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Acer 5720z Laptop (win vista home- 32 bit) boot issues

Acer 5720z Laptop (win vista home- 32 bit)
Unable to boot to windows vista , or to the recovery partition, using recovery cd is boots to black screen and cursor only. without cd, i get error message Media failure ....

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  • Derek Osterland Jul 01, 2009

    No one has an answer??? ok then i guess ill have to go with my own knowledge. 1 it cant read teh hard drive, 2, it only allows minimum required memory usage ...

    = Hard drive pooched ...

    oh well

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