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Acer Aspire 5315-2713 Windows XP Boot fails, Safe Mode fails, XP intstall disk fails at Examining Hard Drive. DOS boot says no C: drive. Network Command promt boot from my other PC works but no C: drive? C: must be there for normal boot to show XP logo and menu for Safe Mode, etc. Tried XP boot CD with Acer driver extenstions and it fails. Why would normal boot start and detect (prompt) about last fail? All kick back to restart from BIOS.

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  • Cris G Oct 14, 2010

    Selecting Recovery and new lnstall both fail causing reboot. I see examining xxMB hard drive just before reboot, then hard drive boot offers XP safe mode/normal boot/etc and all choices do reboot



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If the BIOS does not detect the hard drive, the computer won't boot up because the Windows operating system is on the hard disk.
Try re-seating the hard drive to make sure it makes proper connection, when you boot up again and the hard drive is not detected then most likely the hard drive has failed.
To get the Acer operating again, replace the hard drive, install Windows and the Acer device drivers plus your programs.

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Posted on Oct 13, 2010

  • Cris G Oct 13, 2010

    BIOS shows all OK, boot C: drive gets XP boot and failure menu for Normal / Safe Mode, etc. So hard drive is booting XP and recognizing previous problem.

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    Chris Hingee Oct 14, 2010

    You need to do a Windows Repair.
    Boot up with the Windows installation CD - follow the instruction to install Windows, do not select R to repair at this stage otherwise Windows will ask you to insert a floppy repair disk.
    A few steps further into the installation process you will be given a Repair option, select this option and Windows will copy fresh system files to the hard disk. You will also need to insert the product installation code, this code is on the Windows label on the bottom of your computer. You may also need to Activate your Windows program.

    If all fails then your need to do a fresh Windows install as I suggested in my first answer.


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You have a damage hard disk.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010

  • Cris G Oct 13, 2010

    Hard drive boots and give XP menu that last boot failed and asks for "Normal Boot", "Safe Mode", etc. Can't be bad drive.



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