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Acer lost its os

Thanks for your reply,have tried the f8 but there is no last good/known configuration link anywhere.I have tried to restore but just keep getting same message,media cable failure and cannot find os.thanks anyway,jue.

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    Randall Trahan May 11, 2010

    Ok sorry that didn't work. If it were my computer then I would take the error at it's face value and basically find someplace or someway to change the cable that goes from my hard drive to my motherboard. Since it says "media cable" failure. I don't know at what level you are but changing it is fairly easy. Just open the case, to see if it is a gray flat cable (EIDE) or a smaller rounder cable (SATA). Then look up "SATA Cable" or "EIDE cable" on the web and buy one and replace it.

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