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May 24, 2010

Long delay before Acer welcome screen


Hi All,

have just made the changover to Linux and am having some problems. I hope someone here can shed some light on this for me.

Just bought a new laptop last week, an ACER Aspire 7741G, i5, 64 Bit, 4Gb RAM etc.. The first thing I did was to make the Win7 recovery cds, after which I installed linux UBUNTU 10.04 overwriting all partitions. UBUNTU works wonderfully, all hardware was recognised immediately without any problems. Here however is the situation I now have:

1- When powering on the laptop there is a delay of about 2 minutes before the ACER welcome screen is shown where I have the chance to get into the BIOS. After this the computer bots I would say normally. As this happens before I even get to the ACER welcome screen I can only assume that it has nothing to do with the OS but rather the BIOS. UBUNTU seems to have overwritten something here.

2- It is not possible to install windows from the recovery cds i made. It starts the installation but then just hangs. Have seen a few threads on the web where people have had the same problem.

Problem 2 is not so important for me, the priority is getting problem one solved, the elimination of this agonising 2 minute wait when booting.

Please try to keep any suggestions or explanations as simple as possible to avoid any confusion.

Thanks in advance for your support.

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