All I am trying to do is recover some files from a HD on an ACER 135T desktop. Windows will not boot.

So I was looking around and found UBUNTU and it sounded perfect. So I downloaded Ubuntu 14.04 to boot on DVD. The boot DVD works on 2 other Dell computers.

But when in try to run Ubuntu live on the Acer, it looks like it is loading and takes a couple of minutes, while displaying Ubuntu 14.04 on the screen then the message appears "Starting CUPS print spooling ......".

The next thing that happens is that the a message appears on the screen "PC entering power save mode" and shuts down. Caput. Nothing more.

The same thing happens whether I try to run Ubuntu or Lubunto 14.04 Live. I also made a Mini-Ubuntu dvd, but it only gives me the option to install ubuntu, so that I did. and without installing any additional packages, I am able to log in to the $ prompt.

I was interested in installing a graphical desktop and tried two different ones at different time and when I reboot, the computer goes into the sleep mode. So here I am Stuck, I have probably destroyed some the data on my disk, but I still have a couple of windows partitions, so maybe something is there.

If the shutdown has to do with the graphics, I have no idea what is installed. I checked in computer setup, but can't determine as it is on board.

The is at least 640 mb ram and maybe more, not sure how to read the sticks, but each says 512 and I think there must be some on board because setup refers to a total of 960mb.Its a 200mhz micro, so maybe this is a problem.

Any suggestions on what I can do to get to my data?

I am not that handy with UNIX? Can I get to the windows partitions to look at files and move to a USB drive?

Any help is appreciated.


Had you tried to mount phisically to another computer?

You know extracting the disk and adding to the rack of a working CPU computer, that may work.

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