When I switch on the pc the power is on however the pc does not immediately boot up. I have to leave the power on for several hours, switch the pc back off and swith it on again and then it eventually boots up.
Once it boots it goes straight to a screen which displays the following:
phoenix - awardBIOS v6pg, an energy star Ally
Copyright (C) 1984-2007, Phonix Technologies, LTD
This BIOS is exclusively for Acer only <R01-A1>
Main Processor: AND Athlon(tm) 64 x2 Dual Core Processor 4000+
Memory Testing:786432k OK +256m shared memory
IDE Channel 0 Master : HL-DT-ST DVD-RW_CSA-H41N RA00
IDE Channel Slave : None
IDE Channel 2 Master : Hitachi HDS721616PLA388 P22OAB3A
IDE Channel 2 Slave : None
IDE Channel 3 Master : None
IDE Channel 3 Slave : None
CMOS checksum error - Defaults loaded
press F1 TO CONTINUE, DEL to enter SETUP
06/25/2007 - RS690 -SB680 - 6A669FK8C -00
does the monitor come on? is there a green light on the monitor? If you were to put a Bootable disk into the cd, would it spin it up and boot it, or try to install it if it were a program executable?
IF... Yes to the first two questions, and no to the third, than your HDD is more than likely fried. Do you know how to get into BIOS to boot from disk? Do you have the OS disk? Have you made a recovery disk prior to this incident? Do you defragment your HDD regularly? When was the last time you updated your antivirus?