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Acer aspire will not boot

Acer Aspire one a110-1295 notebook
May 29, 2010 at 08:39:59
Specs: Windows XP
My acer laptop goes to the windows load screen then just restarts, it does this in safe mode and last best known configuration, well it does this on everything i try could anyone help please.

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May 29, 2010 at 10:35:04
Age of system?

Did you have up to date Antivirus on the system?

Were your Windows Automatic Updates on?

Is it Blue Screening (Blue background with white letters & numbers), or just restarting?

Could be hardware issue, virus, OS corruption, I've seen a windows patch cause this due to malware on the system a few months ago: .

I'd test the HDD 1st, then maybe try to run an AV Recovery CD to see if there's any malware on there.

Just another stupid saying...

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May 29, 2010 at 12:38:54
A blue background with an error does show but to fast to read. My note book is about a year old and has no cd drive on it as it is to small, there is a way to reinstall the system form key board on boot up but don't know how to do this.

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May 29, 2010 at 13:15:03
Do you have an external DVD/CD drive, or have access to one?

Your restarting is related to a stupid (stupid as in Why did Microsoft DO THAT?) Windows Startup and Recovery setting which when checked, causes the system to restart instead of just sit there with the BSOD screen. The latter scenario is better because you can jot down the error code for better diagnosis & troubleshooting.

If it were me I'd try the Ultimate BOOT CD,,to try to turn off that Startup and Recovery setting. If you can get access to an external USB DVD/CD rom drive, you could use a boot cd, or run the boot cd from a USB Flash drive as well.

If you have a Recovery System Partition on your Acer, yes, you may be able to reload Windows from that. Check your Acer owners manual or see this:

NOTE WELL: using the recovery partion will erase any data from your hard drive.

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May 30, 2010 at 05:02:03
Thanks i'll give this a go then get back to you. CHEERS.

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May 30, 2010 at 08:19:32
I turned off Startup and Recovery setting and got blue screen saying UNMOUNTABLE BOOT VOLUME error code 0x000000ED (0X898F5E30,0XC0000006,0X00000000,0X00000000) It also says disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing but don't know how to do this. I don't have an external cd/dvd drive to try what you advised.

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May 30, 2010 at 09:07:52
MS KB w/ that error code:

- The HDD (hard disk drive) should be tested first to see if it's healthy. But to do that you'll need a USB floppy drive or a DVD/CD ROM drive in order to run a bootable floppy disk or a DVD/CD hard drive test utility. There are various HDD manufactures diagnostics tools (See List of tools below). NOTE WELL: RUN the QUICK DIAGNOSTICS TESTS 1st. If the Quick test finds an issue with your drive, you need to make a decision as to whether or not you want to proceed with a FULL disk test or send in your drive to a data recovery service (which is expensive however) if needed. If your drive is bad or going bad, and you do a FULL Diagnostics test, it may make it worse and create a situation where data will be unrecoverable.

- Run FULL HDD diags test if you choose (read NOTES above) with the HDD manufactures diagnostics tool via a bootable floppy or CD: Western Digital - DataLifeGuard, Maxtor/Seagate - SeaTools (Seagate bought Maxtor), Fujistsu - FJDT, Hitachi – HDFT (Hitachi Drive Fitness tester), Samsung HUTIL, Toshiba (doesn’t have a HDD utility - SeaTools or HDFT may work though).

- If the HDD is ok, then a DVD/CD ROM is needed to boot to an XP CD in order to run Recovery Console per the MS KB above. Or boot with an Ultimate Boot CD via DVD/CD or USB flash stick to run a check disk on the system.

Just another stupid saying...

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September 14, 2010 at 14:04:29
I would recommend calling a computer repair shop. It would make sure that you are not doing more harm to your computer by continuing to use it.

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