I own an Acer Aspire 5100, only 2 years old. Within the last 6 months I have had an issue with it recognizing the CD ROM on boot up. I wont know this until I try to use a disc, then I see there is none there! SOMETIMES if I reboot, it will recognize the CD ROM, and I am back in business, other times not. The problem has gotten worse recently, now I have about a 1 in 10 chance each time I boot my computer of it recognizing my CD ROM. This is ****. I have dome some research online and see that I am not the only person with this problem. I am quickly loosing my faith in ACER products. Can anyone help me with this? (Chevalierkev@yahoo.com)
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Re: Acer Aspire 5100 CD ROM problems
It could be an issue with the IDE controller detecting your CD-ROM have it replaced. this issue happens not only on Acer but on other brands too. It could be because Laptop CD-ROM's are not built tought like Desktop CD-ROM's.
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probably it is something mechanical with it if it not rejecting it but from that pin hole ...get it out by removing the screw in the back on its level...one or 2 depend on the model ..after this just open the tray and jiggle i gently and it come out from the plug ..and look to see if it has all stuff in place ..and if it can not be repaired just replace it .. Also you can try a bootable disk to see if it is not a driver issue from a bug ..and try to boot from it into windows or so
Special equipment is necessary to check the battery of a laptop computer. The equipment will test the charging ability as well as the performance of the battery under the standard "load" of operating the computer. If yours is no longer holding a charge, or the charge lasts only a short period, it's very likely that the battery is simply worn out. Typically expect that if a battery is more than 2 years old, you'll be running out of life for it. Some batteries last longer, some much shorter. For example, Toshiba's Tecra series batteries seem to wear out and drain their charge quickly after about 6-12 months, needing a new battery.
If the battery is less than a year old, the manufacturers warranty may stipulate free replacement.
The Acer Aspire 5100 has been out since 2006. If yours is an older model, it may simply be time to replace the battery. You may find a local computer repair shop that will test your battery for free since it's very simple for them to do.
As the computer switches on and the Acer logo is shown there should be a sequence that has to be pressed to enter the bios setup eg; F2 or F10 ,press it and go in the setup program ,on the main page it has your laptops information such as how much memory you have ,processor speed hard drive etc.
See if your CD ROM drive is listed ,also check the boot (or start up) device tab in that bios setup program to see if it's listed there with your hard drive.
If it is not listed then it has failed and will have to be relaced or has become loose and is not making correct contact(which is rare to happen ,in this case it has to be removed and reinserted again).
If it still has warranty then you should send it back.
You can check the BIOS to see if the drive is recognized and even attempt to boot from the drive using a bootable CD to verify it is functional (if using the Windows disc - just verify it reads - DO NOT REINSTALL)
If the drive works use the following to get the drive back in Windows:
Always backup your registry before editing and use care to find exact key! Start Registry Editor (Start, Run and type in regedit then click)
"UpperFilters" and "LowerFilters" (and "UpperFilters.bak"
"LowerFilters.bak", if they exist) value under the following key in the
registry, and delete it:
If you lost your cd-rom drive (device) then you can buy new from pc shop, but if you lost your drivers or software then you can download latest drivers from support site http://global.acer.com/support/download.htm
Is the hardware listed in the BIOS? When the computer first starts up hit a key to get in the BIOS (Esc, F2 or F10 are most likely). If it's not listed in the BIOS then it's likely a hardware problem. Try checking the connections to make sure it's plugged in and getting power.
If it is listed in the BIOS, it's likely a problem within Windows. Check Acer's website for known issues with the cd-rom.
open cd rom tray.open laptop lcd screen flat, remove the 2 screens on the back of the hinges.carefully remove the bezel(just above the keyboard, with the power buttons etc )from right to left.remove 2 screws securing keyboard.you will see one screw that holds the cd/dvd rom in place.remove screw,pul on tray carefully, cd rom will slide out. replace with new cd rom.