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Acer Aspire 3000 wont load past acer splash screen

So my brother in law had a couple of laptops that he figured were just fried because he got nothing on the screen when he started them up and he gave them to me to see if I can do anything for them.
I was able to make the compaq work but am having trouble with the acer, but would like to give both back working if possible.

At first when attempting to power on the Acer Aspire 3000 the fan would start and lights would come on the front but nothing would happen.

I opened up the back and the memory was just hanging there not even connected. Once I got that installed properly, now I am getting the "Acer Screen" which will allow me to hit F2 to get into the bios, however if I dont go into the bios, the laptop reboots itself after this screen and seems to be stuck in this re-boot. acer screen, reboot pattern.

I thought that maybe the hard drive wasnt connected properly but tried to re-install that with no luck.

Does this sound like a problem with the board, is this laptop gone for good?

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  • theladebug Jun 14, 2008

    There are two cards in it.

    I thought it might be software, but it still will not boot off of the restore discs. It just powers down and re-starts after it leaves the acer screen.

  • theladebug Jun 14, 2008

    No luck. I've tried with each card and also in each slot and there is no change.

    Any other ideas?

  • theladebug Jun 14, 2008

    hmmm cant seem to find the Legacy USB support, but the boot device is set to HDD

  • theladebug Jun 16, 2008

    Hmmmm it could be that I have a bigger problem than I thought. It seems that I cannot get into any advanced settings through the bios on this machine.

  • theladebug Jun 16, 2008

    Actually I found the system cd which must be used before the restore cd and it seems to be working okay. I am going to continue restoring and see what happens.

    Looks like it might be a software issue after all.

  • theladebug Jun 16, 2008

    Fixed! Thanks for your help though, you rock! :)

  • Justasking Jul 25, 2008

    I have the same problem but I don't have the restore disks. Can anyone help? Brian

    xCAUSALITYx May 11, 2010


    How many memory cards do you have in it?




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I have an acer aspire 3000 i change the video settings on the bios setup to both from auto and know im getting a black screen any help???both internal and external blank....

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Thanks for the response, turn it off and remove the battery/power supply, now take one of the cards out, now put the battery/power supply back in and switch it on, if it still does not work, do the same again but put the other card back in and take the other one out, now switch on.

Let me know how it goes.


Posted on Jun 14, 2008

    xCAUSALITYx Jun 14, 2008


    When it reboots press F2 and go into the bios and disable the "Legacy USB support", also make sure the boot device is set to HDD.


    xCAUSALITYx Jun 15, 2008


    Legacy USB support is usually located in the advaced tab in the bios, not to worry.

    At the bios screen keep tapping F8 until you get the options screen if it allows you and go in under safe mode.



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My understanding of the Acer 3000 set up....NOT A NuBEE

=========== VERY IMPORTANT ==================== Before you remove any compnents - Remove Power/Battery.

I have found best results with a Default Factory Settings reinstall from eManager ,to be quite reliable and their system is reinstalled within minutes.
Any missing components ie sound, vga, modem, usb,etc can be located on the recovery disks,also another important step is to do SP2 Windows Updates to give the devices the correct functionallity otherwise expecting them to function correctly without giving them the right tools and instructions would be premature and wasting your own time trying to make it work only to do your head-in in the process.

Other Acer Issues....

Replace when they die or use AC power pack.

Sorry not upgradable for video out,dedicated/shared memory type.

mean a lengthy reinstall with recovery disks or reinstall OS from a separate machine then when Operating System is reloaded replace into Acer Hard Drive Bay now ready for Acer Reinstall.

If its important === Leave it to the PRO's

RAM / Memory.
Ram slots x 2 . MAX 2GB = 1GB + 1GB
Readily available in many sizes 128mb,,256mb,512mb,1GB and many brands,Kingston,Transcend,etc....

always put identical size ram ie 256mb+256mb... re sometimes the slowest ram is maximum speed so making them identical give double speed proformance instead of half 256mb + 1gb registers 1.256mb but runs at 512mb.

WIRELESS/Axis Points & Blue Tooth Devices.
Works well if set up has correct Axis Point to Device Security Protocols Established and properly Encrypted too.
There are some clever people out there who can hack your wireless connections so I recommend a hard wired Cat 5e @ 100MBPS or Cat 6 @1GPS,(I think thats right)lol.
A closed network is more secure the an open one,

LCD Screen Replacements/Inverters
Can be done.Mostly Matt Finish or Ultra Bright Lcds.

Replaceable and upgradable,

Note from The Author.
I have only touched briefly on the most common excerises and would like everyone to underestand some problems not covered here may require different solutions for the individuals specific problem/s.
Seek advise from trusted sources.
If in doubt try,
or email me,lol

Thanks for reading my thoughts,I hope this helps the understandings and importance of these basic steps

Posted on Jul 10, 2008

  • Verne Koti Jul 10, 2008

    Ok for thisone,

    Load Bios default settings ,save and restart'


    Instead go to start menu,

    control panel,

    change resolution,


    Click IDENTIFY>screen should come up with Screen Number 1

    Noting Screen 2 not present until you plug in Screen 2.

    When both screens are connected and powered up then you should be able activate the screens individually and save the settings.Don't forget shut down and reboot to save the new settings.

    If there is one picture only or bank,black 2nd screen try adjusting the pixel size to 800x600,unfortunatley this is the sacrifice for two screens of one vga card.Can't be helped.

    If you have acer grid vista installed then settings are accessible thru the right click on the desk top and select from properties drop down.

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