12-13-2012 11:35 AM - edited 12-13-2012 11:35 AM
You must have : External DVD and USB Hub with power.
I found W510 preboot faster than usb device become ready.
Befor you can boot from External DVD you must disable safe boot first.
1. Go to cmos (Power On + Volume-)
2. Tab "Security" then set supervisor password. Now you able to change Safe boot setting in "Boot" Section. And change f12 boot menu too.
2. Tab "Boot" Change 'safe boot' to 'Disable'
3. Tab Exit and Save.
Trick for boot from DVD
1. Connect External DVD with USB Hub and Connect to power source.
2. Insert Recovery DVD label "System DVD" (All DVD include from iconia package.)
3. After insert "System DVD" Wait about 2-3 second for prepare External DVD to become ready.
4. After 2-3 sec, Plug usb to Iconia and hit F12 quicky.
5. You will see Boot Menu with External DVD, If not do 1 - 4 again
6. START RECOVERY!!!!
Sorry for very bad in english lang.
12-14-2012 04:02 PM
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) ?
12-14-2012 04:57 PM
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.
12-16-2012 08:00 PM
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.
12-16-2012 08:16 PM
Follow up info:
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.
12-18-2012 05:03 PM
Here's what actually works for me...the recovery DVD to boot from is the one labeled System DVD, not recovery DVD. @.@ It'll ask you to put in the recovery DVD after the system DVD booted.
01-24-2013 08:36 AM
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.
01-30-2013 12:36 PM - edited 01-30-2013 12:38 PM
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