I have an Acer Aspire 1413 WLMi Laptop, about a year ago I had to reformate my hard drive. I reload all the programmes, setup, etc that came with the computer, (Acer CD package and use Windows XP). However, I have not been able to get the computer to communicate to a data projector. Before the reformate there was no problem it was almost immediate communication between the two. When connecting the 2 together I have the laptop off, connect the data projector, put the data projector on , then the laptop. The Windows startup screen comes up on the projector, and the laptop is completely black and after a while the data projecotor say "searching" on a blue screen. The laptop runs through all setup programmes and does not acknowledge that the data projector is connected as aditional hardware found, etc I have tried the F5 button a number of times but it does not work. When selecting F5 the computer screen then goes black and I have to do and emergency shutdown on the laptop as it freezes. What do I need to do to fix this?
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Ti retrieve the data from your old laptop, remove the hard drive and insert the hard drive into an USB hard drive adapter and then connect it into the USB port of your new laptop. Your new laptop will see this as an external mass storage device and you can then open the various folders and files on this hard drive to copy or view them. If your new laptop cannot detect this hard drive, then the hard drive is faulty. If you desparately need the data off this old hard drive then there are companies that can retrieve data off faulty hard drives BUT it will cost you and arm and a leg for their services.
Sounds like the hard drive is having problems. Try running CHKDSK to check for errors and a good anti virus programme if that has no effect, try saving your data to another drive before it is lost and then fit a fresh hard drive loading your programmes back on. It is a laborious task but better than losing all of your stuff!
If you are replacing or reinstalling the operating system you will need your installation disk. The installation disk will ask you if you want to format the drive before reinstalling. If you otherwise want to wipe the hard drive you can usually download tools for your hard drive manufacturer. Basically you cant format the drive thats currently being used. You have to boot from a CD.
The BIOS determine the maximum size hard drive that can be installed in the laptop. Put a smaller hard drive in the laptop say 120Gb hard drive, you will lose approx 10% in the formatting process.
Use the 180GB in another laptop or put it into an USB hard drive adapter case and use it as a portable external hard drive.
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.
if there is a dump of win98 in the drive c of your laptop
the go on command prompt
c:\>cd win98 Enter
and repair the win98 without any loss of data
second install antivirus and update properly the scan al the system