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Cannot install ANY Windows OS on Aspire One AOA150

\015 Hi,I am having a weird issue. I am trying to install Windows XP orWindows 7 on an Aspire One AOA150 netbook, but it fails. It has a 160gbhdd, and I AM ABLE to install Ubuntu on it.Here is what happening. I used a usb stick (tried two different, don't think the USB stick is the problem).1. For Windows XP, I go through the text portion, and when I startthe GUI portion, I get the XP logo, and it just sits there forever. Ican see the bar under the logo scrolling, but it's not the smoothscrolling, it looks kinda choppy. There is no disk activity what soever(hdd or usb).2. I tried with Windows 7, and similar things happen. It goesthrough the initial progress bar, then I see the Win 7 logo, then thelogo disappears and the screen turns black. It just sits there foreverwith no activity.3. I've also tried to run a Windows Live USB, but similar thing happens - it just hangs at the beginning.I have also upgraded the BIOS using the FN + ESC method off a flash drive, but it didnot make any difference. Also, I do not see the AHCI option in my BIOS(even after the update).Ubuntu installs and works without any issues whatsoever. I have tried installing XP (both home and pro) and W7 from a USB DVD, but it's exactly the same as with the usb stick - hangs at the same point.I have low leveled the hdd (filled it with zeros and there were no errors), so the hdd is good.Thanks in advance.\015

Answers :

Take out HDD (google around - there are videos explaining that, and service repair manual for Aspire One), connect to another PC, install and open up [email protected] Partition Recovery, select this HDD, go through menu - Tools-Fix MBR (Create Typical MBR), in first popup window select Yes (agreing to fix MBR), in second select No (agreing to fix MBR and delete all partitions on HDD, because Yes- you agreing to fix MBR without deleting all partitions, but be sure you back up your data, if you have any). Then with Acronis Disk Director wipe this HDD. Then repeat fixing exactly the same with [email protected] Partition Recovery. Go back to Acronis Disk Director, create partition - primary and set it active. Format with NTFS (if you want to Install XP or later, and if its not SSD). Then shut down PC, take out your HDD, back to the netbook. Now you can install any Windows if you haven't other problems with your netbook. Better try installing with external DVD drive, because USB drives sometimes fail.
I have run into several issues with installing the OS with a USB on the Acers....I got around it by using an external dvd drive. I picked one up for around 45 bucks on ebay....booted off that and the install went through without incident.
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