Monday, December 26, 2011

Acer Aspire One D257 Freezing

My father-in-law picked up a Acer Aspire One D257 netbook for my son this Christmas. After he opened it up, I got it out of the box and started getting it ready. I set up the Windows 7 Starter edition, got the wifi set up, surfed some sites to check it all out. I decided to try and load the Eve Online client on it to see if it would be playable, as it might be handy to have this little netbook available to bring with me. Unfortunately, shortly after starting the client download, the netbook froze. The only way to clear it was to hold the power button down until it reset. Each time it rebooted, I would restart the client download only to have the netbook freeze again within a few minutes. At first I was just going to have the father-in-law return it, but I decided to check out some sites to see what I could find first.
I found this post at the Microsoft Answers forums. It turns out that the netbook just needed its bios updated to the newest version. Once this was complete, the freezing stopped. There is some great info in the post, but to save you some time, you can click here to download the bios. Just unzip it, and run the .exe file. It will update the bios on the netbook, and then restart. Also, just to be clear, make sure you either open that link while actually viewing this page on the Acer netbook, or transfer the .exe file over to the netbook if you are viewing this on a different computer.