I bought my Acer Aspire laptop 6 months ago when I was traveling in Italy. I am currently based out in Australia. I use it to run my online game. But, I solved this issue.
I am happy to tell you that I am typing this on my little baby. Here is what I did and what you should do:
For this process, you would require USB disk drive, a second computer with internet access (can be work, cafe or friend's place) and a file you can download from Acer or search yourself called ZGIA32.zip
Now, format your drive in fat (pertinent to mention that I tried fat as directed in a number of manuals though, then tried fat32 and it worked then though suggest you try fat first)
Open zip file and copy 3309.fd and the fla.exe to the usb stick
Rename 3309.fd to ZGIA32.fd
Turn off your laptop making sure that both battery and power supply are plugged in and attach the usb stick/drive.
Hold down FN and ESC keys and press the power button. Continue to fold FN and ESC keys for 7-10 secs then release. At this point, the power light should be blinking and you should still have the black screen of death.
Press the power button once while it's blinking - this will initiate a bios update. Do not push anything after this.
After 2 mins, the Aspire should reboot itself. Wait for about 7 minutes if it dosesn't before rebooting manually.
Took me three attempts as I just wasn't doing something right though.
I still have my files. Take this and run! Hope, you haven't spent money yet!
thank you for this info. it worked for me. I too had 1.5gb of ram that took me 2 days to install.... I am not kidding. like 6 hours over 2 days. further, since my AA1 died... I was forced to use a 1999 imac with os classic- 9.2.2. first problem I had was to actually find an unzip software that old... for the above files come in .zip format. the next thing is, there are 3 exe files once you DO unzip the flashing bios. 1 of htem seems incorrect, so it was by fluke I put the correct one of the 2 on the stick... that wasunclear in the instructions as none of the files are actually named flashit.exe it was something like flashtester.exe that I put in & worked...then I had issues initializing the 16gb stick. I did it however and successfully flashed the AA1. the process itself-flashing took less than 1 minute, I had been f***ing around to find the unzip app and to erase the USB for the past 2 hrs. now it works, thank you once more
A very big thankyou for the flashing bios advice. It worked. I like my wee Acer... I have owned dozens of computers and I have had gliches with all of them... It is great to find such a simple solution to what appeared to be a dramatic problem (no power). I wonder if I corrupted the bios by removing the battery and power lead when occasionally it wouldn't stand by or power up properly? A fault of the Acer but one that I can live with.
Me too! Black screen of death after owning it 5 mos. Just call Acer 866-695-2237 and tell them. They will send you a USB drive in about three days with 2 files, one called FLASHIT, the other ZG5IA32.fd. They include detailed instructions as follows: Plug AC in, insert USB drive, hold down the FN and Esc keys together while pressing power. When power light comes on, release the keys. Wait few minutes, lights will flash and it will reboot. Video back. Worked like a charm. You get to keep the drive.
I upgraded my Acer Aspire ONE to 1.5Gb memory and it simply did not boot afterwards. I opened it up 3 times and double checked every single cable. I even started to do multimeter testing on all cables for power searches and damaged cables but no avail. I even put the old 512Mb memory back and still nothing. Then out of sheer frustration I started to Google and found the BIOS upgrade solution published here. I followed the instructions word for word and could not believe my eyes when my Aspire one simply just rebooted as if nothing was wrong in the first place. Many thanks for this!!!
If BIOS flash doesn`t help, probably the problem is not the BIOS. Try one of thies steps (info from aspire one service manual). I tried reseating memory module and it helped. I had to take my acer apart. Do it on your own risk.
1. Make sure that the internal display is selected. On this notebook model, switching between the internal display and the external display is done by pressing Fn+F5. Reference Product pages for specific model procedures.
2. Make sure the computer has power by checking at least one of the following occurs:
* Fans start up
* Status LEDs light up
3. Drain any stored power by removing the power cable and battery and holding down the power button for 10 seconds. Reconnect the power and reboot the computer.
4. Connect an external monitor to the computer and switch between the internal display and the external display is by pressing Fn+F5 (on this model).
5. Disconnect power and all external devices including port replicators or docking stations. Remove any memory cards and CD/DVD discs. Restart the computer.
If the computer boots correctly, add the devices one by one until the failure point is discovered.
6. Reseat the memory modules (RAM).
7. Remove the drives.
the computer (running fedora) starts up fine. after the start up screen, the computer looks like it wants to go to the home screen but instead shows a black (or blank screen) with a cursor which I can move.
Have a new Aspire one 751h is the first 11.6" screen. Very nice. To enter the BIOS you need to press F2 right as the screen flashes blue as it is powered on. Can't hold it. You can also press F12 to choose other boot options, flash drive, usb cdrom, etc. Did not find a flash update for this model, if anyone does, please post. If you get a black screen message of no operation system, put everything back in the boot order and network boot options. Odd, not sure what it was, but working again now. Going to try Ubuntu remix next and then Win7.
Hey, sorry, I feel stupid, but, is this BIOS fixing procedure going to work if I have the Aspire model that came with Windows XP on it? Because I haven't got the Linux one, I've got (or at least....used to have) a model which runs Windows XP.
I had some kind of horrible virus issue, didn't fix it for months, then ran the recovery software today, was nearly dancing with jubilation....and then, the screen just went black. When I turn it on, I get nothing but the power button light on and the fan running. Please help.
Also, the above only worked for me after I made the following change to my USB drive:
1. Format the USB drive as FAT32
2. Make sure that the Primary Partition is marked 'Active' when you format it in Windows.
3. Then do the steps regarding copying the flash .fd file and the flashit.exe to the root of the USB drive.
Just thought I would share. I had formatted my USB drive as NTFS (it's my 'standard' choice when I format a drive for use with Windows)...so I had forgotten about the NTFS...I double checked and reformatted to FAT32 and it worked like a champ!
I have an AOA150, and this happened to me today. For a nerve-wrecking 2 hours I was sure my hard drive had a failure that ate up all my data. Thanks to this solution, I got it back working again! Acer support when I called in, I must say, is very confused. They couldn't tell me the difference between the 3310 and 3309 bios, and had difficulty understanding me (as I did, them). Acer needs to invest in better support.