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(please i'd really appreciate help?) acer aspire 3680 !

Sorry peoples ive posted a couple of these but i keep getting new problems..
now when i turn it on, it has the regular startup screen that says acer in blue, then it goes black and some white text flashes really quickly once but i cant read it. then its all black and it wont do anything else or let me press anything. what can i do? (i dont have the reboot cd)

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  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2009

    I have a similar problem with my Acer Aspire 3680. The original Hard Drive Dropped Dead, was not visible in the BIOS at all. After some reasearch I found I could upgrade to a larger hard drive 160GB. Installed the hard drive, it visible in the BIOS, but when trying to create a partition theres only 21GB available. Acer says these machines are only able to read 80GB, if thats true why is the 160GB HD available for these machines or are they blowing smoke up my skirt. For the record I tried installing ME it was able to see the larger hard drive, but crashed during component install. Anyone have a similar situation and/or resolution for this problem or would it be best to use the laptop a chock to keep my car from rolling down hill?


    No hair left to pull out.

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    Jeffrey Pemberton May 11, 2010

    Just to clarify - those things listed in the 2nd and 3rd restore boxes are only examples. Yours will be different.

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    Jeffrey Pemberton May 11, 2010

    Hi meoloncauli - just to clarify - you don't have your Acer recovery cds ? Your problem is more than likely a corrupt windows file. There's one thing you can always try. Boot up your pc and soon as it's on start tapping the F8 key. This will take you to boot a options menu. Select last known good configuration if it is on the list. Then let it try to load Windows and see what happens. If that doesn't work, or that option wasn't listed, Turn off the pc and wait a few seconds. Reboot and as soon as it's on start tapping the F8 key. This time at the menu select Safe Mode. Let Windows try to boot. If it boots, try to do a system restore. I believe your running Vista so open your start menu search box and type restore.

    You should see a box like this

    Just click on System Restore.

    Then you should see a box like this

    If there's something you installed recently that you think may be causing the problem choose the first option but it sounds like you need the second option. Choose that one.

    Then you should see something like this:

    It should give a list of system checkpoints. Choose one that is a few days before you had any problems. Then follow the prompts and let it do it's thing. It may or may not work but it's worth a shot. Let me know how it turns out please. Thanks.



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Get a windows cd and boot to the revovery console, see below or download Spinrite on another machine, if it cannot fix it then it will recover your data.

Starting the Windows Recovery Console loadTOCNode(2, 'moreinformation'); To start the Windows Recovery Console, use one of the following methods: • Use the Windows Setup floppy disks or the Windows CD-ROM to start your computer. At the "Welcome to Setup" screen, press F10 or press 'R" to repair. • U
CHKDSK loadTOCNode(3, 'moreinformation'); chkdsk drive /p /r The chkdsk command checks the specified drive and repairs or recovers the drive if the drive requires it. The command also marks any bad sectors and it recovers readable information.

You can use the following options: /p : Does an exhaustive check of the drive and corrects any errors.
/r : Locates bad sectors and recovers readable information.

The boot records my need fixing:
FIXBOOT loadTOCNode(3, 'moreinformation'); fixboot drive name: Use this command to write the new Windows boot sector code on the system partition. In the command syntax, drive name is the drive letter where the boot sector will be written. This command fixes damage in the Windows boot sector. This command overrides the default setting, which writes to the system boot partition. The fixboot command is supported only on x86-based computers. FIXMBR loadTOCNode(3, 'moreinformation'); fixmbr device name Use this command to repair the MBR of the boot partition. In the command syntax, device name is an optional device name that specifies the device that requires a new MBR. Use this command if a virus has damaged the MBR and Windows cannot start.

Warning This command can damage your partition tables if a virus is present or if a hardware problem exists. If you use this command, you may create inaccessible partitions. We recommend that you run antivirus software before you use this command.

You can obtain the device name from the output of the map command. If you do not specify a device name, the MBR of the boot device is repaired, for example: fixmbr \device\harddisk2 If the fixmbr command detects an invalid or non-standard partition table signature, fixmbr command prompts you for permission before rewriting the MBR. The fixmbr command is supported only on x86-based computers.

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i think u got an boot up problem,,only if go into windows we get an interface to solve the prob..
if it cums b4 loaidn the OS..then only way is to use boot cd

thank u

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