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Old 12-04-2010, 04:05 PM   #1
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How to restore to factory settings?


I just recieved this Acer Aspire One Aoa110 from my sister.
Originally Windows Xp, my cousin changed it to Linux.
Right now I am so frustrated with this, as I have no knowledge of Linux whatsoever.
I tried looking for the Acer recovery program, but I can't find it.
I do have to say that Linux is really fast, but I like personalizing my walllpaper where I can do it with Windows Xp..

So my question is, how can I restore this computer to how it was before my cousin tweaked it?

Here is what the desktop looks like right now:
http://i51.tinypic.com/s0vmhk.png
 
Old 12-04-2010, 04:10 PM   #2
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Is it dual-boot?
Do you see windows in grub loader?
If you see in boot loader scroll down and select it.
Most likely it's dual-boot, if so why remove it?
You'll find that you can do a lot more with your linux software than you can in wins for free.

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Old 12-04-2010, 04:12 PM   #3
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I'm not sure if it's dual boot. I checked my system settings and it said it's Linpus Linux Lite v1.0.3.E

Last edited by sw3etpinay; 12-04-2010 at 04:14 PM. Reason: EDIT: Well I found grub, and I don't see windows..or I can't even open the files. It's saying update patch not available.
 
Old 12-04-2010, 04:14 PM   #4
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Reboot and look at boot menu
 
Old 12-04-2010, 04:20 PM   #5
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Looks like a nice setup. Seems to me your cousin knew what he was doing when he set it up.
 
Old 12-04-2010, 04:23 PM   #6
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I just tried f12 during the restart.
I chose the second option.
And it said error..
 
Old 12-04-2010, 04:23 PM   #7
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You can purchase a factory restore disk. This URL should work.

https://secure.tx.acer.com/RCDB/Main.aspx?brand=acer

If that doesn't work then go to this URL.

http://support.acer.com/

Then look at the part that says Accessory Store. There is a link to purchase factory restore disks.

Last edited by stress_junkie; 12-04-2010 at 04:24 PM.
 
Old 12-04-2010, 04:24 PM   #8
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Here is a guide to restore XP.
You need however the cd from XP.
http://komku.blogspot.com/2008/11/in...21127953867195

However, if the hidden partition is still intact, you can try the following:
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showp...95&postcount=3

Or ask your cousin?

Kind regards

Last edited by repo; 12-04-2010 at 04:26 PM.
 
Old 12-04-2010, 04:26 PM   #9
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Your Acer Aspire has Linpus Linux on it. Do you know how to open a terminal to enter commands? I see terminal in your screenshot but I've never used Linpux Linux, not many people have. If you can open a terminal, you need to log in as root user and run the command: fdisk -l (lower Case Letter L in the command) and post that information here. Someone should be able to tell you from that output if there is A Recovery partition for xp and where it is, if indeed there is one. If your cousin set this up and didn't give you the password and you don't have it, you will need to reset it. You haven't given us much information to work with!

Are you sure this computer ever had xp on it? Acer Aspire sells these laptops with Linpus Linux on them. I can't imagine anyone familiar with Linux installing Linpus with all the other choices available.

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but I like personalizing my walllpaper where I can do it with Windows Xp.
And why would you not be able to do that with Linux? Or are you just saying you don't know how?
 
Old 12-04-2010, 04:35 PM   #10
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And why would you not be able to do that with Linux? Or are you just saying you don't know how?
Well I checked display settings and everything was shadowed or gray.

I just tried the terminal and got this:
Disk /dev/sda: 8069 MB, 8069677056 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 981 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 850 6827593+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 851 981 1052257+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/mmcblk0: 8239 MB, 8239710208 bytes
193 heads, 23 sectors/track, 3625 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 4439 * 512 = 2272768 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/mmcblk0p1 2 3626 8042496 b W95 FAT32
[root@localhost bin]#

Last edited by sw3etpinay; 12-04-2010 at 04:37 PM. Reason: EDIT: And I'm positive this used to be Windows XP. My sister told me and there's a sticker that says Designed for Windows Xp.
 
Old 12-04-2010, 04:39 PM   #11
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Here is a guide to restore XP.
You need however the cd from XP.
http://komku.blogspot.com/2008/11/in...21127953867195

However, if the hidden partition is still intact, you can try the following:
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showp...95&postcount=3

Or ask your cousin?

Kind regards
For the hidden partition I downloaded Mandriva and tried to open it but it said "Update patch does not available".
 
Old 12-04-2010, 05:39 PM   #12
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I don't think this ever had XP on it. Linpus is the Linux distro which Asus used on some of its products. It's not widely known outside Taiwan, and if your cousin had replaced XP, he'd surely have chosen a much better known distro.

I don't know much about Linpus (i.e. nothing), but try
1. right-click on the desktop and see if you get the option "change desktop background"
2. Find a picture, load it into your image viewer, and look in that program's menus for "set as wallpaper"
3. Look in the main menu for a section on preferences and something that configures the appearance or the desktop.

It surely makes more sense to stick with what you've got, especially since Linux was placed on the smaller machines (less suited to Windows) and XP is going to be unsupported soon. You could always replace Linpus by something for which it's easier to get help, like Ubuntu Netbook Edition. The job is easy enough:
http://hubpages.com/hub/Replacing-Li...cer-Aspire-One
 
Old 12-05-2010, 07:43 AM   #13
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Linpus comes installed on some Acer laptops, and I hear that it's a really poor, dumbed-down OS. I doubt you cousin would install it intentionally.

If you really want to se what Linux can do, try one of the better, well-known distros like Ubuntu, Mint, or Fedora. Just download one (it doesn't cost anything), burn it to a blank CD, and go.

And if the computer came with Linpus, that means that there is no XP recovery disc. If you really want Windows, you have to buy it.

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