Hi. i got an ACER Travelmate 2430 which is about 2 to 3 years old. I just have it re-formatted. My problem is - its DVD rom which is a Philips SDVD8441 is malfunctioning, it sometime is ok but most of the time, it is some sort of jammed. It won't open. I have to re-boot to open. But it read OK. Do I have to replace it or it need some sort of installing, or what Thanks in advance to you guys.
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First you need a dvd-rom Then when starting the computer press F1 or F2 or esc to get into the bios. Set the boot order to boot from the dvd-rom first then the hard-drive. Put a windows install dvd in the dvd-rom. restart the computer. Press any key once the windows install comes up choose the partition or hard drive to format. You won't be able to format from windows directly unless it is a second partition. In the old days you could format using dos. You may be able to use a utility like Hiren's Boot CD to format
Insert Windows Reinstallation disk into tray, Boot to CD/DVD-ROM by pressing F12 at initial boot screens, delete existing Windows partition, re-create partition, and then follow steps to reinstall Windows. This will lead you to an option for formatting hard drive. I recommend choosing the full format versus the quick, from this point you can let windows install, or just shut the computer down when the format finishes. You will have to watch the progress, though, if you don't want the install to commence.
Boot disk option:
For XP, 95, 98, or ME, follow the instructions at this MS article page. It will walk you through creating a boot disk that will allow you to format.
tr updating the drivers or if you trying to watch dvd etc make sure you have dvd rom loaded into your machine then you drive should work. a program such as power dvd will take care of this problem for you and even though you may not wantto use this program to watch dvds by having it installed you will be able to use your reader writer to its full potential, hope this helps please rate me