Ok so when i boot up with my millenium edition cd from the cd drive it eventually tells me that there are no files found on d:\drive (only 1 hard drive c:) usually this cd will make a virtual drive d: and i can find setup.exe and can then install millenium and then windows xp. I suspect a hardware problem but knowing that packard bell are that little bit different thought i would ask here first. any help most appreciated, sub
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Re: boot up reformat hard drive etc
This could be an issue with the hard drive. Try formatting the hard drive, if the drive won't format, then it's bad. If it will, then you may have to create the D: drive partition. If you're running both operating systems out of one drive then you will not have to create the separate partition, but you will need to run the set up on both discs. If it will not allow you to create the partition or run the set up, then the disc may be corrupt or damaged. Let me know how this turns out.
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Do you know how to access your computer's BIOS settings? It sounds to me like an advanced setting called "Hard Disk Boot Sequence" (or just "Book Sequence") may be mis-set. Normally,the setting would be HD first, then CD, then etc-etc-etc down to usually last of all, Floppy Drive. It sounds very much to me like yours is set to boot the floppy drive ahead of the HD.
When your computer is starting up, watch carefully for writing on the screen (usually top-left or along the bottom) that says "Enter Setup" - and press the key it says. I don't have my Thinkpad any more, and there were numerous contributors when I searched this for you, but most said "Hold down F1" while powering on and keep it down until a long beep" - Others said that if you can get to a DOS prompt do so and press CTRL-ALT-F11.
THE MAIN THING HERE IS THIS: BE CAREFUL IN SETUP. This is one place where you can cause yourself a lot of grief.. If you don't find the boot sequence screen (or if you do, and it's OK) write back with more information. BEST OF LUCK! We're here to help.
You either have a failed hard drive or else a virus has corrupted the partition on the hard drive so it isnt found by windows. I am willing to bet that your hard drive had reached the end of its life. If this is the case you can get a new one and have your operating system re-installed by a friend or family member that is comfortable in doing so. Loading the operating system isnt that difficult with the correct CD's. If you have Vista or Windows 7 then most of the drivers will install automatically. If you have XP then that is a bit more involved as you will have to install most of the drivers that are required.
It sounds like the Windows boot files have become corrupted. That could happen for several reasons, but if you're willing to just reformat/reload the operating system, we're only concerned with one of those reasons.
There are some viruses that can corrupt boot files. If that's what happened, then reformatting/reloading the OS will take care of it.
On the other hand, it could be that your hard drive may be failing. When you reformat/reload, the Windows system will tell you if it finds errors on the drive.
The following is from the Acer manual for your machine as to how to access the BIOS and enable a hard disk recovery:
To activate the BIOS utility, press during the POST; while the notebook PC logo is being displayed.
To set the boot sequence in the BIOS utility, activate the BIOS utility, then select Boot from the categories listed at the top of the screen. [You should set the CD/DVD drive to be the first boot device, in case you need to reload from a DVD]
Enable disk-to-disk recovery
To enable disk-to-disk recovery (hard disk recovery), activate the BIOS utility, then select Main from the categories listed at the top of the screen. Find D2D Recovery at the bottom of the screen and use the and keys to set this value to Enabled.
[End of manual quote]
If you're not able to restore from the hidden partition on the hard drive, which may happen if the drive is damaged, then you'll have to try to restore using a Windows DVD.
Providing the computer posts (shows an image when powered up), Enter the CMOS/BIOS by tapping the DELETE (DEL) key. Therein, make sure the optical drive (CD/DVD Drive) is set to boot before the hard drive (HDD). Look for something like boot order, etc.
If you have special data on the drive(pictures) then use the freezer trick.(I'm not gonna go into details google it) If not, then you should just reformat the hard drive using the CD that the laptop came with. Remember to go into the BIOS and change it to First Boot Selection: CDRom drive. You should be able to delete the old partition and then create a new one, then install windows. If none of this works, contact Acer.
If you are replacing or reinstalling the operating system you will need your installation disk. The installation disk will ask you if you want to format the drive before reinstalling. If you otherwise want to wipe the hard drive you can usually download tools for your hard drive manufacturer. Basically you cant format the drive thats currently being used. You have to boot from a CD.
If you have a restore CD/DVD that came with your Toshiba, you may have to use it to reformat your hard drive and do a fresh installation. You may have a bad sector or cluster and the boot file is located on it. Try this and check the bios for the setting of your hard disk too. Try starting the system on safe mode by pressing F8 at boot time.
If you can, connect a different CD/DVD drive and change your Boot Priority to boot from here first.
Insert your XP disc, and using the CD's settings, delete all partitions and reformat the drive (NTFS). Start the installation and see what happens.
If you have already done this, or it doesn't work. Check how scratched the CD is. As long as it's not a manufacturer's revovery disc, you could ask someone if you could borrow their XP installation disc.
A good way to get rid of minor scratches on your CD's, is to spray them lightly with furniture polish (with beeswax). Leave for a minute, then using a very clean dust cloth, gently clean the cd from the middle to the outside. N.B. never clean the cd in a circle motion, i.e rubbing.
Hi, I can help you with this. You will need the vista dvd to put vista back on your computer after formating it. Right now Vista is installed on you laptop. If you have a restore cd then we can proceed, if not you will need to buy a vista disk before we reformat.
Let me know what yuo want to do.