Ok well here's my problem...i had pclinux os 2008minime running off an external usb hdd and i installed the bootloader, but i think i installed it into the windows hdd and overwrote the MBR and now i can only boot off of a live cd. but when i try to run xp i get up to the bootloader and it gives me an error message. but i do have access to the bootloader's command prompt. any help would be of great use. thnx in advance.
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Re: ACER ASPIRE 3210 mbr probablem
Go into bios and make sure that it booting to the correct drive as i have had similar problem when i had a SATA drive that was my primary drive and a regular ide drive ,it changed to the ide drive and could not boot off it giving me boot loader errors.
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The HDD has probably tripped a SMART sensor and is dying. Remove the HDD and replace it (usual cost on newegg is $50-150).Reinstall the OS to the new HDD.Use an external enclosure to use the old HDD as an external and recover the data from it.
To reinstall you need an external DVDROM drive and run directly the windows 7 installer as boot up disk. Because it need to run alone as boot up disk and surely it will not run when you just copy the files to external HDD.
The best way is to uninstall all the USB port. To do so:
Click Start> Control Panel> Hardware and Sound>Device Manager
(click View hardware and devices)> Click the (+) sign in front of
USB COMPOSITE DEVICES to expand it, you will a list of USB devices,
right click on each of them & click UNINSTALL and then restart the
computer.Once the computer is restarted wait for couple of minutes and
then try to use a USB device. You should be back in business.
I have run into several issues with installing the OS with a USB on the Acers....I got around it by using an external dvd drive. I picked one up for around 45 bucks on ebay....booted off that and the install went through without incident.
Buy another hard drive.
Buy an external hard drive enclosure.
Replace the current bad hard drive with the new hard drive
Use your restore CD to reinstall your OS.
Put the bad hard drive in the external hard drive enclosure and acces it after your have installed the new OS.
Hopefully the MBR on your old drive is bad but you can access the data. It may also be that the hard drive is dead and you would have to send it to a data recovery service to recover it.
The drivers for Windows can be used if no specific Linux drivers exist. There's a program within Linux called NDisWrapper which is designed to use the drivers provided for Windows XP in Linux. Refer to your particular distribution of Linux for the details on how to set up NDisWrapper from within your distribution (I've only done it in Ubuntu so have no experience of other distros)