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This message means that the computer could not find the MBR (master boot record) & the most likely cause is a hard disk failure. To prove this obtain an installation disk of an operationg system, say Windows XP, place the disk in the drive, and while its booting up, press F2. From the menu set the boot order to... 1. CD rom drive. Save and exit. The machine will now begin to install the operating system to your hard drive. If you get the same message again, you have a hard drive failure and it will have to be rep-laced.
Well just yesterday i removed vista from a lenavo desktop. When i tried with the installation cd setup it didn't allow and got a lot of beep error from the desktop. Then I got a partition manager formatted c drive and then booted through a dos bootable cd which keeps the drivers and command files in ram and then inserted xp os cd and through command prompt started the xp setup by typing d:enter d:dir (got the list of files and folders then typed d:setup and xp setup started and installed later I got all the relevant drivers from the net. Its not easy to get drivers from net.
Hi, Have you ensured that your display card driver AND correct monitor driver is installed. This is to make sure that your display card only generates signals that your Acer monitor is capable of handling. If you do not have the driver CD for your monitor you can download the software from www.acer.com. The problem is most likely that your display card is generating a refresh rate which your monitor cant handle. Go to your display properties and lower the refresh rate of your display card and see if this solves the problem. Best wishes, Graemevm
If you know the brand of hard drive you can download their setup and recover homepage Ive done it many times. If its a seagate go to seagate.com look for software or support and so on. let me know if this was what you needed . good luck dc.
You have half a dozen reasons why this will not work. The Operating system (XP) does not recognise the different hardware, the Bios doesn't recognise the MBR (the file structure of the harddrive) and you have all the wrong hardware drivers installed.
There is a way to do this if you have the original XP installation disk, install the harddrive, put the XP installation disk in the CD/DVD drive and set the machine to boot from the CD/DVD first. When the machine boots up and goes to install XP follow the instructions as if you are doing a fresh install, when SetUp attempts to format the harddrive it will discover you already have a version of XP installed and will give you the option to repair it, go ahead with the repair and MAYBE SetUp will be able to see and install the correct hardware drivers. If not you are looking at Slaving the harddrive, saving your personal files and then formatting the harddrive and reinstalling XP fresh.
if your currently able to surf the internet with your vista os id suggest downloading the drivers for windows xp from the manufacturer onto a usb storage device like a thumb drive or external hard drive(hdd).
after you have all the drivers you'll need have:
the windows xp disk.
1)before you restart the computer insert the windows xp disk into the cd-rom
2)resart the computer
3)when the computer starts to post press the appropriate hotkey to enter the bios(usually f1,f2 or delete key) it'll tell you on the splash screen.
4)check the boot order in the bios making sure the cdrom is the first boot device. if it is press f10 to save and let the computer boot.
5)on the upper left of the screen you'll see (boot from cd)press any key(hit a key quickly)
windows xp will then start loading on the computer.
6)windows will look for previous installations of operating systems and display them on the screen
7)click on the partition w/the current os (when you click the os will be highlighted)
8)xp will give you the choice to install delete or format the current partition
9)choose to delete the partition
after you delete the partition windows will show a matrix of the hard drive without partitions (RAW SPACE)
...if you do this (or have done it) and it does not work properly, try reinstalling the operating system and then installing those drivers fresh after install. That should work. If it doesn't, look in the Acer user's manual for the machine's maximum resolution (for example 1024x768), and then changing the video driver to one of the standard Microsoft drivers, for only that resolution. The problem you are having above seems to be that you tried this solution, but loaded a MS driver for the wrong resolution. So you are probably pretty close on it.