acer laptop restore disk not recognized

January 29, 2010 at 20:55:57
Specs: Windows 7
Ive tryed 2 run my recovery discs on my acer aspire 4330-2403 laptop it wont reconize the discs or do anything they are the factory discs what do i do,sin, mike

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January 30, 2010 at 08:07:27
You have to boot the PC from the cd-rom drive with the first disc in the drive.

Before doing that, however, you have to check the BIOS settings to ensure that "CD-ROM Drive" is set as the first boot device, otherwise the PC will ignore the disc.

To get into the BIOS settings on an acer 4330, press F2 at the acer splash-screen during the boot process, or when you see "Press F2 to enter setup" at the bottom of the screen.

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January 30, 2010 at 10:35:29
NO,what r my bios settings suppose 2 be in the main menu

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January 30, 2010 at 13:27:37
Okay, I just checked out my BIOS screens especially for you. Mine's an Acer laptop too, though not the same model as yours, but hopefully it has a similar BIOS.

On the main BIOS screen there is a menu along the top.
Use arrow key to highlight 'BOOT' in the menu bar.

Now you see "Boot Priority Order"
Yours probably has "IDE 0" as first boot device,
and "CD/DVD as second boot device.

The first boot device (IDE 0) is already highlighted.

Press 'F6' to swap them round, so that first boot device is

Now press 'F10'

Highlight "YES" at the prompt (may already be highlighted) and press <Enter>

PC will reboot, this time from the CD/DVD drive first.

You can leave the BIOS set like that permanently so you don't have to go through all that process again next time, just don't leave a bootable disc in the drive unless you really want to boot from it.

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January 30, 2010 at 14:37:39
ok what i have in my main menu on top of screen next 2 information, main menu my settings r as follows 1) Quick Boot (disable) 2) Network Boot (disable) 3) F-12 Boot Menu (enable) 4) D2D Recovery (enable) 5) Sata Mode (AHCI).... In my Boot Priority Order- 1) USB CD-ROM, 2) IDEO:Hitachi, 3)IDE1: slimtype dvd A, 4) USB FDD, 5) network boot, 6) usb HDD . Thats what is on my menu's I know ive went in there before and played around with the settings ,oooopppppss my bad,I know there wrong.

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January 31, 2010 at 03:29:26
Okay, looks like your BIOS arrangement is different to mine.

Your fist boot device is currently set to "USB CD-ROM" - that is for booting from an external CD-ROM drive.

You need to have "IDE1: slimtype dvd A" as the first boot device - currently it's set as the third boot device. Put it at the top of the list.

How you accomplish that I don't know, but if you look at the bottom of that screen there should be a guide as to which keys to press to make changes.

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January 31, 2010 at 09:33:24
I put the IDE1 first it loaded the recovery discs, run the discs but it still don't want to boot or run windows.

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February 1, 2010 at 03:08:20
Sorry I'm all out of ideas now. Have helped you as much as I can. Sometimes you get to a point where you need to have the broken PC in front of you to try to get any further, and I've now reached that point with yours.

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February 1, 2010 at 05:48:41
thats how it uasually goes,thank u very,very much 4 youre help i greatly appreciate it, I ended going online with my good ole HP and buying a new dell desktop,thanks again 4 the help,sin,mike

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February 2, 2010 at 15:06:05
That was an expensive fix but glad you decided to ditch it!

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