Posted 12 October 2007 - 04:17 PM
I have an Acer Aspire 3050 running WinXP Media Center Edition-SP2. I bought the laptop way back in early February of this year and of course after setting it up I was prompted to back up the system ASAP since the machine came with a preinstalled OS instead of a disk. At that time, I did not have 7CDs or 2DVDs to back up my system with- in fact, I did not even have a chance to get the CDs until a few months ago.
However, when I attempted to use the Acer eRecovery program to back everything up it told me it was missing an essential file from the Registry. It did not however, actually show me which file was missing. In fact, the error message included a giant blank space after "The following file is missing from the Registry:".
I also, at one point, attempted to use the NTI:Backup NOW! program, but after I backed up the first 5 CDs I checked them on another machine and there was no information on them that was actually usable. I have no clue whatsoever what was going on there.
Now it has become vital that I backup my system because I need to take it in for a RAM upgrade before the poor thing stops functioning altogether (and before my college classes start and I need the darn thing). It is my belief that my system is infected in one way or another, but PC-Cillian and Ad-Aware haven't caught anything, I haven't found anything out of the ordinary running, and I don't have enough remaining RAM to run anything else to scan for it. I also don't know anyone who can scan my computer remotely either, so I am left only with the choice to take it in to a professional. Before I do this, I want to know if it's at all possible for me to back up my system in another way?
Afterthought: Acer eRecovery no longer actually runs. I'm not sure if this is because of the lack of RAM or some other reason, but it has now been rendered completely useless (instead of moderately useless).
"I hate computers, this is why I decided to pursue a major in Computer Sciences. Twisted huh?"