Acer Aspire One ZG5 won't boot up

ROBBIE - May 12, 2009 at 09:06 AM
 smcNon-Aspired - May 11, 2020 at 04:32 PM
i bought this Acer ASpire One ZG5 in October 2008. Everything worked fine on it until last nite when I tried to start it up and I am only getting a blank sounds. what can I do to fix this? there are files on the system that I need to retrieve.

90 replies

Jul 12, 2009 at 02:23 PM
Just go to the acer website and d/load the bios update 3309, open the folder and copy two files to a formatted fat usb stick. Rename the file FLASHIT to FLASHIT.EXE and the second file 3309.fd(bios file) to ZG5IA32.FD rename them precisely like that, please check your spelling is correct. Insert the usb stick into the usb left hand side make sure the charger is plugged in . Hold down keys fn+esc and power up the laptop, when the power led begins to blink release the two buttons and press the power button just once, observe the usb stick flashing indicating it's flashing the bios, please note this can take a few attempts, I once struggled for a few hours until I finally tamed the beast :) be patient okay, I would like to point out if you wish to update within winxp use the same bios update 3309 , extract the zipped files to a formatted usb stick and rename the two files again but DO NOT REMOVE or interfere with the other files in the folder , with the laptop up and running open the folder and click on the Insysdeflash file only within the winflash file, this will flash your bios within windows and update it to the latest version, I read that flashing it when using the fn+esc keys merely restores the bios , I have tested this and mine updated to 3309 only when I flashed my bios within windows using the complete d/loaded bios update as mentioned . It will be worth reading the read me file to see what has changed in this bios version, I can tell you that for those out there that have password issues i.e. hdd set, the need to enter password with upper case is not a requirement more and there are a lot more fixes too, enjoy and I hope this bit of info was useful:)
Followed the instructions from Rainbow and my Acer Aspire One A0A 150 is now back up and running. Many thanks :-)
AWESOME DUDE!!!! I though it was toast, but your trick worked like magic...Many tanks.....
You are just brilliant! I tried so many times to get it to work and after reading your post I did exactly what you said and the flashing led on my power button lasted alot longer than it had been and it worked! I am sooooo happy now I cannot live without my laptop I was just glad I read that it took someone else a few attempts to! other wise I was sure I would have given up!

Thanks a bunch! x

I love this page it's helped me with 2 problems within a few weeks with my acer aspire one! x
Lenny > Mcflywales
Nov 5, 2009 at 07:45 AM
I saw the step posted for flashing the BIOS everywhere but this is the only place that told me to rename flashit.exe to flasit.exe

That was it! The flash drive light finally lit up after hold fn/esc and powering on the AAO, after about 3 minutes it rebooted normally.

I manage a network for a large school district with over 1000 AAO's so this trick will certainly be a lifesaver for me. You helped a lot of kids with this post, thank you!
I tried to this to a tee and now my computer wont even start.. the power button blinks green and thats it,,.,