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Can't install any operating system

By koushan ยท 12 replies
Jun 10, 2013
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  1. Hi I don't know if this is the right place to post this, but I couldn't find another place to right about my issue, I have the same laptop, and I have the weirdest problem!

    My screen turns on but I can't install any OS, I have tried Ubuntu, windows 8, windows xp.... for example for windows 8 it shows a logo and then a blank screen, for Ubuntu I can't even boot from CD!

    I have tried CD, usb drive
    I have ran PC-CHECK, and it says no problem!
    I have taken out the hd, and dvd drive to just boot from CD, and still nothing!

    I have also updated the bios to the latest version from acer's website, this is so frustrating please help me
    your help is appreciated in advance
  2. Spykezxp

    Spykezxp TS Addict Posts: 296   +73

    What is the make and model of your laptop? Have you changed anything in your Bios other then updating to the latest version? Did you update to the latest version of the bios before or after you started having problems?
  3. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +626

    Press F8 and F12 repeatedly while it's turning on. Maybe you'll get the option to choose boot device.

    Otherwise, post back with the model as above.
  4. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    What time and date is on the System Clock? If it's showing the wrong time and date, change the backup battery. But you have to make changes in the BIOS also.
  5. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,378   +293

    Please post specifications of your laptop (hdd brand/model/size; memory; processor; etc.)

    if you installed a new hdd in place of the old one, you may need to initialize it thru the use of hdd manufacturer formatting utility.

    for Seagate/Maxtor drives, use seagate disc wizard for windows or bootable Seagate disc wizard cd edition:

    or use third party tools like the free minitool partition wizard:

    or free minitool partition wizard bootable cd edition:
  6. mmg1818

    mmg1818 TS Rookie

    Your laptop is Sony VAIO ?
  7. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,323   +592

    Unlikely since he updated the BIOS from the Acer website.
  8. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +626

    You're too trusting. :D
  9. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,323   +592

    I try to look at people's good side first rather than assuming the worst. :) Well, not always.
    cliffordcooley and St1ckM4n like this.
  10. mmg1818

    mmg1818 TS Rookie

    Your laptop is from Asus and you update BIOS from the Acer website ?

    what laptop have you see ?
  11. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +626

    What are you smoking man? You're the first person to mention Asus in the thread!
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,507   +3,696

    The same laptop as who or what?

    Well, why do you need to install an operating system? What operating system was on it before?

    I mean really, nobody builds laptops from parts. If you build a desktop, you have to buy and install an OS. But in all honesty, I've never seen laptops without an OS advertised, and I wouldn't want one, even if I could get a good price, or the sale was ending tomorrow.

    Whatever device you want to boot from, it has to be 1st on the boot menu, (in BIOS).

    So, why would you need to update the BIOS to install an OS?

    Prebuilt computers are designed by people known as "system integrators", or something along those lines. Prebuilts ship with drivers and BIOS commensurate with the installed OS, and the hardware. Laptops have a narrow window of upgradeability anyway. A bigger HDD, maybe some more RAM can be installed, but that's about the extent of it. My point is, only seldom does a laptop need driver or BIOS updates.

    Also, many don't come with a "Windows" disc. What they have is a "restore disc", which is actually a disc image of the HDD, not a discreet copy of Windows. In other cases, the motherboards are "tatooed', so that nothing else will work other than the proprietary restore discs, and you need a double secret administrative BIOS password to change that.

    When a new member starts blowing up a bunch of crap about not being able to install an OS on a laptop", and in this case with almost no background, product information, or sensible reason for the lappy not having an OS in the first place, it sends up all kinds of red flags.

    Would you like me to have the staff examine this problem for you?
  13. mike1959

    mike1959 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,020   +55

    Hi koushan, It would be useful to know if this Acer laptop was working recently, what O/S it was running then,(Windows?) or was it bought as 'not working' ?
    As nothing will install from CD/DVD, it could be a very simple fix, but some more information would be useful/vital.

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