I've been given an Acer Aspire 5552 to fix, I replaced the screen without any problems. The laptop failed to boot into the Windows 7 installation that was on there. The laptop owner requested a fresh windows install so I tried installing Windows 7 from CD, the installation went VERY slowly (each 'step' taking many hours, totalling around 15(!) hours). At the very final installation step the machine just froze for 5+ hours so I decided to give up. I wondered if the CD was damaged so I used a copy of windows XP which I knew to be working correctly. The windows XP installation was also very very slow and hung at some point during installation.
I can boot into a linux live cd no problem, it runs perfectly. My thoughts are that the HDD is damaged and the read/write speed is being affected and causing the Windows installation to go painfully slowly. Please forgive this ignorant 'diagnosis' - i'm far from an IT technician.
Any ideas anyone? What would be the best way to check the condition of the HDD? Or maybe it isn't the HDD at all and I'm completely wrong. Any help appreciated.