Hi, I am not able to boot using vista since I accidently pressed the arcade button when my laptop was switched off. It started with installing something which I okayed and since then it has never booted up in vista ever again. I have similar problem but nothing worked. Even in safe mode, I see blank screen and only mouse cursor.
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Hi, How long have you owned the laptop and how long have you had this problem? Is the hard drive still recognized? Do you have a windows installation disk that you can put in the laptop and boot from that disk? Your best option is to reinstall windows. If you need to backup data you will have to hook up the hard drive to another computer. There are several options for doing this. If this is beyond your level of expertise you may want to consider having a professional look at it. If it is still under warranty then you would want it serviced under warranty. Once I have more information I will assist you further. Thank you, Lee
if you can boot into safe mode by pressing f8 at startup, check the startup folder for acer arcade and remove it if present.From your start button go to (start-programs-startup).
another option is to check the run key in the registry: one caveat though - please don't mess with things in the registry you don't understand. Deleting or changing unknown registry keys can result in a non-booting pc.
please stick strictly to my instructions and you will be fine. We're going to look and see if windows is calling the acer arcade to run at boot time:
click your start button and type 'regedit' (no quotes in the start search field. A window titled 'registry editor' will appear. Now, to expand a field in the registry, we left-click on the triangle on the left side of the field.
so, click the triangle beside HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE go down to 'software' and click the triangle beside it. go down to Microsoft and click the triangle, go to windows and click the triangle, go to current version and click the triangle, go to run and click on the run folder, not the triangle beside it.
Now look in the list of items in the run folder. these are all items that run when your pc boots. If you see an item with 'acer arcade' or just 'arcade' in the name, then delete it. DO NOT DELETE ANY OTHER REGISTRY KEYS....PLEASE! if you found acer arcade and removed it then reboot and all should be better. if not, boot to safe mode again, click start button and type in 'msconfig' - no quotes. go to the startup tab, and again only uncheck anything with acer arcade in the name.
If you want to completely start from scratch and erase all of you files to reinstall windows, here is what you have to do. You need to "boot" from the Vista CD. To do this, you will need to insert the Vista CD and then restart the PC. After it shuts down and starts to start again, will need to press the button that says "boot options" or you will need to press something along the lines of F1 (it depends on your computer type) Pressing F1 will take you to bios. From there you will need to find "boot options" or "boot priority." Set the CD drive to be on top so it boots from the CD first, before the hard drive. Then save and exit bios. This should restart your computer. After that, continue with your normal boot up until is says "press any button to boot from CD." Press any button you want to. You should be able to follow the on screen directions for installing Vista there. Hope this helps!
I have had the same problem ... that happend to me when I press the arcade deluxe button on the blue gem controler on the left.
when I tryed to run vista again it keeps going to the arcade deluxe system ...
the only solution for that case that works with me when I run the system recovery and installed fresh copy from the windows vista that came with my laptop ...
I hope that helps you in your case.