Having problems with your Acer Aspire 5100 Notebook ?

Acer Aspire 5100 Bios

\015 When I turn on the laptop, I get an error message on a black page stating that the realtek ethernet failed. I took it to a reputable repair shop where they did a full diagnostic test ad other inquiries on the computer and they came up with a need for a new hard drive. We bought it in April of this year, so it's rather new. They installed the new hard drive and it still gave us the same error message. BTW, if I hit ctrl+alt+delete to restart at the black error page, it sometimes would start up normally with the windows XP page. The repair shop looked into the BIOS menu to see if the start Boot order was good, and sometimes it wouldn't even show the hard drive, just the realtek ethernet drive. I would then have to "load default settings" then save and exit, and hope that it would reboot correctly. That worked for about a month, ow it will not do anything but give me the error page and when I hit F2 to set the default settings, it it "DISABLED", so I can't even choose that option. What can I do????\015

Answers :

Make sure you have all the latest updates found in the Acer site and Windows Update. Windows Update has the hardware update for the Realtek hardware in question. Also, make sure your BIOS has been updated. Make sure you are also running under a Verified XP OS. Aspire 5100 usually comes with Windows XP Media Edition with all the "bells and whistles" Acer has to offer. Unfortunately, most companies that sell "Refurbished" laptops, fail to include an installation disk. So, you'll have to create a Recovery disk via Acer Recovery Disk maker. Folks forget this process and end up with an expensive manila folder.

Ultimately, this is a common problem for a lot of Laptop/Notebook users, and it really just takes constant care and caution to make things work. Most problems arise when you stop caring.

Finally, do a Complete system Audit by using a very useful program called WinAudit. It will tell you EVERYTHING you need to know about your notebook/PC. It will also help your knowledge of what is running on your computer and how to fix them.

Also...

(Make sure you have Admin rights for this one.)
Check your Device Manager by holding the Windows button and pressing the Pause Break button (close to the DEL button on the upper right hand corner) Click the Hardware tab. Then the Device Manager button. When the window pops up, click View> Show Hidden Devices.

You will notice that a few devices with a "Caution" mark on them. These are the devices that end up causing problems with startup and system failure. If you feel adventurous, you could disable the devices with little or no problems. Unless you have a Parallel and Serial Port on your Aspire 5100, get rid of them for good.

But, it's not the ONLY problem. If you have no Device errors pop up, and the same problem occurs, then the best thing to do is to take it to a "Trusted Certified Professional."

Good Luck
I'M Having the same problem with realtek cable problem sometimes boot up after restaring like a thousand times and sometimes its working fine for a coupple of hours and then shutsdown, i dont know what else to try, I guess updating bios doesnt work.
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