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    Perhaps it may be worthwhile trying to contact an Acer recommended warranty repair specialist, pay for a years warranty and reap the benefits of having that extended warranty...the crisis disk does exist as I have one for my netbooks (mind you that is 1 disk that is copy protected for 90 netbooks, And I had to pretty much BEG for the disk).

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Perhaps it may be worthwhile trying to contact an Acer recommended warranty repair specialist, pay for a years warranty and reap the benefits of having that extended warranty...the crisis disk does exist as I have one for my netbooks (mind you that is 1 disk that is copy protected for 90 netbooks, And I had to pretty much BEG for the disk).
    It's a 2007 laptop, so it's probably been out of warranty for some time. I will give them a call tomorrow and see if they are in a position to help. I've found a place in the US that has a replacement motherboard with warranty for £83 incl. delivery. Which is cheaper than simply buying a second hand 5720.

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    warranty repair may be cheaper still as a years warranty is about £65

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    Incidentally, I was looking for some drivers for my 2008 5520g the other day and the menu structure drop down on the acer uk site is empty of drivers. you have to go through acer europe to find drivers in a friendly website format. Acer uk has an ftp site that contains the drivers, but it's not in any of the folders you might think it was. Acer is not recomended for anything other than home use!

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    Hi
    I have an Acer Aspire 5740 & my laptop failed during a bios update. Im unable to find the .fd file so would someone be kind enough to send me the file. I would really appreciate it!

    Thanks

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    For 5720G users: Make sure that you rename the FD file to ICL50HW.FD before burning it to a CD.

    For all other systems with Insyde BIOSes (BIOS file extension = FD), use AndyP's Phoenix Tool to find the correct file name.

    For Phoenix BIOSes (extension = WPH or ROM), use the WinCris utility to create a crisis disk.

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    I just registered to share my success. I had these problems w/ my Aspire 5135 and tried all the suggestions with no joy. Finally, one year later I thought I'd give it one more go and had success! From a brick to a perfectly working laptop again! I can't post links so try it out:

    forum.notebookreview.com/acer/284686-aspire-5315-bios-recovery-using-usb-thumbdrive.html

    Good luck!

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    Hi everyone!

    I have an Acer Aspire 4752g & my laptop (Bios V2.15) failed during a bios update(bios update on Windows7 Pro 32 bit ,BIOS v2.10,). I need to create a recovery USB drive to update the Bios on the unit. Now Download & Extract BIOS_Acer_2.17_Windows.zip. How to fix the Acer Aspire 4752g black screen problem.

    Thanks,

    **I had downlaoded the 2.17 BIOS for the Aspire 4752g. Insize the ZIP were 2 folder (DOS,Windows).

    In DOS folder
    ACERACDC.?
    Efildr16.?
    Flash.?
    JE40217.ROM
    JE40217.WPH
    Pflash.?
    ReadMe.tx


    I Don't know *.fd to a CD-R.
    Can apply USB ?
    Last edited by atmanobal; 3rd May 2012 at 08:15 AM.

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    i have a acer aspire 5741 g i had follow all turitouals but i cant get it to work my power buttom dont flash ether so i had a big problem i wont read the file i think

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    I'm experiencing the same issue with an Acer aspire 5560-7414. The bios updates only contain :
    ACERACDC.EXE 11kb
    Efildr16 353kb
    FLASH.bat 1kb
    JE50109.bin 2048kb
    Pflash.exe 11kb

    I've tried copying the .bin file but that didn't work. Does anyone have any ideas?

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    ok i need your help where can i find the fd file for a acer aspire 4730z i been looking please email me at vincentlcox69@gmail.com cause the one i have has been running for an hour and hasnt cut off yet dvd is still running i can here it is this normal
    Quote Originally Posted by Psymon View Post
    Hi,

    Well my GF's Acer Aspire 5720 doesn’t always connect to the router at home, so I guessed it was the wireless drivers, as my iPhone and sisters laptop always connect fine.

    After an update, which didn’t solve the problem, I thought I would try a BIOS update, V1.17 to V1.42 - quite an upgrade.

    Well the winFlash file opened, erased the bios, then failed on "VALIDATE FAILED" error AFTER ERASING THE BIOS FFS!

    Press the power button, hard drive cycles continuously, screen doesn’t turn on, it was a brick.

    After some reading I found something quite fantastic, if your laptop has a PHOENIX BIOS, you can do the following to revive it from being a brick.

    1. Download the BIOS from the manufacturer’s site, preferably the version that worked originally.
    2. Burn ONLY the .FD file to the CD.
    3. Remove the Battery and Power Cable from the laptop.
    4. Open the CD Drive with a Pin (Push a pin into the hole on the drive to force an eject)
    5. Put the CD with the original .FD BIOS file into the drive.
    6. Hold the FN and ESCAPE keys down.
    7. Plug the MAINS LEAD ONLY into the laptop.
    8. Press the power button whilst still holding the keys.
    a. This will FORCE the computer to load the .FN file from the CD and write it to the BIOS of the machine.
    9. The laptop will power up, you can release the keys; leave the laptop for 20-30 minutes if needed.
    10. The computer will turn itself off once complete.
    11. Re-insert the battery, power on the laptop.
    12. It works
    a. In my case – Happy GF.

    I tried the version that failed the update on my laptop first, and it did not install, I downloaded the 1.19 version (closest I could find for my BIOS to 1.17 [original]) and it worked.

    Hope this works for anyone that experiences this problem, thought it was a pretty awesome fix, and worth people knowing.

    Read also that you can do this with desktop PC’s if you hold CTRL and Escape when pressing the power button, but don’t want to create the problem just to fix it.

    Regards,
    Psy

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    excellent guide, I have an Acer Aspire 5720 that I was turned off while updating the bios and now will not start. I burned the CD with the file. FD downloaded from the website of Acer and followed the steps, but there is likely to put more than 20/30 minutes? because it is not clear if it is working or not.

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    Thumbs up You Sir, are a legend!

    Quote Originally Posted by Psymon View Post
    Hi,

    Well my GF's Acer Aspire 5720 doesn’t always connect to the router at home, so I guessed it was the wireless drivers, as my iPhone and sisters laptop always connect fine.

    After an update, which didn’t solve the problem, I thought I would try a BIOS update, V1.17 to V1.42 - quite an upgrade.

    Well the winFlash file opened, erased the bios, then failed on "VALIDATE FAILED" error AFTER ERASING THE BIOS FFS!

    Press the power button, hard drive cycles continuously, screen doesn’t turn on, it was a brick.

    After some reading I found something quite fantastic, if your laptop has a PHOENIX BIOS, you can do the following to revive it from being a brick.

    1. Download the BIOS from the manufacturer’s site, preferably the version that worked originally.
    2. Burn ONLY the .FD file to the CD.
    3. Remove the Battery and Power Cable from the laptop.
    4. Open the CD Drive with a Pin (Push a pin into the hole on the drive to force an eject)
    5. Put the CD with the original .FD BIOS file into the drive.
    6. Hold the FN and ESCAPE keys down.
    7. Plug the MAINS LEAD ONLY into the laptop.
    8. Press the power button whilst still holding the keys.
    a. This will FORCE the computer to load the .FN file from the CD and write it to the BIOS of the machine.
    9. The laptop will power up, you can release the keys; leave the laptop for 20-30 minutes if needed.
    10. The computer will turn itself off once complete.
    11. Re-insert the battery, power on the laptop.
    12. It works
    a. In my case – Happy GF.

    I tried the version that failed the update on my laptop first, and it did not install, I downloaded the 1.19 version (closest I could find for my BIOS to 1.17 [original]) and it worked.

    Hope this works for anyone that experiences this problem, thought it was a pretty awesome fix, and worth people knowing.

    Read also that you can do this with desktop PC’s if you hold CTRL and Escape when pressing the power button, but don’t want to create the problem just to fix it.

    Regards,
    Psy
    Just after following these instructions on an Acer Aspire 5536. Had a dead laptop after carrying out a bios update from 1.08 - 1.11
    Tried multiple recovery options but the above worked using the ctrl+esc keys upon bootup. Laptop is back to life. The bios file from the acer site didnt have the file specified in the instructions here, so I used the .BIOS file and gave it a go, worked a treat. Thanks a million

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    Hello ,
    I have a laptop acer aspire 4755g, it have a problem with Bios so that I updated it. after I updated, I can not turn it on with black screen but power bottom is on , I think it break. Can help me please,

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    Hi Mengheang

    The most recent comment above that I posted, try that, worked perfectly for me and machine is running fine since - Originally came from psymon, worth a try on your machine too.

    Kind Regards



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