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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Mallaburn, Feb 2, 2013.

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  1. Mallaburn

    Mallaburn Thread Starter

    Feb 2, 2013
    I have a friends Acer Aspire 1410

    It was previously had Ubuntu on, but it stopped booting, so I have formatted the hard drive and installed Windows 7 Starter

    Then 5 mins later, it stopped booting - I have been told to update the Bios but I have no clue on how to do this


    The most recent one on here is in exe format?

    I have a 4gb USB stick

    A working Macbook pro with OSX 10.7.5 with a working Windows 7 available via Parallels

    I do not have a USB floppy disk drive, so is there a way of doing this via USB
  2. mtzlplex

    mtzlplex Account Closed

    Aug 5, 2002
    Who told you to update the bios?
  3. akula2


    Jan 31, 2013
    BIOS update is NOT that tough anymore. I did it more than 100 times without a problem. But...


    1) Always take the backup your priceless Data
    2) If possible, take the back up of the current BIOS before flashing.
    3) DO NOT attach any external devices *when* flashing. Example, USB devices or any connectable device which is NOT part of the laptop.


    a) Disconnect from Internet. Stop all AV and Firewall programs in the System tray or any opened ones.
    b) With Laptop battery fully charged, connect to the power supply.

    Now go to Acer site, download the BIOS update w.r.t to your OS only. Example, if you use Windows XP then do not flash a BIOS which is meant for Windows 7. Read this BIOS note from Acer website:

    Updates USB kernel code to fix issue System resume from hibernation then stop at windows cursor after installed win7 SP1.

    I hope my point is understood.

    Now, download a BIOS file like this one (zip):


    Unzip it. Then open the BIOS folder. You should see DOS and Windows folders. Then open the Windows folder. In my case, it shows a EXE file like this "JALA0211"

    Before hitting it, make sure you followed my instructions in the above.

    DO NOT stop the power during BIOS flashing (just in case). DON'T do anything, just wait for 5-10 min to do its job. After that BIOS program will reboot the PC itself.

    Now execute the program.

    After reboot, get into BIOS (F2). Cross check everything setting in detail (some might go in default values etc). Make a note of the updated BIOS.

    Exit the BIOS and boot into Windows. That should do the job.
  4. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    We do NOT recommend you updating the bios unless the update has a fix or support you need. While a bios update is not difficult, an incorrect or corrupted flash can render your board unbootable ie junk.

    If the bios update you intend to install has a feature you require ie win7 support, then make sure you FULLY understand the flashing procedure before you attempt this task.

    FWIW I tend to think you have a hardware problem, not a bios problem.
  5. akula2


    Jan 31, 2013
    I concur.

    Always keep BIOS update as last thing to do unless some problem affects you. Example, in my case, I always update BIOS because when we buy new Asus/Gigabyte boards (be it P67 or P55), initial versions are not good enough or buggy. But this need not be true in your case or most cases.

    So it depends, not just BIOS. One could update DVD drive firmware, if there is some problem or a fix for a bug etc.

    Important Note:

    a) If your System doesn't boot


    b) If you lose some data or partition

    Then don't try to panic. Make sure you keep this copy with you:


    TestDisk is a damn good tool to recover almost anything (data/partitions etc). It's very handy, also not that difficult to learn quickly.
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