I want to wipe this laptop clean, fresh install but problem after problem..

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  1. OTOPIAN

    OTOPIAN New Member

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    Lent it out, haven't used it in a long time fractured ankle so now I want to use it in front of the TV but it's now fucked with the Win32:rivut virus, turns off on it's own, takes 2-3 times to boot up to actually get into windows, anti-virus just asks me to delete all infected .dll files (rundll32 etc.)
    It's an old Acer Aspire 2010 Windows XP Pro SP1 and it somehow got a password protected BIOS so when I push F2 and get into it it prompts me for a password that I have never put on it nor has anyone who has used it. I was trying to set the boot to go to the cd-rom so I could re-install the "normal" way.
    I tried to format c:, says it's in use and can't, googled and googled for a way around it. No luck.

    Basically I have the disk and want to get a fresh install but I swear about 8 hours into it I haven't done a forward thing with it, just stuck here getting mad.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. caddymac

    caddymac New Member

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    Pull hard drive out, put in external enclosure, format, re-install and then try to boot computer?
     
  3. Hate Crime

    Hate Crime Don't Hate OT Supporter

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    Are you able to use windows at all? Can you get into safe mode?

    Try Cmospwd
     
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    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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  5. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    You may find that there's another key (F12 perhaps) that allows you to choose your temporary boot device without having to go into the BIOS - even some of the older laptops have this feature. Check the manual
     
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    . this is an easy option if you have the ability to do it.
     
  7. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Have you tried F11 at bootup to see if it has a recovery partition?


    Meanwhile, I bet your cd drive is set to boot first.

    If you don't have a recovery partition, try wiping the HD with Active@ Killdisk.
     

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