I have an Acer Aspire 3515-2326 with Vista Home that I had to do a complete restore via the Alt-F10 method. I could not burn a recovery disk.
It went through all the motions of restoring and restarted to finish. When it restarted, I got the white Acer splash screen, then just a black screen with the blinking cursor.
I can do F2 at the prompt to access the bios during the splash screen but that seems to be it. I cannot go to F8 to get Advanced Boot Options as someone else suggested.
Do I need a Vista disk to do a repair? If so, I'm outta luck.