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Check your device manager for the imaging device ( webcam )
If not found, try booting into safe mode and give a look again in device manager.
If you have any usb devices connected disconnect them
If all of this do not work, you may have disconnected the webcam or could be bad.
1. Your hard drive has gone bad or the connectors have.
2. Your bois is set to boot from the network card, and not the hard drive.
1. boot to the bois, and look to see if it "sees" your hard drive. If not replace the hard drive. This will require you to install the OS and software.
2. Boot to the bois, check the boot order and remove or disable boot from LAN or PXE. If this is the problem you should now boot from the hard drive, if not you will probably still get the no OS found error indicating a bad hard drive (see 1 above).
You can try to uninstall the cam in the Device Manager and restart the computer. It should then detect the cam and reinstall it. If for some reason it tells you that a driver cannot be found you can download it from http://gd.panam.acer.com/home/.
This laptop needs to be serviced if its showing a hardware error. You did not go into detail on the error message so its hard to tell what diagnoses to give. I would call Acer directly and have the laptop repaired if its still under warrenty,
Any hardware error in a laptop can be complex so look into repair locally would be my best suggestion. Please do rate my solution as we strive for ratings- Thanks
The Acer Aspire 4710 uses a SATA hard drive. Unfortunately Redhat Linux 9.0 does not have SATA support (uses the 2.4 kernel). You will have to upgrade to something recent like Fedore Core 7 or Ubuntu 7.10. Hope this helps.
My guess is that when installing XP the option to format using NTFS was accepted. You should get a (Windows 98) DOS start floppy/CD and re-partion and format the drive before booting Linux install from CD/DVD