Hi i have a acer aspire one with linux distribution.One fine day while i was using it i was prompted for system update and i clicked the go ahead. However halfway through the update the laptop hung and i restarted it, then i realised the entire main page became a blur of pixels and i am unable to access anything.Since then i am no more able to use that laptop I tried to go into the BIOS setup to restore defaut but apparently that too doesnt help...
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Linux-based Acer Aspire One Non-Charging Battery Solution
STEP 1: On a separate PC: 1. Go to www.support.acer.com or http://gd.panam.acer.com/home/ 2. Click on Driver & Downloads 3. Select Product Family “Netbook” 4. Select Product Line Aspire One 5. Select your Product Model i.e.: AOA150 (located under your computer, after MFG.Date:xxxx AOA 150 – xxxx) 6. Click on the BIOS tab below (don't worry if you don't see Linux listed – BIOS is OS-independent) 7. Download BIOS to a temporary folder on your PC 8. Extract and make sure you know where you put the extracted files.You will only need three of them.
STEP 2: On a separate PC: 1. Ensure a USB memory stick is plugged in and run UNetbootin by downloading and running from: http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ 2. It will prompt for a “Distribution” – change this to “FreeDOS”. 3. At the bottom of the window ensure the “Type” is “USB Drive” and check the “Drive” is the drive letter of your USB memory stick. 4. Click on “OK” and FreeDOS will be installed onto the USB drive.At the end don't Reboot. 5. Now copy some of the extracted BIOS files onto the USB drive as well.The only files you need copy are three: go to the sub folder BIOS_ACER_3310_Windows_AOA110 & AOA150/Dos_Flash, and copy the files 3310.BAT, 3310.fd and FLASHIT.EXE to the USB stick 6. Remove your USB stick from the PC, and plug into into your switched-off Acer.
STEP 3: On your Acer: 1. Reboot the Acer and press F2 at the initial “splash screen” to go into the BIOS settings. 2. Once in the BIOS arrow across to select the Boot Menu and move the USB HDD to the top of the list (using F5 and F6 to move them up and down). (I also moved USB FDD and USB CD-ROM) 3. Press F10 to save and exit. 4. Your Acer should now boot from the USB stick. 5. The FreeDOS screen will appear with an option to select a default option. Do this. 6. You will now be presented with a list of boot options – select option 5 (FreeDOS Live CD). 7. You'll get an error message about missing CD-ROM, which you can ignore and you'll be at the DOS A: prompt. 8. At the DOS prompt go to the B: drive (i.e. type “b:”, without quotes, and hit enter – the B: drive is you USB stick) and run the the 3310.BAT script (i.e. type 3310.BAT, without the quotes, and hit enter. 9. The BIOS should now install and reboot your Acer.Click on Settings and then System to check your BIOS has updated. 10. Restart your Acer and repeat 1. and 2. above just to make sure the Boot priority order has your hard drive at the top of the screen.It will probably have reverted automatically to the original order.If not, use F5 and F6 to put back in the original order.
it seems like the HDD is not getting recognised , try this might help you
get into BIOS setup by tapping delete key or f2 when system turns on , load the defaults settings for bios then try loading OS , if you are getting the same error message that means hdd has gone bad or the cable to the hdd is loose
If you have a Windows disk, put it in the CD and see if you can boot from that. You didn't say what operating system you have, but you should be able to boot from a CD/DVD if the system is working properly. Once you boot it, you'll need to get to the command prompt (varies according to your operating system) and see if you can see drive C: You should also, on startup, press the key that puts you into setup (normally F2). You can then look at the system devices and see if it reports that there is a hard drive. If it fails the tests, above, then your hard drive is probably bad.
When checking this, I always see if I can get to the drive by booting from a CD/DVD first.
It is Better do this : Instead of Updating the drivers, roll back the driver first and unintall the Hardware Totally from your system through the device manager. Next, restart your system, and then it prompts for 'New Hardware Found', use the Finger Printer Driver That you have, to re-install it afresh, if you dont have you can download it from here : http://www.getpcmemory.com/drivers/download-acer-aspire-5738-5738g-5738z-notebook-windows-xp-drivers/
After that, restart your system again. It should work like that now.
I too have also bought the aspire 5738. Mine was also hanging, eventually i sent it back to acer. The mother board was replaced as it had a faulty north bridge on it. If your unit is still in warranty get it done as soon as possible.
The drivers for Windows can be used if no specific Linux drivers exist. There's a program within Linux called NDisWrapper which is designed to use the drivers provided for Windows XP in Linux. Refer to your particular distribution of Linux for the details on how to set up NDisWrapper from within your distribution (I've only done it in Ubuntu so have no experience of other distros)
1. find a windows start up disk and reformat your hard drive.
2. Use a Windows CD (Genuine) and start your system from the CD and follow the prompts.
3. Using pirated Windows will cause all kinds of problems with updates, etc.
4. Use a GENUINE Windows CD and you'll be a lot happier.