Posted 20 January 2012 - 04:52 PM
Hey guys i'll try to make this brief,
I would say my computer knowledge is fairly good but at the moment i am pretty stumped.
A friend the other day asked me if i could help him fix his computer, He was browsing the internet then the computer all of a sudden shut down. Harddrive then showed that it wasnt bootable and was making really strange noises. Maybe the harddrive can be repaired but that is irrelevant to the situation now.
He went and purchased a new sata harddrive for the laptop. Replaced it within the laptop, The bios shows everything as normal the RAM the DVD/Rom and the Harddrive Shows also. We place the Windows 7 DVD into the Laptop and press f12 choose boot from CD. After a very long time i'm talking 5 minutes it will finally show boot from cd press any key. Which we do then it will take another extremely long time round about 15 minutes at which point it will show loading windows files and eventually load the blue windows setup screen. Note no touchpad is present. So i can navigate through the menu's to install windows get to the Drive options advanced. I can see the Harddrive there, Formatted it and then choose it to install windows too. The file copying goes to 100%. I know thehe expanding files that takes a long time but At this point it sits on expanding files 0%..., for a very long time I've left it for over an hour with no movement the LED still flickers on the DVD Drive.
Note maybe its a DVD Rom problem but im not so convinced, As when i dont put a DVD in and wait to leave it to realise the Harddrive has no OS and to prompt me to insert a bootable disk, this does not happen. It goes straight after the bios to a black screen sometimes with a flashing cursor in the top left sometimes not and does not move.
I tried to use an ubuntu cd also and it eventually came to the loading screen. Then hung for an extremely long time to which point it gave me the error message something along the lines of No live file system found? OR live harddrive found, I forget exactly.
The part that gets me as strange is the fact that the harddrive and the DVD rom are both present in the bios and i can even use the windows 7 utility on the disk to format the harddrive no problem, But when it comes to further along the line in the setup it doesnt do anything.
Any particular reason why the setup first of all takes so long to get from step to step? I have also tried another Harddrive that i know works to no avail
The laptop is an Acer Aspire 8730. 4gb Ram the Harddrive i purchased is a Seagate 500gb the laptop is by no means old.
The operating system prior was Vista
Any help would be appreciated