Acer laptop EISA hidden partition

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May 3, 2010 at 20:24:27
Specs: windows xp home
I have an Acer Aspire 1640 laptop. The old hard drive is toast so I can NOT recover the EISA partition. Even if I use external case and plug into other computer it can NOt be accessed.I replaced the hdd with a new one and tried to format it and load with win xp cd and of course it wouldnt boot cuz the bios would not let it.So I low level formatted it clean. Luckily I have the recovry cds but I still have a problem. I finally figured out the Alt + 10 thing and it did load windows Xp. BUT.....I have to use the damn alt+10 thing every time i want to go to Xp. If I dont do that it will say no operating system which I know means Windows is is trying to boot the wrong partition,its not mounted or pointing to the right partition or something.When windows is running its fine no problems all drivers loaded correctly no conflicts.Its annoying cuz I know it must be something easily fixed. The new hard drive is a 160 gigs which the partition calls a 137.5 gig and windows calls 127 gigs. I know a true gig is 1024 and not 1000Maybe the recovery did add in the EISA but I cant finf it with any tool i use.It is calling the new hard drive Acer. can somebody tell me what im missing?


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May 4, 2010 at 01:43:55
... for your "alt+10" problem download and unzip this (scroll to bottom of page wait 40 sec's) open "pqbw.exe" and select the partition you wish to make active (boot to).

... if the problem persists bootup with a win98 floppy/Cd type:

FDISK /MBR [press enter]

... and try again.


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May 4, 2010 at 05:08:09
mavis007
Thank you for your help. I appreciate all the help I can get. I tried the pqbw but it only showed me the 1 fat 32 acer partition so cancel was the only option it gave me I guess because it saw only one partition.I also tried to boot from 98floppy/CD type and typed in FDISK /MBR but that didnt work either. I guess I should be happy that I can make it boot to xp with the alt+f10 thing whether d2drecovery in bios is enabled or disabled. I see a lot of posts where people cant make it boot period.It just seems to me that it has to be something simple but right now maybe I should just walk away from this thing for a while before it drives me crazy and I do something stupid that will really make it completely unable to boot with any method. Thanks again for your help.

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May 4, 2010 at 06:11:51
... odd! from what I gather <Alt> <F10> is meant to evoke the recovery.

... what happens if you tap <F12> key @ bootup?

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#4
May 4, 2010 at 07:30:03
EISA stand for "Extended/Enhanced Industry Standard Architecture"

So what are you talking about when you say "EISA" partition?

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May 4, 2010 at 08:06:21

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May 4, 2010 at 09:08:39
mavis007
if i use f12 it asks me whether i want to boot from the hdd, the cd, or floppy. i choose f12 then it boots to xp. Thanks but still as long a process as the alt+10. I am glad that method works too but just wish i could just boot automatically without hitting any keys. I know that i should have backed up the hidden partition b4 the old drive went south but like many people i learned this too late. I do appreciate your time and help. Thank you

Outlander
what I am talking about when I say EISA partition is that hidden partition by Acer ( also called PQService) Its a hidden partition that the bios helps hide and controls the MBR. I really wish they wouldnt put that on cuz I can backup what I want without the help of that"service" and slap a new drive in and any operating system I want like most computers let you do


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