Wednesday, August 4, 2010

how to fix your Acer Aspire One netbook if it has the Blank screen and doesn't boot problem

I picked up an Acer Aspire One A150 ZG5 netbook off ebay as a parts or repair system. the hard drive was removed but it came with everything else. It wouldn't display anything on the screen and wouldn't POST so I got on google and did some research and found this info on several different websites. I don't know who the original poster was for this info but thank you, as it worked perfectly for me. I now have a working netbook for less than $100 dollars total (I already had a sata notebook drive I could use)

anyways here is the info.

1) Format a USB memory key with the FAT mode.
2) Download the latest version of the BIOS from Acer support website:

* HERE if you have a Aspire One A150

* HERE for the Aspire One A110

3) Extract the files from the zip and put both the FLASHIT.EXE and the BIOS file in the root directory of the memory key.

4) Rename the BIOS file to ZG5IA32.FD and then remove the disk.

5) Turn the AA1 off, insert the battery and connect the AC adapter.

6) Insert the USB Memory Key into one of the USB port of the Aspire One.

 note: I've read different reports stating that it usually works better if you use the usb ports on the left side of the netbook, I used one on the left when I did my flash and it worked for me

7) Press Fn+Esc, keep it pressed and press the power button to turn the AA1 on.

8) Release Fn+Esc after a few seconds, the power button will be blinking.

9) Press the power button once. The AA1 will start the BIOS flash, do not interrupt for any reason. After some minutes the power button will stop blinking, and then the AA1 will reboot. Wait till the AA1 has completed all this operations.

If you're having issues with a D250 aka KAV60 Acer Aspire one Netbook try these instructions

Something went wrong with your Aspire D250 BIOS? Download the latest BIOS from and follow these instructions:
  1. First format an USB stick with FAT, if this option is not available use a smaller USB stick (eg 1Gig)
  2. Download the latest BIOS, and put both FLASHIT.EXE and the BIOS file in the root directory of the stick. Do NOT rename the BIOS file, it should be KAV60.fd
  3. Now connect the USB stick to the AA1
    Turn the AA1 off, DISCONNECT the battery but leaving the AC adapter connected. Press Fn+Esc, keep it pressed and press the power button to turn the AA1 on. Release Fn+Esc after a few seconds. Press power button if it begins to blink, otherwise do nothing. The AA1 will now initiate the BIOS flash, do not interrupt it under any circumstances. The AA1 will reboot shortly after. Wait patiently.

  4. The BIOS has been flashed and all settings reset to default.


Doctor Evil 30564 said...

Just had to do this for the second time on my Acer Aspire ZG5 netbook, not really sure what happened, I was trying to boot it from a usb dvd drive so I could try out the new alpha version of ubuntu 11.04 that I had downloaded.

tsizemore019 said...

I have completed all the steps successfully until I go to power laptop cuts off and usb is not being read PLEASE HELP

Doctor Evil 30564 said...

you may need to try different usb ports on your netbook, also make sure you have formatted the usb thumb drive as a Fat device (I formatted mine as a Fat32 drive). as newer versions of windows try to get you to use a newer version called exFat. You may need to find a utility to format it for you, the HP bootable usb utility should work for you, no need to make the device bootable but it does need to be Fat either 32 or 16.

t&c said...

does this also work for an acer aspire one D257?

Doctor Evil 30564 said...

No Clue, I don't own that model, I don't even have this one anymore I sold it.