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When your Acer Aspire 5560G doesn’t shutdown anymore

Last year I bought an Acer Aspire 5560G as my second laptop (yes, sometimes two are better than one). A half year later, I was working pretty much with this laptop and decided to upgrade it with a SSD drive. So I bought a brand new Samsung SSD 840 PRO with 256 GB. I was very happy. Well, was…

After installing the SSD and reinstalling Windows 7 there was something strange – Windows didn’t shutdown anymore. Whenever I tried to shutdown my laptop (or restart it or put it to hibernate) Windows went off, but the laptop was still on. The ventilator was running, power was on and the lights at the front of my laptop were blinking. So what?

So I tried to fix it. I reinstalled Windows (both, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1). I installed all kind of driver, even of devices I don’t have. I updated, I formated, I read the internet and so on. I even flashed my BIOS to be sure. But nothing worked for me.

Last night I was searching the web again and I was very despaired. I found a forum post of some guy who had the same problem. And his solution was pretty simple: he installed Windows using an USB driver rather than a DVD. I thought what the fuck, he’s joking, forget about it. But as I woke up this morning I was still despraid and I thought, well, let’s try it. I mean, why not?

So I put my Windows 7 DVD into my drive and copied it to an USB drive using some dubios freeware software that tried to install one browser-toolbar after another. But ten minutes later I had my Windows copy on my bootable USB stick. Restart, format, install, waiting… During the installation the laptop restarted several times and I assumed that this is a good sign.

After aproximately 30 minutes the big moment came and I pressed on “shutdown” in my brand new Windows 7 installation. Aaaannnddd baaammm it went off!

I studied 11 semesters of computer science right now. I installed all kinds of Windows (98, XP, Vista, 7, 8), some Linux distributions and other stuff. But that there is a difference between installing Windows from a DVD or from an USB stick doesn’t make any f***ing sense to me. Thank you Microsoft.


Best regards,
Thomas Uhrig

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  1. Hi Thomas,

    I know is been over 5 years since you posted your “(clean) install experience” with MS concerning your Acer Aspire 5560G and not wanting to shut down after updating to SSD.

    I was curious if you ever found the real reason why shutting down didn’t work? Because I had the same problem and found the answer and solution too.

    The actual problem is a poor implementation of EUFI BIOS by Acer on this particular laptop and the simple solution is forcing your OS (yes, it occurs also using Linux) to use MBR-disc (Master Boot Record) and not GPT-disc (Guid Partition Table) when install the OS.

    That’s all.

    Your USB-stick install probably triggered (for what ever strange reason) it to use MBR, nothing more.

    Why did I comment now (after 5 years)? Because I know there are still people out there searching the web for an answer and I’d like them to find the right one.


    • Hey Nikita,

      thank you for your answer. I never found the real reason for the shut-down problem. I don’t have that laptop anymore, but other users will appreciate your answer.

      Best regards, Thomas.

      • Good Evening,

        I think i got the Solution to this Problem.
        You need to completely remove every Partition on your Harddrive, to do this start from a Windows Install Media and remove every Partition with the andvanced Install Mode, then restart again and wait till the Media automaticly boots, dont push Button until the Setup starts. After this install Windows normally. It shoud work normally.

        I hope this helps somebody.

  2. Hello from 2022 ūüôā

    Same problem has solved. Need MBR bootloader not GPT.
    Or you can change bootloader with soft like aomei partition assistant after install windows in GPT