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Hard drive won't play cd's. wanted to go back to factory settings but can't. Also I can't burn cd's. Bought a Lexar USB Jumpdrive firefly to download files and it woundn't even do that. Please help

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Explain more. Hard Drives don't play CD's.
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Need to reset acer aspire 1200 desktop


The Aspire One is a netbook produced by Acer; it does not come equipped with a CD ROM drive, so a traditional hard drive reformat and Windows reinstallation is not possible without a peripheral storage device. An external USB CD or flash drive will suffice, however.Difficulty:Moderate



Instructions

    • 1 Plug in the external CD drive, then turn on your netbook and let it boot to your operating system.
    • 2 Open your web browser and go to the BootDisk website (see link in Resources). Download the Windows XP Fresh Install Bootable CD, then burn these files to a blank CD via your external CD drive.
    • 3 Ensure the files have burned to your bootable CD, then restart the netbook with the CD still in the drive.
    • 4 The netbook should boot to the CD upon the restart. Follow the instructions prompted for installation. Upon completion you will have a clean installation of Windows XP on your Acer Aspire One.

Oct 27, 2011 | Acer PC Desktops

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Recovering your data before reinstall with ubuntu.


If you have lost your password, or if you are unable to start up windows and it seems like you would have to do a fresh install of windows.

In the process you may lose all your files, if the drive is formatted, to avoid that happening download ubuntu and burn it to a cd.

things needed:
  • A working computer w/ cd burning capability
  • 1 empty CD-R disk
  • External hard drive (USB) for backing up your files.
download ubuntu http://www.ubuntu.com/ and burn it to a cd, then start up from the disc and back up your files into the external usb drive. The downloading and burning of the disc, the ubuntu site explains and has everything you need for this task.

Start your machine with the cd, and connect the usb hard drive. if the machine does not start from the cd, confirm that the disc works on another computer and make sure its clean, then check the boot order by following my tip on troubleshooting boot cd issues.

with the cd in the drive and it starts up, take the option to Try ubuntu without any change to your computer.

In ubuntu, it is quite like a windows system, its as simple to use as windows is.

In ubuntu, with the external usb drive connected, on the desktop

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On the top right you have places, from there you can get into your computers hard drive and then on the usb drive, just copy your files from there to the external just like you would do with a windows computer.



Things that you want to back up

documents and settings your user name --- this place contains your personal data in most cases

any other place that you know contains something important.

that is the most important place and that is where most of the files are stored, of course you will know better what and where they are.



Things that you don't want to back up

program files, contains the installed programs of your computer, most of the time it is not a good idea to back up these files as programs need to be reinstalled when a new install of windows is made, since we are not backing up registry entries for the programs they may not work properly.

windows, contains the windows installation very rarely would you have anything important there, ignore it

temp, contains temporary files, unless you stored something important there ignore it.

If you kept something important in the recycle bin you can possibly find a hidden folder of recycler or similar in the drive where you may find some of your files, do not store your content in the recycle bin, it is not a good idea to store anything there.




When you have backed up your files you can do a fresh install of windows, for help in that please see my tips and tricks section for more guidance.

on Dec 25, 2009 | PC Desktops

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I want to know how can i start my computer over like when i first bought it


Hi
To set you computer back to factory fresh settings you will need to format the hard drive and reinstall the operatins system and the drivers.
You will need to have the CD's that either you made when you got your computer or if your lucky you got the CD's that the factory furnished with the computer at the time you bought it.
1...Format the hard drive:
You do this by double left clicking on "My Computer",then double left click the main drive (normally C drive).
When the window pops open, you will choose "Format"
Keep in mind that once you format your hard drive you will loose all your files,programs,pictures,etc that you installed since the computer was new. So make your back up on a portable hard drive,thumb drive,etc.
2. Once the formatting of the hard drive is complete you will need to reinstall the operating system along with the drivers.
Insert Disk one into the CD/DVD and start reinstalling your operating system
That will bring your computer back to factory new condition as far as operating is concerned.
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Sep 06, 2011 | PC Desktops

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I have a number of RiDiscs with 4.7GB of material ( lectures) that I want to download on smaller discs so that I can play on my car cd player. How do I accomplish this?


The easiest way:

check the item on the link below:

http://www.i-source-global.com/epages/170990.sf/?ObjectPath=/Shops/170990/Products/RFMP3SD2&ViewAction=ViewProductViaPortal&Locale=en_US

Copy your audio file from the disc to a USB (pen drive) I am assuming your files are in mp3 format. Else use the audio ripping software mentioned below to rip the audio file and save in mp3 format and copy that file into the pen drive/SD card.

Connect the transmitter to your cigarette lighter adapter. Turn your car radio on. Tune the FM channel to a frequency, where there is no radio channels. Note that frequency. There will be a + and minus button on the transmitter. Press it up or down to bring the transmitter to the noted frequency. You can now hear the audio through your radio.

Different options of this transmitter are available. Some use a SD card instead of USB drive. All cost around $25.00

The second method is to rip the audio files to your hard disc. Use any software. For an example,
Check the link below:

http://www.freerip.com/


Download and Install. If your cd player is capable of playing MP3 files, rip the audio files from your disc as mp3 files to your hard disk. copy them to regular cd's. (assuming you have a CD burning software)

If your cd player is not capable of playing mp3 files, rip them and save as .wav files.

Then you need a cd burning software.

Go to the link below:

http://alternativeto.net/desktop/k3b/?platform=windows

Download K3B. Install

Open it. Select, a new audio project.
Drag your .wav files into it. Burn it. and you are ready to go.

Feb 25, 2010 | Compaq Presario 5000 PC Desktop

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How do you Reboot a computer back to factory setting


Instructions Things You'll Need:
  • Factory Settings CD
    How To Use the Restore Factory Setting CD
  1. Step 1 Make sure to transfer all of the files you want to keep to a USB memory stick or burn to a CD.
  2. Step 2 Put the "Restore Factory Setting CD" into the CD drive. This CD was packaged with your computer.
  3. Step 3 Confirm you want to restore the factory settings. The computer will begin restoring all settings. Don't disturb your computer, as this process can take several hours. .
  4. Step 4 Reboot the computer to complete the process.
  5. How to Reboot Using the Computer Start-Up
  6. Step 1 Turn on your computer. Right away there will be a black screen. You can restore factory settings without a CD, too. This will reset your BIOS.
  7. Step 2 Press "F1" when the black screen appears to enter the setup configuration mode. You will be presented with a menu.
  8. Step 3 Select "Restore Factory Defaults." That's it. Your computer will do all the work for you. Like the CD, this process may take several hours.

Jan 27, 2010 | PC Desktops

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I have 3 usb ports( two at the back and one on the


Check to see if something else will work on the side port. It may not necessarily be a dead port. Just something you should know too; I used to work for Wal-Mart in the electronics department and they had to recall all their firefly flash drives because they had a tendancy to malfunction. Try using it on a different computer, it might just be a dead flash drive. I hope this helps your problem and I hope your flash drive didn't have anything too important on it :x

Oct 15, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Complete restore to factory settings


why its not reading those disks is because the system is still there. To put it back to factory you will have to reformat the hard drive and reinstall the win operating system it came with. Any updates to the Win xp you have wont allow going back to begining as if it were a factory fresh/ or factory referb.

Jul 08, 2009 | Gateway 504GR PC Desktop

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When i plug in my lexar jumpdrive the computer doesn't recognize it being plugged in? how can i retrieve the data on there?


Have you tried it on other pc's? It may be a bad usb port on your pc, Or, it may have gone bad.Try it on several different pc's and try other jumpdrives on your pc. If all is ok, the jumpdrive is bad, all data is lost. This happens sometimes when you unplug a jumpdrive with out turning it off in windows first.

Sep 09, 2008 | PC Desktops

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I have a lexar 1 GB jumpdrive secure 2 plus and was using it to save pictures. In the middle of trying to save a picture a notice came up saying i couldn't save it because the directory was full. how do i...


In that case I have two suggestions. *note I am assuming you are using a computer with Microsoft Windows.*

One: Defragment the jump drive. With the jump drive plugged in click on the 'start button' and choose 'My computer'. Then right click the jumpdrive and select 'properties' which will open a window. Click on the tools tab and select defragment.

Two: Format the drive. First, if the drive will allow, copy the data fron the jumpdrive to your computer. Then click on the 'start button' and choose 'My computer'. Then right click the jumpdrive and select format. Let me know if you have already tried this or if you need more clarification.

Hope that works for you.
-WN

Aug 13, 2008 | PC Desktops

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What program should I choose to download the information from my Lexar 2GB jumpdrive?


Just open My Computer, and you should see the drive on your list of devices. Double click on it, and you can copy/paste the files from the jumpdrive to the main drive.

If the drive came from a camera, the "Camera and Scanning Wizard" might start, making it a bit easier for you to move the files.

Hope that helps

airoff

Jul 28, 2008 | PC Desktops

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