If you do not require any data from the drive then you could try a factory reset
Acer Recovery Instructions
1. Power on the machine 2. At the white ACER BIOS screen, hold the “Alt” key and press the “F10” key simultaneously to start Acer eRecovery 3. Once eRecovery has loaded, click “Restore to Factory Default Settings” 4. Click “OK” to continue 5. From here, the eRecovery process will update all the data on the C: drive and restore a fully functional factory image (approximately 10 minutes). 6. Once eRecovery has run, press “OK” to reboot unit
If you DO need files from the drive
remove the drive and connect to another PC (sata drive)
copy the required files then refit and do the recovery
At point 2. in Fruit Bat /\0/\'s instructions, when you power on, the BIOS screen (if it's anything like my Acer Aspire One Netbook) flashes up only momentarily when you power up. So you need to be ready to hit ALT+F10 at that instant (before it starts to load Windows) - or just hold ALT+F10 down as soon as you've hit the power button.
I think Batch might be onto something. It could be - not sure how - that a system crash has corrupted the BIOS. As Batch says, what you seem to be seeing is the system trying to boot from a networked device, rather than the hard drive: changing the order of boot devices in BIOS should perhaps be your next step.
Woodchip: are you saying that, typically, if a laptop can't find a hard drive to boot from, it will default to trying to boot from the network? I guess the BSOD and then the inability to boot, defaulting to the network, would be a consistent analysis of the problem - not least because it seems strange that a crash would corrupt the BIOS. So: your diagnosis is dead (or detached) hard drive?