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Dead laptop , only white screen Acer Aspire 5222

kristofkisskristofkiss Posts: 13Member

Tinkerer

Hi,
I have an Acer Aspire 5222 series laptop. SNID: ************.
Yesterday I got a windows update and a restart was needed, so I restarted the computer but I only got a blank white screen. Hdd led doesn't work, fan speeds up then down. I cannot even access the BIOS. Help me please.
Thanks.


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  • JackEJackE Posts: 14,935ACE Trailblazer
    Shut the machine completely off. Then turn it back on and immediately press and hold the Alt key while tapping the F10 key. A recovery screen should appear as in the video below. I suggest you try refresh your machine while saving your personal files. Jack E/NJ



  • kristofkisskristofkiss Posts: 13Member

    Tinkerer

    Tried it, doesn't work. I assume for this to work firstly the Acer logo needs to be displayed. But in my case when I hit the power button a blank white screen is displayed instantly, nothing else. I was thinking maybe the BIOS is faulty?
  • JackEJackE Posts: 14,935ACE Trailblazer
    No. Often it's too late by the time the ACER screen appears. Try this. Shut the machine completely off again. Then turn it back on and immediately start tapping the F2 key to enter the BIOS menu. Don't wait for the logo screen to start tapping the F2 key. If you still get a white screen, then assuming it's actually into the BIOS setup menu 'blindly' press the F9 key to load BIOS defaults. Then blindly press the F10 key to save setttings and exit. Then blindly press the enter key, to complete the BIOS menu exit. Then keep your fingers crossed. Jack E/NJ
  • kristofkisskristofkiss Posts: 13Member

    Tinkerer

    Doesn't work either. Now I'm trying to flash the BIOS but I don't know how to do it exactly. If I hold fn + esc keys then plug in the ac power, then start the laptop the screen now is black and fan is at full speed.
  • JackEJackE Posts: 14,935ACE Trailblazer
    You must have a fat32 formatted USB stick with the BIOS flash file in its root directory for the FN+ESC method to have a chance to work. Usually it doesn't work if the BIOS firmware has been corrupted or the chip itself has been damaged.  Jack E/NJ
  • kristofkisskristofkiss Posts: 13Member

    Tinkerer

    I've downloaded the BIOS from acer and it has 4 files a FLASHIT.EXE a Projchk3,exe a XEWxx214.bat and a XEWxx214.FD. On some forums they say that the files need to be renamed, but I cannot find any infromation about the names to rename. And do I simply just format the USB stick and copy the files or use some program like rufus and then copy the files into the root?

  • egydiocoelhoegydiocoelho Posts: 16,435ACE Trailblazer
    I would try before doing a power reset! To do this, disconnect the notebook from the electrical outlet and disconnect the lithium battery. Then press the button for thirty seconds and test the notebook with the battery disconnected!
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  • JackEJackE Posts: 14,935ACE Trailblazer
    edited March 10
    I agree. Do what  egydiocoelho says first. Changed my mind, if it doesn't work, next try to HDMI or VGA out to an external monitor to see if you get the same kind of screen. Last, try the flash. Put the XEWxx214.FD in the USB root directory.  No other files should be on the stick. If it doesn't work, then try re-naming it to BIOS.FD.  Jack E/NJ

  • kristofkisskristofkiss Posts: 13Member

    Tinkerer

    Yesterday I've already tried the power reset and the external monitor as well, but I'll give it a try again. And for the flash a simple windows format is enough?
  • JackEJackE Posts: 14,935ACE Trailblazer
    edited March 10
    Yes. MBR partition FAT32 format stick with only the FD file in its root. Jack E/NJ

    PS: If the flash works, then I suggest you also change the BIOS coin battery since it's more than 10 years old and likely well below 3v.
  • kristofkisskristofkiss Posts: 13Member

    Tinkerer

    OK. Thanks for the advice. I'll try it tomorrow afternoon, then ask for help if it doesn't work. I honestly have no idea how a windows update can mess up my laptop this badly.
  • JackEJackE Posts: 14,935ACE Trailblazer
    Only Win10 updates can do that. Jack E/NJ
  • kristofkisskristofkiss Posts: 13Member

    Tinkerer

    I was trying the whole afternoon, but nothing so far. Tried different pendrives, renaming , older BIOS -- none of them worked. I've read through different forums but found nothing helpful. There they said that it is normal that the screen remains black while flashing, others said different key combinations, I am sooo confused. During this week I might bring it to my school and ask for help there. I'm really starting to think there is no way to save the laptop.
  • JackEJackE Posts: 14,935ACE Trailblazer
    Wait. What exact ACER link did you download that BIOS file from? And for what exact Aspire model. I can only find 5220. Not 5222. Jack E/NJ
  • kristofkisskristofkiss Posts: 13Member

    Tinkerer

    I use this site: https://www.acer.com/ac/hu/HU/content/support-product/3276?b=1&pn=LX.R440C.076 
    An SNID is needed to identify the product.
  • JackEJackE Posts: 14,935ACE Trailblazer
    it's the 5552 model , not the 5222  model as in your title? Jack E/NJ
  • JackEJackE Posts: 14,935ACE Trailblazer
    XEWxx214.FD or the same file renamed to BIOS.FD should be the only file on the MBR FAT32 stick. If the BIOS chip is unable to read stick,  the chip's boot section has somehow been damaged or corrupted but very unlikely due to a Windows update. A remote possibility is that the CMOS lithium button cell battery on the mainboard has developed a dead short. It is more than 10 years old and should be replaced anyway. Jack E/NJ  
  • kristofkisskristofkiss Posts: 13Member

    Tinkerer

    Sorry my bad, it is the 5552 model. I'm fairly certain that the issue is in connection with the windows 10 update since before that the laptop was working just fine, for years. Anyway I'll keep trying with flashing , maybe for the hundredth time it'll work. Whilst flashing the screen should remain completely black, or some text should appear? And if I want to try it with a CD how is it done? Isn't there any other way to solve this issue other than replaceing the motherboard?
  • JackEJackE Posts: 14,935ACE Trailblazer
    Aye!!! You actually did downgrade to Win10! I assumed you still were on Win7. When did you do this? Jack E/NJ 
  • kristofkisskristofkiss Posts: 13Member

    Tinkerer

    No, I Have been using windows 10 for a year and a half now.
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