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Aspire one Netbook error

by bigdp123 / October 14, 2013 12:09 AM PDT

My son has a aspire one kav10 netbook which has decided to stop booting up. He has a message that says "windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be cause etc. It tells him to insert disc to repair it. The problem is the netbook doesnt have a cd drive. It also says file: "Boot\BCD and status 0x0000098. Info: The windows boot configuration data file does not contain a valid os entry.
Any help would really be appreciated.

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Re: netbook
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 14, 2013 12:13 AM PDT

One of the rather essential accessories of a netbook without a CD-drive is an external CD-drive that you can connect to a USB-port to boot from.
If if the netbook happens to have Windows Vista or 7 instead of XP, it needs to be a DVD-drive.


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Hey, we have that model.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 14, 2013 3:32 AM PDT

The CD drive is required to fix glitches like that and restore the OS. I think by now the netbook crowd has learned that lesson so moving on.

If I saw this I'd be asking if anyone tried to install another OS since this one out of the box did not use BCD.

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Further help needed
by bigdp123 / October 15, 2013 11:20 PM PDT

Could u explain further what u mean about BCD and how do i go about sing the external cd drive


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Re: help
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 15, 2013 11:25 PM PDT
In reply to: Further help needed

That BCD comes from the message you give yourself. Bob finds it somewhat strange. But since you have to re-install the OS anyway, it's not important.

The steps for the external cd drive:
- buy one or get one from a friend
- connect it to a USB-port on your PC
- put the recovery or Windows install disk in it
- boot into the BIOS-setup to check if the USB is set as the first boot device. If not, change that.
- exit the BIOS-setup
Now the laptop will boot from that disk/


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by bigdp123 / October 16, 2013 1:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: help

thanks i will try that and let u know

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