Acer Aspire 3000 laptop that won't bootup. It gets to the login screen. Lets me login and then logs out right away. It won't let me start up in safe mode at all. Just seems to be stuck in a loop.
I know there a viruses on it... that is what I was trying to clean up when all this happened.
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I assume your screen is completely black and maybe doesn't show the flashing cursor? It could ether be the graphics/video chip at fault, or a hard drive or motherboard fault. It could even be the screen itself. Does it sound as if your laptop is actually booting up, even though you can see nothing on the screen? If you can, connect your laptop to a computer monitor (a cable will be required). If your display works on the computer monitor it's probably your video/graphic chip at fault. If the screen is still black after connecting to an external monitor the chances are that it is a hard drive or motherboard fault. Don't rush off and buy a replacement hard drive and motherboard. It makes more sense to take your laptop to a shop, pay for an inspection and they will tell you exactly what the fault is.
To repair corrupted system file/s, boot up with the Windows installation CD then - Press R to repair when instructed. Press 1 or Enter to repair the C:\Windows folder. Then type chkdsk /r and then press Enter. The repair process will take quite a long time.
Navigate to the following location:
1. Start> all programs> acer>acer erecovery management.
2. Click on "restore".
3. Click on "Reinstall Drivers or applications".
4. Click on "contents".
5. Select the driver from the list and install.
I would suggest booting into Safe Mode with networking (do this by pressing F8 during boot. Just tap it every few seconds until you get the OS selection menu). Once you enter Safe Mode, go to www.gmer.net and download their removal tool. You may have what's called a Rootkit trojan. Those can stay in your system's memory even after a factory default reset.
firts put the original harddrives back in place :) then you need to enter the 3000's bios If I remember right thats done by pressing f2 or del in a acer. it should tell you what button is correct on the bootup screen.
Then you need to change the boot order to haveing the dvd/cd drive before the harddrive, since right now its booting strate from the harddrive.
Then you should be able to restore the operateing system with the disks that came with the laptop and or from a normal xp or vista cd/dvd.