Have tried many times, W510 does not recognise the DVD at boot but does recognise a flash drive so will use that route.
One question: I have three DVD/CDs here: Recovery 1of1, Recovery, & System. What is on each please? Particularly does the "1of1" have everything including the Acer Media files (for showing DVD movies) ?
Wildo, have just learned to be patient as ask before charging blindly ahead. Plan to pick up a couple of 8GB flash drives and maybe a 4GB just to see if big enough later and have the weekend to putz around. Really need a clean install.
thank you very much for your post. i have searched high and low and you were the only one that made sense. my question is what is this device you mentioned, the external dvd with usb hub? i have an external dvd but without a usb hub. i've searched for external dvd drives with usb hub that i could buy but couldn't find one. thanks again for the solution you have shared.
I too have the W510 and want to do a recovery reinstall. My problem is I am not able to have this tablet recognize my external usb dvd. In fact it will not read anything I connect to the usb port. tried connecting a mouse and a keyboard just to see if the port works. It does not. I have the 16GB model without the keyboard dock, so when i say i connected devices to my tablet, i mean the micro usb port on the right side of the tablet. i used an adapter to connect my devices, since all of them are either usb or micro usb.
I think my main problem is to have the w510 read my external dvd. once i can do that, i believe i will be able to do a factory reset, just like i used to with windows 7. thanks to all who have adrressed this issue here. believe me, i have spent days searching for a solution to my problem and you are the only ones i found that were specific to the w510.
Would it work if you copy the System Disk to a Bootable USB drive? I don't have a USB DVD Drive, and got a W510 since yesterday, but it shut down during some updates and is now hanging in a boot loop. Want to do a full recovery.
Dude what the?? i did what you said and after i entered the password now it would just refuse to get to the Cmos screen no matter what i press, it just goes straight to windows while ignoring my keyboard command to open up cmos again (f12, esc, and every other F key dont work please help) plus i cant chose to boot from usb or dvd