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No Boot/Start up Disk-CRAPY Warranty

I got this computer 13 days ago. I tried to find a way to back up the files already installed, i.e. Boot/Start-up. No such luck, I called 'Acer support" They only send them when you have a problem? I asked about my warranty, they wanted me to pay for it. Now get this... I was told my warranty had expired??? It had expired in 2007, the warranty starts the day ACER ships them out. NOT the day we buy them. While they are sitting in the stores the warranty is running, so like mine, it was EXPIRED the day I payed for it!! Now that's some CRAP. I have some faxing, and more phone calls to make, I will Get a boot disk. Just a F.Y.I. GOOD LUCK!

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Re: No Boot/Start up Disk-CRAPY Warranty

Check your local state/country consumer laws to do with warranty as I know here if it's a 1yr warranty it starts on the day you bought it. We can also take it back to the place of purchase if need be and not deal with the manufacturer as that is who the contract is with.

If it's a fairly new PC it probably didn't come with any Operating System media as they usually put this onto the hard drive now days in a special partition. This is good and bad but seems all OEMs are doing it now so nothing we can do. They do sometimes leave you instructions on how to create your own backup media in case of total hard drive failure, you have to just supply your own blank CD/DVD disks and burn them.

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What was the problem in the first place? Why are you trying to restore the computer?

Or reading wrong; do you mean the computer will not start? Boot?

Disk Boot. -> The bootstrap files on the harddrive.
Bootstrap <- Make it easier to understand?

The basic Windows files.

Can't access restoration on the harddrive with F11? Quite common.
I mean, how crazy is that? Let's put the restoration files, (Basic Windows files), on the harddrive? So if the harddrive goes bad?????

Suggest you use the Restoration Disk.

{Pre-built computer manufacturers were packing the Restoration Disk/s with the computer. As time went by the manufacturers saw the users were not using the disk/s, or loosing them.

Didn't want to use, because of fearing computer damage if they error, or didn't even want to try.

Okay. Put the restoration files on the harddrive, then.
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Save a few cents without providing the disk for each computer.
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Hardly anyone makes a backup disk, when the computer is turned on for the first time. If the harddrive goes bad you cannot access the restoration files.

Computer manufacturers have gone back to packing the restoration disk, with the computer }

Don't have the Restoration Disk? (I won't say anything about not making a backup disk. Could be failure time with it, also)

Go to the back of the computer tower, or up on the side. Write down the Serial Number. It's in the white Service Tag. S/N = Serial Number
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Call HP Support.
In the USA call 1-800-474-6836
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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$17 for a 5 to 7 day ship. $24 for a 2 to 3 day ship.

For other countries use HP Worldwide Support,

Do I think the Restoration Disk will repair the problem?
Dunno. Don't know what the original problem was. You haven't stated it yet.

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Note: Try this first. Check the cable setting of your hard disk in the BIOS. try swithching it to IDE, SATA, RAID. save your seetings and restart your computer.

if problem still exist... Follow this steps..

Step 1: If you have a USB stick with capacity of 4Gb and up or another hard disk... try installing a fresh Operating System in the USB stick or in the extra hard disk that you have.. after you install.. boot to bios and set the Primary boot in the extra hard disk or Removable Device (USB) save your settings and restart.. your computer will start normally booting the windows in your newly installed extra hard disk or USB stick. when you are in the Desktop, now try accessing your old hard disk and copy your files.. after you backup your files to the new installed hard disk. go to step 2.

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When I start my Computer the On Screne message is Boot failure. Insert Boot Disc into A and Press any Key. I have tried to install Windows XP Pro but when the files are installed and i press enter,the...

It looks more like hard disk failure.

If your PC is still within the waranty period, kindly contact your PC vendor to fix the problem for you.

If the warranty period has already expired, please switch off your PC and remove all power sources and open up your CPU and check if the hard disk cables and the power supply is fine. Also check if there is any loose connection.

This should fix the problem, else please provide more details.

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