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I get the acer screen and nothing else,

I've stripped the computer of everything, all plugins including drives, reset cmos and all to no avail. I sure do miss the days when you could remove the bios and implant it into another board of the same while running and reflash it..... if only we could do that I'd bet that would solve the prob.

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Check acer /uk not the united states sites for critical/drivers if its an older acer desktop you can get the vga drivers from that website also

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My acer veriton z290g screen goes black after the acer logo flashes what can i do

Motherboard is not booting up properly. Often a bad peripheral will cause a mother board to just shut down the moment you turn it on.
Disconnect everything including hard drive from board and turn unit on. If it goes past the acer logo then something you disconnected is responsible - if no change, the problem is with the mo bo. or a corrupted cmos.

Aug 06, 2015 | Acer Computers & Internet

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Computer won't boot beyound splash screen

A couple of things to try

a) in the bios reset the settings back to default settings ( usually last tab )
b) Start the pc and press f8 constantly, choose safe mode
c) make sure nothing is plugged in the floppy or usb

This is most likely the way to start the pc

Any other issues then I would start making sure everything is plugged in and the OS is not corrupt

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I have a black screen with a blinking curser.

Hi there.

Here are a few things to try:
1. Check your hard drive is installed and properly seated in its socket.
2. Try boot into Safe Mode by pressing and holding the F8 key. When you get into Advanced options select Boot into Safe mode. If it is able to boot into safe mode then it is a driver issue and I suggest you uninstall any recently installed drivers prior to the problem.
3. Press the "delete" key on you keyboard as the laptop boots. This will take you into the BIOS. Look for the hard drive section and make sure the laptop has detected your primary hard drive (the one with Windows on) and that it is selected as boot disk priority 1 in the boot sequence settings. If it says something like "NO IDE DEVICE DETECTED/NO SATA DEVICE DETECTED" then refer check your hard drive is installed and physically seated in its socket.
4. Remove all flash drives/printers as you boot up the laptop.
5. You BIOS may be corrupted and may need to be reset. (See below)

General info
All laptops have a CMOS battery. The main purpose for the CMOS battery is to store the system time, date and BIOS settings even if the computer is turned off or the main battery dies. Individual Acer Aspire laptop models differ somewhat, but the general steps are the same when replacing a dead CMOS battery.
Before you start
1) Read through the owner's manual for your particular Acer Aspire laptop to determine what kind of CMOS battery you have.
2) If it is damaged or faulty purchase the battery through Acer or a local or online computer parts dealer.
3) Turn the laptop off and unplug it. Also unplug any external hard drives, cameras, or other external devices.
4) Turn the laptop over (bottom facing up), then touch something metal to remove static charge.
Removal of the CMOS battery.
Remove the Phillips screws that secure the motherboard cover (refer to your owner's manual if necessary), then release the cover from the clips on the bottom of the plastic casing. Lay the cover aside then locate the CMOS battery cable on the right side of the motherboard. Unplug the cable then remove the battery.
The battery should look something like this:


Leave the battery out for up to 20mins. (Once the charge has left the motherboard it will erase all BIOS settings.

Re-inserting the battery.
Plug the CMOS battery cable into the motherboard. Slide the battery partially under the laptop casing (somewhere to hold it in place), then align the cover with the slots on the bottom of the laptop housing. Replace the screws then turn the laptop back over.
1) Turn the laptop on.
2) Enter your BIOS (usually by pressing the "Delete" key) before the operating system loads.
3) Follow the BIOS prompts or refer to your Acer Aspire owner's manual to reset your time, date and desired system settings.
Reason: Anytime the CMOS battery is unplugged for more than a few seconds your BIOS will be reset to the default manufacturer settings. If you make any changes to the BIOS that cause problems with your Acer Aspire, unplug the CMOS battery for 3 to 5 seconds (I find a good 'ol 20 mins does the trick if your unsure) to correct the problem.

6. You BIOS may have become corrupted and a re-install may be necessary. (See below)
Head over to the Acer downloads support center here.
Select your laptop model:
1. Netbook.
2. Aspire One.
3. The model.

Then click confirm.
Then at the tabs at the top click BIOS.
Download the BIOS.
Read the included documentation first (if supplied)

You'll need to copy the downloaded BIOS files onlto a bootable USB device.
You'll need:
1. A USB device.
2. The BIOS (that you've already downloaded).
3. The tools required make the USB device bootable.

I've found a neat tutorial on the web that explains how to make your USB drive bootable. Check it out
(skip step 8 as you hav ealready downloaded your BIOS from the Acer support site, but read all about renaming it to BIOS.bin)

Once the drive is bootable, copy over the BIOS files as to the tutorial's instructions.
Reboot your system and make sure that the USB in inserted and set ans primary boot priority 1.

Your laptop should now update/reinstall the BIOS and reboot. Remove you USB drive as it reboots and it should be fine. If however this doesn't work then it may be a hardware failure and will have to be looked at by a local technician.


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I'm not sure if I'm typing in the correct spot, but I've 'googled' everything I could possibly google... but I have an HP Pavilion g6 notebook pc, and i got it 'used' but pretty...

First, make sure the CD/DVD drive is being recognized in your CMOS setup. You will have to press the key that it tells you to press when you first boot (DELETE, F2, etc.) and enter setup. For most different types of BIOS, the first screen that appears will detect and display disk drives, CD drives, and floppy drives, as well as date and time. If the computer BIOS recognizes the CD/DVD drive, then it means that the interface is OK, but it doesn't tell you if other parts of the drive are working. The door mechanism may have failed, for instance.

If the BIOS does not list the CD/DVD drive, it has either become disconnected or has failed. You will probably have to open up the computer and check the connections.

If they are OK, then the drive will have to be replaced. They are not too expensive, so you should be able to pick one up at a local computer store, or over the internet.

Good luck!

Jul 14, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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My Acer Travelmate 4100 is unable to turn on. The power light is on and fan is running, however, the screen is completely black. I have tried the remove batter and AC, 30sec power reset, replug format...

If nothing is happening with a good battery or a good power adapter you have a serious issue. Could be bad mo bo, corrupt cmos, bad hard drive, bad peripheral, .
Remove drive and plug into another known working computer as slave and see if it works and perform diagnostics on it. If it checks out at least you have your files and data . But the rest of the unit ................................

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Hi iv changed the bios settings on my acer aspire m5630 im sure i made the cd/dvd drive the main boot and the hdd the 2nd if there was no boot cd. i reboot my computer and now it starts up my cpu fan...

Do you know how to reset the cmos settings on your motherboard what to do is near the "coin" battery on your board there is a set of pins that if u short them using a jumper this will reset the cmos this should hopefully sort ur problem if not u may need to reflash your BIOS please repost i more help needed Ian

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Power on, black screen, nothing...Acer Aspire One Reconditioned

Well I doubt your hard drive is bad and that is what stores the information. So you wont lose everything. I suggest pulling out the memory and reinstalling it. Then try to pull out the CMOS battery overnight. Most likely is not a hard drive failure but it could also be the inverter for your screen. Either way you will be able to pull out the hard drive and have the laptop fixed without losing your DATA.

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Acer Aspire 6920 will not turn on. With or with out hard drive inplace. Pushing power button makes the keyboard lights come on but not the computer screen or hard drive. Pulled hard drive and connected to...

I had same problem with my aspire 6920.Tried power reset didn't work. Tried replacing memory chips,No go . Pulled rest of my hair out,still nothing . Then I checked memory chips again and noticed that the inner chip was not seating correctly due to a design flaw in the retainers. Gave both retainers a gental tweak,reset chips. And most importantly Disconnected CMOS Battery and held power button in for 1 min. Plugged everything back in and Bingo... Fired right up >>>And to the comment about plugging in the HD ....Mine fired up with out it ..

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Looks like the bios settings are not connect. Choose your First boot device as HDD, Save changes and restart. Let me know if it worked so that we can get this resolved..

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CMOS Battery Removal

First, you should find out how did this happen in the first place. Then, check the processor :). It is your main concern. Remove it and try to power again to observe if any difference. If none, that should worry you. Then check all connections between diferent boards to the main board, a faulty connector isn't unusual. Reseting the CMOS memory woun't do any good I supose, because it is NAND ROM type and most of it's settings are resident into this area. For example if you set a password, you woun't be able to clear it by reseting/removing the battery to the BIOS or something like that. This is a security feature that comes with most laptops.

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