When I press the power button to power up the laptop it goes immediatly to a screen that says Acer in the middle then at the bottom left says "Press to enter setup. It won't allow me to press F2. Any ideas on what should be done or if it can be fixed?
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Re: Acer 3003lci will not boot up.
Sounds like locking up on boot, hence why nothing happens when you hit F2, try tapping F2 as soon as you push power button, if still hanging, you may need to take it to get looked at, could be a number of things causing it to lock up
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The most common reason for lack of wi-fi is that the laptop maker put a hard-to see switch somewhere on the rim of the chassis. My Acer 3003lci has it disguised as an activity light on the front-center edge; if you acidentally press it, there's a light 'click', the orange light goes out, and the wi-fi device is turned off. Press it again, it's back on and takes a minute to find and reconnect to wi-fi. Others I've helped have HP laptops, where the switch is a slider with the tiniest blue pin-light to show whether it's on or off.
The 2nd most common reason is that Windows, in its infinite wisdom, thinks it can run the laptop's wi-fi device better than the device's firmware, and disables the device driver in favor of its own. If you tinker with the settings, you can fix this, but it requires much patience.
you will need to disconnect the cmos battery for a few seconds to allow the bios settings to revert to default, reconnecting the cmos battery will allow you to boot up without a password, howver any changes which were made to bios settings will be lost....have you tried pressing f8 while booting, then selecting the option "last known good configuration" ?
It seems the two oval lights on the front of the Acer TravelMate 3003LCi are not only lights to indicate WiFi traffic, but also buttons
to turn the WiFi radio on and off for security reasons. If you press
and hold the left side button for 3-5 seconds it should turn back on
the WiFi radio. Windows XP (and maybe other OS’s) have a power saving
function that turns the radio off when not in use to save the battery,
so you have to use the buttons to turn the radio back on. Seems like a
pain in the @$$ to me, but it’s a clients laptop not mine so he will
have to live with that.
I hope this helps someone so they do not have to go through the
frustration of trying to figure out why the radio has been turned off.
the flashing orange light is an indicator to tell you that your wireless adapter is working and has a connection to your router, if you are not wireless, press the button that is flashing and it will dissable your wireless connection,to turn back on press it again.