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[ubuntu] Dead PC....ubuntu able to save it ?

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I have an Acer Aspire M3910 desktop with a Windows 7 install on it and its "died".... No recovery disc made....it won't boot into Acer recovery mode (alt f10 brings up an error message)....trying to boot normally tells me bootmgr is missing....and it won't even allow me to install XP from a Dvd (boot attempts result in a head drive configuration issue error. In short I just want to rescue as much data as possible before deciding what to do with the PC. The Windows 7 I had was preinstalled and lurks as part of a recovery process in a partition I don't seem able to access. So I saw (Hardware)