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Acer Aspire 1800 not booting!


I am desperate for help on my laptop. It is the Acer Aspire 1801WSMI, 0504LXA390505251734200ED00, NOT ABOUT THE ONE I NEEDED TO CHOOSE AS 'What product is it about?' because its not 1802, but 1801 and not WSCI but WSMI, it has an 2,93Ghz P4 processor and an Ati mobility radeon x600.

Now for the problem.
I think my dad flashed my bios, and when we were prompted to reboot we did, and what an aweful mistake. It turns on, but no screen. No POST message or anything, really NOTHING except for fans and lights but not the screen. How do I make it work again. Attaching it to an external monitor doesn't do anything either.

After a second and third etc reboot, the fans start, go off again and start on, off and then start up permanently. Windows doesn't boot I think but I'm not sure because it doesn't make any sound, neither does anything.

What to do? The XP cd doesn't start either and I can't see the bios to set the cd drive to priority #1. I am desperate, and sent it up to Acer, where they would charge me 500 dollars for a new motherboard if I did. I am desperate to get it to work again, but that is insane. They said it was a faulty motherboard, but it was exactly fine until that reboot with ACERS ORIGINAL FLASH (i think it was an bios flash).



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  • Oldekamp Apr 13, 2009

    Thank you for trying to help me out, but I'm 14 and from the Netherlands so I wouldn't buy something overseas quickly, or anything for that matter. I'm not really rich, and because I just got my iPhone I'm pretty much broke.

    Isn't there any other solution? Thanks, REALLY APPRECIATED THOUGH! You're GREAT!

  • Oldekamp Apr 13, 2009

    thank you timothy_farl, that is indeed not what I like to hear though..

    As said, I'm REALLY broke..

    I can handle a soldering iron, but I'm not like great at it..
    I think my dad could handle it well enough, but If I did buy that chip that micromend kindly provided a link to buy it, would it instantly work again?


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Did you make a backup of your original BIOS before flashing? If not you'll need to download the BIOS and reflash again. If you did then put your original BIOS back on the chip. This is definitely a BIOS problem. Worst case is you may have to purchase the BIOS from Acer or I've seen some 3rd party BIOS providers. I did not find the BIOS for the model you specified at the Acer site but I did find it at an English site: It's L12 about $15.00? Good Luck

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Hi there. Ok, firstly Flashing the BIOS is very risky, and should not be attempted unless absolutely necessary. There are 2 reasons for this. First, as it flashes the BIOS, it completely deletes everything from the BIOS chip, and then re-writes a fresh BIOS, if this operation is interrupted in anyway, i.e. system crashes, power loss/surge, then the BIOS chip is rendered useless. Secondly, you MUST have the correct BIOS code to get the correct BIOS Flash/Update. If you Flash the BIOS with the wrong BIOS Flash/Update, then it's the same as having no BIOS at all. No computer system can run without a BIOS. You can't even re-Flash the BIOS, as you would need it to recognise the components/hardware in the system.

What you have described, sounds like one of the above things I mentioned, has happened.

I'm sorry to say that there are only two solutions, neither are desireable.

1. If you're handy with a soldering iron, and are confident with electrical components, you may be able to get hold of another BIOS chip on the internet. You will need to take the old one off, and solder the new one on.

2. You will need to buy a new motherboard.

I'm sorry it's not what you wanted to hear.

Posted on Apr 13, 2009

  • Timothy Farley Apr 13, 2009

    Hi again.

    Yes it should work, as long as it is soldered correctly, and to the correct points on the motherboard, also that it's the correct BIOS chip for your system.

    The safest way, although it may be a bit more expensive, would be to buy a new motherboard. You can pick them pretty cheap on the internet or in a computer parts shop, even in the Netherlands.

    And thank you for the ratings



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