why is my acer aspire t180 displaying delete

Acer Aspire t180-ed381a desktop
August 13, 2010 at 14:08:37
Specs: Windows Vista
hello
my acer aspire desktop computer is stuck on the screen that displays
delete= enter setup
f12 = ? (cant remember that one )
but it will not do anything other then stay on that screen
i have tried to press the delete & f12 buttons
but nothing is happening
i hope some one can help me
many thanks
jemma

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#1
August 13, 2010 at 14:28:29
F12 probably sets the temporary boot order.

If it locks up at that point and you can't go any further, it sounds like your RAM may have gone bad. Might be time to take it to a repair shop.


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#2
August 13, 2010 at 14:52:06
thank you
for your reply THX 1138
i think it may be time to take to repair shop or maybe to the dump
many thanks
jemma
OH will it be worth repairing if it is my RAM ?

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#3
August 13, 2010 at 15:47:38
Yes, RAM shouldn't cost that much to replace.

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#4
August 13, 2010 at 16:52:51
RAM rarely goes bad. Sometimes the contacts can get corroded. The problem may be that you are using a USB keyboard that is not responsive in those screens.

Did your computer come with a PS/2 keyboard?


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#5
August 14, 2010 at 08:39:55
hiya
THANKS FOR REPLYS
the keyboard is one of the ones with the conecctions that have a circle full of sticks of metal (SORRY ABOUT DISCRIPTION ) i have tried one of the same keyboards and its not workingstill , ?
thanks
jemma

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#6
August 14, 2010 at 08:47:28
Your keyboard is known as a ps2 keyboard; ps2 being the actual connector style it uses.

It may not be time to dump it - suggest you persevere a wee bit further...

Before the problem arrived - anything else happen; did the system present any other - even intermittnet - issues/effects?


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#7
August 14, 2010 at 09:22:30
L o n g shots...

If you remove power totally - remove main power into system and then repower etc. - does problem persist?

Similarly - again with power removed totally... remove cmos battery for a few seconds; then replace; repower system and see what happens?


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#8
August 14, 2010 at 10:47:10
Do any keys function in the screens before Windows starts?

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#9
August 14, 2010 at 11:51:11
I think we're thinking in same vein OtH? I am wondering if the keyboard i/p has died - either the MoBo connection has gone down... or possibly bios settings hath altered in some way?

Also it would be useful to know if there are any beeps as the system boots as far as it does; and if so what are they; can poster see details of the bios as used on this system too?

Beeps and bios info might help?


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#10
August 17, 2010 at 07:30:00
hiya
thanks for replys
TRVLR & OTHEHILL
all the computer does when i turn it on is come up with the screen that displays the following
delete - enter setup and f12 - ?
it will not let me do anything else at all
the only other thing was that it was going quite slow for the last few weeks
thanks
jemma

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#11
August 17, 2010 at 07:42:45
When you power on.. can you hear the HD spin up (above the noise from fans possibly; and maybe hard to note); and does the HD light flash at all - or even stay steady (on)?

Stalling on boot up can be due to faulty RAM; a very slow (As in barely active HD); but usually (in my limited experience) this is later in the boot-sequence... Possibly you have a duff/dying RAM stick or more... How much RAM installed and how many sticks? Equally it "might" be a HD issue...

Again can you power down completely and remove the battery too. Then access the cmos battery and remove it for a while - possibley even replace it? This latter may not be an easy item to access/replace thougha. On many latptops and Acer Aspires for sure... it's buried and also I think glued (soldered) in... So it needs someone adept at removing the current comos batterry, installing/soldering a new battery in place...

How elderly is the laptop?


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#12
August 17, 2010 at 08:11:24
So, when you see the described screen you can't get the keyboard to type any commands? Hitting the Delete key does nothing?

Are you using the same keyboard as you have used all along? Are you connecting the keyboard directly to the tower, or using any adapters between the keyboard cable and the tower?


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#13
August 17, 2010 at 08:26:58
Of course this a tower system. So once you know where cmos battery is located... and in those systems it's ususally a button style battery and "relatively easy" to extract, I seem to recall many are simply clipped in place?

But also confirm info re' OtH queries too...


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