Sunday, 23 January 2011

Acer Aspire One AO5150 charging problem

I have recently been ignoring my little Acer Aspire One netbook, it's been languishing in a corner for the last five months.

I picked it up and found that the battery was dead (no surprise there), but when I plugged it in to charge it would not.

So off I went in search of solutions, it turns out that that the BIos for my model would not support the high capacity battery that I bought, so time to update the Bios. Here's what you need to do:

You will need the following things:

Acer Aspire One Netbook of course.
A USB Thumb Drive,
And an Internet Connection.

Okay on a separate computer, go to and navigate your way to the drivers download for the AO5150, find the latest BIOS and download.

Open the .zip file and extract the two files located under the DOS folder: "3310.fd" and "Flashit.exe" onto your thumb drive. Rename "3310.fd" to "zg5ia32.fd"

Now take your thumb drive to your powered off Netbook and insert it.

You will need to press and hold down the "Fn" and "Esc" keys and turn on the Netbook while still holding these keys for about 30 seconds, then let go.

Your Netbook should stay black for up to 2-4 minutes or so. Once it restarts, safely remove the thumb drive, and charge it for a while. It should successfully hold a charge from now on.