my grandad bought an acer travelmate 2414 last june, and not had much luck in so much as internet and such like recently. he keeps getting the blue screen of death every time he logs on. The only thing i can think of to do is to restore it to factory settings and i have tried to use acer eRecovery but it does not work any way i try it. i tried the alt-F10 shortcut when starting up but it required a password, and the default password does not work and my grandad has never set a different password.
A friend of mine has the same exact model of laptop and lent me a recovery disk that he had made using his eRecovery, but the disk turned out to be scratched so my grandads laptop started restoring itself to factory settings, but not completely.
Now everytime i start the laptop up i cannot even get into dos, let alone windows, as there is an error message appears, saying that NTLDR is missing, and whenever i click any key to restar, the message reappears.
Now, i am quite experienced in computers, but i have no idea where to go from here - i just want to start again with it but i cannot do anything - help? please?
the only option that i can see which is anything close is the "Load Setup Defaults", but as far as i can see there is no mention of factory settings - only other thing - an option to turn the Alt-F10 shortcut on during POST, which is enabled.
If you have FAT32 partitions, it is much simpler than with NTFS. Just boot with a Win98 floppy and copy the NTLDR or NTDETECT.COM files from the i386 directory to the root of the C:\ drive.
For NTFS: Insert and boot from your Windows XP CD. At the first R=Repair option, press the R key Press the number that corresponds to the correct location for the installation of Windows you want to repair. Typically this will be #1 Enter in the administrator password when requested Enter in the following commands (X: is replaced by the actual drive letter that is assigned to the CD ROM drive) COPY X:\i386\NTLDR C\: COPY X:\i386\NTDETECT.COM C:\ Take out the CD ROM and type exit