Not sure if I'm posting this in the right spot but here it goes. I'm in desperate need of any kind of advice or assistance. I tried to fix my wife's laptop for her, which I thought would be a walk in the park. Here's my complicated situation (bare with me, it's a long story)
My wife bought a laptop (acer aspire 5515) that came with Vista, but the pawn shop she bought it from dumped Vista and installed Ubuntu.
Things were ok and she was getting use to it, but the frustration set in when she couldn't do everything she bought it for because it wasn't compatible with Windows files (she really flipped when she bought a new printer then realized she needed XP or higher for it).
So I found an old Gateway XP OS disk and told her I would remove Ubuntu and install XP for her. Yeah it was a Gateway disk but figured if it would at least put Windows on it so she could work with the files she needed and use her new printer than that's all that mattered. I was successful with installing XP on the laptop BUT a new problem occurred....no internet (lost drivers when it formatted for the XP install.....oopsie)
When the butt chewing was over I told her I would download the drivers and install them....well that didn't work out quite like I thought it would.....so yeah, I had another butt chewing coming my way.
After some mad searching online, I saw numerous people saying to call Acer and you can order recovery disk from them. So I did, told them my story and asked for some Vista recovery disks. Went through all that, dished out the money and asked the guy "will this Vista disk restore everything?" wireless drivers and all that? - He said they were upgrading me and sending me Windows 7 disk. (I thought, cool...something good coming out of all this)
Got the disk last week, followed instructions that came with them. Everything was looking positive until the end of the install. I got a "recovery failed. reason 0xd000000a. After trying 3 more times I was about to throw it out the door. Wondering if the motherboard was bad (which I read online that error could mean) I figured I'd try to install XP again just to see if that would install....and it did so I know it can be done.
So I tried again, the same way....nothing. Tried a couple different things....nothing. Eventually I got the black screen of death. I think the only option I have is to flash the BIOS (either that or take it to the dump)
With that long boring story said, my question is. Being I installed XP on a laptop that came with Vista, do I have to download the XP BIOS from Acer? or the Vista BIOS since that's what was on it originially?
And if I am able to get it up and running again, how the heck do I get these windows 7 disks to work??!!!! Or am I screwed?? I'd really hate to trash it (not to mention be out $50).
Thanks in advance and sorry for the long post, but wanted to let you all know what this laptop has been though hopefully it would help in guiding me in the right direction.