Question about Acer Aspire 5050-3242 Notebook
When I switch my laptop on I get a message saying "operating system not found"
Its NOT the hard drive itself. Its the master boot record on the hard drive that has failed. The master boot record is like an index or an address book of a hard drive. It hold records of whats on the hard disk and the physical location of files and directory's. What most likely happened was the computer was NOT shut down correctly and a power serge corrupted the master boot record or someone accidentally or purposely deleted files they should not have. If you are not able to follow jmorgan123 advice, the easiest way to fix this is to re-install windows using the recovery disk (operating system cd), HOWEVER you WILL loose all your files on your hard drive as you will need to reformat your drive during the re-install. If you are unsure how to install windows put the system recovery disc in the drive and follow the on screen prompts. If you still can get your computer working after you try a re-install of windows, maby your best bet is to return the computer under the warranty.
Posted on Aug 02, 2007
Your computer is not recognizing the hard drive.
Hopefully your have your operating system cd.
Put the CD in the drive. Boot from the Windows CD. It has three options: Recovery Console, Repair Installation, and Normal Installation.
Try the Recovery Console. It should scan your hard drive and detect Windows installations, and ask you which one you want to examine. It may ask for your administrator password. Then it should give you a C: prompt. Get a directory (dir) and if it looks okay (no garbled text) and reports the free space, things are probably okay.
If you get to this point with no trouble:
At the C prompt, say FIXMBR
Posted on Aug 01, 2007
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