Acer :: Recovery CD (ISO File Called STCDBOOT)


I found something once on one of my recovery CD'S. It is an ISO file called STCDBOOT. I burned the ISO image and it made some wierd boot disk. Has anone else tried this? I was wondering if this could rebuild the PQSERVICE? This ISO is on the first disk called System.

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I have recently got an Acer Aspire One 110 Windows XP Version with 1GB ram for my girlfriend as an xmas present. Anyway while I was setting everything up for her i.e. firefox & msn etc. I spotted in the programs that there was nothing to do with Acer at all i.e. erecovery management, and the only thing was the Acer PDF manual. I then proceeded to look in disk management (right click my computer > manage) and to my shock there was no PQSERVICE or any sort of a recovery partition! The only partition was the main Windows partition! I thought maybe it was because the SSD hard disk is only 8GB. I decided to take a look at the 2 disk that I got supplied as I thought that these were the only possibe way to restore if you had an external disk drive. The 2 disk were labeled System CD & Windows XP Home Edition SP3, The System CD disk was 500MB in size and the Windows one was 2.54GB! That must be the recovery DVD then. I decided to try and boot into the disks on my other laptop and the SystemCD disk did load up and it loaded the eRecovery program but the option to recovery was greyed out (fair enough as it was a different laptop) I then decided to boot the 2.54GB Windows disk and the laptop would not recognise it at all! I decided to look at the contents of the 2.54GB Windows disk manually through windows and all that it has it about 20 .SWM files and some other files but the only application I could see was a program called "ImageX" I then manually looked at the contents of the SystemCD disk and there was only various folders and files but no clickable applications. I am now a bit confused by these 2 disks, how am I supposed to do a full restore the aspire one now incase anything goes wrong?? Could anyone help me out with how am I supposed to these 2 disk or am I supposed to create another recovery disk using these 2 original disks? Or will these 2 disk boot up fine using an external disk drive with the aspire one?

Creating Factory Default Disc Won't Open www.sevenforums.com

i have an acer aspire x1900 ..windows 7 32 bit and and wanted to burn the recovery disc from my computer but whenever i click on the create factory default disc ...it just wont open .... then called for help and asked what would i do if ill reformat my pc but don't have recovery disc and the one on my pc itself not loading....they told me to press alt+f10 upon rebooting but it didn't take me to recovery window as what i have seen on one on the Internet video the guy pressed alt+f10 but its not the same shown on mine?

HP/Compaq :: HP Recovery Disk Creation www.notebookforums.com

I am using HP Dv2000 notebook, now when i try to create a recovery disk, i intially used the CD and copied the file then i noticed that that the total no of CD required is 18 where as if we use DVD it needs 2-3, so the 2'nd one i inserted is a DVD, the recovery program now it is saying that you should install a CD rather than a DVD, can i start again the process of copying using my new 3 DVD's?

Acer Aspire VN-591G :: Windows 8.1 - Uninstalled Recovery Management Software community.acer.com

I have recently purchased an Acer Aspire VN-591G which came with Windows 8.1 preinstalled.   I now wish to reset it to factory settings and I can't seem to do that as I have accidentally uninstalled the Acer Recovery Management software.   The recovery partition is intact, but I can't seem to be able to do anything with it.    I tried booting up using Alt + F10 but it opens up the default Windows 8 boot screen, where if I choose to reset the system it asks me to insert the recovery media (which I don't have as the system only came with the recovery partition).   I think I spent 3h searching through the internet trying to find the Acer Recovery Management software that comes with Windows 8.1 (which I'm hoping will be able to access the recovery partition and use it to restore the laptop to its original state), however, it seems that this is nowhere to be found.   I find it absurd for Acer not to provide this software as a download for their systems - how would you be able to use the recovery partition in case of a system failure ? i tried booting up directly on the recovery partition but I didn't manage to do that (maybe I was doing something wrong - got an error about the disk not being a fixed MBR disk ?    Trying to set the recovery partition as active from the disk management screen in Windows is even more useless. I can't assign it a drive letter either to try to access it (I found some forums post that was suggesting to copy the boot files on the primary partition to allow the system to boot into the Acer Recovery Management screen directly.

Making Toshiba Satalite L300 Windows 7 Motherboard Recovery CD www.tomshardware.com

i want know how to making toshiba satalite L300 windows 7 motherboard recovery CD.

Acer :: Formatting 2920 forum.notebookreview.com

i just bought a new laptop acer aspire 2920 and using a windows XP.. I received a CD write "acer aspire 2920 RECOVERY" after i bought the laptop.. i dont know what does the cd for.. and now on, i wan to format the laptop but i scare if i lost some important data or LICENSE install on my laptop... and the CD i received was scared me to format it... could u pls reply me as soon as possible? what does the cd for?

Acer :: 5100 (xp) Windows Won't Boot forum.notebookreview.com

Acer 5100 (xp) stopped working a few months back! It says windows could not start because the following file is missing WINDOWS2|SYSTEM32CONFIGSYSTEM. Telephoned acer for recovery disks! Problems is a bought laptop through a friend of a friend. As I didn't register laptop and can't provide password, they won't sell me disks. Tried alt f10 but nothing happens. Enabled d2d and recovery in boot up screen. Still no joy. I have managed to download recovery dvd's (x2) from bit torrent (Acer Aspire 5100 Restore DVD's) . I then set the boot priority to boot dvd first. The files are iso. I have burned the image using imgburn on 2 dvd's. The disk starts the loading RAMDISK image. Then as it flicks to the acer recovery it quickly jumps to please wait..... I am now going to decompress the files using winrar, then burn the files. But not sure this will make any difference.

Acer :: Can't/won't Say How To Wipe & Reinstall forum.notebookreview.com

A few days ago I phoned Acer's local home office in San Jose, CA. I understand Acer customers, like any of the reported support lines, are hard to get thru to. Fortunately I called their home office as they kindly listened to why I was calling (Acer's recovery instructions conflict and can't be followed), eg; the instructions refer to uses of their "recovery media" disk(s) as opposed to either "recovery disk" or "system disk" (which's what those two 'media' disks are labeled and Acer instructions are 'all over the place'; ie; conflicting and uninterpretable). Of note, apparently calls from Acer's H.O. and are answered by support after "one" ring. Because Acer publishes some 5 sets of how to's for recovering their AOA150 OS's and few to none of those instructions agree with each other, including the instructions that are mailed with the "system" disk, I decided to at least clear up what the differences were between the "recovery" and "system" disks. After nearly 20 minutes of repeating my name, most all the details I'd already answered, not to mention having reiterated my question something like 5 times (likely their support people have a so called supervisor who loosely listens to the goings on in their 'boiler room' and pretty likely the workers soon realize to keep the super's off their backs, they simply ask for your name and everything again, just to make it look like they're on another call)......................

General :: Permission Denied When Trying To Execute Binary Burned To A CD-R superuser.com

On an Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) machine, I burned a CD from the command prompt using: cdrecord -v speed=16 dev=0,1,0 /FPS.iso.The CD now contains an executable and some files. I tested the CD by loading it onto another machine (Red Hat 5.3) and when I try to run the program I get the following message:bash: ./FPS1_1: Permission denied.I can open other files like text documents (the executable also comes with shared libraries).I realized I had burned the CD as root so I burned another one as another user but I still have the same problem.

Acer :: PQSERVICE Will Not Boot forum.notebookreview.com

My problems lies with the PQSERVICE partition. It is still there and I can see it with Ubuntu. When I attempt start up, I get the message c:ootcd and an error status message. I also have recovery cds that I have tried to to use but I am not able to boot up from them or get any sort of indication that they work , only a blinking cursor then back to the c:ootcd error. My question is if I just completely delete and reformat my entire hard drive, pay that "lovely" $20 fee for new recovery cds from Acer as I'm out of warranty, would it work?

Acer Aspire 551 :: I / O Error With Recovery community.acer.com

During restore using Acer recovery disks for this Acer aspire 551, the recovery stalls at the final step where the wim file is written to the c: drive.  It gives me an i/o error. I suspect that the disk is functional because I have run the cmd.exe program from the x:drive and then run both scndsk.exe and scndsk.exe /F to fix any errors.  No errors were detected. However, any fix for this error that I have encountered suggests replacing the hardrive. This seems to be inappropriate, in this case. I should also say that I have used dos commands to copy a file from the system32 directory to the c: drive successfully suggesting that there is no problem with writing to the disk. Lastly, the cd rom hardware must be working or the disks would not be successfully read to the final stage.  How this can be an i/o error eludes me.

Acer :: Aspire 7551-2575 (MS2310) Black Screen Of Death - Recovery BIOS File Name? community.acer.com

One morning, laptop powers-on (Blue led on power button and on front bezel), no display, fans spin up and down, CD drive makes the usual seek sound. Attached external screen from my desktop, no display either, no POST!!. Removed HD, RAM, NIC, no change. No beeping what so ever, really looks like the notorious Acer BSOD i've read about. What I need is the EXACT name I should rename the BIOS file (JE70D118.ROM) to be able to use the Phoenix BIOS recovery function (FN+ESC+PWR) with the BIOS file on a USB key or SD card. Seems to be a national secret or something... Acer does not seem to have this documented anywhere.... including the actual BIOS recovery procedure....

Samsung :: SGH T809 - Flash Your Phone To SGH D820 Firmware www.howardforums.com

Now, all you need to flash your SGH-T809 to the SGH-D820 firmware is the flash cable from phantomgsm on ebay, or to make your own. And to download the .iso file I created. Once you have these two things, you can either mount the .iso file using a program like daemon tools http://daemon.alphabravo.org/daemon403-x86.exe or you can burn it to a cd. Once the cd is mounted or burned, it will autoplay and a batch file will walk you through the process of flashing your phone. If it does not autorun, just open the disc in my computer and select open "run.bat". If you guys have any problems, post them here. Also, let me know what you think! Here is the link for the .iso file http://rapidshare.de/files/22633006/T809Flash.iso.html Note: This is the FC1 firmware, and it will erase you IMEI number.

Acer :: 4715z - Cannot Install The Product Key forum.notebookreview.com

i have acer 4715z with a original windows vista home basic...and have also installed acer management.. because of very slow and i thought that full of virus already. try to restore to factory default using acer recovery.. but the problem is cannot continued because have corrupted file on the system..thats why i dicided to reformat.and the big problem is i cannot enter the product key. it says that the key is already used..

Dell :: To Make A New OS Recovery CD www.notebookforums.com

The disk i used to burn the Dell OS Recovery CD onto has been damaged and I can't burn a new one. Why is this? Is there a way around this or do I need to call Dell for a new recovery cd?

Acer Aspire ES1-512 :: Cannot Start Recovery Console To Make Recovery Media community.acer.com

ive just finished setting up my new acer ES1-512, And was about to make my recovery media through the acer console in windows 8.1, and the program will not open ? i get to the part where it wants me to allow the program to make changes, but then nothing happens ? i have tried going to the file location its self to to start the program but this makes no difference, ive looked all over acers site to see if i can re-download the console but have found nothing?

OS X :: Mounting ISO Image As CD? forums.macrumors.com

So far I've downloaded Toast 10 Titanium, because I heard that I need it to assist me with this, but basically what my problem is, is that I have a program that needs a CD to run it, but instead of a CD I have .iso images. Basically I need to know how to mount the .iso images onto my desktop as a CD so I can run my program successfully.

General :: Downgrade Evo 3D HBoot 1.50? forum.xda-developers.com

how to downgrade Evo 3D HBoot 1.50? I have downloaded HBOOT_Downgrade_Toolkit.i686-0.5.1.iso and already burn onto CD.

Hardware :: Install Gentoo Without Internet Connection? www.linuxquestions.org

Sir..I tried Gentoo x86: iso Minimal CD and Universal CD but both after booting from CD-ROM at one stage are stopped and asking for network set-up.But my net is not getting connected in this Gentoo installation.I am from India my network connection is of DSL type. So I request You to kindly tell me a way to install Gentoo without any network connectin(Internet).And also tell me which ISO I have to download for this purpose.

HTC Eris :: Go Back To Amons Recovery Image androidforums.com

Alright im already rooted and i flashed clockwork recovery image and I want it gone. I'm trying to go back to Amons recovery image. However when im in the command and I type in adb push recovery-ra-eris.img /sdcard I get no such file or directory error... but i have the file in the tools folder of my androidsdk... any thoughts.. cd cd c:AndroidSDK ools adb devices adb shell mount -o rw,remount /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system adb push recovery-ra-eris.img /sdcard adb push flash_image /system/bin adb shell chmod 755 /system/bin/flash_image adb shell flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery-ra-eris.img After i do the recovery-ra-eris.img i get an error

Acer :: How To Fix Mbr www.notebookforums.com

My uncle got a virus on his MBR he has his Acer recovery disks and also the recovery file on the desktop. Is one better than the other? Will both fix the MBR or is there something else I need to do? The recovery partition is built into the D drive as well.

CentOS 5 :: Install The Cent From The LiveCD? www.centos.org

I'd like to download Cent 5.6, but I'm a bit confused on which ISO I need to download. I can't use any of the torrent files since my company FW won't allow it through. So, should I download the Live CD or ISO 1 through 8? Can I install the Cent from the LiveCD? If I decide to download ISO 1 through 8, how do I then combine them?

Acer Aspire V Touch :: Apps Always Crash And Can Never Be Opened community.acer.com

I just got my Aspire V touch, so I don't understand why the Acer applications keep crashing when I try to open them. All of my other apps open fine without crashing. (Acer apps i.e.: Acer Recovery, Acer Quick Access, etc.) Why only Acer apps are crashing? I'm trying to make my recovery files.   Also, what is AOP Framework? It always crashes when my laptop is waken up from it's sleep. Can I uninstall it?

Dell :: Inspiron 600M forum.notebookreview.com

My Dell Inspirion 600M hard drive died. I am getting a new hard drive now, nut I lost the Original Recovery CD so I cannot install the Windows XP Home Edition ... Does anyone have an ISO copy of it? Is it easy to install? I don't want to install pirate copy on it.

CentOS 5 :: 5.3 Recover / Reset Root Password www.centos.org

I have to recover / reset root password. I do not have the 5.3 cd, can I boot with the CentOS-5.6-i386-LiveCD.iso [URL] and follow the recovery procedure outlined below [URL]

Reinstall Windows 7 Boot Loader? forums.techguy.org

I have an HP pavilion dv4-1555dx laptop that I was trying to install Linux mint 10 gnome on a PNY 8GB flash drive, I forgot to have Linux install grub to the flash drive, so it ended up installing grub to the HDD, now I need to reinstall the windows 7 boot loader but HP didn't send a windows 7 boot disk with the system (OEM windows 7) so I can't jut boot the cd and use the recovery counsel unless there is somewhere online that I can get an iso from, or is there another way?

Have Multiple Recovery Partitions, Which To Delete www.tomshardware.com

i was setting up my new laptop to be a dual boot machine (W7 + Ubuntu) but got an error message that i was already at the maximum number of partitions on my HDD. there is my C drive, a G drive called data (19.53GB, containing recovery_dvd 1, 2, and 3 .iso's) and two recovery partitions ( 11GB and 100MB, the 100MB one says it is active. are both recovery drives and the G Data necessary? i burned what thought was a recovery disk when i got the computer, but looking back i think i accidently burned a system repair disk instead. i also have a backup on an external harddrive (it confirms it in the backup and restore window). 180GB in C drive so its too much to backup on to dvds at this point, unless that's what recovery_dvd iso's in G drive are for? they are small enough to burn, so i would be happy with doing that and removing both recovery partitions if necessary.

Acer :: Factory Restore - Aspire 5610z Using ERecovery forum.notebookreview.com

I was trying to do a Factory Recovery in my Acer Aspire 5610z using eRecovery. Everything was fine until the "Acer Launch" window appeared. Now it stuck at "Process 1/2","Install eRecovery solution", "Please wait" There is another window behind it but I am unable to view it, this is going on for more than 2 hrs and I would very much appreciate your help to acomplish this recovery. the axer lauch window couldn't be moved.

Creating An ISO Image From Files On The Hard Drive www.vbforums.com

Hi, does anybody know how to make an ISO9660 image file (data mode 1) from files on the hard drive?I've been searching for a couple of days now, but haven't been able to find much. The only thing I could find was a CD burning program on pscode.com that has an option to convert a BIN image to an ISO image.I studied the code, but I don't see any code that writes the ISO header I took the necessary code for the "BIN to ISO conversion" from the CD burning program and put it into a new project. Is there maybe somebody who wants to have a look at it and explain to me how to create an ISO image from files on the hard drive?Thank you.Attachment Removed

Acer :: Travelmate 2420 Fails To See Operating System And Will Not Restore From Disc forum.notebookreview.com

ACER Travelmate 2420 fails to see operating system and will not restore from disc. My Acer Travelmate 2420 now fails to see the operating system. When I use the restore DVD that I had made it boots up and after a while the recovery runs. I hit a problem when the machine asks for disc 2 to continue the recovery. Only one disc was ever made during the back up session. A few facts. Before the OS failed Acer Recovery and other Acer Programs had started to not function. The C: and D: drives where NTFS Formatted. I have even considered cleaning the hard drive altogether and installing a new OS. The problem here is that I can't get into DOS Mode.

Acer :: Factory-Issued Recovery DVDs & PQService www.notebookforums.com

managed to overwrite the PQService on my Acer Aspire E380. Acer very promptly sent me recovery DVDs for my model, one System DVD and one Recovery DVD. Some of what I've read here confuses me a bit, however, and makes me afraid to use these discs if I should ever need to. To sum up my question as succinctly as I can: if PQService has been deleted/overwritten, will system/recovery DVDs issued by Acer itself (sent from the company) still function, or will they do me no good? I'm asking you guys because, frankly, my experiences with Acer's support have been less than stellar.

Windows 7 Doesn't Recognize Usb 2.0 To Ide Cd/dvd/rw Drive? www.tomshardware.com

have an acer veriton, trying to hook up an external cd/dvd drive.

General :: How To Extract Data From Backup File forum.xda-developers.com

I Backup-ed my Acer tab b1-A71 using android system recovery - Just like CWM. The file name ends with .Backup, and i wanted to extract some files from it.. How to Extract data from .Backup file ? - Created with android system recovery

Acer :: Where To Get A Recovery CD For My Aspire 5100 forum.notebookreview.com

My laptop is out of warranty ,is there any place I can get a recovery CD besides from Acer? They are charging $35 for it

Acer :: Aspire 5920 Drivers Windows Xp 64 Bits forum.notebookreview.com

i had installed windows xp 64bits in my laptop, a Aspire 5920-6080, but there's no have drivers for xp 64 bits in cd recovery, neither in acer website, anyone, knows where have drivers for this platform?

Acer :: Windows7 Recovery www.notebookforums.com

i recently upgraded my acer 5536 laptop to win7 from vista via the upgrade disc i received after sending off to acer as i bought the laptop last october. i had previously made a vista recovery disc using the erecovery program built into my computer. now i've upgraded i thought i would make a win7 recovery disc but i find that the built in acer software for doing this is now not on my system. 2 questions: 1. how can i burn a recovery dvd that i can boot from and reset my system to its first day as win 7. 2. if the above is not possible, what would happen if i tried to recover using my previous vista recovery disc. would it put my system back to vista or completely muck everything up?

Acer :: 5670 Recovery / Windows www.notebookforums.com

I want to reformat my C:/ partition but I've lost (or never had?) my original windows home cd that came with it, nor do I still have a recovery partition. (I wiped it all out...) Where do I find an acer win xp version so I can reinstall and use my my original windows key?

General :: GUI Tool To Extract Iso File Contents On (KDE)? superuser.com

I have an ISO CD image file and want to extract it's contents to a folder. I know there are ways to mount the image and stuff, but it's complicated. I'm looking for a GUI tool to open up the contets and extract needed files. On windows I would use WinRar to do this. K3B only allows me to burn the stuff, Arch does not work with ISO files :(Is there a similar tool on Linux, preferably from KDE world?

Dell :: Need X1 Recovery/Restore CD forum.notebookreview.com

I am the original owner of a Dell X1 laptop. Even with the 3 year extended warranty, it is now clearly out of warranty. When we purchased this laptop, it did not come with any recovery or restore CD. The windows partition finally died of old age with a corrupted file. Won't boot up as a dll is missing. HOW can I get a recovery/restore CD? It is still running the original Windows XP OS.

Dell :: Restoring A Help forum.notebookreview.com

I have my recovery cd for my desktop dell. Could i use my desktop recovery cd and use it on a dell laptop. And also is it possible to keep files such as microsoft office when recovering.

Cannot Create Recovery Disc www.tomshardware.com

cannot create a recovery disc in acer apire one - following all directions. Cannot get beyond eRecovery management - cannot click on a drive for the CD rom and cannot click on start.

Getting The Acer Extensa 5235 Drivers? www.tomshardware.com

i have a acer 5235 laptop with windows 7 installed with a recovery partition , it wont boot windows it gets to the logo screen and then i get the blue screen of death ?? it wont boot into dos from usb or boot anything from a cd or even boot into debugging mode or safe mode or any directory mode , it just seems any slight trace of windows and it wont boot?

Erase A CDRW And Write To It, Using Code.. www.codeguru.com

Anyone know the win32 api functions that are called by the following things:Right click a CDRW drive (with a cdrw disc in) in My COmputer, and the menu bears an item "Erase this CD-RW" -> what vb code can i call to show this wizard, or better, to just go and erase the cd and give a message when doneOpen an erased cd, drag some files to it, and click "write these files to cd" -> what api call can i use to write a file to cd.. or asked another way: how can i use the built in windows xp cd writing support, in order to programmatically write to a cd?tanks guys

Sony :: VAIO VPC Z HDD Model Recovery Disk Without DVD Writer forum.notebookreview.com

I finally got my VPC Z with HDD/no DVD today and I thought I'd start up a thread on the subject for those like me who once receiving their Z will be trying to use Vaio Recovery Center to create recovery disks without using a DVD Writer. Installing Win 7 from a USB stick is fairly well documented on the web but the problem above isn't, certainly not for the VPC Z anyway. I know that it's probably gonna be simpler to just create a bootable USB key/stick and copy the relevant drivers to it and use that (something I'll be doing to get rid of all the crapware sony have preinstalled) but I like having the security of an additional backup solution just in case I royally balls it up. The main issue (i think) is with Vaio Recovery Center itself, if you try to create the recovery disk the software will complain that no dvd writer can be found. After trying a couple of virtual CD/DVD/BD-ROM/HD-DVD tools I took the advice of TofuTurkey (cheers fella) in the vaio owners thread and tried Virtual CD. I'm happy to report that this has the capability to create a fake drive with various fake media discs and does indeed fool the Vaio software into creating an ISO to the internal hard drive. I setup a DVD+R DL drive and everything went smothly. Vaio Rocovery created a single ISO 5,344,117KB in size. Seems the next trick is to find a way of creating a bootable USB stick (again there's plenty of info out there concerned with installing Win 7) and then writing the ISO (or contents of?) it to it and filing it away for safe keeping. ZoinksS2k mentioned I should be "sure to set the partition to Active and run bootsect to make it bootable." which is going to be my next step after I've read up a little again on this.

Acer :: Acer 5610-4610- ACER Disk Formatter Cannot Find Any Drives forum.notebookreview.com

I have an Acer 5610-4610 system. It was repartitioned to one XP drive for several years. I am finally wanting to put the PQ service partition back on it but none of the folders of the restore CD's have any of the files needed to recreate this partition. I am wanting to put the factory (VISTA Home Premium) system on C. With all the system files and folders from the 3 restore CD's into the PQSERVICE partition. I have no clue how to proceed. I do remember there was an acer(C) partition and a data (D) partition when I got it. The PQSERVICE partition was there back then. The first (System) CD has none of the files mbrwrdos.exe or rtmbr.bin used to create the PQSERVICE system. I run the ACER Disk Formatter and it cannot find any drives on the laptop. Weird! From what I've been able to glean my thought was that that the Formatter disk would facilitate creating the correct partitions?

Pages 09 :: Important Documents Not Responding discussions.apple.com

I have been working on a document which isn't particularly long however it has information from research which I no longer have access to, I went file>save as and now the program has stopped responding, it hasn't completely crashed just not responding. It's really important that I don't lose this, is there anyway to either get the program to work or is there a recovery file or anything to save it? Information: acer aspire 7720,2 Macbooks,HP minibook 2133,hp omnibook xe2,advent 7081 + more 2 iphones an ipod touch and ipod nano and an ipod shuffle as well as a Acer PC

CD/DVD Device Driver Missing On 7 Starter Install? www.sevenforums.com

about a month ago, my Windows 7 Starter went dead on my Toshiba NB250 netbook. At first I thought it was a HDD issue. I tried using downloaded 7 recovery tools to no avail, and for some reason, whatever took out the OS, took the factory installed recovery partition with it..After a few days, I was sick of waiting for the recovery media to arrive, so I tried Installing Ubuntu Netbook 10.10. It worked, so I assume the HDD is fine.The recovery media is on dvds, so it's useless to me (for some reason my BIOS doesn't support a boot from an external dvd drive). I got an iso of windows 7 starter. I've seen a ton of threads and responses where people say that the iso may be corrupted due to a bad download. Mine's fine, because it installs and runs in VirtualBox no problem. I used the microsoft USB startup creation tool through my virtualbox installation. Thing is, whenever I try an install, I get a message saying there is a missing cd/dvd device driver. The thing has no cd/dvd drive, so I don't know what that's about. I tried copying the iso contents onto another piece of media, and did not make that bootable. I tried an install from my bootable usb, and then plugged in the usb of files. Nothing.I found this download on cnet, because I read about some guy who was messing around with his drivers to get an install to work. The cnet download was apparently only for vista, and when I put on my non-bootable media, and tried to install it when Windows asked for it, the installation told me that something was up with the drivers. Something to the tune of "contact the manufacturer for the newest software".