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#1 ahhineedhelp

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 12:03 PM

My computer has gone into a state of unstableness. Its even starting to freeze when I start up. Ive searched for any spy ware or ad ware or virus but cant find anything. Ive used all the programs I could think of.

So in lieu of this, I want to format my computer

Its an Acer Aspire with windows xp

My question, is if I format the computer do I lose the Windows XP it came with? Or will it pop up when I start up the computer after the reformat?

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 12:23 PM

Once you reformat, everything is gone.

You need to have your os disc, with your cd key to reinstall/activate your os.

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 12:39 PM

http://www.pcworld.com/article/126459-1/article.html

Why not look thru the info in the link above and try a few of the suggestions. You could also post a Hijack This log and let the experts take a look. Just follow the instructions in the link below.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/34773/preparation-guide-for-use-before-using-malware-removal-tools-and-requesting-help/
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Posted 18 January 2007 - 12:40 PM

My wife has the same machine. If you got it from new, it would have lead you through a process of building a recovery disk. As well, you should have two disks (I,m looking at them now) with a blue lable (Acer Recovery 1 & 2) Somewhere on you Acer, usually on the bottom, you will find a Microsoft label with the CD key on it, that will get you back into the OS installation. She also has a small booklet which explains in detail how to work with the two CD's. If you do not have the booklet I am sure there is a help file on one of the CD's, otherwise come back and I'll spell it out. If you do not have the CD's - well, problem, but they can also be downloaded from Aspire's site.

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 03:44 PM

Beofore going into drastic measures such as formatting you might want to try following steps :

Please follow these steps :

• Defrag your system. Disk fragmentation slows the overall performance of your system. When files are fragmented, the computer must search the hard disk when a file is opened. Disk Defragmenter consolidates fragmented files and folders on the hard disk so that each occupies a single space on the disk. This speeds up reading and writing to the disk. Read "The Importance of Disk Defragmentation" for instructions.

• Check for disk errors by running CHKDSK. CHKDSK can be run from the Recovery Console, the command prompt or through the Windows GUI.
To run chkdsk from the Win XP GUI see these instructions.
To run chkdsk from the command prompt see these instructions.
To run chkdsk from the Recovery Console see these instructions.
The problem with running CHKDSK from Win XP is that it will not check files that are being used by Windows. Using chkdsk in the Recovery Console with the /r switch is a way to resolve this.

• Check for damaged, altered or missing critical system files by running the System File Checker. If SFC discovers that a protected file has been damaged, altered or missing, it restores the correct version of the file from the cache folder. You must be logged on as an administrator or as a member of the Administrators group to run sfc and it may ask you to insert your XP Installation CD so have it available.

• Clean up your hard drive by removing unused programs and transferring old data, pictures, music files to a CD or an external hard drive. When you have moved/saved the files you want to keep, run Disk Cleanup and let it scan your system for files to remove. "Don’t clean out the Prefetch folder" - This is a common myth that will not improve performance.

• Check for any unnecessary running services. If you have a typical installation, many services are configured as "automatic"; that is, they start automatically when the system starts or when the service is called for the first time. Use "Black Viper's Services Configuration" to help fine tune this area.

• Check for any unnecessary applications loading at startup when Windows boots with MSConfig. Some startup programs are necessary so be careful what you disable. If you are unsure what any of the startup entries are or if they are safe to disable, then search one of the following Startup Databases:
Startup Programs Database
StartupList Index

Note: MSConfig.exe is a troubleshooting utility used to diagnose system configuration issues. Although it works as a basic startup manager which allows you to enable/disable auto-start programs, msconfig should not be used routinely to disable startup programs.

A better alternative is to use a startup manager. If you have have Spybot S&D 1.4 installed, launch it, go to Mode and select Advanced. Then go to Tools, select System Startups. You will be provided with a list of programs that load when Windows starts. If you untick an entry it will no longer run at startup. This will allow you to experiment and see how your system performs with any of them disabled. Other startup managers you can download and use for free are Startup Control Panel, Autoruns and Starter by CodeStuff.

• Remove any third party "Memory Manager" or "Optimizer". Windows XP memory management was designed to make the best use of Ram and these memory management utilities defeat that purpose. They push applications out of RAM into the pagefile, creating holes in the RAM and by doing so, slow down your computer.

• Disable some visual effects. While visual embellishments that may be attractive, they don’t do anything else for you. Disabling some of them frees up system resources and makes the operating system perform better. Right click My Computer, choose > Properties > Advanced, click on "Settings" under performance...UNcheck all the visual effects, except for the last three. Click "Apply", then "OK", then "OK" again. Then right click your desktop and choose > Properties > Appearance > "Effects...Uncheck the first two boxes and hit "OK".

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 04:30 PM

woww, thanks for the quick replies, will look into doing what fozzie said, and if that doesnt work, ill try and format

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 11:52 AM

oh, also, how do you save bookmarks from mozilla?

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 12:37 PM

Just right click on the page or link you want to bookmark and select book mark. A window will pop up and you can rename the bookmark or start a new folder.
If you are planning to delete your Mozilla/Firefox profile and want to save the bookmarks you have now let us know and we will give you those instructions.
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Posted 19 January 2007 - 04:13 PM

Just right click on the page or link you want to bookmark and select book mark. A window will pop up and you can rename the bookmark or start a new folder.
If you are planning to delete your Mozilla/Firefox profile and want to save the bookmarks you have now let us know and we will give you those instructions.

yea i want to delete it

so i can keep my bookmark when i get mozilla again

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 05:00 PM

My wife has the same machine. If you got it from new, it would have lead you through a process of building a recovery disk. As well, you should have two disks (I,m looking at them now) with a blue lable (Acer Recovery 1 & 2) Somewhere on you Acer, usually on the bottom, you will find a Microsoft label with the CD key on it, that will get you back into the OS installation. She also has a small booklet which explains in detail how to work with the two CD's. If you do not have the booklet I am sure there is a help file on one of the CD's, otherwise come back and I'll spell it out. If you do not have the CD's - well, problem, but they can also be downloaded from Aspire's site.

alright i found the recovery cd's

theres 5

not sure where the cd key is tho

and the booklet doesnt have any info on how to use the cd

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 05:15 PM

In FF, click Bookmarks -> Manage Bookmarks and then in the 'Bookmarks Manager' window click File -> Export. This creates a .html/.htm file with the bookmarks in the place, and with the name, of your choice.

When you are ready to import in Firefox go to Bookmarks -> Manage Bookmarks -> Import. Browse to the folder containing the back up Bookmark file and select it. Firefox will do the rest.

Edited by buddy215, 19 January 2007 - 05:16 PM.

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 01:21 AM

[quote
alright i found the recovery cd's
theres 5
not sure where the cd key is tho
and the booklet doesnt have any info on how to use the cd [/quote]

OK. If you examine them, you may find they are for different language formats .

My book says Insert the System CD first. Then, when you have chosen to rebuild your system, insert the corresponding language Recovery CD, to continue. Then follow the on screen instructions.
This will resore your hard drive to the condition it was in when you purchase the computer.
When you have finished, insert the system CD again. After rebooting, the installation process will continue to its final.

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 03:43 AM

[quote name='uhaligani' date='Jan 20 2007, 01:21 AM' post='434789']
[quote
alright i found the recovery cd's
theres 5
not sure where the cd key is tho
and the booklet doesnt have any info on how to use the cd [/quote]

OK. If you examine them, you may find they are for different language formats .

My book says Insert the System CD first. Then, when you have chosen to rebuild your system, insert the corresponding language Recovery CD, to continue. Then follow the on screen instructions.
This will resore your hard drive to the condition it was in when you purchase the computer.
When you have finished, insert the system CD again. After rebooting, the installation process will continue to its final.
[/quote]
aight thanks

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Posted 29 January 2007 - 01:00 PM

I also have an Acer Aspire and re-formatted the hdd once before as the drive was full - only 20GB partitioned into 3 by Acer - but I have since replaced it with a larger Hdd.

:thumbsup: The instructions for reformatting do seem a bit ambigious, and in my case there are 3 CDs for this. You will probably find that the CD numbered Disk 1 (System CD) has all the drivers on it, i.e Acer's Wallpapers, screensavers, Acrobat Reader 5.1 and the system online guide. The other drivers on Disk 1 include the Via 4 in 1 Chipset, AGP, VIA VGA and ATI VGA drivers, Realtek Audio, TouchPad, Modem and Wireless LAN 802.11 and 802.11a+g drivers, BlueTooth Driver and Application, Launch Manager, Cyberlink Power DVD, NTI CD Maker and AMD PowerOn drivers.

The other 2 CDs are named as Recovery CDs and are numbered Disk 2-1 and Disk 2-2 both with Images, Tools and data files. I believe one other of these installs XP home on your laptop. If you do need the key, it can be found attached to the underside of the laptop with Acer Incorporated included on the label.

Keep in mind that if your hdd was originally partitioned, this configuration will also be restored with a small section of the hdd reserved for Acer's technical data.

Replacing the hdd with a higher capacity drive can be an option and this is where Disk 1 comes in very useful as you can then install the sound and video drivers for the Acer motherboard from the System CD and any other drivers you might need.

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Posted 29 January 2007 - 01:42 PM

lol, I got it formatted.

But thanks for typing that up, I appreciate it.




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