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Has anyone flashed the BIOS on an Acer Aspire L100 or other similar Acer? The reason I ask is I'm trying to flash the BIOS on my L100. Acer even ...
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    Anyone done a BIOS flash on Acer Aspire L100 or similar?


    Has anyone flashed the BIOS on an Acer Aspire L100 or other similar Acer?

    The reason I ask is I'm trying to flash the BIOS on my L100. Acer even has a new version to download from their website. The problem is the BIOS is write protected and I get the message to check the jumper. (I'm still trying to get an answer but still waiting...and waiting..sigh...!)

    I've looked on the motherboard and see a jumper to clear CMOS (presumably password protect) but nothing specific to "bios write protect. actually there are three pins with this jumper across two of them. If I remove this jumper and put it across the other one I do get access to a bios setup menue but the BIOS is still protected. Maybe there is something in here to allow me to do it?

    So if anyone has any experience on Acer please tell me how I get round the write protect so I can load the new version

    Many thanks

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    Isn't that a nice Catch-22? Sometimes, there is a bios setting that will write-protect the bios from firmware updates unless you unset it. Have you looked in the bios settings for such?
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    Well I eventually sorted it. No Help from Acer though who flatly refused to tell me!

    "we're not allowed to give out that information because there's a high probability you will turn your PC into useless brick"

    The solution was in the end rather simple. After scouring the mother board with a magnifier I went back to the boot Bios menu. Hidden several levels down the menu below advanced BIOS features was a "boot protect" enable/disable option. After that I flashed it without trouble and my PC still works! I have to wonder why they make the bios download available on their website though if likely turns pcinto "bricks"!

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    Actually, I think they're afraid that people will turn their Microsoft-centric "bricks" into somewhat useful systems...
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    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    Well the jokes on them then! I have and am loving every minute of it. Whats more I'm learning so much in getting to know linux

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    Seems a lot of tech support these days are only oriented to people who have difficulty in telling the difference between the on-off switch and off-on switch...
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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