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Purchased restore disks for a Acer aspire 3680 and replaced hard drive. It loads ram disk and begins to restore then says please wait....... How many days should I wait??? Also tried to install Windows XP but it stops when it says starting windows. The computer did have Vista on it. Do I have to do something to the bios or is the computer toast?

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  • garyk1949 Feb 26, 2009

    It has been set to CD first.

  • garyk1949 Feb 26, 2009

    Something is stopping installation of any operating system. I have tried the the restore disks, windows XP, and Free Dos. Can run free Dos from CD but cannot install to hard drive. It seems that I cannot write the MBR. Spinrite and manufacturers diagnostics indicate the the old and new HDs are working fine, have also reset the Cmos.

  • julianka2 Feb 27, 2009

    How can I get the restore disk and windows vista disk for my computer? My computer was shipped without those disks. My computer is not operating. I attempted to restore it and now I cannot access anything because windows in not coming up.

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Why would the computer be toast? Unless it's been physically damaged, then installing an OS should make it all better.

Try Ultimate Boot; http://www.itnews.com.au/Download/18431,ultimate-boot-cd-411.aspx

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  • Seabee Tim Feb 27, 2009

    @ julianka2, contact your computer's manufacturer, you may have to pay for your discs plus shipping, probably around $20 or so. Or you could always be naughty and download a pirate, but that would be wrong because it costs a lot of money to fuel a jet and heat a mansion, Bill Gates has bills to pay... If you have no conscience, look at www.thepiratebay.org.



    Gary, it's starting to read like there's a problem with your disc drive. I'm at a loss.

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Check boot order in bios set the cd rom in priority one!!

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    Jalal Sordo Feb 27, 2009

    try use a new or external HDD

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You may need to re-place the hard disk if it gone bad, the picture shows it procedure of replacement.
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The hard drive can be easily accessed from the bottom of the laptop. Simply remove the hard drive door, remove four screws securing the hard drive caddy, disconnect the hard drive from the connector on the motherboard and remove it from the laptop.
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Hi there,from the sounds of it this lovely little excercise is due to the hard drive failure,either that or no OS - XP disk is dead or damaged.
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You could try reinstall and test from there,If your contents were important then try to remove hdd take to another computer and see if the drive recognises on the other machine,
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This will help you return to the point when everything was working,
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There may be a Hidden Partion on your hard drive that may allow you to restore from that.Then all thats needed doing is the bios settings will need to be changed to select the XP CD on bootup or the hidden partion on bootup then select save and reboot,It should be straight forward from there.

Just about finished,

Dont for get to do your windows updates for SP2 and then turn off the update functions.

And BACK UP the new install to DVD blank so you can restore
any other time you have issues

I hope this helps but that should cover itn for you,
If you need more help please let me know.

Thanks Misterdj

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