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My acer one starts to boot up, goes through the acer screens then when it gets to the windows XP screen it immediately shuts off. It does this on AC or battery. Any ideas ? Thanks.

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I don't think it's issue with AC/ Battery. It seems that the Problem is with OS. To check/find-out where the problem. Start the computer with delete key pressing and leave it on in BIOS mode for few min, if its turning itself off in BIOS then its something to do with Hardware i.e AC/ Battery or else its an Operating System i.e XP. Repair or Reinstall required

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