Posted 26 August 2008 - 07:37 AM
I have an Acer TravelMate 2420. Alright, so I turn on my laptop and the Acer logo comes on with the blue bar at the bottom to show that the startup is progressing. Only, it gets to about maybe 10% and stops. The bar doesn't continue until I press some keys then jaggedly it moves along and completes. At this point the laptop beeps. I've been told that's the Bios check confirming that everything should be alright. The screen changes to black, sometimes with a cursor blinking in the corner. The beep (it sounds like the same beep from the Bios check) continues over and over. Short beeps but fast (maybe two per second approx.) To get it to stop I press a lot more keys. The Windows XP logo comes on and startup continues regularly.
When I get to my desktop I try to open the Start menu or open a program on my desktop. The logo lights up but nothing happens. I right click the desktop and the right-click menu pops up (the one with 'arrange icons by' and ends with 'properties'). As if I'm scrolling really quickly down the list, each word lights us, over and over and over really fast. To get it to stop, I press escape. then everything begins to work properly and I can carry on with opening programs, pages etc. Then suddenly, in the window I have open (either application or internet) the scroll bar will start to slide down and down, not stopping no matter what until it hits the bottom. When I try to bring it back up, as soon as I release the mouse it slides down again like a dead weight. I right click the screen and the right-click menu is doing that really fast scrolling again. I click escape, and everything goes back to normal, except that sometimes (even while typing this) the computer seems to freeze. When I right click the screen - you guessed it - the right-click menu is scrolling again.
What I've Been Told and What I've Done
- I didn't know about the Bios check until I went online and did a search. Apparently the beeps and the type of beeps means something. If I can figure out the beeps I might know what failed in the system check. I've searched. I can't find any information or similar advice that sounds like my beeps.
- Afraid it might be a virus of some sort, I tried restoring to earlier points but they started to disappear or a message would show up that 'No changes have been made' and it can't be restored to that point. Soon I only had one point left and it was maybe a day old.
- I used the system recovery and recovered the laptop to the factory default. So it's empty now except for the recycle bin etc. and the problem is still there.
- Someone mentioned that beeps have to do with the RAM or maybe a driver so I switched the Ram around and nothing happens.
Can someone please help? If this is in the wrong section, feel free to move it. Thank you.