So, first of all, my computer has had booting problems since the day one I bought it. I made a thread cursing Acer here about 1.5 years ago. I tried contacting them and they sent a noreply-email saying it probably needs maintenance and asking for more details (well, couldn't send further details because their email is noreply dam it). Long story short, never actually got it into warranty and thought I could fix it by myself.
The problem I had was the following:
When turning on the computer it wouldn't boot into Windows 7 until after 1min-10mins of ctrl+alt+del spamming. It gave me 2 different errors:
"Disk read error occured. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart." and
"Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key"
After I got into OS it would work just fine except for occasional crashes once a week or so.
However about last week the booting problems started to take longer than usual. It took me 30mins to more than an hour one day. On last Sunday it was well past an hour again but finally got in somehow. Unfortunately Windows crashed with blue screen after 1h of being in. Before blue screen everything jammed and I could only move around my mouse. Nothing reacted. After crash it didn't give me "start Windows normally" screen like it normally did and I was back at boot device errors.
I tried changing boot device (F12) and changing BIOS settings (DEL), nothing worked.
Luckily I had managed to create a booting disk when my Windows was on and I used it to recover my boot up. Worked but my Windows crashed after a while the same way I explained above.
This kept continuing and right now I've tried about everything. I haven't been able to enter OS for 2 days. I've looked inside the computer and cleaned some dust and tried to use recovery options in my boot disk. The weird thing is that all the recovery options fail now. I managed to force it into Acer eRecovery Management where all options had been grayed out before and got into the process of recovering computer to factory defaults on. Unfortunately that thing crashed at 26% too.
Here are the errors different recovery options give me:
"Startup repair cannot fix this computer automatically
Prob. event name: StartupRepairOffline
Prob. Signature 01: 0.0.0.0
Prob. Signature 02: 0.0.0.0
Prob. Signature 03: unknown
Prob. Signature 04: 0
Prob. Signature 05: unknown
Prob. Signature 06: 1
Prob. Signature 07: unknown"
"To use System Restore, you must specify which Windows installation to restore.
Restart this computer, select an operating system and then select System Restore."
System image recovery:
"Windows cannot find a system image on this computer
Attach the backup hard disk or insert the final DVD from a backup set and click Retry. Alternatively, close this dialog for more options"
(Inserting last factory backup disk in made no difference here)
Windows Memory Diagnostic:
"Windows cannot check for memory problems
An error is preventing Windows from checking for memory problems during startup."
System info if it helps:
Acer Aspire X3950
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Processor: Intel Core i3 processor 550
Graphics card: ATI Radeon HD 5570
So yah, nothing seems to work. I just wish I could start everything clean but the recovery options don't work. Just lost 550e if I can't fix this piece of junk.