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Friday, May 22, 2009

Acer Aspire One Laptop power on issue

Acer Aspire One AOA 150 laptop wasn't starting. It had a black screen, the HDD was spinning, power buttons lit up. I connected VGA cable and external monitor but nothing seemed to work. Then I found this blog post!

First format an USB stick with FAT.

Download the latest BIOS, and put both FLASHIT.EXE and the BIOS file in the root directory of the stick. Rename the BIOS file to ZG5IA32.FD, that's important. Do not remove the USB stick.

Turn the AA1 off, make sure both battery and AC adapter are connected. Press Fn+Esc, keep it pressed and press the power button to turn the AA1 on. Release Fn+Esc after a few seconds, the power button will be blinking. Press the power button once. The AA1 will now initiate the BIOS flash, do not interrupt it under any circumstances. After a while the power button will stop blinking, and the AA1 will reboot shortly after. Wait patiently.

The BIOS has been flashed and all settings reset to default.
I followed the instructions, except that I dwonloaded the BIOS from Acer USA web site here. It worked! The netbook's alive again. It went down when the laptop's AC power was unplugged overseas. I assume there was some sort of voltage spike, and it wiped out the BIOS.

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