You have helped me in the past, I am hoping you can again!
My daughter's laptop quit working, she was getting the error message: Media test failure check cable. All my research and testing led to a failed hard drive. I ordered a new Western Digital serial ATA drive, it came today, I plugged it in the slot, seated it well replaced the cover and started it up with the Acer system disc in. It seemed to be going through the process correctly, I got the black screen with the bar at the bottom:Windows is loading files..., then I get the Acer eRecovery Management screen where I select the language to see the instructions, then the green Acer screen with a pop up to please insert the backup disk2 or the Recovery CD (the recovery is 2 cds), I put the first one in 1 of 2 click "ok" get the Restore to factory default screen, click "ok" again then get the error "Recovery32" "Type Mismatch" there is an "ok" button - irregardless if I click this ok button or not I cannot get past here, I have tried to boot from 2 seperate downloaded boot discs 1. Ultimate Boot CD from Major Geeks.com and PEbbuilder3 from Bart in addition to the system disc from acer. When I look at the BIOS, it is seeing my new hd, I took the new hd back out and restarted and checked the BIOS and the hd slot was empty, so it is definately seeing it. I took out the battery and have only the power cord hooked up because I read somewhere that may help, anyway any other way I try to start the machine besides the acer system disc (which stops me when I put in the recovery disc) I get the message Missing operating system and I cannot do anything from there. Sorry this got so long, but I wanted to be as specific as I could! Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!