Solved the netbook will not boot, suspect virus, no recovery CD

Acer Aspire as5742z-4646 notebook
March 19, 2012 at 03:37:12
Specs: Windows XP, atom
Acer aspire one AOD260 will not boot past the windows (XP) recovery screen, I suspect it has a virus, the netbook belongs to a friend who did not make a recovery CD (they dont have an external CD to make one with in the first place).

The recovery process ALT+F10 has no options other than quit, I am trying to locate a recovery CD for it, ACER will supply one, but want to charge £51.00 !

The other option is to install Ubuntu


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#1
March 19, 2012 at 04:36:06
Most Linux distro's can be installed from USB Flash drive as can Windows XP:

http://www.ocia.net/articles/xpflas...

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#2
March 19, 2012 at 05:53:26
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You will still need an external CD/DVD drive, do you have one?

http://www.avg.com/us-en/avg-rescue-cd


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#3
March 19, 2012 at 07:20:38
cheers for the link, I have an external CR/DVD drive, I'll give this a go

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#4
March 21, 2012 at 12:39:39
i had a friend that had it happen and what i did was made a bootable USB with Hiren's boot disk on it and was able to fix it. even if you need to reinstall the OS at least this way you can get any files/data you need off the HD

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#5
March 21, 2012 at 21:00:17
You can probably install Linux from a disk in an external optical drive, but usually you cannot install Windows from an XP CD in one because the initial files loaded from the XP CD cannot recognize most of, if not all, external optical drive models. In that case, the XP CD is recognized as bootable, but when you boot from it all you see is a blue screen and nothing further happens.
The only way that problem can be fixed is by making a "slipstreamed" burned CD that has had the PnP ID string of the external optical drive you want to use integrated into the contents of your original XP CD, if that's even possible.
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There are a small number of web sites where you can buy Recovery or Restore disk sets for your specific brand name model.

Try here:
http://www.digitalmedia-labs.com/
http://www.restoredisks.com/
http://www.myrecoverycds.com/


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#6
March 22, 2012 at 01:39:01
Thanks for all the suggestions.

I have managed to recover the hard drive using the western digital hard drive repair 'data lifeguard' CD I downloaded from their web site.

http://support.wdc.com/product/down...

The drive had a couple of bad sectors that the WD software sorted out and luckily when windows XP ran up, it detected it needed to to run a disk test and fixed itself - nice one Mr Microsoft.

Again thanks for all the suggestions, I tried out the AVG suggestion and it reported no issues, it was a bit too quick, which led me into looking into the hard drive as a suspect, even more so when my Aconis disk director boot CD hung whilst analysing the hard disk.


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#7
March 22, 2012 at 08:12:14
"I have managed to recover the hard drive using the western digital hard drive repair 'data lifeguard' CD I downloaded from their web site."

"The drive had a couple of bad sectors that the WD software sorted out ..."

Is the the hard drive a Western Digital model ?
If NO, you should use the diagnostics for the brand of hard drive it has.

Run the diagnostics more than once. Use the long (more time consuming) test that tests the entire hard drive. Run them once in a while for a while. If more bad sectors are found, your drive is in the process of failing - most likely it's board is failing.

No laptop or netbook conventional hard drive has a warranty longer than 3 years. They're more likely to fail than conventional desktop hard drives.


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