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Acer aspire 5100

Started with an hal.dl. error , i deleted partition formated and during setup at different stages the power turns off and quite often i have to unplug it to get it to boot again. Note the power shut down problem even occurred while sitting idle in cmos.

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Re: acer aspire 5100

Have you cleaned the fans lately? might be really clogged - you can you some compressed air usually you blow from the intake on the bottom of the laptop out the vents in back or side

Let me know if that helps.

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hi there
there are couple of steps involved in formating the laptop.
i will try to give simple and easy solution
--> save/backup all your important data into external hard drive or DVD/CD so you will not loose the data
--> i hope you have the xp cd with you
--> put the xp cd in the drive
--> restart the computer
--> press del/f2 to go to BIOS (setup)
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--> press F10/ save changes and exit
--> it will ask press any key to load from cd
--> after that the xp setup will start
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