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HD crashed, no boot from CD/floppy possible, blue screen

A friend of mine is in dire straights over his laptop and frankly so am i after spending hours on finding a solution for this problem.

The original HD crashed and the system didnt boot anymore and only produced a blue screen saying that system needs to be restarted and checked for virusses and/or remove latest installed hardware.

So first i tried to boot via CD rom to see if i could format and reinstall windows xp but for some reason it doesnt get access to the cd-rom ( i did change boot order in Bios) nor floppy drive.
What is does however is a brief attempt to access but after 2-3 seconds it seems to just give up and switch to the next device in boot order.
Finally it ends up with trying to find a MAC address after which the blue screen appears.

I tried 2 other (100% ok) harddisks; one with and one without operating system. But still no change and no access to CD and still the blue screen.
After that i tried different RAM. a different CPU, cleaned the cooler and inside of the lappie but that didnt help either.

I'm not too sure if this is a hardware problem since the BIOS reckognizes HD's and installed hardware.
This Acer has a full color startup screen so i think the videocard is ok aswell.

The original HD is defect though; i tried it as a slave on a regular PC (since it's a 3.5 Seagate Barracuda) and after checkdisk it did qualify as 'bad'.

Hopefully someone can advise me on how to proceed next.


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  • Partaxian Aug 02, 2008

    Problem has been (partially) solved; took the machine apart, cleaned every contact and the floppy drive worked. Managed to setup Win2000 (XP failed) and install. Only 1 small problem remains. There's a 300GB HD in it now and it only reckognizes 133 GB .. Binairy problem.

    I was told this machine could handle HD's upto 500GB, so any suggestions are welcome.



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The problem is that windows 2000 doesn't recognize , or recognize but show wrong size for large hard disks. The size limit for windows 2000 is 120 GB. Hope that it helps.

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