I had this problem for a long time, two motherboards later and an updated system disk, "which i had to buy off of gateway" I finally had a working laptop. Its not even close to when i first bought it though, slow as a snail! Gateway sucks!
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The Acer Aspire One Netbook has a hidden partition on its hard disk drive which allows recovery of
1. operating system to original factory image (with no recovery disk required)
2. applications (selectable)
3. drivers (selectable)
If the netbook came with pre-installed Windows XP, use Acer eRecovery Management by
1. pressing start button at bottom left corner of Taskbar
2. hover cursor over All Programs then Acer Empowering Technology
3. then click on Acer eRecovery Management and follow subsequent recovery instructions
Alternatively, on powering up, press Alt and F10 together while Acer logo is showing.
If this doesn't work, there is the possibility that the D2D recovery is not enabled for startup.
To enable D2D recovery,
1. press F2 on powering up to get into the startup utility
2. cursor over to the Main tab
3. cursor down to D2D and enable it.
4. save changes when exiting - system will reboot
5. again, press Alt and F10 together while Acer logo is showing.
I was never put my file data at system disk. It's mean I always have two partition drive on my computer. So when the system crashes and can't repair, I can free to re-install the system without affecting my data. Base on my experience there is nothing to do than re-install your system. Backup your data first if its placed on system disk with Live operating system that you can found on internet such as SLAX Linux.
When they go into hibernation, they usually require your password to get back to normal operation. If it is forced to crash, damage to the system files will occur and that means starting in safe mode, if you can get to it. If you cannot get to the recovery partition I would use your recovery disks that you made when you first got the laptop and let it fix Windows for you automatically.
That blinking cursor is the way in which the BIOS is telling you that Windows is missing - its most critical, core files have been corrupted beyond repair. The only thing you can do is to reinstall using the recovery cd or your own Windows install disk and an external USB dvd drive.
We are facing issues in two different areas of your system
1) Your DVD :
Chck if the DVD you are using is without any scratches. Did you use any untidy DVDs? It might have resulted in dust formation in the reader point of the DVD driver. Please use the DVD cleaner in this case to clean the lense.
2) Your system hangs:
This is because you had shutdown your system without the proper shutdown so many times that some of the system files might have got corrupted. Please run a recovery to find out the corrupted files and reinstall them. If you had stored your documents in any other drive other than the OS drive, its pretty easy, just reinstall your OS again in the actual drive. Else, there might be feasibility of bad cluster formation for which you will have to quarentine those clusters using the format option. Had you stored your files in the OS drive, you this hard disk as a secondary disk and boot from another disk and coy all your files, to be safe enough.
If your BIOS loads properly you have some display in your screen like text. But when you turn on and nothing readable on the display then you have problem in the BIOS. Try to flush updated bios in sony website. Recovery disk is only applicable if the system will display "Cannot find boot disk" or bios is properly loaded before you can boot from CD. If you wish you can boot it with Norton Ghost 12 Recovery Disk.
Could be hardware related BUT from experience it is software related requiring a completed reinstall of your software if your using vista - so backup and save any data you want - reboot and at the HP splash screen hit F11 to enter system recovery - select advanced options - select full recovery - no back up and let it do a completed restore.
Generally the bios setting will be set to check the primary Hard disk for the Operating system and then move to the CD/DVD drive . It looks like your system is not finding the hard disk. Thats why its moving on the CD drive and trying to read it.
Possible issues :
1) Hard Drive crash
Solution : Nothing much. You need to replace the hard drive and reinstall the OS.
2) Hard Drive connection issue.
Solution : Open the chasi and try to figure out if the hard disc is properly connected.
3) Corrupted OS or boot file
Solution : Try to repair the OS use the OS cd and run the repair option.
4) Bios setting to treat CD drive as the primary media.
Solution : Use the F10 option in the Bios to change the primary Media.
well sir i seeemsthat u have corrupted the operating system if that is the case what u can do is u can get the operating system back without the recovery cd.. from the d: drive partion that is shipped with the system.....so if u r using xp then u can recover the computer back to the factory settings by tapping F10 and if it is vista and keep tapping F11......when u do so it will take u to the partion if u r in xp
for xp recovery foloow this step:
select run system recovery....
then select advanced option...
select distructive recovery.......
select recover without backing up......it will restore it back to the faactory settings...
but if it is vista then follow the following steps :
it will say welcome to recovery manager.....
clcik on advanced option.....
and then click on the option that says system recovery...
select recover without backing ip and it will do it and resetup the computer as u did when u first took it out of the box