Laptop doesn't seem to run/boot from disk

  3billy3 23:33 30 Oct 07


A friend has an Acer Aspire 1350 laptop, wouldn't load windows, decided to run the recovery disk/s, this failed after running the first system disk.

Have tried abandoning the Acer disks and tried reinstalling windows, when i boot from the CD, i see the "Windows is inspecting your hardware configuration" for a couple of seconds and then the screen goes black accept for a flashing "cursor" in the top left of screen, have waited 20 minutes but it won't move from this screen.

Tried from a floppy start disk, get to an A prompt but then it hangs on reading the windows disk.

Could the cd/dvd be playing up and not reading?

Any ideas/help would be much appreciated.

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