rite... right now my friend jus gave me his laptop so i could reformat it coz hes got som virus, now...is reformatting a laptop like reformatting a computer? and how do i get into the bios on the laptop? the laptop is an Acer TravelMate 2310, i mean like my computer's bios thingy appears at the start when i turn it on (at the start when it loads, "press DEL to enter BIOS" that stuff) but the Acer 2310 doesnt show that page, so how do i know how to get into the BIOS?
Check with Acer for the latest drivers. Will need if you do a clean install.
Check with your friend and see if Acer had a restore CD. Other wise you may have problems getting drivers. Some of the newer LT have started using a hidden partition to store the restore/repair data. Major problem, every thing is on 1 drive, loose HD, SOL.
Do a complete inventory of the hardware and current driver version. LT can be real picky.
I prefer a clean install from a XP cd and not the system retore by the mfg. You don't get the extra 5 gig of useless crap.