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If you download Hirens (Google it) boot disc or USB (150mb file) you will need to USB key installer from the same site and select USB or cd to start first in bios.the boot disc loads a small version of windows Xp on you memory ram.this is as good as safe mode.when the page fully loads you can gain internet access that way .there are hundreds of tools on this programme to fix all kinds of problems and get your laptop up and running.
reboot to pc, and boot to safe mode with networking by repeatedly pressing F8 just after turning on the pc. If you still cant boot, try to turn off the pc, remove the cables and battery on your pc. Press and hold the power button for 5 seconds, reinsert the cables and battery. Turn on the pc. If it still did not work, then contact acer for immediate repair...
Did your system come with any software? I know when I bought my aspireone it did not. However, You can purchase a thumbdrive with at least 4 gb of space and if you have a copy of windows xp of the same version as that which is loaded on your aspireone (should be windows xp home edition) and you can use a program like magicISO to create a copy of the windows xp cd onto the thumbdrive.
Hope this helps, and I would be more than happy to give you more specific support as needed.
Hard Drive error on the Disk most likely... Try to go to Windows "Safe Mode"... pressing F5 before you see the XP Logo and after you see the system information screens. Once in safe mode... run ScanDisk.
Open My Computer | Right Click C Drive | Left Click Properties | Tools Tab Run Check Disk for Errors... also check mark both boxes.
Sounds like it could be a corrupt hard disk. Try the following. as soon as the computer boots tap F8 continually until it brings you to the safe mode menu, which will allow you to boot to a recovery version of windows. Try booting in to all three safe mode, safe mode with networking or safe mode (alternate shell). If one of them load then open up a command prompt by going start>run and typing CMD (the "alternate shell" option will bring this up to begin with). Once this window is loaded type the following "chkdsk c: /r". It will say it cannot lock the drive, do you want to schedule a disk check for the next boot, press y to answer yes, then reboot the computer and let it scan. If you cannot get to any of the safe mode options then you'll need either a windows CD or ubuntu netbook edition on a USB pen to fix it, let me know how you get along.
p.s. I dont think the aspire has a recovery partition, did it come with any media to reinstall it?
Boot your computer with the recovery CD In the Drive.
You should get the option ** Boot From CD**
highlight click Yes, and overwrite the O/S.
This will re-install windows over your existing version, replacing any corrupt-deleted-missing Files.
mike @ compurepair.