acer travelmate 240 dead bios please help

November 28, 2009 at 07:54:44
Specs: Windows XP
hi can anyone help me i have an acer travelmate 240 which wont start up i turns on but no screen i have been told the bios is dead and heard it could be flashed is this true?if so could anyone tell me how i would go about doing this. please help as im at my wits end with it

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#1
November 28, 2009 at 08:09:45
I don't know who told you that, but I never heard of a dead bios. Anyhow, if you have no display, you have a video problem. Try hooking it up to a monitor and see what happens.

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#2
November 28, 2009 at 08:14:53
hi thanks for the reply wen i hook it to a monitor nothing happens not sure what to try next lol

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#3
November 28, 2009 at 08:53:22
It is one of the strange things that in order to flash the BIOS, you need a working BIOS to do it with. The only other way to do it is to take the BIOS chip out and flash it in a stand alone EPROM programmer. Not something you average user would have access to. The BIOS chip is a Read Only Memory chip that very rarely goes wrong. You have to do something really stupid to damage it.

The BIOS is the least likely culprit. You only start thinking about the BIOS when all other avenues have been exhausted which includes, video card, memory, power supply, hard disk and even the motherboard itself, but not the BIOS.

You need to approach the problem in a logical fashion. Does anything happen? Do any lights light up? Can you hear the hard disk starting up?. If there are no lights at all it would point towards a failed power supply, but not the BIOS.

Stuart


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#4
November 28, 2009 at 09:16:45
hi thanks for takin the time to look at my post yes there is lights the computer powers up and the etc comes on but nothing happens just the fan noise and the lights i tryed hooking it to a monitor still nothing any ideas? thanks

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#5
November 28, 2009 at 09:44:18
If it doesn't work on a monitor, it's not your screen. Something messed up with the video. Since video is on board in a laptop, you may need a new motherboard. Good Luck.

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#6
November 29, 2009 at 06:51:53
hi thanks all for your help it turned out to be the memory had dislodged itself i feel stupid now for not checking that sooner but its working now thats the main thing thanks again

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#7
November 29, 2009 at 09:31:35
There you go, it's never the BIOS!

Stuart


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