I firstly want to say thank you to anyone who will take their time to figure out what has happened to this laptop. Here goes:
Perfectly running Acer with Windows 8. All of a sudden it crashed and went into the "Automatic repair loop." I tried "repairing" the laptop over and over and it would fail to repair. Then I tried "Refreshing" it and also "Resetting" it, from the menu. Here's a SS of what I am referring to: http://tinyurl.com/gtq8yz3
None worked, and as I do not have a windows 8 disc, I found the following solution:
do a selective boot up with bios
get cmd to open and check
chkdsk /r c:
chkdsk /r d:
chkdsk /r e:
chkdsk /r f:
It did the Bootrec stuff without a problem, but when doing "chkdsk /r c:" it took forever. After 48 hours it was at around 20%.... Then it restarted by itself and now it seems there are problems with the BIOS booting.
When I Boot, I get a Blue Screen that says:
A required device isn't connected or can't be accessed.
Error code: 0xc00000f
and that I need to boot it with another media like, USB or CD.
ENTER: try again (goes back into same Recovery error,)
ESC for UEFI Firmware Settings
F8 for startup settings, which then states that winload.efi is missing and error: 0xc0000225
The blue screen described above are from when the Boot Mode is set to "UEFI"
And it has not been able to read any bootable USB tools, such as Hirens, or windows installation CDs. The screen after the ACER logo just goes blank.
However, once changed so that "Legacy BIOS" is selected the laptop starts to be able to use and read the tools. Here's an overview of what I have done: