Ok, My sister spilt coffee on my laptop and now it will not load the Operating System anymore. So i went into the BIOS and checked and now the Hard Drive is no longer listed but everything else is working just fine. So i thought well i guess she killed the Hard Drive, so I went and got another hard drive of the same type and popped that into the Laptop and still unable to reconize the hard drive. Any help on this would be great. Thanx
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Re: Acer Aspire 3000, Hard Drive Problem
The coffee is somehow conducting a short circuit across solder pads, where it should not. The solution lies in removing the coffee. Disassemble completely to the point where you can take the main board and hard drive connector (if exist) out and actually wash in a tub of soapy water and rinse in a tub of alcohol and towel dry and then lightly blow dry. During disassembly, video your work to play back at a later time.
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The windows has to be reinstalled ( Formatting the Hard Disk )
Select models have the ability to have the operating system reinstalled from a hidden drive built into the computer. To start the system recovery:
Restart the netbook.
When the Acer logo appears on the screen, press the Alt and F10 keys repeatedly.
If you are prompted with a Microsoft Windows boot screen, press the Enter key.
After the system recovery program has loaded, follow the prompts to reinstall the Operating System.
Check in the bottom right hand corner for another program that might be accessing the wireless hardware. Belkin (for example) often have their own connecting software that conflicts with the windows version.
firts put the original harddrives back in place :) then you need to enter the 3000's bios If I remember right thats done by pressing f2 or del in a acer. it should tell you what button is correct on the bootup screen.
Then you need to change the boot order to haveing the dvd/cd drive before the harddrive, since right now its booting strate from the harddrive.
Then you should be able to restore the operateing system with the disks that came with the laptop and or from a normal xp or vista cd/dvd.