Question about Acer Aspire 5100 Notebook
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?
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.
Posted on Jan 13, 2009
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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
Posted on Mar 30, 2010
Posted on Sep 28, 2008
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.
Posted on Jun 20, 2008
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
Posted on Dec 25, 2009
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.
Posted on Feb 09, 2009
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.
Posted on Dec 27, 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.
Posted on Dec 31, 2007
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