Alright so I have an Acer 1500 laptop and I believe it has a virus or maybe its just a hardware issue...idk... -_-
Anyways when I turn on the laptop I have an option to click F2 to go to the setup utilities, otherwise if I let the laptop be it dose not boot what so ever after the Acer logo pops up. After the logo pops up and the booting begins the laptop only has a black screen and stops all booting progress. On the other hand if I go into the setup utilities place it gives me the basic info on my computer and allows me to modify the order the hardware boots. So after I set it to safe mode, or anyother boot setting it either resarts and makes no progress past the logo screen or in the process of making the changes or not to the setup menu the speakers start to make a crackly noise and then I am unable to use the keyboard or any usb keyboard or mouse to operate the selecting options etc. Anyways any input would be much needed thanks!
i had the same problem for some reason this works:
switch on without powercord attached
HOLD the laptop very tightly (place hands on both sides where the speakers are and try to bend it) CAREFULLY!!!
you should hear the dvd drive and feel the hdd moving
wait untill you get the windows logo then release your hands
if you get the safe screen mode while doing the above DO NOT release you hand you have to use your nose or have someone there with you to press the ENTER key (you wil look stupid doing the first though!!!)
I also have a problem with Acer 5100. It was working well until on day the acer screen would come up then a black screen. I tried rebooting using a recovery disc but half way the following messeage appeared "INF FILE TXTSETUP.SIF IS CORRUPT OR MISSING. STATUS 4098".
Now the comp turns on but the DVD driver will not pick up the recovery disc, F8 does not work nor delete. Pls help.
I've had this problem for a very long time. Two years or so. Finally I found a solution(s) based on trial and error on mine and others. The Aspire 5100 indeed has a major hardware flaw that engineers have overlooked and moved on. Rightfully so, due to a steady incline of new technology (AMD Turion 64 x2) and fished as much as they could come out with. Supply and Demand.
Problem #1: Two Loud Beeps during HDD load
This happened without warning. My HDD displayed as: STxxxxxxxxxxx ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' '
the only option is F1 Setup & F2 Boot Menu
Solution: I Waited for 10 minutes while in this state, and rebooted (ctrl+alt+del).
The system started up with no problem. Unfortunately this was the method I had to use for awhile untill...
Problem #2: No possibility of boot
Solution: Jam a small stack of three (3) plastic cards (I used Gift cards from any store that sells them. It's free!) on top of the Hard-drive. Screwed the lid back on tightly, and reboot. To my amazement the darn thing worked with no problems or delays.
I've attempted many methods from bending the case to pulling the bastard apart, screw by screw! Nothing.
Others found ways of sodering connections back to getter or reinforcing the motherboard. Few triumphed many failed.
I'm not saying that this is the only FIX, but in my case it worked. I hope this helps.
Currenlty, I'm running Ultimate Ubuntu 2.0 with absolutely no software problems. I'm leaving Vista and XP to the wind.
gys ths s a manfacturing problem. the northbridgechip was soldered improperly. I have this model and found this problem. All you guys please call acer and tell them about your problem warranty or not because they said if they heard more of this problem they may fix our laptops. Your laptop might work for a second if you push hard on left part of keybord
Hi guys, after trying many different things I cheated acer 5100 lol... (after an hungry moment where I broke my hd and bought a new one... Top surprise, the error persisted!)..
0. Remove the battery and plug it on
1. So... I used an USB external enclosure with other hd I had...
2. Rebooted and... It recognized my HD... !!!ALL OF THEM!!!...
3. Reinstalled windows XP pro sp2
4. downloaded BIOS here: http://support.acer-euro.com/drivers/notebook/as_5100.html (ver. 3.13)
5. Updated BIOS
6. Put the battery back, unplug it and be happy...
I already intalled Windows Vista ultimate and works fine.. Now I intend to test it on windows 7 rc...
Two possible things I have tried with a similar problem. If you remove the battery, then plug in the power adpater, will it power on correctly? If so, connect to acer's website and download and install the latest BIOS v 3.10.
you wrote: Try to push in the fn key and start to click on the f10 key on power on .You don't have any drives like the hard drive and your disk drive. this should help.
So you are saying when it starts as soon as the green light comes on and the black screen is still showing press fn and f10? That would work if the keyboard worked but thus far it hasnt. I do not understand what you mean by I dont have any drives - are you saying it is not recognizing that I have a hard drive installed??
I am having the same issue. I have an Acer Aspire 5100-5674. One day it just got stuck at the Microsoft loading screen and never came back. It mentioned a Realtek error as well at bootup I tried installing Ubuntu 9.04 and it will not let me partition the drive. I tried slipstreaming the hard drive controller into Nlite with WIndows XP nothing...I tried reinstalling WIndows Vista. Nothing it says there is no hard drive. I opened it up cleaned it and played with the hard drive and CPU. Nothing. I dont know what to do. Someone please HELP!!!
so I have an acer Aspire 5570 and when I power it up, it goes to the acer screen, but then the screen turns black. If I wait long enough, an error message will come up and tell me that I am missing the file /system32/hal.dll. I have tried booting from a Windows disc... no luck. I have also gone through the BIOS, but it wont let me do anything, it freezes. after taking the bottom plate off my hard drive bay, I started it up again, and the same things happened, but my hard drive makes ticking noises, different from those it should be making. My best guess is that the reader-head on my hard drive is broken, and this is why it won't boot. I have yet to actually test my hunch!
Hey steve, hate to tell you, but you have a hardware issue. I know because I have the same exact problem. You have to call Acer and they'll fix it. But it has to be shipped to Temple, TX. I'm actually sending mine out. Anyway, I'm not sure where you live, but the number you can call for help is 1-800-816-2237. Good Luck.
Just experienced the same problem with Acer 9301, after upgrading bios from 1.14 to 1.20, my Acer will not boot. Found out the problem is the memory installed. I removed my RAM upgrade (4Gb-PCX2) and returned the old OEM memory (1GB-NANYA-), and it booted.
I tested using only 2GB-PCX2 RAM installed and it also booted. I tried mixing RAM brand (500mb-Nanya+2GB PCX2) and it worked.
Justin's post about removing the battery worked for me. I removed the battery and it booted fine.
Why then does the BIOS have anything to do with it? Is the unit not using AC when the battery is present?
FYI... I was having the same problems with the computer not booting. It would get past the normal ACER prompt and then crap out with the BSOD. I would reboot and then it would give me the option to start repair mode or start windows normally. Either way, It wouldn't work, it would either do a system dump or the aformentioned cycle all over again. After reading this thread, I simply took the backing off... took off the fan cover and actually cleaned all of the lint and dust that had accumulated (it was a significant amount, which makes sense because it was always running hot) and then replaced everything. Then I booted the computer without the battery and so far it booted into the repair mode and I'm actually to the password screen.. I'll keep posted if this continues to work... Thanks so much thus far...
my acer aspire 5315 wont boot it keeps goin to black screen and says media failure hdd not found/installed. I went to f2 thingy and it says the hdd isnt installed/not found.wtf do I do I tried all the methods I took heat thing out removed fan and took that little chip out and put it all back in place and it still says hdd not found/installed.could this b because my hard drive is shit? do I need a new hard drive or is their something im doing wrong? PLEASE HELP ME IMA SMASH THIS PEICE OF SHIT!!!!!!!!! im in for suin acer also if I cant fix this shit.
Same thing with my acer , worked great this morning , then tonight , the moment I started my computer , the screen first went black, finally it let me into windows but I lost all use of my mouse and keyboard, even at the f keys, f2, del, f8 and so on, Nothint, now at start up it goes to windows error screen , counts down the minutes before the choice highlighted which is repair system begins to run, there it asks for a choice of which I CANT CHOOSE< BECAUSE THE DAMN arrows dont work ,.... sys please help , if I have to how can I get data and transfer it without being able to navigate with keyboard or mouse??? thanks Dan
The problem with my Acer 5100 was a faulty hard drive controller. I payed Laptop Recuer service to replace it and they did at a cost of $250. It now works. Before this I tried nearly ever suggesred solution and none worked . I only wish I had the skill to do the replacement myself but that is the likely problem to the boot up problems a lot of you are perplexed with.
same thing on my laptop, my batter wont charge but when I turn it on without ac chord the led light up for about 2-3 secs and then shuts down, sometimes if lucky the fan spins for a while and shuts down again.....
without the battery and ac chord connected theres no led power at all no fans spinning whatsoever..