The problem I am having is all the BIOS and boot things show when the machine starts. I see the Windows XP logo durring the boot, then the screen goes black. I never see the windows log in screen. I thought it was a simple corrupt files, so I put the Win XP disk in and did a repair install, same issue. I moved the hard drive to a working machine, problem followed hard drive. This machine was effected be a lighting strike, did this fry part of the hard drive causing this issue or why do I lose video when I get to the point where I should be logging in to windows? Also this machine did work before, so this is a new issue.
It could also be that another device is preventing windows from booting up. Sometimes a cd/dvd drive could be the problem. Try to unplug all the extra devices that you do not need and try again. If the problem goes away insert them back one by one.
You could also make an ultimate boot cd and check your hard disk using the utilities available. http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
Since when u want 2 install fresh copy of any window. . . .try to format the drive in which previous window is installed,.. . .. if not try to install fresh copy in other drive n then format previously installed windows drive by backing up your data
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usually the PF keys at top of keyboard and try PF2 first, if not work, try PF8, then PF11, then PF12. but you have to use them when you are in the boot up phase before you see Windows logo opening. hit the key when the pc is starting up.. usually you can see the PF keys displayed at bottom of screen during the boot up(startup). one might say Boot or BIOS, which ever does that is the key to press.
keeping pressing it over and over when you see it, immediately. if the WIndows logo starts showing it is too late and you have to shut down and try again until you get the key to work.
Which Password? Bios Password? Hard Drive Password? Windows Welcome Screen Login Password?
Which Operating System? Windows XP? Windows Vista? Windows 7?
if you are running Windows 7, Microsoft tightened security on it so
you've got to have a password reset disk which 99% of the people who own
laptops with windows 7 fail to do. It should be one of the first things
you do when you buy the laptop. Otherwise, you're faced
with reinstalling the Operating System or possibly doing a System
If you're on Windows XP or Vista try this:
off the computer, then hit the power button to turn it back on
and immediately start hitting the F8 key repeatedly until you see the
Safe Mode option. Select SAFE MODE and let the computer boot up. When
it gets to the User Login screen it will show the Administrator userid
and the userid for which you forgot the password. Sign in as the
Administrator (hopefully you didn't put a password on it and forgot it
too). Once the desktop appears it will look different, the screen will
be darker and the icons bigger,but this is normal for safe mode.
Click Start/Control Panel/User Accounts When
the User Accounts screen opens, click on the userid for which you
forgot the password. Select the option to REMOVE PASSWORD.
try checking the bios to make sure that your hard drive is still functioning.. after you assure that it is working make sure you dont have a CD-ROM or flash drive plugged into the machine. they might be confusing it. after those fail you might need to find out if the boot sector was damaged in some way or maybe even the boot loader. on another maching you can find software on the internet called Hiren's Boot Disc. this has a lot of helpful software to help clear up the issue.
Most XP machines have a built in administrator account that normally does not have a password.
You can try pressing F8 before Windows starts up to go into the XP bootup menu.
Choose Safe mode
Once into safe mode you should either see an 'Administrator' account listed, or just type in Administrator and do not type a password. If that works, go to Start-->Control Panel-->User Accounts. From there you can create a new user account for you to use with administrative privileges.
If that doesn't work, try downloading a password reset utility, such as the one at http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/
try doing a "repair"
1)intall xp cd.(cancle all popups)
2)restart comp,and go into "setup",or "bios"
3)change boot-order to "cd"first.
4)xp setup screen will apear,folow all steps,till it gives you the choice to "repair"
--it will look like its installing xp,but in the end it will repair your "boot sector"
the first thing you have to do is go to acer support website to see if your model supports downgrade to XP, in other words XP drivers for the model you have, if it does get back to me for more help, if it doesn't your stuck with vista i'm affraid
you have not set the cdrom as first boot device in the bios (press F2 or Del on boot up to get in bios), choose cd as first boot device, save settings and restart the pc with your cd in the drive and then when prompted press enter
bro just one good thing you should do... if you got no important files in the hard disk just clean format the drive and reinstall a good tested OS probably windows xp pro... make sure you low level format your drive before installing the OS... also you may try updating your BIOS.