I have an AcerPower FH that was pretty much considered trash by a friend who said I could have it. I, having some experience, thought I might fix it and ... hours later I have not. Here's what was going on, what I did (and what I messed up in the process) and if anyone has any input it would be appreciated.
The first thing I did with this computer was install a new video card to try to get it to work, b/c the there was no video at all to begin with. I got video.
Then I was trying to put a fresh install of Windows 7 on b/c I figured there were plenty of viruses on the OS that was on there - and I was having trouble - checked the memory and long story short, installed two new sticks of memory.
With all that done, I did something stupid.
As mentioned, the computer is an AcerPower FH and these, apparently, have a few partitions with one of them having some vital files that can be used in the event of an upgrade or fresh install of a new OS. I decided to barrel ahead and wipe out all the partitions for the copy of Windows 7 I had intended to put on there and, suddenly, there were no drivers ... etc. etc. this is the point where I'm fuzzy on things.
Acer seems to be pretty good with giving out downloads and I downloaded a copy of the latest BIOS .. but now I have no OS. I tried booting from my copy of Windows 7 numerous times only to be stopped for not having drivers (I'm pretty sure that was the problem)
I doubt I'm going ahead and getting a new motherboard but it seems like that's the problem b/c everything was working great for awhile there ... it just seemed like I did that bonehead thing of wiping out that partition that had that info on it (accessed btw by doing the alt F10 thing)
Does anyone think updating the BIOS would solve anything? And, if so, how can I do that if there's no OS?
And it's almost moot at this point, b/c I keep getting blue screen errors.
Any input would be appreciated.