I have an Acer Aspire 5542 laptop. Suddenly yesterday the screen went black and would not display anything. I could hear that it started up, but no display. I checked a few forum posts from the past and found information on this problem, and I followed the directions with no change. I have the 3 discs from when I purchased it - I believe it was 6 years ago, and so I put them in 1 at a time and turned it on again. The screen lit up and acted normally.
I have the battery out and am using only ac power and I had tried with an external monitor prior to trying anything else and it did not work. The fn/f6, fn/f5 did not do anything, nor did fn/esc held down help. I let the laptop turn off on its own after getting it back, and the same thing happened again last night. I got it back by the same method but want to find out the problem and the reason it is doing this. Could it be the Bios need to be updated? I don't even know what that is :-~, but saw it listed as maybe a problem??? I am not computer literate, but will try to solve problems if I can without going to a service center. I restored my laptop a few months ago with no problem back to original, after backing up my files. Sometimes I make mistakes. I don't want to end up making one this time.
Can you help?