Symptoms: Your system powers on fine, but the BIOS doesn't post nor does the LCD power on
Phoenix Crisis Disk & Original BIOS for Acer Aspire 5050
Note* You will need a USB floppy disk drive to do this
(instructions modified from here)
1. Download the crisis disk and the bios from here
2. Unzip them
3. Run Crisis.exe which starts the winimage self extractor. Be sure "Writing on Floppy" is selected. Click OK. This will create the crisis disk for you.
4. Delete the bios.wph file on the floppy disk. Copy the bios.wph file from the zip I provided to the floppy.
5. Unplug AC, take out battery from laptop
6. Attach USB floppy drive to laptop
7. Press and Hold “Fn” and “Esc” buttons together, then while holding down said buttons, plug in AC and turn on computer.
--->A. You should still be holding “Fn” and “Esc”
8. The power indicator light should stay lit up
9. The USB floppy drive’s indicator light should be lit up and assessing the Crisis Disk (can hear it working)
10. Don’t turn off the computer. This will go on for 3-5 minutes, so let it be until it stops. The system will restart on its own.
I successfully recovered my piece of crap Acer Aspire 5050-5554 using the above...funny thing I had sent it out for repair and the company said it was toast LOL