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Acer Aspire 5100 stuck in boot loop.

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Acer Aspire 5100 stuck in boot loop.

Jeff Dray
I've got a problem with my Acer Aspire 5100. It has been fine for years but suddenly developed a problem where it won't boot at all. It displays the POST splash screen, the screen goes dark then the splash screen screen returns - displaying the "press f2 to enter setup" message. In BIOS it looks fine, the hard disk is displayed and all looks well. It does the same with a different hard disk.If I use a linux bootable CD I can gain access and copy files from the HDD to a USB stick and vice versa, all diagnostics say that all is well but the problem remains. Has anyone seen this before and solved it?
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Here it very much sounds like a Windows Problem where the Windows Install has been corrupted If you can boot off a Boot Disc/Live Linux and have the unit go to whatever it was you are using then it's defiantly Windows Related.

If you have all your Data off the Device you can try using the Acer Recovery method and rebuild the system to Factory Fresh but you'll loose any installed Programs that you have loaded.

Col