Problem trying to re-install Windows XP

September 20, 2009 at 02:36:51
Specs: Windows XP
I am re-installing Windows XP on my Acer laptop. The process appears to work OK, and eventually I arrive at a message that says ‘Restore complete’. Then, when the laptop automatically reboots it goes through the usual ‘Welcome to windows’ stuff that you see when you switch on a brand new PC, inviting you to pick language, time zone etc. The first thing odd that I notice is that the touchpad does not work, although the mouse does. Then, when (optionally) invited to enter the computer name and description, I am unable to type any characters in the data field i.e. nothing happens, as if the keyboard is not working. The process then freezes at that point and I am unable to do anything other than power off the laptop. I have tried using a 3rd-party recovery disc to re-format the C: drive, which appears to work OK, then run the re-install process again, but exactly the same symptoms and problems occur. I am using the correct Acer recovery discs, which I have used successfully on the same laptop before.
Anyone got any ideas?

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September 20, 2009 at 15:57:39
One of a few ideas. DVD damaged, bios setting for interrupts have changed, device errors.

Might start at bios and try fail safe or default and re-try.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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October 3, 2009 at 04:28:54
Thanks for the reply jefro; I've actually bought a new laptop now, however I will continue to play about with this old one to try and bring it back to life....Cheers!!

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