Question about Acer Aspire 3690-2900 Notebook
If you have a Windows disk, put it in the CD and see if you can boot from that. You didn't say what operating system you have, but you should be able to boot from a CD/DVD if the system is working properly.
Once you boot it, you'll need to get to the command prompt (varies according to your operating system) and see if you can see drive C:
You should also, on startup, press the key that puts you into setup (normally F2). You can then look at the system devices and see if it reports that there is a hard drive. If it fails the tests, above, then your hard drive is probably bad.
When checking this, I always see if I can get to the drive by booting from a CD/DVD first.
Posted on Feb 08, 2010
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For the sort of problems you are having, I always keep a Puppy Linux CD handy. The computer can be booted from the CD/DVD drive using Puppy Linux, which is a free download and which includes the excellent Gparted (Gnome PARTition EDitor) program, with which you can analyse the computer's Hard Drive. I recently had a non-working 6 year-old Acer laptop given to me in which the Hard Drive appeared to be dead, but Gparted told me what was wrong with it (a missing Dial Label and corrupted Master Boot Record) then helped me to fix these problems. This 110 gigabyte Hard Drive has been working perfectly ever since. Puppy Linux is compatible with other operating systems and will not (unlike some other Linux distributions) try to take over your computer. Puppy Linux is available as a free download from here:
Posted on Feb 09, 2010
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