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The Recovery disk could be damaged or corrupted. The reason you are getting the Ethernet controller error your laptop can not find an operating system on the drive. With the aspire try ALT-F10 when you power on the system it will take you to a system restore partition. This will only work if the Hard drive is working. And it will wipe your drive so if you did not have any backups well you will lose all data on the disk.
Which software did you use to create the recovery disk? Is the recovery disk a CD or DVD?
Just to recover a vista system from recovery DVDs would require at least two DVDs. Your files would be in addition to this so I would be very surprised if you have only a single disk containing both the operating system and all of your files.
A simple recovery disk would only be useful for restoring lost operating system files to a hard disk that had corrupted or deleted files. It would let you restore to a new blank disk.
If the disk only contains a backup of your data then you would need to first install an operating system (Vista or Windows 7) and then install the backup software you used to create the disk and then you could recover your data from the disk.
make sure you have no usb pen drives, floppy disks, or cdroms inserted then switch on the machine.
If you still get the same error then your hard disk drive has malfunctioned or corrupted.
If you have a restore cd or DVD insert this and restart the machine you may get an error message stating your hard disk drive is not found if it has malfunctioned.
If you only your files to be copied in the other or any storage disk then you can remove the hard disk of your machine and then attached it to the other functional machine. in there you can browse and copy all the important files. after copying all your files then you can take back the hard drive to your non functional machine and then install new operating system. documentation found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316941
tell me if something wrong with your system when applying the solution.
This message means that the hard disk was not detected, this is due to either the BIOS setting was changed or the hard disk has failed.
Try booting up with a DOS disk and run FDISK, and see if it detects the hard drive, if possible run a diag test program.
Some way you have lost your operating system. The way to get your computer back up and running is locate your system restore disks. You can use these to reinstall your operating system. The first disk you will probably use is the OS disk itself. You can install your operating system with this disk. If you do not have the restore disks, you can either contact your computer manufacturer and request them, or you can just purchase the Operating System disk, which is kind of pricey, and reinstall the OS with that. Once you have gotten your hard drive reformatted, and your OS reinstalled, you will have to go to your manufacturer's website and download all the drivers that pertain to your specific computer.
If the machine is reading the file to not be found it is probably that the designs are on the floppy but the person sending did not read them to the floppy right. they should have been read thru the softwear.