|"the bios is locked and I can't find a way to unlock it. "|
"The bios password was set by Acer."
As far as I have seen, a brand name computer NEVER initially comes with a password that's set in the bios that is already set.
It's likely that you (or someone who has used the computer) have set a password to access the bios yourself (themself) but you (they) have forgotten what it is because you (they) have rarely needed to access the bios.
You are supposed to use a password that is familiar to you that you're not likely to forget. If it was you who set the password, then you should make an effort to try to figure out what it is. The case of letters - upper or lower case - is important. You can usually make a limited number of attempts, say, three, then you have to restart the computer to try again if none of those were successful.
1. Turn on your Notebook.
2. Press F2 in order to access the BIOS
3. While in BIOS press F9 in order to select the preset settings.
Everything works okay untill step 2, but then when I press F9( or anything else for that matter) nothing happens. "
You haven't said whether you get any message when you press F9.
That may not work if you don't know the password to access the bios.
The program that is accessed by pressing F9 requires that there is data on the hard drive that is where it is supposed to be and that the data is not corrupted or damaged.
If that data is missing or not 100% undamaged, the program cannot work.
"And I don't own any restore disks,"
Acer systems never come with Restore or Recovery disks. You get what you pay for - a cheaper system, cheaper support.
However, you may be able to order a set from the Acer web site.
See Recovery Disks below.
Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:
If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibility, on another computer if you need to.
Seagate's Seatools will test any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.
The bootable Dos versions of SeaTools can be used even if Windows is not working properly.
If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.
If the hard drive itself tests okay......
grasshopper's referenced fix in response 7 won't work if other data needed to make it work is not working correctly or is corrupted or missing.
You can probably fix your problem either of two ways without losing your personal data that you have added to the C partition,
or - you could reload Windows or the original software installation from scratch, but that's a lot more work, and if you don't want to lose personal data that you can't easily re-install, you would need to boot the computer from something such as a Linux CD and copy the data you do not want to lose to elsewhere BEFORE you install Windows or the original software installation from scratch.
There are two types of brand name system Restore or Recovery disk sets.
The most common type I've seen for computers that have XP Home or Pro installed on them originally is
- the first disk is an XP Re-installation CD. You use it the same way as a retail Microsoft XP CD. Certain OEM.* files on the CD have been modified so that you can't install XP from scratch or run a Repair installation of Windows on any other computer unless is the same model or the model is one of a small group of the same series.
It does not prompt you to insert another disk when it has finished installing Windows.
You have the option of trying to Repair your existing Windows installation without losing your personal data if you follow a standard Microsoft Repair installation procedure.
- the other disk(s) have the drivers you need for your system and sometimes programs that do not come with Windows that the brand name provided in the original software installation.
The other type is
- the Restore or Recovery disk set is a custom made multi disk archive. In that case, all of the original software is installed on the entire hard drive, you are prompted to insert the second disk after the first one has finished loading, etc.
With that type of set, you cannot repair an existing Windows installation, and you must copy personal data you do not want to lose to elsewhere BEFORE you run the procedure.
If you can get Recovery disks for your model, according to my experiences, that set is much cheaper to buy including shipping than even just a regular Microsoft OEM XP Home CD, the cheapest type of XP CD you can buy.
.Pick your country.
I picked United States.
I chose this Top Answer
How do I reinstall the Operating System on my computer?
Click on the blue link for: Acer Recovery Media Order Form
"If the ability to reinstall from the previous method is not available or fails, recovery of the Operating System will need to be from Recovery Media. If you do not have a set of Acer Recovery Media, you may purchase the set online from the Acer Recovery Media Order Form."
The Alt-F10 procedure make not work with your model.
If the Restore or Recovery disk set is the type where the first disk is an XP Re-installation CD,
-you can run a standard Microsoft Repair installation procedure to try repairing your existing Windows installation without losing your personal data that's on C
-if you install Windows from scratch with that CD...
see this Top Answer:
How do I restore drivers and applications using eRecovery?