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Acer Aspire 5100 PC Notebook BIOS: "Fixed Disk Failure 0200"

I have an Acer Aspire 5100 notebook that is really giving me some issues.
On POST, BIOS will return a 0200 Fixed Disk Failure. It returns the ID the HD as "HD23423,,,,,,,,,,,", which is odd.
After numerous attempts it will make it through POST with the proper HD ID and will boot into windows.
It will work in windows as long as I don't physically move the machine. EXAMPLE if I move the machine from one table to another it will dump CORE and reboot. Again giving me the Fixed Disk issue. This is what really stumps me. Sometimes I won't move it at all and it will give me the above error.
I am already on my second HD and the new one is giving me the same problem as the old. I don't think I could possible have to bad HDs. Do you think it is something with the IDE HD interface on the MB? Maybe the contacts are bad?
Any other ideas?

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  • bfrygopman Dec 27, 2007

    It is my brother's computer, I think he had it replace over the summer. It is an Hitachi, I will see if it is still under warranty.

    Thanks for the advice.

  • xelhefex Dec 31, 2007

    I have the same laptop and i'm having the same problem with the failure
    fixed disk. First i was having a video card problem because all of a
    sudden the screen would distort. I sent it in to Acer to get the
    motherboard replaced and after i got it back i started getting the
    failure fixed disk problem. I sent it into circuit city and they
    replaced the hard drive. After getting it back it still had the same
    problem. I then sent it back in and they said the computer was fine
    while they tested it. I then get it back and its still having the
    problem.

  • bfrygopman Dec 31, 2007

    I has got to be a bad motherboard.

    Either that or the firmware the HD uses has issues with the chipset on the mother board.

    xelhefex are you using an Hitachi HD?

    I am wondering if it is the same model that I am using?

    Did you have any "Fixed Disk" issues prior to Acer replacing the motherboard?

    This problem is strange because it is consistently, inconsistent.



    Generally, computer's return the same results every time. Good or Bad.

  • xelhefex Dec 31, 2007

    no, i didnt havent the fixed disk before the motherboard was replaced. The model for my Hitachi drive is HTS421212H9AT00. I just got off the phone with the circuit city protection guy and he also said he thinks its a motherboard problem so its going to be replaced. Everyone else i talked to before didnt know what it was and always wanted me to run the recovery disks and reset the bios again. There are new 3.0 bios on the acer site which i loaded and that didnt fixed the problem. I'll come back and post my results when that is done.

  • Anonymous Aug 23, 2008

    error

    0200 :failure fixed disk 0 problem

  • jasondding Sep 27, 2008

    same problem to me. I brought it on Nov., 200. bad at Sept. 2008.
    I replaced the hard drive with a new one. it still exist....
    something wrong with the motherboard.



  • s_aliowais Sep 28, 2008

    yes i have almost same problem although i have replaced more than 3 har drive but it shows same msg, on blue screen( physical memory dump) and after restart show other msg on black screen, bios memory shadowd and video memory shadowed.

  • TheCaper Jan 14, 2009

    I have an Acer 5100 also and having nothing but bad luck with it. First it started with the video not working . I had the screen off one night while it was turned on and later when i went to resume the screen it wouldn't come on. I tried rebooting it to see if the screen would come on and still nothing . I tried an external monitor to see if it was the screen itself and the external monitor wouldn't work either. I tried everything i could think of and still nothing. I brought it to a shop and they told me the motherboard is likely gone , so i bought another one online which was expensive and got it installed and the video worked fine but then the battery was not working the charge light was flashing and the battery remained dead. On the epower management it showed no battery , i tried another battery from a friends Acer 5100 and it worked , i put mine in theirs and it worked , go figure. Next i started getting errors like 0200 fixed disk error , check cable. Then blue screen every once in a while it goes to memory dump , and it tells me things like BIOS shadowed , and to turn off shadowing and cacheing . The hard drive doesn't show up all the time on the start up i have to keep starting it till it does then it will work for awhile and then the whole **** storm starts again. I am thinking maybe its an Acer issue itself . Can anybody tell me if this is true or not.

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I had the Error 0200 problem. First the existing hard drive started to play up, so I replaced it with a new 250GB drive. I started getting the 0200 issue after installing the new drive. I wasn't sure what the problem was, I started to wonder if the old drive had been fine. I took out the drive, and opened up the rest of the covering on the laptop to clean it. I found some fluff around the fan, so cleaned this away. Still the problem existed. I was about to give up thinking it was a motherboard problem, when I came across an article where someone mentioned that taking the hard drive out of it cover fixed the problem. Rather than take the drive out of the casing, I loosened the 4 screws holding the hard drive. I put everything back together, powered it up, and it has now been running for 14 hours continiously without any problems. 
Solution, If you have replaced the hard drive, don't tighten the screws holding it in the caseing too tight.

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Here is the solution ...
i have acer aspire 5100.. and i had this issue for months.. The issue may not be with the HDD. It could be the problem with ATI chip (BGA chip). Open the cover and put enough pressure on the ATI chip and see if it boots up. Otherwise check for other BGA chips on ur motherboard. a little google will help

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I have an Acer Aspire 5100 with the same fixed disc error. The problem seems to be with the HD plug/pins connection. Moving the HD out 1/32" to 1/16" away from the plug solves the problem and it boots normally. Next step will be to clean the plug/pins if it occurs again.

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Seems the problem is indeed some space in HD place.
Acer let like 1 cm free to remove the HD and with the time going the disk can move. the 2 small pin on the HD cover are not long egnough to keep the disk steady. just filling the space to prevent the moe seems to solve the issue

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I had this same problem with my Acer 5100. Sent it away after trying all the solutions I found in forums. The first repair shop called "Laptop Rescue" kept it for about a month and finally concluded it was a bad motherboard and sent it back. Total cost for this was about $50. Sent it out again to a different repair shop called (believe me) "Laptop Rescuer". they promptly told me it needed a new hard drive controller and within a week later I got it back and so far it works fine. Cost of repair $250. So I've got about $400 in this machine including a new hard drive that I at first thought was the problem ( it wasn't ). So I probably should have scrapped the thing but since it was dumped on me by a frustrated friend I figured it might be worth it. Besides it's running XP pro and every new machine comes with Vista. I've got an Acer laptop with vista the I'll put back in its box until this 5100 goes crazy again.

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Your hard drive has failed and/or your motherboard's drive controller
has failed. It is most likely the hard drive again, because it happened before. Laptop hard drives are very prone to damage because if their small size and parts. How long has it been since it was changed? Is the hard drive under warranty? You didn't mention who made it.Check with the manufacturer.

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I have the same laptop and i'm having the same problem with the failure fixed disk. First i was having a video card problem because all of a sudden the screen would distort. I sent it in to Acer to get the motherboard replaced and after i got it back i started getting the failure fixed disk problem. I sent it into circuit city and they replaced the hard drive. After getting it back it still had the same problem. I then sent it back in and they said the computer was fine while they tested it. I then get it back and its still having the problem.

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