Hi Guys n Gals. UK here. Acer 3680. Switch on and screen says "Windows failed to start. A recent softwars or hardware change might be the cause". Then gives option of "Launch Start Up Repair [Recommended]" or "Start Windows Normally". Unfortunately the pc wont Launch Start Up Repair and starting Windows normally ends up with a brief blue screen and then back to the above 2 options. So I'm scratching my head wondering what to do. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Best, J.
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New hard drive required if all options have been exhausted [which are - reloading OS, safe mode start and remove offending s/w or h/w]. When the drive goes you get the standard notice - new s/w and/or h/w as the cause. PC will try and start Windows [OS] from the ram but will fail and revert back to blue screen.
"If blue screen with Unmountable_ Boot_ Volume then hard drive rip. Common problem. From experience a common problem [strange but the competition-Dell-are a bit like Duracell's, go on and on and on....LOL....learn the lesson] . New hd I'm afraid. Should be tech info at bottom of blue screen [ie the error code].
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Re: Acer 3680 will not boot up.
Try to boot in safe mode, if you can then from there try to remove the latest software or hardware you install. if you are unable to boot in safe mode, then try to repair or reinstall the os. plz post your findings
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Windows Boot Manager
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software chance miht be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings and click "Next."
3. Click "repair your computer."#
Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.
It appears that the issue might be with some hardware malfunctions. It may happen due to hardware failure, BIOS mismatch or due to
static charge. Let us try the basic troubleshooting. Turn Off the
Computer, remove all the devices attached to the computer, the power
cable and battrey, now holdon the power button for 15 secs (make sure
adpater and battery are uplugged) it will drain out all the static
charge. Now, restart the computer and keep on tapping F2, you will enter
to BIOS setup utility, press F9 (click "Yes", if you are prompted) and
then press F10 (Click "Yes", if you are prompted), it will restart the
computer. If still it is not booting to normal mode, then we have to
perform a full system recovery & it is a distructive process as you will
loose all the datas on the computer. To do so, Turn Off the computer,
now as soon as you hit the power button, keep on holding "Alt" key &
keep on tapping "F10" key, i.e Alt+f10, it will open the recovery
console, select full factory restore and follow onscreen instruction.
NOTE: This will erase all the datas on the computer
prior to the recovery... have someone pull your hard drive and recover the "precious" files & pics on the drive... It's expensive at Best Buy... so watch out!!!
System recovery shouldn't have you loose all files.. if a recovery point is there... the trick is to only recover to the most recent point that you can. When Windows updates the software to Service Pack X for example, a recovery point would have been created automatically
Try to boot up in safe mode and see if you get a good boot and screen. If you do then the update that you just got changed the resolution on your screen to something the monitor does not support and therefore you won't see or hear squat...if you cannot boot into safe mode, then there may very well be a MOBO issue.
Creating recovery discs After setting up the computer for the first time, be sure to create a set of recovery discs of the full factory image.
the recovery discs are used to start up (boot) the computer and recover the operating system and software to factory settings in case of system instability or failure.
While booting up, just after BIOS lists computer peripherals (prior to WIndows logo), press F8 repeatedly. In the menu pick Safe Mode (Command Prompt). If the blue screen of death doesn't appear, type chkdsk /r and hit Enter. This might fix some hard disk issues that were preventing normal boot up.