Dead Acer Aspire One - resurrected!

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  1. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    My netbook died. The power light came one, but nobody was home. No other lights flashed. No disk spinning. No fan. Nothing. Dead. :mad:

    This is the second time this has happened. The first time I noted it here.

    The solution is relatively quick and easy if you know what to do. I followed these instructions and my netbook is back alive: Acer Aspire One BIOS Recovery

    I hate that this happened -- twice no less! It's not something I'd want to happen on the road, that's for sure. My current BIOS version is 3309. I don't want to send this to the Geek squad -- they'll just screw it up worse, but I don't want this to keep happening.
     
  2. hal

    hal itchy and cold feet hal

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    Bad BIOS and no doomsday CDs. After those two "glitches", would you recommend Acer netbooks? I mean the question, cause I may soon be out for one. I won't be the user, I want it for my dad, so I will be looking for a model that is reasonably fast, hopefully WinXP, best if free of "glitches".
     
  3. wozofoz

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    Oh no jig that is not good news :(

    Did you try changing to the other Web Camera as I set out in This Post

    Since doing this I have had no problems at all and I use StandBy mode all day only turning PiP Off when I am going to be a way for a few hours or going to bed.
    By the way my BIOS were upgraded to version 3309 as well.

    Good Luck :)

    All the best, woz of oz
     
  4. r0k

    r0k Dazed

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    Wow, this is a scary thread. :eek: So far, I leave my AAO netbook on standy for days at a time and no problems. Ubuntu takes a long time to boot, come out of standby and go into standby but I'm not willing to swap out my kernel for faster boot times. I don't know my bios but I hope this never happens to me as my main reason for having an AAO is to use it "on the road".
     
  5. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    Everything has glitches. I'm lucky I'm able to deal with this one myself.

    As far as recommending a netbook, it's first important to understand their purpose and limitations. I have no problems with the size, even though I have large hands. Heck, I had no problems with the keyboard for my IIIxe or TX, either. The small screen isn't much of a problem, but it does take getting used to.

    I use my netbook as it was intended: for web-surfing and e-mailing. Sometimes I'll do some real work with it, but not often. Oh, and I also watch recorded videos on it now and then. :)
     
  6. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    Thanks for reminding me of your webcam post, woz. I'll check it out.
     
  7. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    Woz, I just read through your post. Wouldn't it be easier to simply disable the webcam in the device manager, then enable it when you need it?
     
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    You are probably right but I don't know for sure.
    If you don't use the WebCam much then I guess it can't hurt to try.
    If you do decide to try that keep us posted on the outcome, I am interested to see if it works as well

    I know that the 'USB Composite Device' WebCam works fine and I have had no StandBy problems since doing that change at the end of January :cool:

    All the best, woz of oz
     
  9. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    I haven't used the webcam, so went ahead and disabled it. You know, the only trouble I was aware of with Standby was that my BT adapter didn't seem to turn off and drain the battery. I haven't used Standby for this reason, opting instead for Hibernate. I'd prefer Standby, so will try this.
     
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    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    My AAO died again. I recently partitioned the HD and installed Ubuntu (dual boot). The first time my AAO died was when I partitioned the HD. Not sure if it's related. Here's the sequence of events (roughly):

    • Recently partitioned my HD.
    • Installed Ubuntu to dual boot.
    • Everything seemed to work fine.
    • Last night, booted to WinXP and watched a video. The battery started to die and my AAO automatically went to Standby. For some odd reason, it immediately started up again and continued with the video. I watched for a few more minutes, then it shut down - hard.
    • I closed it up, plugged it in, and went to bed.
    • At lunch, I tried to fire it up and it went into ChkDisk mode. Everything tested fine and it shut down before restarting. It's been dead since -- no HD activity at all. None. Dead. It's not the battery.

    So, I'm thinking I'll try the old BIOS upgrade trick. Unfortunately, I have no thumbdrive with me at work. Wait -- I have my Kingston microSD drive on my keychain.

    Nope, that's not working. Darn thing started failing recently. Probably too much abuse banging up against keys all the time.

    Hmmm....maybe I could use my 755p with CardExport II and flash the Bios that way? Nope. Both 8GB microSD cards are full and I don't want to mess with them.

    Maybe I could use my TX, CardExport II, and a relatively empty 2GB SD card to flash the BIOS. Dang! New problem. My TX crapped-out on me recently and lost it's Hotsync name. I don't hotsync it anymore, but CardExport II won't validate my registration w/o a hotsync name. :rolleyes:

    Okay. New plan. NVBackup my TX in case there's something on it I want to keep. Next, NVBackup selective restore Saved/Unsaved preferences and see if that'll work. If not, I'll download an app to update my hotsync name.

    Please stand by! :newpalm:
     
  11. questionfear

    questionfear Google'd.

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    Good luck and god speed!
     
  12. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    Yippee, skippee! I'm back!

    Connecting my TX to my office workstation through Card Export II should have been easier, but I got it to work. I then formatted my SD card with FAT, ran unetbootin-windows-377.exe and copied the new BIOS files to it.

    I turned my TX back on, clicked 'Connect to Desktop' in Card Export II, then connected it to the USB port. Holding both Fn + Esc, I powered it up, hit the power button again. and a few minutes later it was rebooting. It's all looking good!

    I think I'm going to print the instructions for this, tape it to the bottom of my AAO, and keep a BIOS flash-ready thumb drive with me.

    This is stupid. Oh well. I"ll never get those 30 minutes back. :D

    EDIT: In case anyone is wondering why I didn't just flash the BIOS from the SD card -- the AAO BIOS doesn't support booting from SD card slot, so I needed to go through the USB port. Thank goodness I had my TX with me today! :newpalm:
     
  13. lelisa13p

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    Honestly, jig, you scare the daylights out of me. :eek:

    BOB, my AAO, is not going to hear a single word of this adventure. Don't want him getting any ideas. :p Just celebrated his 1st Birthday right before Labor Day. :cool:
     
  14. wozofoz

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    Well done McGiverwashere :)
    I am stunned, that is so :cool:

    That is one scary story, I would have been lost right after the BSOD :confused:

    Hi BOB [​IMG] (PiP waves)

    All the best, woz of oz
     
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