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Acer aspire one model ZG5 does not boot

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....

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  • avl0175 Feb 06, 2009

    My Aspire One model ZG5 did not boot from a shutdown. The Power LED is on but the BATTERY LED and HDD LED did not Light.

  • Anonymous Mar 01, 2009

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  • bisi_moyo Mar 22, 2009

    my acer aspire one model ZG5 does not boot pls help am going crazy

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2009

    I JUST pulled the Acer out of the box. I plugged it in, checked that the light came on so it was charging... and came I went back to it a couple hours later. I tried to turn it on but it will not boot up. It just shuts down. I did it several times and nothing.

  • acmi_cmd Apr 24, 2009

    I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM IT LOOP TIME TO TIME IT WONT START IT IS DRIVEN ME NUTS AN THE PC IT SI BRAND NEW

  • Laxmin May 13, 2009

    One fine day, my Acer Aspire ZG5 just stopped booting up.
    No POST screen, No Acer Logo, No Bios, nothing

    When I press the power button, it gets lit up and thats it.
    No HDD activity, nothing on the Screen. (I attached an ext. monitor, its the same)

    The notebook looks dead!

    Please, if anybody has any information, please post here!!
    Any info at all..

    what could be the problem.. the motherboard itself, or the BIOS, or the HDD.. RAM.. whatever.

    Please!

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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.

You need:
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.

Good luck!!!


http://chromick.com/eric/aa1/aspire-one-black-screen-of-death/

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  • Laxmin May 13, 2009

    Aspire One Black Screen of Death
    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.

    You need:
    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/maclesblogs...

    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.

    Good luck!!!

    Credit and a boatload of thanks to macles.blogspot.com for the instructions I found and hosting the BIOS files!

    Original instruction from macles: Acer Aspire One BIOS Recovery

    http://cliffordx.com/blog/tag/sm-megamal...
    http://cliffordx.com/blog/tag/sm-megamal...


  • devnz Aug 22, 2010

    After trying for a while with a 1GB pen drive and not getting anywhere I swapped to
    smaller one and it worked. So it would pay to try another pen drive if it does not work first.

  • loco aussie Sep 20, 2010

    thank you very much for the help! LOL I did try on a 1GB USB and the same thing happened ( didn't work) Then tried 512mb as you said and it worked fine ! So thanx again 8)

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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:

  1. Go here and download the latest BIOS for the netbook.
  2. Extract the files from the downloaded zipped BIOS file.
  3. In the Dos_Flash folder, rename the BIOS file from 3310.fd to ZG5IA32.FD, in all capital letters.
  4. Copy ZG5IA32.FD and Flashit.exe to the USB flash drive
  5. Ensure that the AC adapter is plugged in.
  6. Insert the USB flash drive into a USB port.
  7. Press and Hold down the Fn and the Esc keys together and press the power button.
  8. When the unit's power light comes on wait a few seconds and release the Fn and Esc keys.
  9. After the keys have been released the power light will start to blink.
  10. During the BIOS update process the display will be blank.
  11. Let the unit run and after approximately 1 to 7 minutes, the unit should reboot and the BIOS will be updated.
If the unit fails to reboot, or the BIOS was not updated sucessfully, try the steps again. If the unit continues to fail to reboot, the unit may need service.

good luck and you will need this link for the bios and apps for makin a boot usb
http://macles.blogspot.com/2009/04/acer-aspire-one-bios-3310.html

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  • piy4u Dec 11, 2010

    Thank you very much :-)) Worked perfectly :-))

  • chiefsmeow Jan 09, 2011

    Thank you so much, success!

  • scrmn Mar 01, 2011

    worked perfectly - even after I smacked the computer around prettty hard and dropped it from 5 ft trying to do my version of a 'hard' reset after thinking it was toast

    Thanks!!

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    BRAVO!!! IT WORKS, ALL THE BEST TO YOU FROM SERBIA

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Bonjour,
Merci beaucoup pour cette solution,
Merci Laxim

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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

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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.

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Thanx guyz realy worked....u cant imagine hw delighted i am

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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...

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Hey hi its working and i'm very happy to see my notebook is working, thank you so much dear

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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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