I have recently been doing a fair bit of travelling, so I decide to buy an Acer Aspire One D255 netbook for doing a bit more on the move.
Tonight I decided to flash the BIOS to the latest version; however I made the mistake of doing it through windows. Unfortunately the update hung and I had no choice other than to pull the battery out.
When I went to start it up again, all I got was a black screen.
After doing a bit of research I stumbled upon this post http://forum.notebookreview.com/acer/284686-aspire-5315-bios-recovery-using-usb-thumbdrive.html, which detailed how to recover from a bad BIOS flash on a different Acer model. The AOD255 uses an INSYDE BIOS chip, which using the same steps allowed me to enter the BIOS re-flash mode.
Below are the steps I used to recover from a bad BIOS flash on my Acer AOD255 (Atom N550 CPU) netbook.
Disclaimer: Please follow the below at your discretion, as I will not take any responsibility for problems encountered or any damage that could occur. This may also void your warranty.
1. Format a USB flash drive to use the FAT file system (I used an old 1GB one)
2. Download the latest BIOS from the Acer site (mine was named "BIOS_Acer_3.16_A_A.zip")
3. Unzip the downloaded file
4. Copy FLASHIT.EXE and PAV70D3.fd (inside the DOS folder) to root of the newly formatted USB drive
Performing the flash
1. Shutdown the netbook (Even if this requires removing battery)
2. Remove all peripheral devices
3. Remove battery
4. Remove AC power cord
5. Put the USB stick in the right side USB port
6. Press and hold the power button for 10 seconds (battery and AC power still out), then release
7. Hold FN + ESC and plug the AC power cord in
8. Now press the power button (whilst still holding FN + ESC), then release all keys
9. The fan will run for about 1-2 minutes and the USB drive activity LED will blink
10. I think the netbook rebooted automatically. If it doesn't, unplug the AC power cord once the fan has turned off
11. Your netbook should be updated with the latest BIOS, and boot as per normal
Last revised: 29 Jan, 2013 10:13 PM