Solved Aspire One 532h will not boot, bios update perhaps?

February 5, 2012 at 11:36:09
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate, 1.6Ghz/1Gb
Hi, I have an Aspire one h which was working fine. I didn't use it for a month or so. Then when I switched it on it would take forever to load and still not reach the desktop screen.

Bios loads up fine.

I have changed the hard drive and memory and the problem is still the same.

Could it be that it needs a Bios update! It currently has version 1.21 and the latest is 1.26.

I have downloaded this but I do not know how to update it via dos. The readme file in the bios folder states: run "FLASH.BAT" batch file to update bios under pure Dos mode".

I'm hoping its not the motherboard!!

Can anyone help please?

PC: Aspire one 532h
Mem: 1GB
HD: 160GB
OS: Win7
MB Version: 1.21

Thanks in advance.

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February 5, 2012 at 12:01:26
Updating the BIOS will likely do little to improve the boot-up time (and done improperly, could likely render the machine useless). If it will completely boot-up, see if there's something causing the problem (start-up issue, malware/virus).

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#1
February 5, 2012 at 11:48:16
I doubt that you need a BIOS update.

Why did you change the hard drive?

If you changed the hard drive is there an install operating system on the new hard drive?



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#2
February 5, 2012 at 11:55:46
I changed the hard drive and the memory because I thought they might be faulty, but the problem is the same. It just refuses to load windows.

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#3
February 5, 2012 at 12:00:32
I'm having problems with the netbook, so next thing to do is update the bios right! So anybody know how to do this?

If the bios doesn't work then I think most likely the motherboard is at fault.

I know how to do it on the acer150 netbooks, eg: fn+esc/pwr etc, but I dont know how to do it on this 532h model.

Thanks in advance

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#4
February 5, 2012 at 12:01:26
✔ Best Answer
Updating the BIOS will likely do little to improve the boot-up time (and done improperly, could likely render the machine useless). If it will completely boot-up, see if there's something causing the problem (start-up issue, malware/virus).

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#5
February 5, 2012 at 12:03:31
Tried so many times it will not boot up. Left it overnight still nothing.

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#6
February 5, 2012 at 12:16:35
I indicated that once you changed the hard drive there is no operating system to boot up to. You need to install one.

If you haven't a clue on what is wrong with your netbook you should take it to someone. You have needlessly replaced the hard drive and the memory.


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#7
February 5, 2012 at 12:25:34
I have changed the hard drive and installed a fresh copy of windows 7. The operating system is there to boot from, but the fault is the same.

I'm just testing each component, eg: hd/memory etc, hence the reason asking on how to update the bios.

I know acer netbooks normally get a black screen and need a bios update to cure this. So i thought maybe this model is also having problems loading because it needs to have the latest bios.

But my guess is that it might be the motherboard.

Thanks for your help anyways.

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#8
February 5, 2012 at 17:07:08
When explaining your problem you can't leave out details like you installed Windows on the new drive.

If you managed to install Windows 7 on the new hard drive then what makes you think the motherboard is bad?

I don't see where any of the BIOS updates have anything to do with your problem. See for yourself. The link below is for the updates.

http://support.acer.com/us/en/produ...

What is happening when you start the netbook?

Do you have any memory cards, flash drives, or any external devices connected when booting?


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#9
February 5, 2012 at 20:52:53
PLEASE listen to the suggestions and forget about the BIOS update.
If you were able to install Windows 7 on the new hard drive then the BIOS and the motherboard are fine.
PLEASE answer all questions AND give FULL details on what exactly is happening. This is the only way you are going to solve this unless to take it to a professional. Purchasing part after part and trying it that way is going to cost you more than having it fixed properly, but you can fix it if you have a little bit of patients and are willing to explain everything from the beginning and listen to what is said.
Otherwise why are you here....

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#10
February 6, 2012 at 05:02:57
Hi, Thank You for all your help and advice, very much appreciated. I apologise for the lack of info on my part.

It turned out that the hard drive had malware on it, thats the reason it was not letting it boot up properly.

The original hard drive already came with an operating system installed and ready to use. I initially restored it to factory settings using recovery partition. I installed an Antivirus and office programs. I thought this was a clean install, viruses/malware free.

It worked alright in the beginning (for a couple of weeks), I could use the programs I installed and surf the internet no problem But then I did not use it for a month. After this time when I switched it on it would not boot to windows. It switched on fine, it could go to bios no problem, but it just hanged at the windows 7 loading bar. One time I left it on for a couple of hours and it managed to reach the final black screen with the cursor/arrow key showing before displaying the desktop, and again hanged there for ages, never showed the desktop.

So I used my other hard drive (and memory), formatted, installed windows7, same thing again. I dont know how this second drive could have got infected. I did not buy any extra parts, I already had them as spare. I wouldn't buy any parts unless I was 100% sure they were faulty.

After taking T-R-A suggestion, I removed the hard drive and connected it to my desktop pc. Ran a virus scan, and it found several malware/trojan files on it. I dont know how, because I did format it before installing win7 on it.

Anyway, its done. It seems to be working just fine.

I greatly appreciate your help and advice and once again I apologise for the lack of info I initially presented.

Thank You, Thank You.

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#11
February 6, 2012 at 05:05:59
Thank You to:
othehill
T-R-A
Fingers.

You guys are great.

Keep up the good work.

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