I bought this laptop almost 2 years ago and the "2.0 USB" on the left side broke. There's 2 USB slots on the back that have never worked since the day I bought the thing. How do I get them to work? I've tried updating the drivers & installing all OS & drivers again. I even downgraded the OS to see if it would find it to no avail. What do I do? They can't be broke since like I said, I have never used them.
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On the right hand side starting from the front to the back, the ports are
1. (2) USB Ports
2. TV/Cable jack if applicable, some models don't have.
3. RJ-11 Modem Jack
4. Security cable Slot
5. Power Connector
On the Left side Starting from front to back. the ports are.
1. Express Card Slot
2. Digital Media Slot (below the Express Card)
3. 1394 (firewire) slot (some models don't have)
4. USB Port
5. E-Sata Port
6. HDMI Port
7. RJ-45 Ethernet Port
8. Expansion Port Type 3 (attaching docking station etc.)
9. External Monitor Port
hello, this has been one of the most reported problem with the 5100 model. i have 2 of them, and they have done the same thing! one i had 2 find and install a new mainboard-400 bucks! not very cost friendly. i did post a solution more than a year ago, but it is a work around that let me use the acer with the dead keyboard,touchpad,usb- you must buy a pcmcia usb card, it goes in the slot on the left side of the acer 5100. then a usb mouse and keyboard will work. (you can get this cardbus adapter cheap, as 400 bucks is 2 much. these pcmcia cardbus card come with 2 or 4 ports. this will let you use the pc, it has been a great solution for me and a lot of others, been in use over a year like this. acer is no help, unless you wish 2 spend a large amount of $. the one with the new board lasted about 8 months before the usb port stopped working for the second time, i then got a second cardbus usb card and have usb again. sorry for your problem.. good luck! do as i say and the acer will work again.( a problem model) just search for pcmcia usb cardbus you will find many 2 choose from- i picked the ones with the NEC chipset, as these are reliable! be well!
hi, yes it is a motherboard issue-i have 2 of those with same problem. new boards for that model are costly. however i found a work around-get a usb pcmcia card put it in the slot on the side-then plug your mouse or other usb devices and you should be ok! I did this a year ago and it runs like new! way cheaper than getting a new one. this is a big problem with these 5100 models. acer no help-other than selling you a new mainboard. this is the best way 2 make it work again. the pcmcia cards are cheap enough. and after that you can get a usb hub if you need more ports. good luck! and please rate this solution. and make sure 2 turn on the cardbus if not on allready. (in epower manager) this will work! reply if you need help! be well!
unless it is something more serious, first keep pressing F8 when you turn on the notebook and it should enter safe mode.
When in safe mode select the operating system that is highlighted and then a screen will appear with options, one being 'Last Known good Configuration', highlight this and press enter.
The system will reboot and start again in windows as normal hopefully.
If you are not able to get a screen showing in safe mode there is something more serious wrong and it could be hard drive fault or motherboard, but if you can see the disc drive light flickering the system is loading and you may have a graphical fault.