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Apparently your Acer cannot find the operating system. As soon as the Acer logo comes up, there should appear in one of the bottom corners "F" & a number should appear. Immediately start pressing that F number (top row of keyboard). This should take you to a boot screen. Scroll down to boot sequence. Hit enter. Make sure boot-up sequence is CD or floppy drive first, second should be HDD, then escape. Restart computer. Should then boot off CD drive. I am assuming you have an operating system (XP, windows, etc.). Let me know if this doesn't work.
Nevermind the more I thought about it, your not getting to the operating
system. The PCs used to say something to the effect of 'operating
system not found' after the POST if it could not find a boot device. I
think that's what's happening here, you have to go into to BIOS and see
if it can detect the hard drive. When the laptop boots look for a
message saying 'press F1 for setup' or something along those lines... if
it comes up too quick to see start hitting F1, Esc, Del keys right
after the power lights comes on, BIOS is usually one of those keys. Once
in BIOS look for a 'devices' type tab and search for where it reads the
hard drive If there's nothing there then its your problem, and you need
to get the BIOS to autodetect it. Respond if you have questions.
I was never put my file data at system disk. It's mean I always have two partition drive on my computer. So when the system crashes and can't repair, I can free to re-install the system without affecting my data. Base on my experience there is nothing to do than re-install your system. Backup your data first if its placed on system disk with Live operating system that you can found on internet such as SLAX Linux.
I have a couple of questions and some troubleshooting tips for you:
Questions: Is the splash screen coming on at all? Any picture or text right when you boot up? What Windows are you running (Windows XP or Vista)? Are there any lights on when you boot up or beeps? If so how many beeps do you hear?
First troubleshooting: If it boots up and is at least showing the splash screen (IBM splash screen or text) then it would be that the operating system is corrupt. This can be caused by several things included viruses, power surges or hardware failure.
The solution for this would be to take the hard drive out and slave it to another working desktop computer to retrieve your data. The attach the hard drive back on and reformat it (I can add specifics to doing this once I know the operating system).
Second troubleshooting: If you hear the operating system chime but do not see a picture and all the lights are on, then this would indicate that the back light on the screen is out. You can test this simply by hooking the laptop up to a monitor and see if you get a picture. If the computer screen shows on the monitor, then your back-light is out. If it doesn't show up then your video graphics card is out.
If the back light is out, it is easier to order a new screen (new or used) from eBay and just switch out (simple process and you can find a replacement for under 50 dollars on eBay). If it is the video graphics card, then you can also purchase one from eBay and switch out (a little tougher because you have to take the top of the laptop off). You can get assistance with this from the manufacturers website and pull specs for free.
Third troubleshooting: If you do not hear any beeps and the above solutions did not work. Then your motherboard has failed. This can be caused by surges or dust. You can purchase a replacement from eBay for a fraction of the cost and replace (this is tough and I am not sure if they have specs for this). You can do it yourself, just be sure and put everything back together as it was.
Fourth troubleshooting: To test the battery, take the battery out of the laptop and turn on with just the adaptor. If it boots, then the battery will need to be replaced. There is no way of testing the power adaptor but 85% of the time, this is the problem. Even if lights come on, the adaptor sometimes gets so overheated that it silently goes out but gives just enough power to make the lights come on. The power adaptor can be found on eBay for under 20 dollars and is cheap enough to replace (first) to make sure that is not the problem. The battery can also be found on eBay for under 60 dollars.
Please let me know if you have any questions and I will be glad to assist.
Sounds like you have a bad hard drive. Boot up with a Windows CD and select repair at the setup menu. It should dump you to a command line. Type "chkdsk /f" without the quotes and it will check the hard drive for errors. When it's done, reboot normally and it should get you into windows. If it doesn't, replace the hard drive and install windows on the new HDD.
This problem is likely caused by overheating. The CPU reaches a temp to high and shuts the system down. When you try to turn it on the system is still to hot and it will not let the computer power on. You can try blowing out the fans and heat sink with an air compressor or can of compressed air. If this does not help the problem you may need to have thermal compound reapplied. If that does not fix it it will need a new heatsink/fan/
Must be common problem. Linux is the operating system
yes you just lost linux, it needs re-doing but with an external CD ROM drive unless it has a partition
for recovery in which either F10 key will do it or another key check the manual for RECOVERY of operating system its not a big problme but it takes few hours to solve
Some times the hard drives move in their craddles sometimes removing it can fix this when you reseat the connections again,another common fault there is the lock screw for the craddle comes loose and falls out thru vibration and hard use over the years moving from place to place.etc...
Make sure to remove the battery and the power charger for the laptop before starting this process so nothing else happens,I have changed ram before and killed it by forgetting to remove the power and upset the balance of nature inside the laptop and had to start gain with more ram.
Another thing is the hard drive itself could be in need of formatting agian so you may have to remove the drive and take it to another computre to back up your files before your rofmat and start with a fressh windows install agian,at least you get to have a working machine agian....
Good luck and let me know the outcome thanks