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acer aspire 1640z touchpad/keyboard irratic and freezes

Posted by: John N.      2 Mar 2010 @ 17:29
acer aspire 1640z touchpad/keyboard irratic and freezes

My son as bought an Acer Aspire 1640z running windows XP.Everything works lovely except now and again (more now) the touch pad mouse starts going irratic and not controllable until it freezes and so does the keyboard then.Ive updated the drivers and tried system restore,ive also run system recovery from the hdd partion (i dont have discs)but still no joy.I created discs and run factory system recovery aswell but nothing.I have noticed though that when i recover the system it sets up lovely until it gets to windows asking me to name the computer and then freezes.At this point i have no choice but to remove the battery in order to shut it down (nothing else works)and then restarting it to finish set up which can take a few attempts.I was wondering if this could be a corrupt windows system on the recovery.My mother as an aspire 5040 with discs and thought maybe i could use these instead of the onboard recovery.
Please could you help me as im want to get it right for my son but im loosing the will to live keep trying.
Regards John

Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      2 Mar 2010 @ 19:03
RE: acer aspire 1640z touchpad/keyboard irratic and freezes

the perils of buying second hand laptops
I would guess that its overheating. And maybe also has a faulty hard drive
As a general comment, Acer laptops do not have a reputation for long life. This one must be three or four years old and is probably on its last legs
I'd ask for your money back. It will probably cost more than you paid for it to fix it

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Reply by: Jade .      14 Nov 2012 @ 22:39
RE: acer aspire 1640z touchpad/keyboard irratic and freezes

Hello, i have a acer aspire 1640Z laptop, bought from Spain, i tried to put windows vista on it, didnt work, so now its back to the xp. Im used to having the keyboard in Spanish, as it is a Spanish keyboard and laptop, but now its in English mode im guessing, and now i cannot use any keys such as these "@~&" without guessing where they are as they are not where they are labeled. please if you could advise me on what to do to try and get it back to Spanish i would be grateful thankyou.

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Reply by: Jade .      14 Nov 2012 @ 22:39
RE: acer aspire 1640z touchpad/keyboard irratic and freezes

Hello, i have a acer aspire 1640Z laptop, bought from Spain, i tried to put windows vista on it, didnt work, so now its back to the xp. Im used to having the keyboard in Spanish, as it is a Spanish keyboard and laptop, but now its in English mode im guessing, and now i cannot use any keys such as these "@~&" without guessing where they are as they are not where they are labeled. please if you could advise me on what to do to try and get it back to Spanish i would be grateful thankyou.

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Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      14 Nov 2012 @ 23:44
RE: acer aspire 1640z touchpad/keyboard irratic and freezes

read this
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/int_pr_mui.mspx?mfr=true

or you could buy and fit a UK keyboard

and you're right - that chipset and CPU probably can't run Vista

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Reply by: Robin N. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Watchet, TA23      15 Nov 2012 @ 01:03
RE: acer aspire 1640z touchpad/keyboard irratic and freezes

With XP you can change language and keyboard behaviour from the language bar. Look at this....
http://www.microsoft.com

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Reply by: Robin N. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Watchet, TA23      15 Nov 2012 @ 01:04
RE: acer aspire 1640z touchpad/keyboard irratic and freezes

Sorry that didn't catch all of the web address...
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/int_pr_mui.mspx?mfr=true

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