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Acer Aspire 5920 laptop, cannot invoke Alt-F10 when booting initially

Just got 5920 laptop, but on initial startup, I only see F2 for setup, I tried pressing F10 or Alt-F10, but the restore menu does not come up.

I saw on another post (http://www.fixya.com/support/t223496-d2d_recovery) that you have (Acer_MBR_F10_Repair.zip.html)
I saw wondering if I should use that file for 5920 or is that MBR fix laptop model specific?

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  • mding Feb 15, 2008

    There are still 3 partitions there, 1 hidden 9gb, , then it's c: with ~180gb running Vista Home Premium OS, then another hidden 4gb partition after that.

    The laptop is running OEM Vista Premium, but I did not get any disk when I bought it from the guy. Only the international warranty was given to me.

  • mding Feb 17, 2008

    I was able to (somehow) got the auto-restore to work once (using the 9gb), but it's stuck at installing eRecovery Step 7 of 8. When I reboot, it keeps looping into Alt-F10 restore screen without booting properly.

    I ended up install another Vista on top to get around it. But now, I'm trying to restore the Acer 9gb image back, but I can't get the Alt-F10 to work again.

    I'm still trying to run the 'mbrwrwin.exe install rtmbr.bin'

    I also noticed in rytools folder, there are also rtmbr2.bin and vistaboot.bin. Which .bin should I use?

  • mding Feb 17, 2008

    I was able to run 'mbrwbwin.exe install rtmbr.bin' (with program\accessories\command prompt (run as admin)), reboot, enable D2D from BIOS, reboot but now I get a blinking cursor on upper left corner.

    It's a 9GB along with a 177GB partition, the 3.2 GB is after the 177GB and I don't think it does anything.

    What do I do with blinking cursor now?

  • Anonymous Apr 26, 2008

    Hello

    I dont speek english very well.

    But i think that if you push ALT+F10, you have to weit a fieu minutes.

    You think that Windows Vista is reload, but after somme minutes, you can see the menu of restore.

    Thik you

  • gazfire Aug 27, 2008

    The Acer screen comes on when switched on for half a second, then nothing but a blank screen and winking cursor ????

  • jb372 Oct 29, 2008

    have desk top with vista. also usb hard drive with xp.can i use usb hard drive on my desk top.with out a problem to vista. thank you. JB

  • Sotos18 Mar 21, 2009

    Does anyone know where I can find the Arcade Partition in order to restore it ?

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Just press alt f10 ONLY when you see acer logo on boot and hold for a sec i had the same problem and its all adout timming hope i help...
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Posted on Jan 18, 2010

  • christinkmil Jun 19, 2011

    whoever you are a big smackaroo to you! I followed your advice and lo and behold it worked Much Mahalo to you from Hawaii

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I've had this problem before with exactly the same computer. What you have to do is after you see the screen with F2 to enter BIOS, you have to hit F8 NOT F10 and then it takes you to another screen. At this screen you need to hit "Startup Repair". If your hard drive won't let you go past that point and says to choose another option than your hard drive is corrupted, but if it does you will to go to a Windows Safe-mode looking screen that allows you to choose your options for repair 2 of which are system restore and complete system restore. Hope this helps!

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3.2GB partition is XPe (win XP express) partition. Do u know Arcade?? Turn off your laptop, then press Arcade button ( i didn't mean power button)- the button under Empower button- and now, do u see Arcade work???
@misterwasp: aspire 5920 have OEM partition only(9GB). U don't need original restore disc. If Alt+F10 wont work, u can get back all driver only. Download and install eRecovery, choose reinstall driver. eRecovery 'll get back ur driver from OEM partition. Then choose right driver to install.
P.S: sry about my English :P. There 's a lot of English's mistake.

Posted on Dec 14, 2008

The aspire 5920 has an option in the dios to enable d2d recovery, check this is enabled

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Good day hope you answer my proble with my loptap cu'z i want to restore my windows and i don't know how to restore that can anyone help me to restore my windows?

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Most likely the restore partition has been erased. If you are in the USA, by law, used laptops must be sold without an operating system. Sometimes with big bulk second hand buys, the reseller erases the wrong partition (recovery must be done from a separate small partition). Does the laptop have an operating system? Windows 98, 2K, \XP or Vista? If so, you can open disk management in administrative tools and look to see if there is a recovery partition. It will be between 8 to 120mb or so. Let me know and we can take this a step farther

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    Dana Stienheimer Feb 16, 2008

    OK, thanks for finding all the utilities and providing such good details.

    First, let me brief you on how things appear, right now:

    Since you have been running this system, and booting several times, the internal windows "repair" and "restore" function would be useless. Those only fix problems with the existing OS -or restore the same OS from the last known good boot configuration. So the MS F6/F8 options are a waste of time.

    Now, as for the OEM Acer "restore", that must be done when booted from a separate OS container from the target directory (your 180gb C drive). To restore THAT c drive, you must start on some other partition or media. Normally, this is built in, and the restore partition, which has a small DOS-like OS, boots when you invoke Alt-F10. The fact that this option does not exist anymore is almost certain to be due to someone replacing/upgrading the previous OS with a boot-able Windows CD installer, then leaving the old restore partition without upgrading that too.. For example, if the laptop originally came with XP, and the previous owner upgraded to Vista, but failed to choose a backup (make an auto restore). Now, there is a possibility you can still restore the previous OS, but at best, you can only restore whatever OS was installed previously (which may be some XP version).

    Now, for the current situation. Unfortunately, both the 9gb partition and the 4gb partition are big enough to be a restore partition. So this is not quite clear yet. Please be patient, I need to send you back to do the same thing again, and be VERY sure that the 4gb partition is not 4mb instead! It is unusual to have TWO hidden partitions so large, unless one of them is Linux (which must "hide" from Microsoft OS, since MS is a predatory OS). If the partition you think is 4 GIGAbytes, is actually 4 MEGAbytes, then this makes better sense, because it is most likely a standard NTFS directory partition (they are usually 4-8mb). MS usually makes this 4-8mb partition on a new install. So if you find that one is only 4mb, then we have ONLY one possible restore partition (the 9gb). We have to be absolutely sure. So go look and get back to me. Remember, if the utility lists sizes in "GB" then your data is presumably correct. However, if it lists sizes in MB, then 4gb would be 4,000mb. But the much smaller container, of only 4mb would be listed as 4,000kb or 4,000,000bytes. If this was the case, then we can assume the 9gb is the ONLY possible restore partition. So please go look again and verify this.

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    Dana Stienheimer Feb 17, 2008

    Aha! Now I see what has happened here. You were playing around with the restore partition, trying to run things manually, from C drive instead of boot time? You absolutely cannot do that! You must be running on a different partition, in order to restore the main/active partition. If that is what you have done, the rest of this reply applies.

    You cannot "get there from here", and just trying that once, will corrupt the entire process. This is because the executable you are trying to run is a MBR restore. That is "master boot record", the "street map" your computer uses to find the operating system's location on the hard drive. This is really critical stuff. And you were trying to "restore" an operating system that has already been replaced! So the old master boot record (what you did install) is now pointing to the old location of the OS before it was replaced! (and it no longer exists there) If the 4gb container (you never answered me!) was actually 4gb instead of 4mb, then the original setup was probably something like this:

    Windows XP on 4gb partition HD0/0 (c drive)
    Windows Vista on 9gb partition HD0/1 (d drive)
    and a huge 128gb "black hole hard drive" (e drive) for movies/MP3s, etc.

    This is typical dual-boot system most experts will use on a laptop like yours since many laptop features do not work yet on Vista, so they want to be able to fall back to XP for missing functions/features and hardware compatibility. Thus when the laptop was started, boot.ini threw up a "menu list" with XP and Vista offered as a choice (up arrow/down arrow and/or enter). Now, somehow, you have the OS installed on that biggest container (128gb) now. That is "upside down" from most logical setups, since you want the OS on the smaller drive, since accessing a smaller directory makes the OS run MUCH faster than when it resides in a large partition. Anyway, I am 99% sure of this, your MBR is now unrecoverable, and therefore, when the restore partition restarts, it never finishes, because the OS is not where it is supposed to be (where it was originally, on either 9gb or the 4gb drive). What does all this mean? Unless you have a REALLY good geek there near you, who has an external USB laptop hard drive container, you are screwed. You will never fix this! Believe me, the restore is never going to finish (or succeed), whatever remnant OS you are able to load now is incomplete, missing lots of functionality, and you will always be missing the use of some hidden partitions! I do not see any way out of this, except to get a XP CD installer (which is where you need to start, load it on 4gb). Get Vista loaded later as a second option, on 9gb, and keep the 128 for storing all documents and multimedia. All three drives should be formatted (erased) with the XP CD before loading XP. The latter is important, since the restore is invalid, and will otherwise always be booting (but never completing) if the primary OS is disrupted. XP CD installers are VERY cheap now, since (idiots) consider XP to be "outdated" or Vista to be an improvement. You will see what I mean, when Vista is incapable of using many laptop features you have, and worse, many features disappear after suspend/hibernate (a common unresolved problem with laptop Vista installs, requiring a reboot after sleep to regain functions). If this were not true, MS would not have "backtracked" and released a new 64-bit XP after releasing Vista! Consumers demanded laptops work. So obviously, if you have a dual core or some other 64 bit processor, get the appropriate 64bit XP CD. You can worry about Vista after you get the laptop running properly, without those invalid ghost partitions.

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Hi, i have a acer aspire 5920 with no operating system and a hidden 9gb partition, trying to install vista as i dont have original restore discs but hangs at completing installation screen, alt and f10 wont work, any ideas anyone?

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Acer - Aspire, Power, Veriton, Extensa, Ferrari, TravelMate, Altos
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  • The BIOS on the Acer Altos 600 server uses the Ctrl+Alt+Esc key and the F1 key for advanced options.
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Compaq - Presario, Prolinea, Deskpro, Systempro, Portable
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Dell - XPS, Dimension, Inspiron, Latitude. OptiPlex, Precision, Vostro
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Fujitsu - LifeBook, Esprimo, Amilo, Tablet, DeskPower
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Gateway - DX, FX, One, GM, GT, GX, Profile, Astro
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Hewlett-Packard (HP) - Pavilion, TouchSmart, Vectra, OmniBook, Tablet
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  • Other HP computers may allow access to BIOS using the F2 or Esc keys.
IBM - PC, XT, AT
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Lenovo (formerly IBM) - ThinkPad, IdeaPad, 3000 Series, ThinkCentre, ThinkStation
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NEC - PowerMate, Versa, W-Series
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