If you have an image restore feature on your computer, try this ---> Press and hold Ctrl + F11 while seeing the blue line that says www.dell.com after the dell splash logo. This would restore your system to its factory image. Otherwise, you need to have your OS disc to wipe out everything.
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First, on boot press F8 on your netbook and choose the safe mode. You will be then redirected through the administrator of that account on that log on screen. Shut off your computer and turn it on again and continue to click on F8 on your keyboard. You will be directed to advance boot option menu. You need to select safe mode. Select again administrator this time it won't require you to encode password. Once you logged in to your computer. You need to go to control panel > user accounts. Click on the user account and put on your new password.
You need to update the video driver of your computer. The video driver is responsible for all video and display related functionality. Updating the drivers can be a headache since you need to find them manually and you don't know when a new driver is released. If you don't want to experience this kind of problem again and again, then you can install an Automatic driver updater and back up utility like RadarSync.
From what you describe, you are having a hard disk drive failure and will need a new hard drive installed to resolve the issue. If under warranty contact Acer, if not then you will need a new hard drive and then re-install Windows.
Please restart your computer and hit the F8 key before windows loads..then choose safe mode with networking....once in windows click start...run and type "msconfig" go to startup tab and disable everything you dont need to load when windows starts. Then go to the "services" tab...While in the Services tab, you can look at any non-Windows service by left-clicking on the Hide All Microsoft Services checkbox You can also Disable All services if you want to, the reebot normally
Could you be more specific , which password are you talking about. Does the system prompt you for the password after the windows Xp screen loads or at Dell logo screen.
If its a problem with the windows xp password, you can try the following option
1. Restart your computer at the Dell logo screen tap on the F8 screen 5 - 6 times
2. Select safe mode from the advanced options menu
3. Hit enter
4.Hit enter again
5. Select adminstrator login
6.Reset the password.
Click Start, and then click Run.
Type control userpasswords2, and then click OK.
On the Users tab, click the name of the user account that you want to reset the password for, and then click Reset Password.
Type a new password in the New password box, and then type the password again in the Confirm new password box, and then click OK.
Restart the computer, and then try to log on to Windows XP again.
Note : If you donot have the adminstator account , then you might need to reset the computer to factory defaults.