After turning on my laptop, windows will get to a certain point (just before the logon screen) and flash a blue screen saying that I need to run checkdisk. Now Lenovo have told me that I cannot run this program due to my laptop not having a 1.44mb drive. When I finally got the Windows XP disk to open so I could repair windows it said that I do not have a hard drive installed and to ensure it is installed properly before completing this process....
Gist been to Lenovo forums ... a guy replied me about my problem with the bios flash. I went to BIOS and changed the SATA mode to IDE. after leaving bios it restarted and I got a black screen, I chose resume windows normally and the thing works. try doing that, maybe it'll help you, too. here's the link for his instructions: http://forums.lenovo.com/lnv/board/message?board.id=N_Series_Lenovo_3000&thread.id=10549
It sounds like your Master Boot Record has become corrupt, hence you can see the files when you put the live XP recovery disk in the DVD. I'm afraid it's a reinstall of windows to fix (or ubuntu 8.04 which works well on the N200)
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please restart the system and tap the F8 key on initial system logo.
in the advanced menu select the safe mode option.
login as an administrator if you are able to login, perform a system restore
click start...in the search box type system restore
in the window that appears, restore computer to earlier date and time and click next select a date may be a week or 2 back when system was running fine and click next follow the onscreen steps
in case you are not able to logon then you need to perform a repair of windows.
Please let me know the operating system you are using xp,vista or windows 7 so that i can accordingly share the repair steps with you.
Unfortunately there is no other way of getting out of the activation loop than to do a full reinstall. Make a backup of your data, download new installers for all your programs (if they come with a disk then try are also available for download) and recover all your keys - either directly or use special soft like MagicJellyBean.
Your Operating System (OS) is corrupted. The best solution to this problem is to reinstall your OS using an OS installation CD. I would also recomend upgrading to Windows XP. You can upgrade by simply installing Windows XP on your laptop. Back up all your data before reinstalling your OS.
insert your Windows XP Setup CD, and restart your computer.
When the Press any key to boot from CD message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.
Press ENTER when you see the message To setup Windows XP now, and then press ENTER displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen.
Do not choose the option to press R to use the Recovery Console.
In the Windows XP Licensing Agreement, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.
You'll need to setup the Acer laptop to boot from CD-ROM. Push either the F2 or F10 button when booting your laptop and it should bring-up the configuration management interface. Go through the options and confirm that Boot From CD-ROM is at the top of the list on bootable devices.
Next, you'll need your original Windows XP CD that came with the Laptop. Put it in the CD-ROM Drive and reboot your laptop. You will be given two options: 1) Re-install Windows or 2) Repair the existing Windows Installation. I recommend that you repair the existing Windows Installation as this will not destroy and data or device drivers that are install on the laptop.
check the video cable
and see if it;s properly seated.
run the laptop with something that uses memory. if the video chip it going to show signs of problems, it will be more prominent when the laptop gets hot.
most cases laptop motherboards have integrated video cards and cannot be replaced.