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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If you backed up your files, boot off the CD, during startup
you should see a message "hit any key to boot from CD", hit any key.
Follow the setup prompts. When it gets to the partition pick, delete
the partition and format it again during setup.
However please be aware there may also be a recovery partition on your pc if vista was installed by the factory
Your Hal or boot.ini files are missing/moved/corrupted. Perform a repair installation of Windows XP. If unsucessful, do a fresh install. Try pressing ALT+F10 during boot to access the recovery partition. This will return your system to the day it was new - yes, all files you have will be lost.
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) --> in boot configure first drive should be your dvd drive --> press F10/ save changes and exit --> it will ask press any key to load from cd --> after that the xp setup will start --> follow the instructions --> you can delete and create partitions here too or simply format the drive --> install the xp --> install the drivers --> your laptop is ready to go but dont forget to change the BIOS setting to normal again.
I got it to work by deleting all the partitions on my drive (I first loaded xp, loaded system commander 9, and used that to delete all the partitions.)
Then while booting from the recovery cd, holding down alt-f10, the recovery dialog said it was partitioning the drive. (I didn't see this before, even if I partitioned the drive like it came from the factory.)
I am not sure which you are talking about either. But I will venture to say that I had a similar problem once where setup would not complete on my system either. I initially thought that I had a bad or dirty disc but later after running a few tests, I found out that my HDD was full of bad sectors. Thus I ended up replacing the HDD and all is well. I would try running a stand alone formatting software or you could try doing a complete format vs. a quick format during Windows setup. If setup still won't complete after a complete format then run a surface scan or a HDD regenertion program to verify the integrity of the drive. This will tell you if you have a bad drive or not.
if you haven't delete the recovery partition, you can reload the OS using alt+F10.
during boot (after acer logo), press alt+F10, it will guide you to reload your OS.
if your recovery partition is corrupt, you should call acer call center to get the cd or you can buy cd from microsoft
1. make sure your laptop is set to startup from a cd
2. after laptop finds the bootinfo from the cd and asks you to press any key to start from cd, press any key and xp setup will start.
3. in xp setup your going to need to delete your vista partitions, preferably all partitions and then proseed to install xp into a new partition.
4. proseed with the windows setup follow the instructions and configure your settings as you wish.