by removing the password (leave the password fields blank when changing the password).
You also may be able to simply uninstall the e-lock software in add remove programs.
Is there an icon in your system tray that may allow you to disable e-lock?