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I have an older Acer computer and need to reformat the hard drive and install new software. I can not get into set up mode to change the boot order. Can you help

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To change the boot order insert the os disc reboot the computer
and keep tapping on esc key continously ull get the boot order window ...

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From what you say I presume you wish to put it back to when you bought it. If so, boot your computer and go into the Bios, select default settings.
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You need to go the bois settings.... be careful there of you don't know what your doing.

The smaller cable is SATA and the one you are trying use is IDE.. your computer is set to SATA primary drive. You need to go to advanced seeting and change some seeting around to accept the IDE as primary. Please be careful you could end up messing your system if you don't know what you are doing. Please all the changes when you make them.

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If you need more informations please reply.

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