Acer Aspire 5542 Not Booting

January 16, 2011 at 03:47:40
Specs: Windows XP
I have an Acer Aspire 5542, this morning it has decided it does not want to boot up. It gets to the bios loading screen and then does nothing. I have checked the bios settings and boot order is correct. I have pressed ALT and F10 to go to the system recovery and it gets to a screen saying 'Please wait a moment....' but then does nothing. Can anyone help? :(

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January 16, 2011 at 07:01:50
On another computer download Memtest ISO image and burn to CDr, then boot to that and let it run through all tests. If it does not complete, repeat with one stick of RAM at a time. If one stick is bad, replace. If all test bad, it could be another hardware issue also like your power supply going or a problem on your motherboard. If your memory test good, then your problem is Windows or your hard drive and considering that you cannot access your recovery partition, it is very probably your hard drive.If you have a recovery disk or a windows install disk, you can try a start up repair from there. You can test your hard drive by downloading the bootable hard drive utility from your hard drive manufacturer's website and booting to it, there should be a non-destructive test in there.

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January 17, 2011 at 01:34:27
I have d/loaded and burnt a Windows 7 Recovery Tool, I ran the startup repair and one of the codes read: NoOsSystem which is obviously wrong as I have the run the DOS box in the program and the Windows file still exists. This has lead me to believe that Boot.ini or a similar file has been damaged/corrupted. I'm currently running CHKDSK /R in the DOS box and have already recieved the following:

Deleted corrupt attribute list entry (5 lines)
File record segment ...... is unreadable (around 20 lines)

So i'm now guessing its a HDD failure?

If thats so and I purchase a new HDD windows 7 came preloaded on the machine, how do I install it onto the new HDD or will I have to re purchase it?

Oh BTW i did try to use the system restore before using the DOS mode but it won't let me.

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January 19, 2011 at 15:02:45
Once the hard drive starts to fail boot becomes a problem. Trying a restore will fail for the same reason, it will not be able to read and write to the bad sectors either. If you know someone with an OEM copy of the appropriate version of Windows you can reinstall using the COA key on the sticker. You need to know whether it is Home or Pro and if it is 32bit or 64bit. OEM disks use one for each of the versions. The other choice is to contact Acer to get a recovery package for the system with drivers and original applications.


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January 19, 2011 at 21:52:56
you can also download the drive tools from the drive manufacturer, they may be able to recover damaged sectors, and possibly allow you to make a bit for bit copy of your current drive including the hidden partition, these tools are usually free for use, you may also be able to create a second partition and do a bit for bit copy from one partition to the other, and then boot into the second partition.
check the tools from the drive manufacturer.

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