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Acer aspire 5100 laptop has ati graphics driver problem-black scn

Acer 5100 with ati driver problem black screen on bootup.
display works with vga generic driver but not with the ati driver..

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I also had this prblm. screen has gone black plz help :(

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the Acer Aspire 5100 notebook has a VGA port which you can connect to any VGA monitor which will allow you to see what the laptop is trying to display allowing you to troubleshoot the issue.


Jan 19, 2014 | Acer Aspire 5100 Notebook

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Where is the reset button on my Acer Aspire 5100 BL51

A) There is no reset button. As with any computer that has Windows, press the CTRL key, ALT key, and DELete key, AT THE SAME TIME to restart the computer.
(Not shouting)

B) To restart, is to Reboot. Rebooting isn't going to help in this case.
(If it does it will be temporary)

You have a problem with the graphics chipset, or the Video Cable, or the Display Assembly.
Diagnose to see which one it is.

1) Laptop OFF, monitor OFF, attach a VGA monitor to the laptop.

Connect to the VGA port on the Back of the laptop.

[ It is named External display (VGA) port, by Acer.
This is an example of a VGA Cable, and a VGA port (Connector) ]

The external VGA monitor can be a CRT type (Looks like a small TV), or a flat LCD screen monitor that has a VGA cable.

2) Turn the monitor on. If a CRT type allow it to warm up.
3) Turn the laptop on.

By default the display should show on the external VGA monitor.
If not;
Press, and hold down on the Fn key, and at the same time tap once on the F5 key.

(Fn key is on the bottom row of keys on the Keyboard. Second key over from the Left.
F5 key is on the top row )

No display on the external VGA monitor?
There are at least 3 display options.

1) Internal monitor of laptop ONLY
2) Internal monitor of laptop AND external VGA monitor
3) External VGA monitor ONLY

You may have to tap more than once.
(Hold the Fn key down, and tap on the F5 key)

C) IF, the display does NOT show up on the external VGA monitor, you have a graphics chipset problem.

Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C.
Integrated Circuit,

The graphics chipset's proper name is GPU. Graphics Processing Unit,

The GPU for the Acer Aspire 5100 series of Notebook PC's, is an
ATI Radeon Xpress 1100.

It is soldered directly to the motherboard, therefore it is
Integrated Graphics. (NOT a Graphics adapter Card that is removable)


If the graphics chipset is bad, the easiest, and most cost effective solution, may be to simply replace the motherboard. More on this at the end of the solution.

D) IF, the display DOES show up on the external VGA monitor, the problem is the Video Cable, or in the Display Assembly.

Video Cable:
The Video Cable is termed LVDS Cable by Acer.
Low-Voltage Differential Signaling Cable.

1) Connections:
The Middle Cover is the thin strip of plastic that has the LED indicator lights, and Power On button in it, located above the Keyboard.

Removing this cover allows access to the motherboard side, of the LVDS Cable.

Check this connection to make sure it is tight.

The LVDS Cable also connects to the Back of the LCD screen.
The Display Assembly must be partially disassembled, in order to access this connection.
Check this connection to make sure it is tight.

2) Damage:
With the Middle Cover removed observe the motherboard side of the LVDS Cable, and it's sheath. (Outside cover of the cable)

See if there is any obvious signs of damage. The LVDS cable routes under the left Hinge. Normal opening, and closing of the laptop may damage the sheath.

If the sheath if the LVDS Cable shows damage, the tiny, thin wires inside the cable may be damaged also. (Stretched/Broken)

If damage is shown the LVDS Cable should be removed, and a continuity test of the wires in the cable, should be performed with a multimeter.

This may be accomplished with an economical multimeter, set to Ohm's. (Symbol is the Omega symbol)
An economical multimeter can be purchased for around $8 to $12.
Analog, or digital is fine.

Or you could take the cable to a computer repair shop, and have them test it for you.

Display Assembly:
The Display Assembly (LCD Module) consists of the;

1) The LCD Bezel:
The thin plastic frame that is in front of the LCD screen, and surrounds the LCD screen. Resembles a picture frame.

2) Screen Inverter:

3) LCD Panel Brackets:
Metal brackets that attach to the sides of the LCD Panel's screen frame.

(Screen Frame; metal frame that surrounds the LCD screen. The LCD screen is composed of layers, and the metal screen frame holds them in place)
Also includes the Hinges.

4) Backlight:
For the Acer Aspire 5100 series of Notebook PC's, the Backlight is a CCFL. Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp

5) LCD Screen:

6) LCD Module Cover:
The top cover of the laptop

An LCD screen does not produce light. It needs an additional light source.
A Backlight is the additional light source.

A Backlight can be a CCFL, or a series of LED lights.
As stated the Aspire 5100 series uses a CCFL.

A CCFL is a Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp.
Similar to Fluorescent lighting used in homes, and businesses, but on a MUCH smaller scale.

[ Average size is 2mm Thick x 334mm Long.
In inches it is approximately a little larger than 1/16th of an inch Thick, and a little over 13 inches Long.

It is located INSIDE the Screen Frame, and next to the LCD panel's layers. The Screen Frame comes apart by removing screws. The side of the Screen Frame, that the Backlight is mounted next to, is removed to access the Backlight.

HOWEVER, the LCD screen (Panel) is composed of layers. These layers are set in a specific pattern, and are held there by the Screen Frame.

If the correct method is Not used when replacing a Backlight, there could be a chance the screen layers of the LCD screen may move, and this would render the LCD screen unusable ]

A qualified professional is called on to perform this repair.

The Screen Inverter converts power (Electricity) from the laptop, for the Backlight, and LCD screen.

90 PERCENT OF THE TIME the fault is a bad Inverter.

Testing a screen inverter is done with a sensitive multimeter. A tool most do not have. Or a known to be good compatible screen Inverter is used as a test tool.

Due to this, the economical cost of a screen Inverter, and ease of replacing, the screen Inverter is usually replaced.

IF, this does not repair the problem, then the problem is a bad LCD screen.

More information in a Comment.


Jan 31, 2012 | Acer Aspire 5100 Notebook

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I need a driver for my acer aspire m1640

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Jan 09, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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I have an ACER Aspire 5535 and am getting a Warning "The Catalyst Control centre is not supported by the driver version of your enabled graphics adaptor. Please update your ATI graphics driver or enable...

HI pewilson929. The Catalyst Control centre is a program that lets you configure your video card settings without using the Control Panel - Display. It installs when you download a driver for you specific ATI product. If you get this error it means you may have the correct driver for your video card. Did you get the driver from ACER or ATI?
Just in case uninstall it from Add/Remove and restart and then download this driver from the acer's website.
I hope this helps. Please let us know if this works for you. Thank you :D

May 03, 2010 | Acer Aspire 5535-5050 Notebook

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Can not start acer veriton 5600g with ati 1650 pro agp card ? The bios doesn't seem to recognise the card and it beeps when i disconnect the onboard vga. Any help will be appreciated... thanks

How did you disconnect the onboard VGA?
The onboard VGA device must be disabled in the BIOS and the ATI graphics card inserted in the computer.
When you bootup it should default to a standard Windows VGA configuration, then install the ATI video driver o you can get high resolution graphics.

Jun 24, 2009 | Acer Veriton 5600G PC Desktop

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Acer aspire 5100 laptop has ati graphics driver problem-black scn

Alright. Re-install the ATI drivers but when it asks, select Custome setup.

When it shows the components to be installed, select the Drivers only, Do not install the Catalyst program.

This turned out to be my situation a few years back.

Give it a try and let me know and we can go from there.

Good luck

Feb 15, 2009 | Acer Aspire 3680 Laptop

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Gaphics Card

It is an ATI radeon xpress 1100 (specs here).
Here you can download drivers and manuals.
Try also ATI website for updated drivers.

Jul 06, 2008 | Acer Aspire 5100 Notebook

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My Acer aspire 5100

If you are able, when the pc is booting up keep pressing F8, this will take you to safe mode and not allow the graphics driver to run. When in the safe mode options, select either Last known good configuration or start windows in safe mode. Last known good configuration should find the last good system settings, when it reboots. Start windows in safe mode allows you to go into windows using the administartor account, and then you should select system restore and restore back to the day before or just before you updated the graphics driver.

Aug 16, 2007 | Acer Aspire 5100 Notebook

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