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Aspire 9500 doesn't start - cursor and drive indicator blinks

It happened the second time right now. When i switch on the Laptop ist starts booting - the white Acer screeen apperas (F2 to setup / F12 to change boot device) then it stops. The cursor blinks in the left top corner. And the drive led blinks also. When i push the powerbutton once more the computer shuts down without any delay.
Nothing to do so far. Any Idea??

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  • m_armstroff Feb 07, 2009

    Seems to be the harddrive itsself or the connection to the mainboard/controller. The computer doesn't try to use the cd-rom drive at all.

    The real **** is, i just installed the complete computer from scratch the whole day along. And now, when everything is done and all the updates are installed as well as the XP genuine notifcation blabla with phonecall to microsoft and so on - this drive begins to stress me. Had never before any probs.

    Okay, thank's a lot! have a nice day. I will post the result when a new drive is installed successfully.

  • m_armstroff Feb 08, 2009

    Okay, it's not the hardware. Not the drive nor the driveconnector. It's the Xp Pro SP3 Update!!

    Everytime i install SP3 afterwards the PC isn't going to boot anymore. A BIOS problem?

  • Jeremy Reddick
    Jeremy Reddick May 11, 2010

    Sound like you are having a hard drive issue. Or you need to reseat your memory have you tried either of those?


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Generally the bios setting will be set to check the primary Hard disk for the Operating system and then move to the CD/DVD drive . It looks like your system is not finding the hard disk. Thats why its moving on the CD drive and trying to read it.

Possible issues :

1) Hard Drive crash
Solution : Nothing much. You need to replace the hard drive and reinstall the OS.
2) Hard Drive connection issue.
Solution : Open the chasi and try to figure out if the hard disc is properly connected.
3) Corrupted OS or boot file
Solution : Try to repair the OS use the OS cd and run the repair option.
4) Bios setting to treat CD drive as the primary media.
Solution : Use the F10 option in the Bios to change the primary Media.

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