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Turn it on and it quickly flashes up the acer screen then quickly flashes up the windows xp screen and then goes strait to a screen saying start computer normally etc BUT that does not do a thing when you try it that way - eventually it will come up with a weird screen saying enter password. What password is required. the computer I bought S/H from afreind who bought it new and He has since moved back to Perth and I have since lost contact with him. Please someone help me sort this problem so I can start using my lappy again. It is an ACER Aspire 5100. waiting patiently for some help. thankyou

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I recommend you use the recovery cds or windows setup cd to reinstall windows to the laptop, so you can start from a clean plate.

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