Having problems with your Acer Aspire 1642ZWLMi Notebook ?

Acer 1640z boots up fine, but no post screen and bleeps

\015 I flashed the bios with an update from acer, which worked fine (winphlash from phoenix). After restarting it beeps loud, 1 long, 2 short with black screen (no acer welcome and no post) and then boots xp pro fine, everytime.\015

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Dear all, \015\012
\015\012I also posted this one under "Notebook Bios Problems" which might not\015\012be the correct place. Anyway here it is for you to see and maybe you\015\012can learn from my experience.\015\012
\015\012Have done a VISTA upgrade with Acers upgrade DVD. \015\012
\015\012It recommended to upgrade the BIOS - after doing this notebook is dead. \015\012
\015\012(1 long and 2 short beeps). \015\012
If I want to flash a new BIOS with Crisis method which BIOS should\015\012I use i.e. how do I know if I need the AT or UMA version - how to\015\012verify this on the notebook (my version is 1642 ZWLMI)?
\015\012I would very much appreciate some help on this - thank you\015\012
\015\012LATEST NEW - it WORKS AGAIN:\015\012
\015\012I was a little bit worried when I started icon_sad.gif but later I was all smiles icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif \015\012
\015\012So a BIG thanks to everyone who posted possible solutions here in this forum:\015\012
\015\0121: I bought a NEC model UF0002 USB floppy Disk Drive Unit.\015\012
\015\0122: Downloaded the zip file from the ACER homepage with the BIOS\015\012
\015\012 (chose the one that should be the correct version for VISTA:\015\012
\015\012 It contains 2 WHP files: ZL9A3A24.WPH and ZL9I3A24.WPH as I\015\012
\015\012 learned from NoClaim's post I chose the ZL9I3A24.WPH.\015\012
\015\0123: Downloaded the zip files with the Crisis recovery zip-file (See d0gi's\015\012
\015\012 post: http://www.rechner.org/b1800.html ).\015\012
\015\0124: un-zipped the files\015\012
\015\0125: copies the file ZL9I3A24.WPH into the crisis directory - deleted the\015\012
\015\012 BIOS.WHP that was allready there. And renamed ZL9I3A24.WPH\015\012
\015\012 to BIOS.WHP.\015\012
\015\0126: ran the WINCRIS.EXE program (did an unbootable format of the floppy)\015\012
\015\0127: I now had a recovery floppy.\015\012
\015\0128: all steps above obviously done on my desktop PC.\015\012
\015\0129: removed battery from my ACER 1640Z laptop\015\012
\015\01210: unplugged powercable.\015\012
\015\01211: inserted the USB floppy in one of the USB ports on the laptop\015\012
\015\01212: pressed the <fn> and <esc> keys\015\012
\015\01213: plugged the powercord\015\012
\015\01214: Turned on the laptop\015\012
\015\01215: waited a bit - lights came on on the laptop (no beeps) \015\012
\015\01216: waited a little longer and the light on the floppy came on\015\012
\015\01217: waited still a bit longer until I could hear the floppy was working \015\012
\015\012 and then I let go of the keys <fn> and <esc>\015\012
\015\01218: after a while there was no activity on the floppy any more and\015\012
\015\012 shortly after the laptop shot down.\015\012
\015\01219: the laptop started up again on its own and IT WORKED\015\012
\015\012 OF MONEY icon_lol.gif \015\012

This worked for me and only cost me £5, Here is the web sit i got it from

Hope it works for you
Tony Swannell
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