Question about Acer Aspire 1640Z Notebook
When Win XP is shut down and restarted, the laptop emits a loud beep and appears to reboot with the display blacked out. If I then connect to an external monitor, the Windows XP splash screen is displayed on that. When the Windows logon dialog is to be displayed it then automatically appears on the laptop display, and the monitor loses its display role. For the rest of the work session the laptop behaves normally.
Have you considered a Exorcist? Have you cleaned the fan, vents, heatsink recently? Take a look at this it may help in troubleshooting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Yi6GNFcP3w
Posted on Apr 30, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Change the settings from the display settings panel. (Right click on the desktop and go to display settings)
You should see 2 monitors graphically represented there.
You can make the monitor that is greyed out active by right clicking on the monitor, and selecting active.
Posted on Dec 11, 2008
I also posted this one under "Notebook Bios Problems" which might not be the correct place. Anyway here it is for you to see and maybe you can learn from my experience.
Have done a VISTA upgrade with Acers upgrade DVD.
It recommended to upgrade the BIOS - after doing this notebook is dead.
(1 long and 2 short beeps).
If I want to flash a new BIOS with Crisis method which BIOS should I use i.e. how do I know if I need the AT or UMA version - how to verify this on the notebook (my version is 1642 ZWLMI)?
I would very much appreciate some help on this - thank you
LATEST NEW - it WORKS AGAIN:
I was a little bit worried when I started but later I was all smiles
So a BIG thanks to everyone who posted possible solutions here in this forum:
1: I bought a NEC model UF0002 USB floppy Disk Drive Unit.
2: Downloaded the zip file from the ACER homepage with the BIOS
(chose the one that should be the correct version for VISTA:
It contains 2 WHP files: ZL9A3A24.WPH and ZL9I3A24.WPH as I
learned from NoClaim's post I chose the ZL9I3A24.WPH.
3: Downloaded the zip files with the Crisis recovery zip-file (See d0gi's
post: http://www.rechner.org/b1800.html ).
4: un-zipped the files
5: copies the file ZL9I3A24.WPH into the crisis directory - deleted the
BIOS.WHP that was allready there. And renamed ZL9I3A24.WPH
6: ran the WINCRIS.EXE program (did an unbootable format of the floppy)
7: I now had a recovery floppy.
8: all steps above obviously done on my desktop PC.
9: removed battery from my ACER 1640Z laptop
10: unplugged powercable.
11: inserted the USB floppy in one of the USB ports on the laptop
12: pressed the <fn> and <esc> keys
13: plugged the powercord
14: Turned on the laptop
15: waited a bit - lights came on on the laptop (no beeps)
16: waited a little longer and the light on the floppy came on
17: waited still a bit longer until I could hear the floppy was working
and then I let go of the keys <fn> and <esc>
18: after a while there was no activity on the floppy any more and
shortly after the laptop shot down.
19: the laptop started up again on its own and IT WORKED
20: THE LAPTOP IS BACK AND THANKS TO ALL OF YOU I SAVED A LOT
This worked for me and only cost me £5, Here is the web sit i got it from
Hope it works for you
Posted on Jan 13, 2009
Hello, Paul. Your grandson's notebook's problem could be originated from number of things (caused - or not - by the fall). Let's break it down into two problems (which are probably unrelated): the restarting and the dim screen.
There's a very good troubleshooting guide online by Morris Rosenthal. You can check it here.
About the dim screen
On the aforementioned guide, which i'll be quoting from now on, you'll find particularly relevant information for this case: "Dim desktop image? Can you see a ghost-like image of your desktop that is functional, ie, one that changes if you drag an icon, launch a program or disappears if you shut down. Standard LCD screens produce very little visible light on their own, they require the Cold Cathode Fluorescent Light (CCFL) to light the screen from behind. The fluorescent tube is normally located at the top of the screen, and a bright reflective surface distributes the light across the back of the LCD, so it can shine through the liquid crystals of the liquid crystal display, which only transmit red, green or blue (RGB)."
When you say it brightens, it probably does so in sort of a tinted way.
"Red, orange tint, uneven? Is the entire screen tinted red or orange (probably growing worse over time) or is the background brightness of the screen uneven, particularly near the edges? The tin is caused by a failing backlight not putting out the full spectrum of white light, so the CCFL tube needs to be replaced."
This gives us some information about the backlight that is used in LCD screens, but there's also another component in play, which is the inverter. A damaged inverter is *the* greatest cause for failing notebook screens. Your grandson's notebook's backlight could be fine, but a damaged inverter may not be sending it enough current for it to work. I could only tell you exactly which one is at fault here by running some tests on it, but this information points you to the very likely source of the problem.
About the restarting
This problem unfortunately has a wider range of possible sources, ranging from OS-related problems (like viruses and a corrupt installation), faulty/misconfigured hardware (or drivers), overheating (though the computer usually shuts itself down when it overheats, instead of restarting. It depends on your available BIOS settings) and many others.
I hope this information was helpful, and i advise you to get that lappie checked by a qualified technician.
Posted on Jan 16, 2009
i know your problem. even if you change the inverter it will not work. the real problem of your notebook is vga memory or video memory. use hot air to resolder your memory. trust me!
Posted on May 20, 2009
First be sure you dont have an imput problem on your laptop while you are testing it. The input buton (swtich view) should be acessible via the Fn button and the F3-F8 on the keyboard (depends on your model) but it could looks like this : || it really depends on the brands/models. It seems you experience some driver issues, but the driver should work for both devices... It's possible that your laptop screen or inverter are defective. But before saying so, be sure to try to switch views while you got the external monitor plugged in and see what happens. If only your external monitor works fine, you may have to replace some hardware in your laptop. I would personally contact the Acer technical support before spending any money on it though. Just in case... I hope it still in warranty cause it may be a bit expensive otherwise :(
Posted on Jun 08, 2009
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AS YOU ON THE SYSTEM AND EVEN BEFORE WINDOWS
STARTS KEEP PRESSING THE F8 KEY CONTINUEOUSLY. A MENU WILL APPEAR. SELECT SAFE
MODE AND ENTER. WINDOWS WILL LOAD IN SAFE MODE. THIS WILL SOLVE SOME OF YOUR
PROBLEMS. NOW RESTART THE SYSTEM IN NORMAL
IF THIS DOES NOT WORK SELECT "LOAD WINDOWS
WITH LAST KNOWN GOOD CONFIGURATION " AND THEN RESTART. THIS WILL SURELY
SORT OUT YOUR PROBLEM.
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