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Acer Blank screen at startup

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My Acer Aspire One notebook goes to a blank screen at startup.

BIOS Recovery SystemKat Delong

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As awful as it sounds, this is a fairly common problem with Acer Aspire notebooks and it sounds like you have an issue with the BIOS - as long as you can see the power button and hear the fans running to indicate that it is not a power issue. Luckily, these notebooks come with a built-in BIOS recovery system that should get you up and running without damaging or losing any of your files. Know that doing this may void your warranty, so if you have a warranty, you should talk to Acer directly. Follow these steps EXACTLY, and it should work for you:

  1. Format a USB memory stick to FAT. Make sure it is bootable.
  2. Download the latest BIOS from the Acer website. Follow these links for BIOS for Aspire One 150 or this link for BIOS for Aspire One 110
  3. Put the FLASHIT.EXE and the BIOS file in the root directory of the memory stick.
  4. Rename the BIOS file: ZG5IA32.FD. It is important that you get the file name exactly right.
  5. Remove the drive.
  6. Turn the Acer off, but make sure you have a working battery and AC power connected.
  7. Insert the USB memory stick into a USB port.
  8. Press Fn+Esc and press the Power button at the same time. After a few seconds, release Fn+Esc.
  9. The power button should be blinking. Press it once.
  10. At this point, the BIOS will flash - don't press anything or interrupt this process. If you've done it right, the power button will stop flashing and the notebook will reboot. When it is all done, everything should be set to reboot.

Because you have an Acer Aspire One and you are getting the blank boot screen, I'm betting that this will solve your problem. If you are still having problems after following these directions exactly, then let us know and we can try to troubleshoot hardware or screen issues that may be the culprit.

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8 Responses to “Acer Blank screen at startup”

  1. 001   Hieu Nguyen

    My Acer Aspire 5050-3785 went down last week. The battery fully charged. I formatted USB with FAT. Downloaded latest BIOS and followed the instructions. It did not work, the screen still blank, and the AC LED power button was not blinking.
    Any assistance appreciated

  2. 002   Celeste Stewart

    Hello, here's some information that should help:
    http://filetonic.com/blog/2009/07/17/acer-one-blank-screen-error/
    Thanks! The Filetonic.com Team
    Follow us at www.Twitter.com/Filetonic

  3. 003   dan

    I have the blank screen after I chose to re-format my computer. After I selected the re install, the laptop re-booted itself and asked one more time at start up if I would like to continue. I then selected "no" and the computer would not boot past the blank screen. Tried load the bios to no effect.

  4. 004   Celeste Stewart

    Hello, here's some information that should help:
    http://filetonic.com/blog/2009/08/12/turning-point-configuration-error/
    Thanks! The Filetonic.com Team
    Follow us at www.Twitter.com/Filetonic

  5. 005   Jon Billings

    flippin' fantastic.
    saved my bacon!

  6. 006   Alfredo Sandoval

    This solve the problem with my acer. Thank you, thank you very much!!!

  7. 007   JEANETTE

    I have a Acer Aspire 7741z-4643. I was in safe mode when it went complete out on me. Before it went out, it would give me a blank screen, but some i would have to press f8 i thank that what is for the 3 different mode to go into. I did the restore point several time. and that still did not solve the problem. I was working in safe mode network, and it just when blank. I when to the acer to get my bios. download it. look for flashit.exe and the other file to rename it. could not find it. what can i do to get my computer back up. try to use the recovery disk. still had the black screen with the blinking dash on it. what can i do to get my notebook back up and running. everybody want you to pay for the information. I do not have any funds. broke as h***. I don't care about losing all of the files that i have on the hard drive. but i will miss my old movies and music. please help

  8. 008   Celeste Stewart

    Thank you for contacting Filetonic. Here's some information that may help:
    http://filetonic.com/blog/2012/02/25/flash-bios-on-acer-aspire/
    The Filetonic Team

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