The Acer Aspire One has seen serious success in the netbook industry, often seeming flawless in a sea of weaker alternatives. However, its Achilles heel may have been discovered – the band known only as U2.
Reports are surfacing that the 8.9-inch netbook’s hard drive goes off the deep end when you play music too loudly. Some users at HardwareCult say that one song by U2 named Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me is doing the worst damage.
However, others haven’t been able to replicate the problem, so hopefully there isn’t a reason to freak out just yet. On the other hand, the words of those who discovered the problem are quite dire.
Tigre Marino says that the issue causes the drive to incur “complete catastrophic failure, taking with it all the user’s data” resulting in “read errors, ATAPI errors on the system log, and even logging Raw Read Errors on the hard drive’s SMART health monitoring system.”
“You’ll see,” he continues, “after some seconds, the hard drive LED will get stuck and the machine could freeze or get a BSOD. Lower the volume or plug in some headphones and the problem magically disappears.”
If the problem continues it’s likely that Acer will take note and start doling out refunds and try to adjust to the problem. It’s also possible that the users at HardwareCult got a bad batch of Aspire One netbooks, perhaps ones prone to excessive vibration. We’ll let you know how the whole mess turns out, but until then, play U2 at your own risk!