After pressing the start up button on my acer travelmate 4200 the screen shows the acer logo with "for setup press f2" in the bottom left corner. then the screen changes to the windows xp logo with the boot bar underneath and it starts to boot up for about five seconds,then the screen image falshes once blue(blink of an eye flash)and then the screen goes blank and the laptop starts all over again. ive tried unplugging the battery and pressing the start button etc but to no avail. any assistance would be appreciated. sarah
Re: my acer travelmate will not boot up, please help
Well I have the same problem, I think it is a BIOS problem because after the acer screen it says Windows did not start succesfully. I saw start Windows normally but it has that "blink of an eye flash" as well, then it goes back and tries to boot up again. Maybe take it to a shop to get fixed.
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Try another Cord/Charger with the EXACT same power specs. Have you cleaned the fan, vents, heatsink recently? Do you get to any screen? BIOS setup? Boot Menu? Has the AC jack been damaged due to pulling on the cord?
Try this: once you turn on your Acer Laptop, immediately it shows the acer logo on your screen, press 'Esc" button constantly or press the "Esc" button continuously immediately you turn on your laptop.
I am telling you to do this out of experience, but if it does not work, let me know.
start computer when acer logo appears press F2 to go into BIOS settings scroll across to BOOT top menu bar with the arrow buttons scroll down to D2D enable/disable change to enable and ENTER. save and exit. restart computer once again when acer logo appears press <Alt>+<F10> at the same time to enter the recovery process, refer to on screen instructions to recover system.
Insert Windows Reinstallation disk into tray, Boot to CD/DVD-ROM by pressing F12 at initial boot screens, delete existing Windows partition, re-create partition, and then follow steps to reinstall Windows. This will lead you to an option for formatting hard drive. I recommend choosing the full format versus the quick, from this point you can let windows install, or just shut the computer down when the format finishes. You will have to watch the progress, though, if you don't want the install to commence.
Boot disk option:
For XP, 95, 98, or ME, follow the instructions at this MS article page. It will walk you through creating a boot disk that will allow you to format.