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acer aspire one bios issue?


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#1 halfnerdhybrid

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 02:11 AM

Hi again everyone!

This started with the typical "screen black-out" for these models (aspire one A0751h), My mother took it upon herself to look and found that flash-updating the BIOS would remedy this, so she tried it on her own, having never done it before. She informed me that it gave her an error before she ever clicked "flash bios" on whatever product she used to do so, and said it was deleting "the driver" (she never specified, and claims it never did either)

Soooo.....now it won't boot. At least, i think it won't. I press power and it starts spinning the fan and hard drive, but the screen stays black, never give the acer logo with the "press F2 for to enter BIOS" option, etc. i hear the fan spinning, and every 20 seconds or so, hear the hard drive spin up, but it never does any more than that.

We can't send it in because it was won in a contest by a friend of ours, and then given to us by aforementioned friend. Acer wants to know when it was purchased for warranty purposes :thumbsup:

As i write this, I'm trying to flash the bios from a 1GB USB drive with flableep, and a bios file renamed from ZA33204.WPH to ZG5IA32.FD (which supposedly works) but so far, i don't think it's doing anything.

Any ideas, or should i just give up? if i should give up, just say so, this is becoming a migrane to deal with.

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 12:16 PM

always flash the bios using the manufacturer's bios releases and their flash utility.
is it able to even boot of a usb if you are not getting anything when you turn it on?
can you plug in an external monitor and see if anything comes up when it turns on?

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 12:20 PM

Sounds to me like a bad BIOS flash, this happens if the flash fails to execute correctly and it corrupts the BIOS string. Thus making the computer un-bootable.

There are ways to repair this type of problem, but unless you really know what you are doing, it is best left up to a BIOS chip replacement specialist.

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 04:33 PM

no, i don't get anything, even when trying to boot with a USB drive. the way i found to start the bios flash said to do what i did above, insert the USB drive, hit FN + ESC, then power it on and release FN + ESC when the power light starts flashing, then hit the power button again.

when i press the power button the second time, the computer simply cuts off, so i've just left it with the power light blinking.

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 07:36 PM

Usually when this happens I replace the bios chip or the motherboard. Personally I don't write code and have no way of repairing a Bios chip. It needs to be re-flashed outside the computer using specialized tools and software.

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 09:12 AM

if you can't get anything on the screen you probably are not going to get a safe flash.
did you try an external monitor?

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 09:31 AM

@ meuchel


a couple of different times, and two different monitors. it's FN + F5 to swap to and from an external monitor, right?

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 09:34 AM

yes i believe so on acer's laptops

yeah if you can't get anything on the screen you have no way of knowing if you are getting a proper flash or not.

when it turns on do you get a POST beep?

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 08:49 PM

nope. it just sits there, whirs and gets hot.

also, nothing from an external monitor source.

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 10:36 AM

it is probably a done deal unless you want to solder a new chip.




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