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While I was working on my Acer Aspire it just shut down and did not reboot. I thought the battery was flat so i plugged in the ac power. When I press the power button it stays on for about 2 seconds and so does the hard disk led and then just shuts down again...I tried the bios update but it shuts down before it can start...So the bios update is useless! I think there might be a problem with the hard drive or the fan, thats why the hard drive led flashes for only about 2 seconds before the machine shuts down....
After a normal restart yesterday, my Aspire One booted into just a black screen. No POST, no BIOS, no hard drive light activity, just the power button LED on and the fan running fast. I was not very happy…
I went to the Acer Aspire One User Forum and started looking thru the Hardware section. I found this thread Dead aspire one and it looked like many others had a similar experience. After reading many stories of warranty repair or replacement, I was just about to dig up my receipts when I found this post: Re: Dead aspire one.
It seems that a lot of people had success reflashing the BIOS from a USB drive using tools provided by Acer. I don’t know if it’s officially supported by Acer or if it will void your warranty, but if the computer’s a paperweight now anyway, what the hell?
It’s very easy to do, but the steps are a bit unclear so here’s my attempt to make the whole thing painless. This worked for me, but it might not for you, so do this at your own risk.
A working USB thumbdrive you can erase. I used an old 64meg.
UNetbootin. Download from here: http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
The files to flash the BIOS. I used the most recent version from here: http://sites.google.com/site/maclesblogspotcom/
Download all the files to an easy to find location.
Steps to prepare the USB drive:
Format the USB drive using the FAT file system, not FAT32.
Start UNetbootin and choose FreeDOS as the distribution. Screenshot here.
Unzip the BIOS files and copy them to the USB drive
Make a copy of the BIOS file and rename it as ZG5IA32.FD (this appears to be very important - my reflash failed until I did the copy & rename)
Reflash the BIOS:
Make sure the AAO is turned off, the battery is attached and the power adaptor is plugged in.
Insert the USB drive
Press and hold FN + ESC and press the power button to turn it on. Release the Fn & ESC keys. The LED in the power button will flash.
Press the power button again once and wait. Mine took ~3 minutes, but I’d advise that you let it sit there for at least 5 minutes just in case your’s takes longer.
When the reflashing is done, the AAO will reboot and, hopefully, you’ll be back to normal.
If it doesn’t work, try reflashing again. The keypress sequence is a little tricky.
If the second try doesn’t work, then you’ll probably have to send it off for repair.
Posted on May 13, 2009
Hi guys this is the proper wat to do it there is no other way and you must follow it to the letter
When my Aspire One powers on, the screen remains blank. How can I fix this?
Updating the BIOS will require a USB flash drive to store the BIOS information on during the update. To perform the update to the BIOS:
good luck and you will need this link for the bios and apps for makin a boot usb
Posted on Aug 18, 2010
Merci beaucoup pour cette solution,
Posted on Aug 15, 2009
I downloaded updated BIOS from: http://sites.google.com/site/maclesblogspotcom/ and chose ZG5_3310.zip, then I followed the above instructions and it had worked. My Aspire one went dead on me after installing NOD32 v4 when I didn't actually unstall the previous verion 3 thinking it would just upgrade. So when rebooting my notepad thats when it went quiet on me. After updating the BIOS, it booted normally and I must say its much faster. Thanks to this site, Wezzy
Posted on Jun 10, 2009
Check if the fan is working properly and clean from dust...the laptop will shutdown if the fan is not running or cannot maintain the proper cooling temperature...this is to prevent your computer from over heating.
Posted on Feb 04, 2009
Thanx guyz realy worked....u cant imagine hw delighted i am
Posted on Jan 27, 2010
Wow... it worked .... tho i had to download from Acer there BIOS and well i also had to guess at what model my machine was but in the end it worked with the name change to ZG5IA32..... thanks mate...
Posted on Oct 14, 2009
Hey hi its working and i'm very happy to see my notebook is working, thank you so much dear
Posted on Apr 01, 2012
Hi my name is zain 4rm pakistan. soory i have no english my acer aspire one zg5 have a problom last day i turn it on 4 more than 24hr then i shut it down. now again when i i want to turn it on so its not turning on. i take it to a customer reparing shop he says that it has no hard drive it have a mamory chip witch is not working. now tell me some one what i do.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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