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Acer5100 recovery problems

I have an acer 5100, stock except for 4gRAM upgrade two months ago.

THree days ago, external monitor seemed to fail (Just went black on restart. Windows thought it was there, and the "check connection cable" screen was nice and bright when not plugged in.) Don't know if this is related to the main problem, listed below:

Today: Froze completely. Hard shut down was only option.
First three reboot attempts: screen was blank. No ACER splash page.
Fourth attempt: same as before but with loud beep.
Every time since: Get through splash page and allows me to choose which windows option to boot (Safe mode, Last Known Good Config). In safe mood it loads about 2 dozen drivers and stops. In LKGC or Normal, it loads for a while and then just stops loading.

Tried changing the boot sequence to cd/dvd drive first, and I had made recovery disks with Acer Erecovery when I first got the computer, but disk one doesn't seem to be bootable. The CD light just blinks very fast.

Any thoughts?

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