Acer Grief

Hello all. I hope someone here can end a few week's misery for me and help me out.

A friend asked me to repair his computer. It's an Acer M1641 desktop. After inspection I discovered that the motherboard was faulty. I replaced it with a Gigabyte board, and tried to boot up. That's when he told me that he had an error message saying that some files were corrupt. :( I had no success in getting Windows Vista to run. I tried a system restore from within the options that come up but to no avail. I tried te repair the system but again no success. Ultimately I reckon it'll have to go back to factory settings and begin again.
Herein lies the problem, as I can't get it back to factory settings. I tried Alt + F10, but it didn't even function! Any tips would be helpful in this little problem.

Thanks in advance, nohairleft
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  1. Well, you know what they say, "No good deed goes unpunished." :)

    Gigabyte motherboards have a "Clear CMOS" header on the motherboard.

    Read the manual. I'd look at mine, but I am taking a short break from moving right now. Look at the drawing of the motherboard. I think G'byte labels it "CLR_CMOS".

    The reason that the Windows installation died was because the new motherboard requires different chipset drivers.
  2. The corrupt file message means that a file is incorrect to the system records which could also extend to registry. Technically, this shouldn't happen when just changing a Mobo.

    I don't think changing the setting will restore Vista, try a complete re-install or boot off of Windows Vista CD to do a repair (noting what you said already that repairing didn't work).

    Note: Alt+F10 might not be the key combination to get to the BIOS to change the settings.
  3. Thanks for the tips and i'll get a recovery disc to try the repair. I'll keep you posted as to how it goes. :)
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