Posted on 2007-11-18
I have an ACER Aspire 3000 notebook with problems. It has a 1.80 GHz AMD Mobile Sempron CPU with 1 GB of RAM. It has a built-in touch pad mouse. Here are the steps I have taken:
1. I have ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚ÂœF-diskedÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â the 40 GB hard drive and deleted the partitions
2. I created a new partition and allotted the entire 40 GB to this new active directory
3. I installed XP Service Pack 2 (Build 2600) ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â“ during which I formatted the new partition as NTFS
I have repeated these 3 steps (4 times) because the notebook acts squirrelly after I install the XP. I have used 2 different XP install disks with the same results. The symptoms are:
1. The built-in touch pad mouse only works in ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Âœsafe modeÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â, for regular Windows bootup the touch pad is inoperative. A USB connected mouse does work after regular bootup.
2. The built-in keyboard only works in ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Âœsafe modeÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â, for regular Windows bootup the touch pad is inoperative. A USB connected keyboard does work after regular bootup.
3. The Microsoft online hotfixes canÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â™t install properly (the notebook just freezes after downloading about 40 of the required 82 hotfixes). At this point, I have to pull power from the notebook to reboot (task manager shows a ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚ÂœsysfaderÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â process which I canÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â™t kill). When I reboot, I can then download more of the hotfixes until 4 reboots lets me download all the 82 required online Microsoft hotfixes for XP SP2. During the installation phase of the hotfixes, I have a repeat of the notebook freezing after I install a few of the hotfixes. I have not been able to install even ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â½ of the hotfixes properly.
At this point, I have a dysfunctional notebook that the keyboard and touch-pad mouse only work in ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Âœsafe modeÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â and when I attach USB connected keyboard/mouse and bootup in regular Windows mode; I canÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â™t install the Microsoft hotfixes (or any other program like 2003 Office Suite).
Other than performing an exorcism on the notebook or using it as a paperweight, does anyone have any suggestions for remedy?