Posted 06 December 2010 - 11:58 AM
Good Morning All,
I have an Acer netbook, running XP home and it's 3 years old this month. This past July it suddenly stopped working on battery power however, it would operate on the AC adapter. After some research I discovered there appears there is/was a problem with some Acer netbooks having battery issues like mine and solution offer by Acer support is to update the BIOS. Knowing how limited the life of a laptop battery, I opted to purchase another, longer life batter and that seemed to be the answer as it started working just fine on the new battery.
Now it's doing the same as in July, not working on the battery with the orange battery light flashing, indicating the battery is not taking a charge however it would work on the AC adapter.
It was last used about 2 to 3 weeks ago however the battery was fully charged before this period of non-use.
Thinking this problem is related to the BIOS issue, I followed the instructions in downloading the BIOS update, transferring the 2 needed files to my flash drive as well as renaming one of the files. I attempted to upload the BIOS update multiple times again, following the instructions to the word with no luck as the computer would restart as normal, with the computer using the AC adapter. I then looked at the 2 files on the flash drive and noticed both of them ended with a .VEM and that file extension (if that is the correct term) is not mentioned in any of the info researched so, the .VEM was deleted on both files.
In addition the Flableep.exe file was in all upper case letters and, in referring to the instructions, that file only has the letter F in uppercase. Thinking that may be an issue I renamed the file Flableep.exe with only the letter F in upper case. The computer was again restarted and it appeared to be updating the BIOS as the flash drive was flashing and the screen remained blank as stated in the instructions from Acer. However it never rebooted as per the instructions and it's now dead, not starting with the batter or AC adapter so that's where I stand today. A friend currently has the computer and states the battery and charger are good as they were used on another Acer netbook with no problems and he sees no obvious problems with the
Does anyone have any suggestions as to how fix this problem, or at least how to get the computer started again? I fully understand I may be in possession of a Acer paper weight and the cost of repair may more that the computer is worth. That said I do want to at least give the repair route a try before giving up. My thanks in advance to all for any information and advice offered.