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bjr1000

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Hi all
I have a packard bell easy one silver laptop.[8yr old]
I would like to perform a factory reset.
I have tried for info on the p/bell website to no avail.
There is a tiny hole marked reset at the back.
I have no important data to lose.

I have done a reset on my other Acer laptop with success.
There was no manual reset button involved and proceeded via the F2 key.
Can anyone please advise me on this matter.
Thanks.
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I doubt that a unit that old will have a recovery partition, but lets look anyways.

Lets take a look at the drives and partitions.

Go to start
Go to run
Type in compmgmt.msc
Click on OK
On the left side under storage...click on disk management.
Make sure the right side showing the drives is expanded so we can see it all.
Take a screen shot showing the drives and partitions.

Attach it to your reply.

Also any model numbers you might have
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Thanks 123runner
Before I continue, can you tell me what function the manual reset button performs.
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No clue on the reset. I would need make and model numbers to see if I could find a manual.
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IF recovery partition is present, in case of Packard Bell:
Start tapping the F11 key immediately after pressing the power button to turn your computer on. Keep tapping the key until you see the Loading Files screen.
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123runner
The laptop is an Easy One Silver 2101 DVD
Model 7521N
For some unknown reason I am unable to carry out a screenshot.
I've tried a few things without success.
I can explain what's on the disk management if required.

Broni
Thanks for your input.
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To do a screenshot please click on your Print Screen on your keyboard. It is normally the key above your number pad between the F12 key and the Scroll Lock key
Now go to Start and then to All Programs
Scroll to Accessories and then click on Paint
In the Empty White Area click and hold the CTRL key and then click the V
Go to the File option at the top and click on Save as
Save as file type JPEG and save it to your Desktop

Attach it to your next reply
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123runner
Successfully carried out your instructions re- Screenshot.
However; cannot attach to my reply.
I get a message ''you did not select file to upload''

I did the following:
1.Browse
2.Selected file from Desktop [file showed in box next to Browse]
4.Upload
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Did you save the shot as a jpeg as any other type will not work.
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rjb.JPG
Hope this is ok.
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I'll try and increase to 100%
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That is good the way it is. The guys can continue from here. Glad I could help out a little.
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It does show a partition. I suspect it to be a recovery.

I have exhausted my search for a manual or anything relating to the "button".
Some searches suggested looking in the help section of the laptop.
I got no where at Packard Bell site. They didn't even list the easy one silver.

Before we go to far, is there a particular reason for resetting back to factory?
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123Runner could this possibly be a bios operated recovery partition?

Edited by rshaffer61, 10 June 2010 - 03:40 PM.

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rsshaffer61
Thanks for your input and help
123runner
My P/Bell laptop is very slow and sluggish.
My other Acer laptop had the same symptoms a while ago so I did a reset quite easily via F2 procedure.
So I thought of carrying this out again on the P/Bell.
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