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Old 11-05-13   #1
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Exclamation Serious Challenge and Thus Solution Needed for Acer Travelmate 251LC


Hello !!

I have had a laptop bought very early in the previous decade.. must be around 9 to 10 years now.

It is acer travelmate 251LC, it was working fine till some time ago and was being used for small purposes.

Now the problem, It is not booting into Windows now ( windows XP Home ) licensed version updated to service pack and all..

Now I wanted to see if there was a problem with hdd so tried booting into safe mode, that also is not working.. it reboots itself.

I wanted to install other XP version on it, so went into BIOS, Shitty !! thing is the bios is password protected and I have forgotten and can't find where the manuals etc are or I would have reset the jumpers and made the password go away.

I can't find its dismantling or repair guide too, so help me and analyze, let this be a challenge for all !

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Serious Challenge and Thus Solution Needed for Acer Travelmate 251LC

remove the bios and insert in after 15 mins or so .. did that work ? find the online manual pin diagram for ur laptop model no from acer site..
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Re: Serious Challenge and Thus Solution Needed for Acer Travelmate 251LC

I told in the thread, I haven't got the disassembling guide !! so even though I know the jumper is below the keyboard, I can't do it until certain.
Find me a repair guide if you can.
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remove the bios and insert in after 15 mins or so .. did that work ? find the online manual pin diagram for ur laptop model no from acer site..
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Re: Serious Challenge and Thus Solution Needed for Acer Travelmate 251LC

did u try the bios thingy .. normally the cmos battery shud reset


might help

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Re: Serious Challenge and Thus Solution Needed for Acer Travelmate 251LC

^^ Nice share I saw it already, but this is a different model, so the sequencing of opening the keyboard and maybe the location of the battery might also be different..
Can't take chances..
have to find the repair manual for 251 LC only
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Re: Serious Challenge and Thus Solution Needed for Acer Travelmate 251LC

am guessing travelmate series shud have similar layout structure but i am not sure so shared it .. couldnt find the manual ;(
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Re: Serious Challenge and Thus Solution Needed for Acer Travelmate 251LC

^^ Don't you feel sad... you are trying, that is more important than anything...

If more people get into this we might find it buried in some old archives..
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Re: Serious Challenge and Thus Solution Needed for Acer Travelmate 251LC

dismantling is pretty straight forward. just be patient and try not to use brute force.

take pictures now and then, and dont forget to label screws and where they go.
and it does sound like a bad hard drive.

i dismantled my first laptop without knowing anything. lol.
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Re: Serious Challenge and Thus Solution Needed for Acer Travelmate 251LC

It might be a hdd issue, but it might not have failed completely. Did you try any other modes after safemode? dos-networking / dos only? If anyone of them open up, you should do a checkdisk (which might make the system bootable temporarily).

Or create a bootable disk using Seatools or similar tool from WD and give it a run, and see if the disk has problems. It may not fix the corrupt system file though.

+ If you still have the old OS disk, boot and try a repair - might fix the corrupt system file (provided it is corrupt). Once on windows, the usual checkdisk + a tool like cmos deanimator to force reset the bios.
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Re: Serious Challenge and Thus Solution Needed for Acer Travelmate 251LC

I have many bootable cd's mate, but the boot order in BIOS is HDD first so that scenario doesn't get running, I would check it but the windows boots each time and then the system restarts again.. without fail, so unless I get in the BIOS I am practically sitting out of the settings and diagnostics.
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Or create a bootable disk using Seatools or similar tool from WD and give it a run, and see if the disk has problems. It may not fix the corrupt system file though.

I can dismantle it, but the matching sequence is needed.. I want to know the layout so that I can make it.. work.
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Re: Serious Challenge and Thus Solution Needed for Acer Travelmate 251LC

press F8 after restart. or try with F11

that makes it goto the boot selection screen usually.
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Re: Serious Challenge and Thus Solution Needed for Acer Travelmate 251LC

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press F8 after restart. or try with F11

that makes it goto the boot selection screen usually.
+1 - on the fly boot-from selection. I wonder if it was present in systems as old as yours though.
In one of my desktops, F9 gives me this option.
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Re: Serious Challenge and Thus Solution Needed for Acer Travelmate 251LC

Thanks for your suggestions !! it really pays to ask for help and now this new idea is starting to shape.
Now I have used F8 too but not the other keys..
This can work !!! lets see 2moro morning.
If it does then or more heartaches..
If only I could open it once and clean the innards too, the cpufan and other systems too..
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press F8 after restart. or try with F11
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+1 - on the fly boot-from selection. I wonder if it was present in systems as old as yours though.
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Re: Serious Challenge and Thus Solution Needed for Acer Travelmate 251LC

feel free to try all the function keys XD

sometimes the key for entering bios also works after its past POST.
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Re: Serious Challenge and Thus Solution Needed for Acer Travelmate 251LC

any update?

i think your laptop wont boot from usb if yes then use usb bootable drive (XP or linux)
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