February 17th, 2009, 05:09 PM #1
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unknown hardware problem, Acer aspire 5100
Does anyone have an idea about what is most likely the source of the following problems with my laptop?
The problems started with infrequent problems on booting. The hard-disk (sometimes also the dvd-rom) didn't show up in the BIOS. However, after turning on/off a couple of times I usually got it working after some minutes. As time went by this problem occurred more and more frequently (this was kind of annoying, but not a serious problem as I always got it working after a while).
Then one day Windows XP crashed, and when trying to restart I got the message that system files were missing. Actually it appeared that both my partitions were totally unreadable. So I reformatted the entire disk (after reformatting the hard disk seemed fine (no damaged sectors, etc)), and installed Linux. For a few days everything worked ok (however I still had the booting problem). Then more or less the same happened with Ubuntu as with XP (crash followed by missing files in subsequent startup). So now I can't start Ubuntu.
When I run memtest86+, it finds a lot of errors.
Could all these symptoms be explained by RAM problems, or is it most likely the motherboard. Or the hard-disk? I'm not really an expert, so any help would be appreciated.
February 17th, 2009, 05:45 PM #2
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If memtest86 reports bad memory you can believe it. Any errors are unacceptable.
Bad memory will corrupt your hard drive over time.
Last edited by stroyal; February 17th, 2009 at 05:51 PM.Hard Sayin Not Knowin
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